Join us on Part 3 of our mammoth adventure throughout Australia. Check out Part 1, where we started in Western Australia and headed along the South Australian coastline. Part 2 followed the journey towards Melbourne. Now, welcome to the Tasmanian leg!
If only we could continue the drive to Tasmania! Take a well-earned driving break by jumping onboard the Spirit of Tasmania from Port Melbourne.
Hello, Devonport! Only a short hour and a half away is Launceston, the home to remarkable food that will make you want to come back for more. Nature lovers don’t leave too quickly – you must visit Cantaract Gorge and Narawntapu National Park.
As a pit stop, you must visit Campbell Town, with an array of historical buildings and charming landscapes.
History buffs, you must see Hobart! It is recognised as the second-oldest capital city in Australia and is home to many historical sites. One of our favourites is Battery Point – explore the sandstone buildings of what once was a defensive outpost for the penal colony. Another is Port Arthur, home to the mysterious and renowned ghost tour that runs every night once darkness arrives.
Make sure to grab some snacks and a playlist – you’ll be on the road for four hours to reach Queenstown. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a must-do here. It is a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and has an abundance of walking trails, which includes a full-day trek to the summit of Cradle Mountain.
The lap around Tasmania is close to its end, with a two-and-a-half-hour drive back to Devonport, to board the Spirit of Tasmania yet again. Your return back to Melbourne will now allow you to embark on the eastern coast of the Big Lap of Australia.
Pictured is Lake Lilla, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Image courtesy of Off the Path.