Whether you’re weaving around the bends of the Sheffield and Kentish area, or driving past coastal vistas en route to Stanley, the scenery around North West Tasmania and the Cradle Coast will be sure to delight. When travelling around this part of Tasmania, choose from car, camper van, bus, push bike or motorbike.
The best bit about a self-drive Tasmania holiday is being able to stop along the way and visit the incredible operators around the Tasting Trail. If you didn’t bring a car, you can easily hire a rental from Hertz or Avis in Burnie and Devonport. Once you’ve got the keys, you’ll be able to access some of the most remote and beautiful areas on your Tasmanian road trip.
By renting a campervan, this will allow you to go at your own pace and make the most of the caravan parks and campgrounds around North West Tasmania. This mode of transport also allows great flexibility, as you won’t be as restricted by time and can explore all the landmarks, lookouts and picnic spots accessible by car. Check out some great camping grounds and caravan parks in North West Tasmania here.
North West Tasmania has bus routes connecting most regional centres, allowing you to sit back and enjoy views of rolling countryside. MerseyLink offers services that connect towns like Devonport, Latrobe, Port Sorell and Sheffield. While Tasmanian Redline connects the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport to Burnie, stopping in towns like Ulverstone and Penguin. If you’re planning on seeing the iconic Cradle Mountain, McDermott’s Coaches offers shuttle buses inside the national park, as well as tours leaving from Launceston. Visit the different bus services’ websites for information on timetables.
For the adventurous folk, North West Tasmania offers undulating terrain to challenge and appease cyclists. We recommend planning your route beforehand and informing others of your itinerary, as the roads can get especially slippery during the colder months. This mode of transport is more suited for warmer weather, so be sure to ride to the conditions and be careful in remote areas. Check out Map My Ride for different Tasmanian cycling tour ideas.
Feel the fresh air on your face and smell the countryside as you weave around bends and over rolling hills on two wheels. Motorbikes are a popular mode of transport for travellers in North West Tasmania, so be sure to stop for a beer and ask fellow riders for tips along the way. It is important to always abide by the road rules and make sure you have adequate safety equipment, too.