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.”


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 Australia's wilderness island state, on this B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meeting the locals along the way as you travel from north to south, and east to west. On this self drive holiday 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 and a half 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

Much of the accommodation is just a short drive away from Tasmania's iconic beauty spots, others are tucked away in Land for Wildlife spots, and some are so far off the tourist trail that you won't find them in any other tour operator brochure. Each 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 Tasmania’s 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 world’s first eco-tourism movement and changed the face of Australian politics.

The itinerary provided below is a just a guideline. It can start in Hobart, Launceston or Devonport. Car rental is included but guests can bring their own car if they prefer to come via ferry from Melbourne, and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Some of the b&b’s owners are amazing cooks, so don’t miss these dinner treats.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Up to you.
Classy B&B’s.
Accommodation, car hire and most breakfasts.
B&B owners will highlight all the best spots, with fine local produce. Budget £40-45 per day for other meals.
Perfect for solo travellers, with minimal surcharge for own room.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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.

The Impacts of this Trip

The company is the only one in the world 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. Car rental companies are all locally owned and run.


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

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 May 2021 by

Loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020 by

One of the very best we have taken....We thoroughly enjoyed staying with local people who were extremely friendly and visiting wineries Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020 by

An excellent trip with all the suggestions on things to do and where to go made by Susie De Carteret. The biggest problem was choosing between so many options. Her enthusiasm in the planning, and attention to detail in organising the trip made it a special holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020 by

Loved it. Its a long journey from the UK and we did indulge ourselves but it was one of the best holidays we've had. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants that sort of immersive holiday where you feel you've become part of the place.. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by

A nine (from 1 to 10)….Meeting and seeing all the Australian animals and plants and meeting local people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2020 by

Enjoyed each and every place we visited in Tasmania; the people, the environments, the sights. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020 by

Excellent, fantastic, extremely well organised 4 my needs as single, older woman traveller. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020 by

We laughed, was in awe and loved every moment, we stayed in places we wouldn’t haven’t found or considered and we squeezed as much local knowledge out of our hosts as we could. Mind you they were generous with their sharing. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2020 by

So many wonderful memories but seeing the animals and birds were really special Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020 by

Watching possums on the porch was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020 by

Simply wonderful. We cannot fault anything. We loved the wildlife, the wilderness and a brilliant array of accommodation and great hospitality Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019 by

One of the best destinations on earth. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the contact with people, discussing about the land, nature. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the trip was visiting areas of Tasmania we had not visited before and taking the time to go see THE WALL simply amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 May 2019 by

Meeting and chatting with the locals were the most memorable parts of our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2019 by

The most memorable parts of our travel in Tasmania included some of the remarkable people we met and learning about the work they are actively doing to preserve the land and native animals Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2019 by

This was up there with our best holidays. Susie's attention to detail was first class and our holiday included all the features we wanted. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting Flinders Island... Fantastic! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2019 by

The walk up to Paddy’s lake from Mountain Valley Eco Retreats was the most memorable part of the holiday... We loved it! Great walks, interesting wildlife; a lovely part of Australia. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2019 by

Every part of it was wonderful, but perhaps my favourite day was the boat trip to Maria Island. Mike and his team were so friendly and knowledgeable, and even picked us up and dropped us back at our West Hobart accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

We visited many of the parks which preserved the natural habitat and in particular got an appreciation of the unique Tasmanian forests... Brilliant. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

A scenic hilight was our South West Wilderness day with a flight on a 10 seater plane, boat trip and special lunch on a beautiful beach within the national park. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2019 by

Exceeded our expectations in many ways. The information provided by our travel specialist, Susie, introduced us to many opportunities that were exceptional. It gave us the ability to be flexible and make decisions as we travelled. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2019 by

Most memorable was meeting locals and learning their history firs thand, e.g, 7 generations of Archers at Brickendon estates. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2019 by

The accommodation was excellent for location, friendliness and support. The notes that Susie supplied us with enabled us to see the most significant sites and we are most grateful for all that was organised for us. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2018 by

6 out of 5 or 11 out of 10. It really could not have been better. We had high expectations and every day exceeded them. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Dec 2018 by

The diversity, landscape, nature were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by

High quality quaint places to stay. Each better than the next in terms of location, welcoming hosts and amenities. We were pleased at each location by the room and meals served. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2018 by

Our trip to Tasmania was exceptional...We saw local wildlife (platypus, wombats, Tasmanian devils) in their natural habitats, learned about the history of the island, and experienced the hospitality of the locals. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2018 by

Best holiday ever!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2018 by

Simply excellent...The overwhelming beauty that Tasmania has to offer - pristine wilderness combined with outstanding food and wine - friendly and generous people. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2018 by

Bruny Island and its wildlife was special as was Maria Island. The national parks also were always a delight. Hobart is also special. Outstanding - Ten out of ten and a gold star. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2018 by

We spent almost 4 weeks in Tasmania and had a wonderful time every day. Each area was different and we did so many varied activities that it is impossible to compare them. However, we loved the hiking that we did in every place we went despite the inclement weather. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2018 by

This was an amazing holiday of a lifetime, superbly organised by the tour operator with excellently chosen accommodation, locations and no-hassle car hire. Fine weather added to the delight but Tassie is friendly, bags to do and a haven for nature lovers, peace and quiet (with adventures if you're an adrenalin junkie!) Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Mar 2018 by

Maria Island walking trip, Pumphouse Point, the wildlife, the Flinders Island experience at Rob and Lorraine’s Partridge Farm, Sean’s pork belly at Jackey’s Marsh Wilderness Retreat....the local food and wine throughout the trip was lovely. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2018 by

The Arthur River was the highlight. Stupendous. the best ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2018 by

Great food, wine and stunning scenery. Fabulous, would go back in a heartbeat! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by

Excellent - we would highly recommend it. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2018 by

Every day was the same: exposure to fantastic flora, fauna, people, geology, architecture, weather... There were no let downs as we worked our way through an amazing itinerary. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2018 by

We loved everything about our Tasmania drive trip. We especially enjoyed the boat ride on the Tasman Coast. We had a perfect, clear day. We enjoyed all the animal life, national parks, people and the B&Bs. The entire trip met our expectations and we were very pleased. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2018 by

We enjoyed it all, but Bruny Island was outstanding. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2018 by

Meeting other travellers and the wildlife was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2018 by

Walking at lake St Claire was the highlight. A very good trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2018 by

The most memorable moment was Wineglass Bay and Gordon River Cruises as we got to meet the locals. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2017 by

It was all memorable and exciting: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Harpers on the Beach B&B, Tasman Island Cruise, Port Arthur Historic Site, Freycinet Retreat, Devils in the Dark, Arthur River Cruise, Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, Launceston B&B Retreat. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2017 by

The entire trip was superb total immersion in wildlife contact amongst friendly inspiring people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2017 by

Excellent trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by

Meeting our hosts and guides was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by

The highlight was meeting local people, enjoying the local food and understanding the history of the location. Excellent trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2017 by

Close encounters with wildlife and wonderful scenery. Accommodation was superb. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2017 by

In one word ,variety. You never knew what was around the corner. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by

Our trip was planned with the great advice and assistance of Susie de Carteret from the holiday provider... Each stop and tour had its own value and memories, all notable for a variety of reasons. Outstanding! Not a low point in 16 days. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2017 by

The total experience was great. Excellent. Great choice of accommodation and activities. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2017 by

Truly excellent. We are already thinking about how and when we'll be going back. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2017 by

We had many unforgettable experiences, but probably the most memorable was the visit to Rosemary & Sean Norwood at Forest Walks Lodge. It was the combination of: what an 'eco' lodge can be, good food, and an excellent guided walk. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2017 by

We absolutely loved visiting Mountain Valley Wilderness Retreat and seeing the wildlife there and the nearby Leven Canyon was fabulous and delightfully uncrowded with walks and wonderful views. Flinders Island was a brilliant place to unwind at the start of our holiday and the Three Capes Track was the icing on the cake at the end with spectacular cliff scenery and paths and accommodation so well thought out. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2017 by

Memorable moments - can't decide between taking a rainforest walk at Jackeys Marsh, sitting on the deck of our lodge at Freycinet morning and evening or seeing the wombats on Maria Island... Excellent. A lovely range of stops around the East and Central areas of Tasmania. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2017 by

The most memorable was the Cradle Mountain NP & Beauty Point Cottages. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2017 by

Travelling around was the highlight Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017 by

Best bit: Cradle mountain Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2016 by

The trip of a lifetime. We took a month to meander around, still didn't see everything of course, but covered an amazing amount of ground. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2016 by

All the places I stayed at exceeded my expectations and I would recommend each and every one of them to future travellers! Well worth the money and priceless in the experiences it brought me. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2016 by

excellent....the whole experience was just great Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2016 by

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

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2015 by

The whole of Tasmania is just awesome; so every part of the travel is memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2014 by

It was a fantastic tour of the island, the memories from which we we will savour for the rest of our lives. Read full review

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