Arriving in Strahan is like visiting a frontier town 100 years ago. This part of Tasmania is stunningly beautiful and feels very remote (in a good way). It’s the gateway to the Gordon River and taking a boat tour up this waterway is a highlight of any Tasmanian road trip. On the way you’ll stop at Sarah Island, which was once a brutal convict prison. Strahan gets only 15 days of clear weather a year, so make sure you pack a coat and an umbrella.
4. White Sands Estate
White Sands Estate is a beachfront resort about halfway between Freycinet and Bay of Fires. It has ocean views that go on forever, an on-site brewery and a vineyard. There’s also a stocked trout lake and, best of all, a private secluded beach. If you can tear yourself away, it’s an easy drive to Douglas Apsley National Park, Maria Island and the famous Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park.
When you go to Tasmania, everyone talks about "MONA’ and for good reason. When the Hobart-based Museum of Old and New Art opened its doors just over five years ago, it led to a huge spike in visitor numbers to the city and still brings in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Its art collection spans from more traditional pieces all the way to modern installations designed to shock.
To make the most of the MONA experience, catch the MONA Ferry – if you choose, you can make the journey sitting on a plastic sheep. It’s a bit surreal, but fun.
6. Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site
Eaglehawk Neck is a narrow strip of land connecting the Tasman Peninsula with the Forestier Peninsula. Following prisoner escapes from nearby Port Arthur in the early 1830s, a line of tethered dogs stood guard on the isthmus to deter further attempts.
The guard quarters – constructed in 1832 and possibly Australia’s oldest wooden military building – are now a museum illustrating early life there.
Where to stay?
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge provides the closest accommodation to the spectacular Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Set in the wilderness are 86 private timber cabins, from contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins through to luxurious King Billy Suites, and family cabins.
Cradle Mountain Hotel has comfortable, spacious rooms and a great bar and restaurant. While you’re there, don’t miss the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery. Located onsite, the Gallery includes 10 interconnected rooms of wilderness-inspired art and entry is complimentary for Hotel and restaurant guests.
NRMA members can also save on Car hire in Tasmania at Thrifty with 15% off daily car hire rates and a free upgrade.
Image credit: Pierre Destribats