Small in terms of land mass – you can drive from Hobart to the Bass Strait in a day – this island offers huge experiences. In and around Hobart you can discover the forbidding and well-preserved penal colony of Port Arthur, tour a boutique vineyard or experience leading edge, old and new art at MONA.
You can drive to achingly beautiful Huon Valley with its untouched ancient forests, or head off along the balmy east coast of the island to explore the beaches, pink granite peaks and wild habitats of Freycinet National Park.
This suggested itinerary also works well when combined with one of our other luxury southern modules, such as Sydney, Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley, Melbourne and The Great Ocean Road, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island.
Adelaide – Hobart
Flying direct from Adelaide to Hobart lands you in one of Australia’s most charming cities. Like the island itself, Hobart offers you a completely different experience to that of ‘North Island’ as Tasmanians smilingly call mainland Australia. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this gentle city’s waterfront, galleries, shops and restaurants. You can taste the excellent local wine, hike on Mount Wellington, go sea kayaking or embark on a fishing expedition.
Alternative activities include taking a seaplane flight over the South West Wilderness, browse around the fabulous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) or tour the unmissable Port Arthur Penal Colony. A Victorian prison without walls – the surrounding wilderness was so daunting few prisoners dared to try and escape.
Stay: Three nights in The Islington.
If you’re a nature lover who appreciates wild but beautiful scenery you may want to drive out to picturesque Huon Valley. Alternatively you could take a drive – or be chauffeured – to scenic heaven. Freycinet National Park, on the island’s mild east coast, is a stunning peninsular with scimitar-shaped white beaches, clear blue seas and dense bush countryside highlighted by towering pink granite peaks. You’ll be staying beside jaw-dropping Coles Bay, in an architectural masterpiece.
Stay: Three nights in Saffire Freycinet.
Many visitors fall under the spell of Tasmania. Take an extra couple of days and drive to Cradle Mountain National Park – an area so picturesque you may never want to leave.
Stay: Two nights in Cradle mountain Hotel.