The Apple Isle: Small, Fun, Manageable & Lots of Options:
A good taste of Tasmania can be had circumnavigating the island. The below covers most of the island and includes some tips for those who like to run or bike!
This is more an express trip for the time poor.. With time + campervan you could fill a month(s).
Given it’s temperate climate it’s a great place to get outdoors and incorporate some exercise, and major roads will scoot you between top and bottom in 3hours on a quality 110km/hr speed limit road.
- Bike! Tasmanian Trail: Devonport to Dover & back to Hobart (This is 1 week alone!)
- A 7-14 day bike/horse ride or 1 month trek
- Via numerous forests, tropical bushlands, open plains, small and large towns. You see the lot!
- Hire a car from Hobart (This is 1-2 weeks)
- To Strahan via. Tahune AirWalk, Lake St Clair/Pumphouse Point (multiple hikes/trail run), Gordon River Cruise & West Coast Wilderness Railway
- To Launceston & Cateract Gorge via. Cradle Mountain (hike/trail run), Stanley Nut, Mole Creek Caves
- To Coles Bay via. Lavender Fields, Blue Derby (mountain bike heaven), Binalong Bay (Bay of Fires), Freycinet (Wineglass Bay hike/trail run – the sign conservatively says 40mins to lookout; it’s 3kms and takes 15mins walking!).
- Back Hobart via. coast Spring Beach/Rehban/Marion Bay (Falls Festival), Tasman Bay Lookout (view to the Totem Pole climbing site), Arch/Devils Kitchen, and Port Arthur
- Hobart: Mt Wellington (Hike & Mountain Bike), MONA, 3 Capes in a day from Fortescue Bay (hike/trail run)
- Time your trip between Xmas and New Years for the Falls Festival 29th Dec – 3rd Jan, Taste of Tasmania food festival 28th Dec – 3rd Jan + end of the Sydney to Hobart ~28th Dec.
- After New Years on Jan 13th MONA Mofo & 15-24 June MONA Dark Mofo
Link to Google Maps possible route as something like this.
Along the way: Buy apples, other fruit and vegetables, amazing seafood, and wine!
To ride Blue Derby in 2 days: Follow route 7 on day 1, and route 8 day 2 – hey presto you have done it all!
The shuttle is some $75 to get to Blue Tier. If you have legs, ride up via Poimena Rd (I made the mistake of Emu Flat Rd, it is tough going and not recommended!), and + 3 hours for this option.
Route 7-ish slow: https://www.strava.com/activities/1321601894
Route 8-ish fast: https://www.strava.com/activities/1322692624
Of course, you can make a holiday of it; camp by the river (free), use the public showers ($1), bike wash (free), and just chill out.. There isn’t much else to do unless you ride!
Route images from, and see more about the routes here: https://www.ridebluederby.com.au/choose-your-adventure/