With Lonely Planet touting Tasmania as one of the top 10 regions in the world to visit for 2015, the Apple Isle is a must for your Australian motorhome travel itinerary next year. Think of Tasmania
and picture breathtaking national parks, ragged mountain peaks and some
of the freshest local produce you will find anywhere on the globe. Our
standard Tasmanian itineraries will direct you to the state’s most
popular destinations and attractions, but now it’s time to guide you
away from the well-worn tourist routes to the cultured and quirky gems
of Tasmania that are hiding in the shadows, waiting to be discovered.
Penguin, North West Coast of Tasmania
just 25 kilometres from the city of Devonport, you will discover the
seaside town of Penguin overlooking Bass Strait with a backdrop of
scenic Mount Montgomery. A drive to this corner of the state is
peaceful, rural and not unlike rambling through the countryside and
villages of England. Penguin is the ideal haven for a dose of peace and
quiet and offers a charismatic main street dotted with art and craft
stores, lively cafés and a popular bakery selling mouth-watering
pastries and cakes. Take a walk along the rugged coastline or visit on
Saturday to encounter the bustling market selling a variety of trinkets
and hand-made Tasmanian crafts. Sit in the sun and listen to live music
and sip on boutique beer and wine produced in the local area. A visit to
penguin is the perfect remedy for a fast-paced lifestyle. Don’t forget
to hug the giant penguin while you’re in town!
Kettering, Southern Tasmania
secluded and picture-perfect town of Kettering is the ideal base to
explore the many quirky and cultured charms of Southern Tasmania
including the breathtaking Huon Trail. The harbour-side village is
perfect for encountering the reflective waters of the D’Entrecasteaux
Channel and offers private charters and sailing trips. Visit beautiful
Bruny Island to sample some of the best produce the state has on offer
or spend the day exploring wineries and national parks. By night
appreciate the unblemished sky from the comfort of your motorhome’s
Orford, East Coast of Tasmania
The east coast of Tasmania will delight all travellers with
its pristine beaches, out-of-this-world seafood experiences and charming
coastal walks. The small town of Orford is just one hour’s drive from
Hobart and offers all of the above and much, much more. Explore the
rugged beauty of Spring Beach, visit Darlington Vineyard perched on a
hillside overlooking famous Maria Island or enjoy culinary delights at
Scorchers by the River Gallery Café specialising in gourmet wood fired
pizza made from local ingredients as well as a vast range of Tasmanian
beer, east coast wine and cider. Orford on the east coast is the perfect
place to lap up the iconic beauty of Tasmania.
Bothwell, Central Tasmania
to the oldest golf course in Tasmania, Bothwell is a historically
significant town in Tasmania and well worth a stopover for anyone
travelling through the centre of the state. Wander down the quiet main
street and appreciate a wealth of historical buildings including St
Michaels and All Angels Churches and ‘Ratho’ and ‘Wentworth’, two 19th
century ‘gentlemen’s residences’ just outside of town. To sample
world-class whisky, pay a visit to Nant Estate located where Australia’s
oldest working flour mill once existed. Take a daily tour of the estate
and try award-winning single malt whisky.
Dover, Southern Tasmania
Nestled in the far south of Tasmania on the idyllic
D’Entrecasteaux Channel you will find the quaint village of Dover
surrounded by secluded bays, tranquil mountains and charming farm gates.
From Dover, it is a short drive to iconic Hastings Caves State Reserve
where you can relax in the warm water of thermal springs, walk amongst
ancient forest and explore the depths of Newdegate Cave, the largest
tourist cave in Australia occurring in dolomite. Once you have explored
Dover and surrounds stay at Southport Caravan Park where you will
discover Australia’s most Southern pub.
Arthur River, West Coast of Tasmania
The coastal village of Arthur River is home to just 25 local
residents and will give you a true taste of what life is like on the
untamed and wild west coast of Tasmania. This oasis at the end of the
world is home to untouched beaches ideal for sunset walks, a brilliant
lighthouse at Bluff Hill Point and an abundance of crayfish and abalone.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take an Arthur River Cruise amid the
Tarkine Wilderness where you can catch a glimpse of the unique Azure
Kingfishers and local platypus.
Nestled on the banks of the Derwent River just 30 minutes west of Hobart
you will encounter the charming hidden town of New Norfolk. With
spectacular river, mountain and valley views and an array of historic
houses and quirky antique stores, this river-side oasis is the perfect
place for a peaceful motorhome escape.
Take a scenic walk alongside the Derwent River or pay a visit to Willow
Court, a former insane asylum housed in a charming old stone building.
Tarraleah, Central Highlands
Unheard of to most of the Tasmanian population, Tarraleah is
home to quirky Highland cows and is a great place to get off the beaten
tourist track. Stay at charming Tarraleah Highland Caravan Park and
explore all that this small country town has to offer including a myriad
of charming walks, guided 4WD or bicycle tours, the mysterious
Moonlight Monster Tour and get up close and personal with Tassie’s
unique wildlife including the iconic Tasmanian Devil. The town also has a
vast range of dining options on offer for anyone looking for a hearty
paddock to plate experience.