B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals

“Self-guided driving tour on this small island that's big on wilderness. With coastal expanses and mountainous magnificence, the choice is yours on this Tassie tailor made trip.”

Highlights

Woolmers Estate | Launceston | National Rose Garden | Tamar Valley | Narawntapau National Park | Cradle Mountain | Dove Lake | Sarah Island | Western Wilderness | Bonnet Island | Wilderness retreats | Central Highlands | Lake St Clair | Mount Field National Park | Hobart | South West National Park | Great Tasmanian wildlife | Top Tasmania B&B's with conservation expertise

Description of B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals

Enjoy the best of Tasmania, Australia's wilderness island state, with a self drive tour that takes you from north to south, and east to west. On this self drive holiday in Tasmania you will be staying in authentic farm stays and family run bed and breakfasts, wilderness cabins and convict built cottages where you will have the chance to meet local islanders, including many who are deeply immersed in wildlife and environmental conservation in this magical island that become the life-raft for mainland Australia's long lost species over ten thousand years ago.

Your drives, from 45 minutes to no more than three hours at a time, will take you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Southern Hemisphere, with innumerable opportunities to stop and walk to dramatic tumbling waterfalls, vast, deep silent lakes, through pockets of rainforest, the tallest flowering trees in the world towering above you at over 100 metres, and surprise lookouts giving way to vistas across endless mountain ranges

Each new B&B, some a short drive away from Tasmania's iconic beauty spots, other tucked away in Land for Wildlife spots, most so far off the tourist trail that you won't find them in any other tour operator brochure, will hold a wonderful surprise, with a warm welcome and a host of surprises guaranteed. Enjoy absolutely unique wildlife experiences from the endangered Tasmanian devils on your porch at night to the normally elusive platypus in your own back garden stream. Enjoy mouth watering home cooking with local produce, sometimes collected from your own back garden, and Tasmania's acclaimed wines. Stay in World Heritage listed convict sites and get an insight into Tasmania as it existed in the 1800s, when it invoked fear into the wretched souls who were transported to 'Van Diemen's Land'.

Get off the beaten track into some of Tasmaniaís most stunning and bird and wildlife-rich hideaways. Stand on the Edge of the World and gaze across to South America or south to the Antarctic, with no landmass between you and there, as you breathe the cleanest recorded air in the inhabited world. Discover the very spot that launched the worldís first eco-tourism movement and changed the face of Australian politics.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Some of the b&bís owners are amazing cooks, so donít miss these dinner treats.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Up to you.
Accomm:
Classy B&Bís.
Included:
Accommodation, car hire and most breakfasts.
Meals:
B&B owners will highlight all the best spots, with fine local produce. Budget £40-45 per day for other meals.
Solos:
Perfect for solo travellers, with minimal surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals

Environment

Several of the B&Bs on this itinerary are protected Land for Wildlife conservation areas and a number of them are part of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy scheme. The TLC is a non profit organisation that acquires and manages land in Tasmania, protecting important natural places. Many are within or on the edge of national parks. For example, one of the properties you will stay in is 61ha and has been owned by your hosts since 1979. They have built the accommodation themselves using all Tasmanian timbers. They joined National Parks and Wildlife's scheme 'Land for Wildlife' as a commitment to their desire to preserve the natural habitat for wildlife. In 2002 they signed an agreement with both Federal and State Governments and placed a Perpetual Conservation Covenancy on the property title under the 'Private Forest Reserve' programme to protect the vulnerable forest habitat of the wet forest type Eucalyptus Viminalis (White Gum) of which there are many old growth specimens, protection for the Karst system and threatened fauna species . Like many properties, the reserve is a release for rehabilitated wildlife.

In 2005 they signed with the both houses of the Tasmanian State government to register the property as a Private Nature Reserve. Under both these schemes the property can never be logged and the habitat can never be degraded. They have management schemes in place for both the extensive karst systems and the forest habitat. The reserve is home to many of Tasmania's native wildlife including the Tasmanian Devil, the Spotted Tail Quoll both threatened species, brush tail and ring tail possums, Pademelon wallabies, endemic birds of Tasmania, bats, wombats and echidnas to name a few.

You are urged not to drive at dawn, dusk or at night when wildlife is likely to be on the roads and always to take extreme caution at all times. The operator makes a donation to the Tasmanian Land Conservancy every year.

Community

The company is the only one in the UK, Europe and USA that has been established world to only inherently Tasmanian experiences and locally owned authentic family run Tasmanian bed and breakfast accommodation. Almost every accommodation has been, built using locally sourced labour and materials dating from the early 1800s through to present day. The wildlife tours recommended all use local staff, not only from Tasmania but from their regions within Tasmania. Many of your accommodation providers are wildlife carers and the wildlife sanctuaries you may visit during your tour are NOT zoos - all the animals are rescued as orphans or injured animals, brought back to health or raised until they are old enough to survive in the wild, rehabilitated and released if at all possible. Entrance fees to these sanctuaries goes towards the wellbeing of Tasmania's wildlife, such as Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which runs the state's official wildlife rescue line, and many operators donate a high percentage of their profits to wildlife and conservation schemes.

Reviews of B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There wasn't a day we didn't enjoy, but Flinders Island was definitely the highlight for us. From the easy going flight to the friendliness of everyone we met, to the deserted beaches - we really felt we had got away from it all. The included tour ensured we got the most out of our stay and Gary kept us well entertained. Other highspots included being truly spoilt at Beauty Point Cottages, wonderful French cooking from Remi at Glencoe Roral Retreats, the Arthur River Cruise and, of course, seeing quoll, platypus and Tasmanian Devils at Mountain Valley.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Let Susie know what your interests are and she will do the rest! Daytime driving was stress-free and the itinerary was well-paced so take time to follow Susie's recommendations for coffee stops etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes in that we stayed mainly in small family run places, with food obtained locally or grown in the garden, so food miles minimised wherever possible. Also had the chance to see conservation projects close-up at several places and speak and learn directly from those involved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We'll be back - can't speak more highly than that.

Read the operator's response here:

I am thrilled that Kathy and Andy had such a wonderful holiday in Tasmania with me. Getting off the beaten track in Tassie reaps such fantastic rewards, more than anywhere else I have ever been to, especially for those who love wildlife, meeting locals and leaving the rest of the world behind. Flinders Island is an absolute gem yet only a handful of visitors to Tassie make the extra little effort to get there - despite it being such a stress free trip to make! Thanks for putting your trust in me, Kathy - it was an absolute pleasure to arrange your holiday.

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole of Tasmania is just awesome;so every part of the travel is memorable. A full circle we are doing; Devonport ,Lauceston , Swansea, Coles Bay, Horbart < Tarraleah, Queenstown, Strahan,Cradle Mountain , Burnee etc. Plenty of attractions from the Drives ,ever changing sceneries,from rugged cliffs , river gorges to great scenic rolling plains , hills and quaint townships, wild life Santuaries,wild animals, wild flowers and Blooming gardens. Its refreshing as every part of our journeys are full of anticipation; wild lives a plenty ...wow we even got to see Whales at the Wineglass Bay cruises. If you love nature and history you will love Tasmania. Horbart probably the only big city where in addition to nature and wilderness you have a great mix of people ,events and life styles , art , crafts , music...everything. All the Cruises are great including the Train Rides and food .The detail planning, customised together
with Susie was fantastic and we had smooth sailing all the way with the Schedules and with two reliabale relatively new SUVs from Budet Car(one
with GPS which is a great help). Thank you Susie.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do a min 2 weeks , if not 3 weeks will be ideal, spreading them out among those towns

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes....we see and appreciate the works like Bonorong Santuaries, night devil feeding in Cradle mountain etc......it definitletly helps the local from the point of using local cruises , excursions, local shops and produce.. Yes the enviroment impact part is much emphasized generally, practiced and therefore support conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Awesome. would have extended it to 3 weeks if we had digested and found out more of what are available

Read the operator's response here:

It was such a pleasure to arrange this itinerary for HH and his group of friends. They were open minded to the itinerary so I was able to create one that enabled them to see the best of Tasmania, including the east coast, the west coast and the Central Highlands in the fairly limited time they had on the island, and they were able to take advantage of the fact that Tasmania has wonderful accommodation that is perfectly suited to small groups. I was thrilled to be able to provide fantastic, personalised experiences through my contacts that enabled them to get really close to the wildlife and nature in intimate surroundings. Seeing a whale on the Wineglass Bay Cruise is very special and a great reason to visit in Tasmania's spring. I hope they can come back one day and enjoy some other just as beautiful but completely different parts of Tassie one day.

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Encountering the Tassie wildlife from close-up, in many cases. Eagles, echidnas,
platypodes, wallabies, pademelons, superb fairy wrens. We greatly enjoy being in the presence of animals and observing their behaviour so that was a real highlight!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure payment details are well sorted ahead of time, and allow lots more driving time than indicated - as there are lots of worthwhile stopping spots along the way. Some advice regarding restaurants in Tassie: Many eateries close early and/or only take reservations well ahead of time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we greatly enjoyed staying in local B&Bs and meeting the owners, many of whom are concerned about conservation and actively take a part in it. The self-driving aspect of our holiday perhaps did not do much to reduce environmental impact. That being said, we did not contribute to any new road kill -- so in that sense, we reduced our environmental footprint! The local Tassie produce was delicious and we definitely helped the local economy in eating as much as we did.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Given that our prior plans had fallen through, and given that we contacted Susie last minute, she put together an incredibly well-thought out, detailed and wonderful itinerary that respected our wishes and made for an amazing, once-in-a lifetime holiday.
We got to see most of what we had wanted to see - and more. We would most definitely book with Susie again. It was a fantastic tour of the island, the memories from which we we will savour for the rest of our lives.

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