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Road Trips from Hobart to Launceston

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One of the most popular road trip routes in Australia is Hobart to Launceston because of the breathtaking views and interesting places that you'll see along the way. You can also choose which route to take – either you pass by the ocean or through the mountains. To help you experience a memorable road trip, it is advisable to book a reliable rental car at VroomVroomVroom. It is important to have a high-performance vehicle to help you drive smoothly. We have shared two routes from Hobart to Launceston and you can even download the map to help you with your navigation.

Coastal Drive

bicheno located east coast of freycinet peninsula

Self-drive itinerary:

  • Hobart
  • Port Arthur
  • Triabunna
  • Bicheno
  • Launceston

Day 1: Hobart

Pick up your rental car in Hobart and start touring the area before beginning your road trip adventure. You can start with some short-distance driving and visit some of the main attractions in the city including Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart Museum & Art Gallery, Salamanca Place, Battery Point and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Day 2: Hobart to Port Arthur

The fastest route is via Arthur Highway/ A9 which takes around an hour and a half. When you get there, take a tour of the Port Arthur Historic site which consists of 30 buildings including the Convict Church, Separate Prison and the Hospital. If you are not scared of ghosts, then join the after dark tour for a chance to encounter paranormal activities.

Day 3: Port Arthur to Triabunna

After getting a dose of Aussie history, drive your rental car along Arthur Highway/ A9 and Wielangta Road to get to Triabunna. The travel time is approximately 1 hour and 43 minutes. The quaint fishing town has some interesting places to visit including St Mary's Anglican Church in Franklin Street. You can also go on a cruise to Maria Island or boating in Spring Bay. Make sure to try out their locally-caught fish and chips.

Day 4: Triabunna to Bicheno

Just 1 hour and 23 minutes away from Triabunna is the picturesque town of Bicheno, which is famous for its sunny weather and sandy beaches. The fastest route to the jewel of the East Coast is the Tasman Highway/ A3. A must-see is the Bicheno Blowhole where you can view the amazing saltwater blasts from a small hole.


Freycinet Coast

Bicheno is located north of Freycinet Peninsula and there are plenty of things to do near the family seaside town. Read our guide on exploring Tasmania's East Coast for more information.

Day 5: Bicheno to Launceston

Wrap up your road trip by driving to Launceston, which takes around 2 hours and 12 minutes via Lake Leake Highway/B34 and National Highway 1. The beautiful riverside city is known for its Cataract Gorge where you can get panoramic views of the South Esk River. Other popular attractions include the Heritage Walks, City Park, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Mountain Drive

Walkaway to Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania

Self-drive itinerary:

  • Hobart
  • Bruny Island
  • Mount Field National Park
  • Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Launceston

Day 1: Hobart

If you are flying to Hobart, you can pick up your rental car at the airport. Start your journey with a 4-minute drive to Seven Mile Beach via Grueber Avenue. To get the best view of Hobart, drive to the summit of Mount Wellington which takes approximately 45 minutes. Make sure to wear comfy shoes since you need to go hiking to reach the top, but the view is worth it!

Day 2: Hobart to Bruny Island

A popular day trip from Hobart is Bruny Island, which takes around 2 hours to reach via B66. There is a ferry that can take you to the island and it only takes 20 minutes to cross the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island. Spot the fairy penguins at the Neck Game Reserve, enjoy the scenery at Truganini, go surfing in Cloudy Bay and take a selfie with the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.


Rental car guide

Much of Bruny Island is gravel road. You will not be permitted to take your rental car off sealed roads, meaning you will not be able to access more remote, north parts of the island. Rentals are subject to approval from the local depot. In poor weather conditions, you may not be permitted to take your vehicle to the island. Read our guide on how to get to Bruny Island.

Day 3: Bruny Island to Mount Field National Park

After a fun day trip in Bruny Island, you can drive back along B66 to reach Mount Field National Park. The travel time takes approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes, but the long drive is worth it. The park will welcome you with spectacular vistas, abundant wildlife and excellent walks. Mt. Field National Park is famous for its falls including Russell Falls and Lady Barron Fals.

Day 4: Mount Field National Park to Cradle Mountain National Park

Another park that's worth visiting is Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, which is a 2 hour-drive via Lyell Highway/A10. This park is famous for its majestic Cradle Mountain and Overland Track. You also have an option to go on short walks at Weindorfers Forest Walk and Enchanted Walk.

Day 5: Cradle Mountain National Park to Launceston

After immersing yourself with nature, it is now time to end your journey in Launceston. The fastest route is via National Highway 1, which only takes around 2 hours but you can also take the Poatina Road/B51 or Highland Lakes Road/A5 routes. Enjoy a Tamar River Cruise, relax in Launceston City Park, indulge in great food and wine by joining the Valleybrook Wine Tours.

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