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 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.

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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&bís owners are amazing cooks, so donít miss these dinner treats.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Up to you.
Classy B&Bís.
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

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


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 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.

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

4.5 out of 5 stars

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 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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