THE ESSEN­TIALS

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Road Trip -

Get­ting there: Jet­star, Vir­gin and Qan­tas fly to Launce­s­ton and Ho­bart daily, and there are car-rental fa­cil­i­ties at the air­ports and in ma­jor city cen­tres. If you’d pre­fer to take your own ve­hi­cle, you can drive to Mel­bourne, Vic and catch The Spirit of Tas­ma­nia to Devon­port, Tas. There are a few un­sealed roads to be cau­tious of, es­pe­cially with rental cars, although most (ex­clud­ing Bruny Is­land and near na­tional parks and re­serves) can be de­toured around if you’re con­cerned.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion: There are a range of camp­sites – free sites, na­tional parks and hol­i­day parks – but dou­ble-check for space dur­ing the high sea­son over sum­mer, or in pop­u­lar re­gions such as Fr­eycinet. There’s also no short­age of more lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion, with a num­ber of re­sorts and hol­i­day apart­ments dot­ting the coast­line.

More in­for­ma­tion: Dis­cover Tas­ma­nia has de­vel­oped 12 self-drive itin­er­ar­ies that can take you all over the state, in­clud­ing an ex­cel­lent two- to five-day east­ern drive. The itin­er­ar­ies list lo­ca­tions, restau­rants, sights, ac­tiv­i­ties and also the driv­ing time be­tween lo­ca­tions, and are ex­cel­lent for plan­ning your own road trip through Tassie. Check out www.dis­cover­tas­ma­nia.com.au /what to-do/self­drive.

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