Melissa and Jakob's Australian Adventure
Hobart to Hobart
Best Time of the Year
All year round
- Stefano Lubiana Wines
- Swimming at Honeymoon Bay
- Cradle Mountain Track
- Sunrise at Dove Lake
Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck
Distance 76.2km - Driving Time 1hr 4min
After stocking up with food supplies in Sorell our Tassie adventure began! Just over an hour later we made our first scenic stop at Pirates Bay Lookout and its spectacular panoramic views of Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Nest and the wild Tassie coastline. Another nice surprise was the awesome coffee served from Cubed Espresso Bar, a mobile solar-powered, eco espresso bar at the top of the lookout. Great coffee, breathtaking views – what more could you want!
Time to explore! What better way to explore the stunning coastline of the Tasmanian Peninsula than with local tour guides Damo and Suzy and their Wild Oceans cruise. Leaping dolphins, diving sea birds, jaw dropping Dolerite sea cliffs, rugged coastline and of course swimming with inquisitive and playful fur seals – it was action packed. After a full day of adventures, we cooked up a hearty pasta in the campervan and freedom camped the night, tired and happy.
Eaglehawk Neck to Fortescue Bay
Distance 24.8km - Driving Time 30min
Our adventure continues at the beautiful Fortescue Camping Ground. Surrounded by national park and on the edge of a stunning white sand beach this has to be one of Tassie's best kept secrets, we found ourselves a powered site and then grabbed our backpack for the day hike to Cape Hauy. What would be a spectacular track on any day was, on this windless sunny day, simply breathtaking. The last section of the walk is reasonably steep, but the first vantage point reveals stunning panoramic views of the cape, the Devil’s Arch, Cape Pillar and Tasman Island. The sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsular are the tallest in the world, a humbling and wonderful reminder of mother nature's grandeur!
Fortescue Bay to Lake St Clair
Distance 235km - Driving Time 3hr 14min
Ever-changing scenery of forest, towering mountains, rugged wilderness and beautiful fields provided the backdrop to our drive to Lake St Clair. We decided to overnight at the Lake St Clair Tourist Park, which was a great spot: walking distance to the Lake St Clair lodge – the starting and finishing point for the Overland Track hikers and a great spot for a wine and a pub meal. The camping ground is set on the edge of Lake St Clair, which is surrounded by dense ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, wild and rugged. This is the Tasmania I really loved, like stepping back in time – wild and untamed.
Lake St Clair to Pumphouse
We decided to treat ourselves for one night at this unique hotel, and what a treat it was nibbling on gourmet food and sipping on G&Ts overlooking this beautiful lake. The converted 1940 hydroelectric pump station 250m out on Lake St Clair could be the setting for a Stephen King novel: serene, isolated and mysterious. Parking up the campervan and indulging in one night of luxury, we spent the following day bush walking around the lake trying to spot the elusive platypus.
Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain
Distance 210km - Driving Time 3hrs 4min
Finally we arrive at the world famous Cradle Mountain. There's a couple of hotels, a pub and little else at this destination. We set up for the night at the Discovery Campgrounds. We quickly discovered this location had tourist prices for food, campsites, etc; costs were much higher than elsewhere in Tassie.
Our mission was to photograph Dove Lake for sunrise but we discovered heavy vehicles can not drive into the park and the first bus did not depart till 8am. We decided to make the 10km trek into the park with a very early start of 4.30am, which was surprisingly pleasant (peaceful, if a little chilly). We nabbed a great shot of Dove Lake and the famous Cradle Mountain in the background and some cheeky wombats on the walk back.
Cradle Mountain to Bay of Fires
Distance 319km - Driving Time 4hrs 31min
With a stop off en route at the unique ‘Little Blue Lake’, we arrived at Bay of Fires, a slice of coastal heaven: aqua blue waters, white sand beaches and of course the iconic bright orange lichen covered boulders. We spent hours here wandering across the rocks, taking a dip in the cool water and relaxing on the beach. We decided to freedom camp the night so we were in prime position to catch the sunrise over the famous bay and were rewarded with breathtaking colours!
Bay of Fires to Wineglass Bay
Distance 114km - Driving Time 1hr 46min
We choose the Iluka Holiday Centre for our two-night stay, a great spot close to the beach, great barbecue facilities and walking distance to the general store and local pub. We had an early start the following morning making our way into the national park for our hike to the top of Mt Amos. It is worth getting to the Wineglass Bay carpark early as there is limited parking and spaces fill up quickly! What a hike! It’s only 4km but is practically vertical! Very, very steep in parts, we were literally on our hands and knees crawling up rock faces – strenuous but the reward at the top was worth it! Stunning panoramic views of the gorgeous Wineglass Bay, turquoise water, bright white beach, lush green wilderness – simply sensational. The perfect spot for a bite of lunch, a photo opportunity and a stretch of those hamstrings!
Wineglass Bay to Seven Mile Beach
Distance 155km - Driving Time 2hrs 6min
Our final destination before leaving Hobart was the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park, a great spot directly across from the beach, which was rugged, beautiful and practically deserted. It's the perfect spot to relax and unwind before our flight out the following day. The holiday park is close to the airport (only 2.5km) but you still feel like you are off the beaten track and surrounded by nature.
Road trip highlights
Where was the best view? The top of Mt Amos – panoramic views of Wineglass Bay.
Where did you stop for a picnic? Pirates Bay Lookout – breakfast overlooking the bay in the morning sun.
Where was your favourite place/town visited and why? Lake St Clair: wild, rugged and untamed wilderness – we really felt like we were completely immersed in nature.
Best café for coffee? Cubed Espresso Bar – Pirates Bay Lookout.
Did you have a favourite holiday park you stayed in and why? Iluka – well equipped BBQ area, toliets, showers and close to the beach.
What would be your top tip for other campervan travellers? If you are heading to national parks, make sure you arrive early; car parks fill quickly and larger vehicles require additional space.
Can you share a recipe from something you cooked in the campervan? We loved cooking porridge over the stove: slow cooked oats, adding nuts and seeds and fresh banana and honey – it was a great way to set us up for a big day hiking!
What is your greatest memory of the whole campervan holiday? Swimming at Fortescue Bay post Cape Hauy hike – fresh, crystal clear water all to ourselves!