A five-day re­turn road trip from Devon­port to Stra­han via Pump­house Point at Lake St Clair.

Amazing Tasmania - - SELF-DRIVE ITINERARIES -

Dis­tance: 849km


Your first desti­na­tion is the se­cluded Tarkine Wilder­ness Lodge, but first, stop off for break­fast at Bella’s (closed Mon­days), only a few min­utes drive from the Spirit of Tas­ma­nia ferry ter­mi­nal. Then head to Ulver­stone and fol­low the coast via the pretty town of Pen­guin to­wards Burnie. In the hills be­hind Burnie, spend an af­ter­noon tast­ing whisky at Hel­ly­ers Road Dis­tillery. Drop into The Cheese Shop for a tast­ing of spe­cialty cheeses at the Mak­ers’ Work­shop which also has a mu­seum, paper mak­ing tours, café, artists’ stu­dios, and a gift shop. Fi­nally, head to your ac­com­mo­da­tion in the ma­jes­tic wilder­ness at Tarkine Wilder­ness Lodge, about 50km west of Burnie. Make a reser­va­tion for din­ner and en­joy beau­ti­ful lo­cal pro­duce and Tas­ma­nian wine.


Start the day with a Tarkine Wilder­ness Lodge es­corted rain­for­est walk, then drive to the quaint fish­ing vil­lage of Stan­ley in time for Stan­ley Seal Cruise’s af­ter­noon boat trip. The town cen­tre is charm­ing, with in­ter­est­ing shops and gal­leries, es­pe­cially Provi­dore 24, where you can buy pro­vi­sions for to­mor­row’s pic­nic. If you choose not to take the boat trip, walk or catch a chair lift up to the top of the most dis­tinc­tive land­mark, The Nut, for panoramic sea views. Fi­nally, head to the Old Ca­ble Sta­tion for the night and re­serve a ta­ble at its restau­rant where you can en­joy wood-oven roasted lo­cal cray­fish.


Get an early start and head to Wool­north, about 60km west of Stan­ley, for a morn­ing tour of the Van Diemens Land Com­pany’s his­toric prop­erty. En­joy a pic­nic lunch then make the four-hour jour­ney to Stra­han via Zee­han, ar­riv­ing in time (be­fore 5:30pm) for a per­for­mance of the long-run­ning play The Ship That Never Was. Stra­han Vil­lage of­fers a choice of cot­tage and ho­tel style rooms with views over the town’s pretty harbour.


Af­ter a stroll to Hog­a­rth Falls, let the Grin­ing fam­ily show you Mac­quarie Harbour and the Gor­don River on one of their World Her­itage Cruises. Late af­ter­noon drive to Tas­ma­nia’s ex­cit­ing new wilder­ness re­sort, Pump­house Point at Lake St Clair, for your fi­nal night’s stay.


With ad­vance no­tice, Pump­house Point can or­gan­ise a fish­ing trip for you with a guide from the Orrsome Tas­ma­nian Fly Fish­ing Lodge. Then, with your line-caught trout packed and ready to take home, re­turn to Devon­port to the ferry ter­mi­nal.

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