Self Drive Itineraries

Launceston to Stanley

This Launceston to Stanley self drive itinerary runs through farmland and history at Longford and Deloraine, then follows the coast all the way out to Stanley in the far northwest of Tasmania. This is an interesting day itinerary taking in cut offs and unusual features.You can spend the whole day looking around at the stops. To drive point to point without stopping will take about 3 hours. 

While you can drive to Stanley from Launceston in about 3 hours, it is a very pleasant day drive between overnight stops.

This itinerary will meander through some wonderful farming areas and historic towns, before taking the coast road through Ulverstone and Penguin and on out to Stanley.

Launceston to Stanley Tasmania Australia

Brickendon Estate Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon.

Credit - Wai Nang Poon
Launceston to Stanley Tasmania Australia

Meander River Reflections, Tasmania, Australia. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan

Credit - Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan
Launceston to Stanley Tasmania Australia

The Don River Railway is a vintage railway and museum in the suburb of Don, Devonport. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Kelly Slater.

Credit - Tourism Tasmania & Kelly Slater
Launceston to Stanley Tasmania Australia

Burnie city at night, Tasmania, Australia. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Gina Fynearts

Credit - Tourism Tasmania & Gina Fynearts
Launceston to Stanley Tasmania Australia

The historic village of Stanley, in far north-west Tasmania, is nestled at the base of The Nut, a sheer-sided bluff - all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug. Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon

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Launceston to Brickendon Farm Estate and Woolmers Estate

Featured stops | Woolmers Estate | Brickendon |

From Launceston, take Hwy#1 Midland Highway south to Bredalbane, and instead of going to the Launceston Airport, stay on Hwy#1 Midlands Highway through Perth and continue on towards Hobart.

Watch for the C520 Woolmers Lane on the right, and turn west and drive across the very attractive farmland to Woolmers Estate.

As the road passes some woodland and then starts to curve down to the Macquarie River, watch for the turnoff to Woolmers Estate on the right.

Set high above the Macquarie River, Woolmers Estate was first established in the 1820’s. The buildings have all been restored and the whole Estate gives a very good feel for the history, farming and lifestyle of the area.

A feature is the fabulous rose garden with over 180 varieties of old roses, and the ancient trees and hedges give Woolmers a very rural feel. Woolmers Estate, and its neighbour, Brickendon Estate, have both been inscribed into the Australian National Heritage List.

Things to see and do...

Longford to Deloraine

Featured stops  | Longford | Hagley | Westbury | Pearn’s Steam World | Deloraine | Ashgrove Cheese Outlet |  

Leaving Longford, turn left onto the B52 Illawarra Road and then turn left onto Hwy#1 Bass Highway.

Watch for the turnoff to the right onto the B54 and after leaving Hwy#1, turn hard left onto the old road that is the main street of Hagley.

The road runs back under Hwy#1, and then comes to Westbury.

These old villages were established in the early 1800’s and you can get a very good feel for the lifestyle of the area.

Pearn’s Steam World

Pearn’s Steam World, on the right as you drive through Westbury, is worth a visit by those interested in old steam driven machinery.

This is widely regarded as the finest collection of steam driven machinery in the Southern Hemisphere.

The park on the left just before the road dips down across the river is an interesting stop. Rather than return to Hwy#1 Bass Highway, stay on the B54 Meander Valley Road as it winds its way into Deloraine.

Cross the Meander River at Deloraine (perhaps stop at the Riverside Park for a few minutes) and climb the hill through this rather pretty, historic township.

Stay on the main street, There is a full supermarket on the left as you come up Emu Bay road is you need supplies.

Stay on Emu Bay Road, until it joins Hwy#1, the Bass Highway and continue on towards Devonport and Burnie.

Ashgrove Cheese

After driving through Elizabeth Town, watch for the Ashgrove Cheese Shop on the left. A delicious presentation of local produce awaits for foodies.

The scenery in this part of Tasmania varies from open farmland with mountains on the horizon, to woodland and replanted forests that are commercial timber growing operations.

It is an area of rolling hills, gentle valleys and pleasant scenery.


Featured Stops | Devonport | The Don River Railway | 

From Elizabeth Town, stay on Hwy#1 Bass Highway past Latrobe and cross the Mersey River at Devonport. Devonport is a port city built on the banks of the Mersey River.

It is the Tasmanian terminal for the Spirit of Tasmania ferry across Bass Strait.

If wishing to stop and look around Devonport, take Formby Road off to the right and follow it through town and along the Mersey River to its mouth and some pleasant coastal scenery where it meets Bass Strait.

Return to the Bass Highway and head for Burnie.

Don River Railway

As you leave Devonport, watch for the turnoff lane to the right to Don, and the Don River Railway and Museum.

If interested in railways and railway history, this working museum and railroad is well worth a visit.

Things to see and do...


Featured Stops | Penguin | 

Stay on Hwy#1 Bass Highway as it comes down to Bass Strait and then follows the coastline towards Burnie.

At Ulverstone, leave the Bass Highway and drive through the township on Main Street, cross the river and then turn right to West Ulverstone and follow the Bass Strait frontage road (now called Penguin Road) along the shores of Bass Strait to Penguin.

At Penguin, stay on the Old Bass Highway road as it winds along the coast before rejoining Hwy#1 Bass Highway at Sulphur Creek.

This is a well worthwhile diversion from the more direct, but far less scenic Hwy#1 Bass Highway route that bypasses Penguin.

Burnie to Stanley

Featured Stops | Lactos Cheese Factory | Burnie | Table Cape | Port Latta | The Nut and Stanley

Hwy#1 Bass Highway will now follow the coast into Burnie. Stay on Hwy#1 through Burnie and out to Stanley.

The countryside varies between farmland (note the colour of the earth out here – an incredible brown) and forests that stretch inland to the hills.

As you come along the coast, you will see The Nut dominating the horizon ahead and to the right.

The Nut is the backdrop to Stanley. Turn off onto the B21 and follow it out to the Nut and the old whaling and fishing township of Stanley.

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