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

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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.
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 travelers, 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

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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 18 Apr 2017 by

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


Our trip was planned with the great advice and assistance of Susie de Carteret from the vacation provider. "Most" memorable really does not apply for us. Each stop and tour had its own value and memories, all notable for a variety of reasons.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book with Susie, stay in Tassie at least 2 weeks, don't hesitate to stay longer if possible.

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


The way each stop was organized and the ecological values of the citizens and government of Tasmania make it difficult NOT to benefit both the economy and the ecology.

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


Outstanding! Not a low point in 16 days. Regarding the star rating below , again , we don't think along the lines of "best" or "favourite", so can't check 5 stars , BUT we DO consider it a 5 star vacation!

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2017 by

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


Difficult to pick only one. Time spent in Stanley was magical, especially if you count the Arthur River cruise. What a beautiful place. Such lovely people hosting us in each B&B that we stayed in, each with their own ways of expressing warmth and attentiveness.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Definitely go via this vacation provider. We were referred to Susie via Responsible Travel and she made the vacation stress free with her amazing knowledge of local attractions and accommodation.

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


Yes indeed. We stayed away from corporate lodgings (except once and that was our fault). The Forest Lodge for example uses totally sustainable power and is a great example of how you can live off the grid without sacrificing comfort (or great food!)

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


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

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2017 by

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


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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do not lose your passports two days before you are due to travel. Susie managed to rebook for us at very short notice. Her performance was outstanding and we are very grateful. Make sure she knows exactly what you are looking for and she will do everything she can to fit it in.

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


Yes to all three questions in a small way. Apart from Hobart we stayed in B&B's and felt we were making a contribution directly into the local community. We also felt that they were doing all they can to operate with minimum impact on the environment. In addition Susie makes a contribution directly to the "Tasmanian Land Conservancy".

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


Excellent. Tasmania has a lot to offer and as we said before we have many unforgetable memories. We could have spent more than the four weeks we were there.

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2017 by

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


It was all fantastic and memorable - so varied and interesting with all the different activities we wanted to do.

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 vacation 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. On Flinders Island we explored, climbed a mountain, swam in the sea, walked on deserted beaches, saw a wide variety of wildlife, stayed on friendly Partridge Farm, relaxed and ate delicious food! We spent New Year at Corinna where we were able to discover the beauty, peace and quiet of the rainforest and explore by canoe and kayak and on foot. We had an amazing flight down to the South West Wilderness with Par Avion tours which was a very special day out.

We visited the wildlife sanctuary at Bonorong where we had a personal welcome and tour and saw incredible tall trees and waterfalls in Mount Field National Park. We saw penguins in Stanley and had the most wonderful cruise on the Arthur River aboard the MV George Robinson during which we learnt a lot about the rainforest from our guide. We packed so much into our twenty days in Tasmania - it was truly wonderful - and everywhere we went, we found people very friendly and helpful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Susie has lots of ideas and knows some wonderful places to stay. We had several discussions at some length to make sure we got a vacation that suited us and our interests and budget! I would say it is worth taking time to look at the websites of the places she recommends that you might visit and do a little of your own research to help her tweak the vacation so that it really is tailor made to your requirements, for example we decided to spend three nights at Corinna rather than two and to miss out Cradle Mountain with its many tourists in preference for more remote and less visited areas. When traveling to different places, Susie's directions are very good. Food is quite expensive but petrol is cheap.

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


Yes because we bought a Parks Pass and spent a lot of time in the National Parks. We also left the car behind and spent three days walking the Three Capes Track which is run by the National Parks with "Eco-lodge" accommodation. We visited and therefore contributed to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which runs conservation projects. The places we stayed were run by local people and we supported local businesses.

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


This vacation was a special one to celebrate our sixtieth birthdays and it fulfilled all our hopes and dreams. I would like to give it 5 stars. The only reason I haven't is that I am fortunate enough to have been on a couple of other amazing, if quite different, vacations in my lifetime and so I can't honestly say it is simply the best but I can say it is definitely one of the best!!

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2017 by

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


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.....

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Explore as much as you can. Take the small roads and enjoy the adventure. Go Eco.

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


By staying with locals in smaller accommodation we got to know the hosts well and appreciated their local projects.

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


Excellent. A lovely range of stops around the East and Central areas of Tasmania. Thank you for listening to our wishes and organising accordingly.

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2017 by

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


Traveling around

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring appropriate clothes for all weather and decent hiking gear

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


Yes

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


Reviewed on 19 Dec 2016 by

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


Being able to explore the vast little nooks and crannies of Tasmania and mixing with the local people. It's where you discover the rich ties people have with their island, discover the passionate local knowledge, and explore the 'off the beaten track' beauty of Tasmania. A standout for us was the Beauty Point Cottages - a piece of paradise coupled with amazing hosts Col &Barb.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go into the local Information Centres to discover what is of interest to you in each area. We found a lot of hidden treasures this way. Check that accomodation suits you and your interests, and what is in the surrounding area for you to do/see. Get up early and get into it!

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


Supporting locals wherever we could (boat tours etc) definately helps the local economy, as well as keep these businesses afloat.
Tasmania relies so heavily on tourism. Thought that Tasmania was amazingly clean, something the other states in Australia could take a lesson from. Everyone there is obviously conscious of the environment and conservation of their beautiful state.

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


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.

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2016 by

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


Staying at various different locations on the island and seeing new things each day! Especially loved Bonorong and MONA as well as all the walks and hikes I
managed to go on.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Give yourself a good amount of time to stay in Tasmania, a week minimum, but ideally I would have stayed for 2!

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


I felt like Tasmania was a very environmentally conscious place and most places that I visited and stayed at were passionate about environment and
conservation which was great to be a part of. I also really enjoyed all the local food/art/activities/etc and it was lovely to see that there is a strong sense of
community and support of local produce.

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


I went in with very minimal expectations and an open mind, the adventure that I had in Tasmania was most definitely something that I will remember for life
and was amazing experience. Susie did a wonderful job with planning my itinerary and I found it to be perfectly balanced! All the places I stayed at exceeded my expectations and I would recommend each and every one of them to future travelers! Well worth the money and priceless in the experiences it brought me.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2016 by

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


no one thing really - the whole experience was just great

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


contact Susie who runs this trip

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


all of the above

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


excellent

Read the operator's response here:

I am thrilled that Peter and Trish had such a wonderful time. It was a pleasure arranging their vacation which took them all over the island and offshore to Tasmania's other most beautiful little islands too, and I know that all the B&Bs thoroughly enjoyed hosting them. I wish them all the very best on their return home to NZ.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2016 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation.

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2015 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation?


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation 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 vacation.
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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