Score: 9.1

Who’d have predicted that the drive up the east coast of Tassie, from Hobart to the Bay of Fires, would beat all our iconic road trips – including the world-famous Great Ocean Road, the wildly isolated Nullarbor – to take the #2 spot? What can we say – you’ll understand when you get there. Maria Island, the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay, and holiday mini-mecca Bicheno are all waiting to be uncovered on this trip, but they’re not the only highlights. Tellingly, the area’s most luxurious stay also came in at #5, while the Freycinet Experience was voted Australia’s best walking holiday, at #13 on this list. Basically, we all need to move here.

A five-second itinerary

Day 1 – Hobart to Orford: When you arrive at Orford, catch the ferry to car-free Maria Island. Spend the afternoon wandering, taking in her natural beauty.

Day 2 – Orford to Swansea: Stop at Freycinet Peninsula on the way to hike or abseil the picturesque Hazards, swim those ridiculous beaches and gorge on oysters.

Day 3 – Stay put: You haven’t swum with Wineglass Bay’s dolphins yet (or eaten enough oysters).

Day 4 – Swansea to St Helens: Pull in at pretty seaside town Bicheno on the way. Just north of town, directly in front of Diamond Island Resort, is also a view of the area so good it was voted #22nd best view in the country in a previous AT list (so you know it’s good).

Day 5 – St Helens to Bay of Fires: Call work and explain: you’re going to need another week’s leave…

 

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