A Week in Tasmania

Embark on a captivating journey through Tasmania, delving into the bustling atmosphere of the big cities and exploring the picturesque wine regions. Explore breathtaking landscapes of the state’s glorious National Parks and exquisite cuisine. With ten Hertz branches in Tasmania, it’s easy to pick up your rental car no matter where your journey starts or ends. 

Exploring Hobart 

Start your Tasmanian escape in Hobart, the state’s capital city. Known for its 19th-century architecture, bustling atmosphere and landmark attractions, Hobart blends style and sophistication with adventure and wonder for a getaway to suit every traveller. Upon arrival, spend some time roaming the sandstone streets of the historic Salamanca Place. From boutique bakeries and cafes to galleries and clothing stores, it’s a feast for the eyes and ears. Settle in with a bite to eat at the Salamanca Wharf Cafe, savour local produce at Blue Eye Seafood Restaurant, or if you’re visiting on a Saturday, choose from one of the many vendors serving up tasty treats at the Salamanca Market. On your second day in Hobart, drive your rental car up to Mount Wellington in the centre of the city for panoramic views. Take a moment to soak up the peaceful ambience and perhaps capture some photos for your holiday album. From here, visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), renowned for its eclectic art collection and immersive exhibitions. Enjoy browsing the museum and discover the array of experiences on offer here including a meal at Faro, which offers experimental cuisine and a special artwork only available inside the restaurant, or a enjoy a tasting at the on-site winery. 

Salamanca Place

Wine and Walks 

As you continue on your journey around the ‘Apple Isle’,it’s time to set off northeast across the Tasman Bridge toward your next destination: the Coal River Valley wine region. Best known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling varieties, the region is home to wineries, distilleries, and breweries around the river from where it gets its name. Visit Frogmore Creek in Cambridge for cellar door tastings or dining experiences, Pooley Wines in Richmond for premium tasting flights, or the Coal Valley Vineyard for tastings overlooking the picturesque valley. To ensure a safe and memorable day out, always assign a designated driver when drinking alcohol during your road trip. After exploring the rolling vineyards of the Coal Valley, venture northwest to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you’ll see native and exotic animals, including the iconic Tasmanian Devil. For the next part of your journey, take a break from sightseeing and get in touch with nature at the Freycinet National Park. If you’re looking for somewhere to put your tramping boots to good use, this is the perfect place. Freycinet boasts over 20 hiking and walking trails, ranging in difficulty to suit every adventurer. Recommended hikes include the guided hike to Wineglass Bay where you’ll be taken away by the stunning views of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  

Pooley Wines

From the Bay to the City 

While in Freycinet, many visitors choose to head out on a tour to one of the renowned shellfish farms in the area for an in-depth look at the farming and production process. Oyster Bay Tours offer an experience like no other, including stepping into the waters of the Swanport Estuary to see how oysters are harvested and farmed. After enjoying a selection of freshly shucked oysters, continue north to explore the picturesque towns along the East Coast. Swansea is a quaint village, nestled on the shores of Great Oyster Bay. Consider pausing here for a while and visit the area’s famous Spiky Bridge, which was built by convicts in the mid-19th century. Continue towards Bicheno to view the magnificent Bicheno Blowhole as it erupts against the backdrop of beautiful blue ocean water. As your road trip takes you west around the country, dive back into city exploration as you travel to Launceston, Tasmania’s second-largest city. Here, explore the scenic Cataract Gorge Reserve where you can enjoy picture-perfect views from the chairlift ride, wander the historic Swinging Bridge and dine in style at The Gorge Restaurantall of this just a ten-minute drive out of the city.   

Great Oyster Bay

Natural Beauty and Fine Dining 

To conclude your week in the ‘Island State’, visit one of the country’s most notable national parks: Cradle Mountain—Lake St Clair National Park. Centred around Australia's deepest lake, the wilderness and rugged landscapes here call visitors from near and far to traverse its steep and rocky trails, fish in the rivers and lakes, and camp out under the stars. Consider joining a guided walk around Dove Lake to view the best of the park’s varied landscapes and connect with nature. There are also activities on offer for everyone to enjoy, including horseback riding, seasonal canoeing and boating tours. Farewell Tasmania with dinner at Novaro’s, a Modern European eatery set in an Edwardian-style terrace. With an extensive menu featuring appetisers like pickled octopus tartare and mains like crispy skin duck breast, dinner at Novaro’s is an exquisite way to end your time in the state.  


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