Saint-Tropez, the Cinque Terre, … Boat Harbour, Tasmania!

by Steven Chater from Trip Plan Australia. Check out Trip Plan’s free Itinerary Planner that will help you make the most of your next road trip through regional and outback Australia.

If you like your scenery stunning, but without the crowds, the northern coast of Tasmania in summer can’t be beaten!

We drove directly north from Launceston airport, enjoying the fresh air after the humidity of Sydney.  And of course just had to sample the coffee at one the winery restaurants on the way. Time to start relaxing!

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Velo Wines Legana Tasmania

Velo Wines, Legana

Heading towards Devonport, we called in to Hawley Beach at the top of Port Sorell, and were introduced to the stunning blues that the combination of the white sand and water offer all along the north coast.

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations- Port Sorell Tasmania

Port Sorell

A picnic day trip to Boat Harbour required supplies, so it was down to the Sunday food market at Ulverstone wharf to pick up some unusual cheeses, fig and apricot bread, salads and other nibblies – all of it local produce and absolutely delicious.

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Ulverstone food market Tasmania

Ulverstone food market

I can recommend the Tasmanian Buffalo available there, which we had on the bar-b-que that evening.

If you take the seaside roads as much as possible on the drive west from Ulverstone you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views, as well as calling in to quaint towns such as Penguin.

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On the Penguin Road

Doing this will start to prepare you for the unforgettable beauty of Boat Harbour.

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - On the road down to Boat Harbour Beach Tasmania

On the road down to Boat Harbour Beach

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Boat Harbour Beach Tasmania

Boat Harbour Beach

Notice the crowds? And no, those dark patches are not dangerous sea creatures – just a few rocks. Anyway, there’s no need to worry, the lifesavers are on the job.

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Lifesavers at Boat Harbour Beach Tasmania

Lifesavers at Boat Harbour Beach

There’s a headland walk at the northern end of the beach. The oxide on the rocks adds a great splash of additional colour.

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Rocks at northern end of Boat Harbour Beach Tasmania

Northern end of Boat Harbour Beach

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Headland walk Boat Harbour Beach Tasmania

On the headland walk Boat Harbour Beach

Just a little way back from Boat Harbour, towards Wynyard, is Table Cape with a view that invoked images in my mind of the French and Italian Riviera’s (hence the blog title!).

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - View from Table Cape Tasmania

View from Table Cape

Wynyard’s buildings give the town great character, but we decided to stay with the water theme and end the day with a cup of tea (and Ulverstone market cake!) next to the Inglis River at the Wynyard Wharf.

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Inglis River Wynyard Tasmania

Inglis River, Wynyard

Itinerary Planner, road trip inspirations - Wynyard Wharf Tasmania

Wynyard Wharf

On this trip we stayed west of the Tamar River, but without doubt can recommend George Town and Low Head on the eastern side (see Tassie’s North and East Pt 1 – George Town).

This post is the first in a series of four about our trip to Tasmania in February, 2014. In the next post we head south across the “roof of Tasmania” to spend time on Bruny Island and in the Huon Valley.

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