This site provides visitors with the required information direct from local operators for you to best plan and enjoy your stay.

Bookings are linked directly to operators avoiding 3rd party commissions to ensure the best possible experience and price.

Bass Highway

Launceston - Devonport to Queenstown. Whether you have arrived by air or by sea Launceston to Queenstown (293Kms) and Devonport to Queenstown (191Kms) has so many stop options. Our key recommendations are,

  • Sheffield...The place with so many quirks, cafes and murals is a great place to stop for at least a lunch break. Mountain Mumma, Blacksmith and many others are all in the main street.

  • Cradle Mountain...Is a Tasmanian Icon and one of the most photographed scenes in Australia. Most will spend a night here but if the crowds are too much consider nearby Lemonthyme Lodge.

  • Tullah...Turn right off the Murchison highway and find the Tullah cafe. It's more than a good cafe with a host of facilities, a nice museum of pioneer tin mining and some interesting Hydropower development dioramas. If you feel like staying on drive a few hundred metres further and turn right to the Tullah Chalet situated by the beautiful lakeside. (Both are recommended)

  • Take a left turn off the Murchison highway, take the very scenic drive around Mt Murchison, Lake Plimsoll and beside the Tyndall range.

  • Queenstown...Welcome to the heart of Tasmania's Western Wilds.

Travel Distances, Time & Suggested stops.

Hobart to Queenstown 260Kms. 1 Day.

Top off with fuel and allow a full day to make the most of this journey.

  • Hamilton... A wonderful morning tea stop. Look for the Emporium cafe to the left or Wild Fennel cafe (recommended) on the right.

  • Tarraleah...Penstock lookout is impressive.

  • Derwent Bridge...'The Wall' is very much worth a visit and for lunch or continue 400 metres to the Hungry Wombat cafe or the Derwent Bridge Hotel.

  • Franklin River (Surprise too)...Do the easy 30 minute rainforest walk to the headwaters of the Franklin River. Let The Franklin Flow Free!

  • Donaghys Hill...40 Minutes walk. A beautiful view of Frenchmans Cap.

  • Nelson Falls...Very easy 20 Minutes boardwalk through rainforest.

  • Gormanston...Take the right turn at Karlsons Gap to view the 1883 discovered Iron Blow mine, the origin of the Mt Lyell Mining Company. Car parking, interpretations and an exciting viewing platform. Drive back to Karlsons Gap for the short boardwalk to view Horsetail Falls or view it from your vehicle as you make the spectacular descent into.....

  • Queenstown...Welcome to the heart of Tasmania's Western Wilds.

DRIVING TIPS 
Western Tasmania is very mountainous therefore the roads can be very windy/bendy. Times can be much longer than you may think so make sure to plan well in advance and leave yourself plenty of time to travel between overnight stops. Don't forget, there's lot's to do along the way.

NIGHT DRIVING

Tasmania's wildlife is nocturnal so are very often on our roads at night. If at all possible please try to arrive at your destination before dark to avoid hitting any of our precious native wildlife.

Fuel stations, food and toilet stops can also be few and far between in some areas so be sure to have full a tank of fuel before traveling west. Fuel is available at Queenstown (also available after hours by credit card), Strahan, Zeehan (by credit card only), Rosebery and Derwent Bridge.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE

Mobile phone coverage can be patchy around Tasmania. Telstra has the best coverage; Optus and Vodaphone are improving all the time. 

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The weather in Tasmania is unpredictable and nowhere more than the Western Wilds. It can snow or hail any time of year. Even in summer be sure to bring at least one set of warm clothes. Nights are often chilly and Days rarely exceed 28 deg. C. Be prepared for rain, after all it is the pure clean rain that maintains the temperate wilderness.

If there is or has been snow or bad weather, get the real story from the locals on Facebook. Look for “West coast road conditions”. Locals are vigilant on this page with what conditions are really like out there. Tasmania Police also post updates here.

Take your time and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way but please be mindful that the locals know the roads well and really appreciate it when you pull over to let them pass.....when it is safe to do so. Safe travels!