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The Best 4 Day Tasmania Road Trip Itinerary

Our Tasmania road trip was my favorite trip during my time in Australia. Four friends and I flew 1.5 hours from Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania (the big island located off the southern coast of mainland Australia) and rented a camper van. Yup. A camper van. We had four days to explore Tasmania and hit the ground running right from the Apollo camper van office.

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Day One: Hobart & MONA Museum

Our first stop was to a grocery store to pick up food followed by a visit to the MONA museum in Hobart. MONA stands for the Museum of Old and New Art and although none of us are huge museum-goers, this place was incredible. Let me preface by saying that Ed Sheeran came to Tasmania solely to visit this museum during a trip to Australia. It’s that good. We had a great time checking out the various, very unique exhibits and bouncing on the outdoor trampoline!

Pro-tip: This Hobart city sightseeing tour includes an admission ticket to the MONA Museum and would be the perfect option for a first day in Tassie!

View of Hobart and Mt. Wellington in Tasmania, Australia

Day One: Eaglehawk Neck

From the museum we cruised to Eaglehawk Neck and checked out a local beach. Making our way southward we next stopped at Devil’s Kitchen, Tasman Arch, and the Blowhole to check out some more Tasman scenery. After all this, the sun was beginning to set so we drove to Port Arthur to check into our campsite. Once we were set up we decided to take advantage of our one night in Port Arthur and drove to the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Beach at Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania, Australia
Beach at Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania, Australia!
Beach cliffs at Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania, Australia!

Day One: Port Arthur

Since we arrived late, the only tour offered at this time of day was a nighttime ghost tour! I’m actually SO glad we did this tour and you should too. We learned all about the history of the site AND were able to go into some of the most haunted buildings in the world. On the tour, we visited a church, several homes, a prison, and a medical center. In the basement of the medical center we all stood around an old surgeon’s table in the pitch black and I swear I smelled blood. We did the entire tour in the dark which was so thrilling as this site is known for its spooky energy. I HIGHLY recommend booking this tour if you visit Tasmania!

I couldn’t take any photos because it was dark, but here’s what I learned:

Australia’s history is unique. Aside from the Aboriginals who have lived in Australia for centuries, the country was first colonized in the late 1700s by convicts who were sent from the UK to live and work in Australia. Port Arthur was one of the first sites that convicts arrived to (besides Sydney!). They built the historical site, including their own prison.

I learned that the prison was a silent prison that utilized sensory deprivation as punishment. This means that for 24 hours each day there was no noise and when convicts were allowed out of their cells, they had to wear a bag over their heads so that they couldn’t see. As you can guess, many of the prisoners who lived here eventually went insane, and many took their own lives, which is part of the reason why this site is so haunted.

Another sad, but interesting fact is that Australia’s largest mass shooting occurred at this site in 1996. This shooting marked the illegality of guns in Australia.

Our tour ended with our guide telling us that it is common for visitors to leave the site feeling like a spirit is with them, and that if we experience this feeling for more than 24 hours we should return to the site for a cleansing. Not kidding. Luckily, I felt fine as we left the site and all of us had a great night around the campfire.

Day Two: Huon Valley Wine Tour

Today we drove back up to Hobart and did a wine tour! We got picked up in a small van and driven to six stops throughout the Huon Valley. Tasmania is known for its food and wine culture and this tour reflected that perfectly. We went to four wineries, a cidery for a flight of pear and apple deliciousness, and a cheese factory for homemade cheese and crackers.

Pro-tip: This full day tour will allow you to sample cider, whiskey, and various wines and departs right from the Hobart Waterfront!

Aside from all this, we also had Huon Valley salmon for lunch, which to this day, is the best meal I’ve ever had. The salmon came with veggies and potatoes, and had a delicious herb butter melted on top of it…YUM. STILL NOT OVER IT.

Huon Valley winery in Tasmania, Australia
Huon Valley cider tasting in Tasmania, Australia
Huon Valley cider tasting in Tasmania, Australia
Huon Valley apple pie tasting in Tasmania, Australia
Huon Valley winery in Tasmania, Australia
Huon Valley winery in Tasmania, Australia

We spent tonight hanging out at our campsite in Hobart making dinner together and watching movies in the megabed we made. We hadn’t checked our phones all night and had such a hard laugh when we saw that it was only 7:47 pm and we were all falling asleep to our second movie of the night! I guess that’s what happens when you spend a full day eating and drinking!

Day Three: Richmond

This morning we left Hobart and made our way north to the town of Richmond. We had a reservation to stay in Cole’s Bay this evening, but had no plans during the day. A local recommended the town of Richmond to us, so here we were! Richmond was so charming. The town housed Australia’s oldest Catholic Church and bridge — both built by convicts. Other than the church, there are also cafes, parks, and a few antique shops in the town. We had a great morning exploring Richmond!

Stopping in Richmond on our Tasmania road trip!
The oldest bridge in Australia in Richmond on our Tasmania road trip!
Farmers Market in Richmond, Tasmania!

We ate lunch on the road and drove three hours north to Freycinet National Park. You should plan to arrive in the evening so you have enough time to do a 1.5 hour hike before returning to a campsite in Cole’s Bay to cook dinner and relax. Tonight we had a lot of fun in the camper! A music video to Old Town Road may or may not have been made…

Day Four: Freycinet National Park

Our last day in Tasmania. We woke up bright and early (before sunrise early), made some delicious camper oatmeal, and drove to nearby Mt. Amos. We were told that this hike was extremely difficult, but we arrived to the base at 7:30 am ready for a challenge! Little did we know we would spend the next 4 hours scaling cliffs…

This hike was no joke. The hiking trails took us up boulders and required both hands and feet to complete. We wouldn’t have known where the trail was without yellow arrows pointing us in the right direction. Every time I saw an arrow pointing up a cliff I asked myself, “This can NOT be it. How am I going to do this?”

This mental game continued for 3 straight hours as we worked our way up the mountain — some of us slipping, some of us crying, some of us wanting to turn around — all of us scared to death.

Getting to the top was one of my proudest accomplishments to date. This hike was as much of a mental challenge as it was physical and I couldn’t have done it without my friends. We enjoyed the view overlooking beautiful Wineglass Bay, which you can also visit on an active group tour, listened to songs such as The Final Countdown to celebrate our victory, and began our descent back down. I was worried the way down would be worse because of the steepness, but we went really slow and even had some fun sliding down the rocks.

Interested in learning more about this hike? Check out Tracks Less Travelled‘s guide to hiking Mount Amos. 

Hiking to the top of Mt. Amos overlooking Wineglass Bay in Tasmania!

Day Four: Driving Back To Hobart

Once we reached the parking lot we did a massive group hug — I think I even kissed the camper van. The rest of the day was so much more relaxing: we cruised back to Hobart and enjoyed an early dinner on the harbor before flying back to Sydney.

Driving back to Hobart, Tasmania from Freycinet National Park.
The harbor in Hobart, Tasmania

As you can gather, this trip was quite the adventure. It was so different from any other trip I did and was SO budget friendly! I spent $30 on food for the four days! I think Tasmania is underrated! We loved exploring in our camper van, and I look forward to the day that I get to ride in one again!

And yes. Tasmanian Devils are real animals.

A photo of a Tasmanian Devil sign at our campsite.

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4 day Tasmania road trip

10 Comments

  1. Phil
    February 26, 2021 / 12:47 PM

    What happened to Northern Tasmania

  2. February 27, 2021 / 9:23 PM

    Hi Phil,

    I didn’t include Northern Tasmania in this post as I didn’t visit it during this trip. I hope one day I will get the chance to!

  3. April 27, 2021 / 2:08 AM

    All so amazing pics! I love Tassie food and culture. Glad more and more people get to appreciate its beauty!

  4. April 27, 2021 / 9:22 PM

    Thanks so much! Totally agree- the food here was some of the best I’ve ever had!

  5. Will
    November 8, 2021 / 8:14 AM

    Wow! You did a lot of fun activities. What is your most favourite among these? I’ll definitely use this as a guide when I go to Tasmania. Thank you for sharing!

  6. November 8, 2021 / 9:09 PM

    Of course! Definitely recommend a wine / food tour in Tassie – that was the highlight for sure!

  7. January 27, 2024 / 8:15 PM

    I really love Tassie’s food which is so delicious and yummy.

  8. March 10, 2024 / 7:09 PM

    I agree! Love all the wineries too.

  9. April
    March 13, 2024 / 9:44 AM

    Loved this blog!! Could i ask what company/tour you did the wine tour with? Im going end of this month and would love to do it for my birthday!

  10. March 14, 2024 / 2:59 PM

    Hi April! Thank you SO much for reading. Ugh, I’m so sorry, unfortunately I don’t remember which exact tour we did. I just remember visiting 4-5 wineries. I bet there are dozens on Viator / GetYourGuide. I’ll have to go back to this post and update it with options!

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