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The five best self-drive gourmet routes in Tasmania

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The five best self-drive gourmet routes in Tasmania

Abandon strict itineraries, forget about bossy tour guides, and experience culinary wonders on a campervan holiday through Tasmania.

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With a high concentration of distilleries, vineyards, world-class restaurants and locally owned farms, this picturesque island is fast becoming the world's premier destination for gourmet eats.

Hire a camper in Hobart or, even better, explore more of Australia by picking up in Melbourne and travel by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. The 10-hour relaxing ferry journey will safely deliver you to Devonport, ready to begin a self-drive tour.

1. Devonport

Located on the north coast, Devonport is a food lover's paradise. Kick off your trip with some of Tasmania's famous fresh local seafood. Salmon is a local specialty, but you might prefer to try the delicate wild abalone - said to be among the best in the world.

If you're more of a 'surf and turf' type, enjoy local seafood paired with Tasmania's grass-fed beef or fine wagyu cuts. We recommend sampling as many of the island's gourmet treats as you can before continuing along the northeast coast.

2. The Tamar Valley

Touring the Tamar Valley in a campervan is the best way to experience the treasures of Tasmania's fertile wine country, giving you the freedom and flexibility to stop off wherever your mood takes you.

Travel through Deloraine, Launceston and along the edges of highland lakes and protected forests. Stop at large breweries or wineries like Boags and Tamar Ridge, or visit microbreweries and boutique distillers specializing in whisky, ginger beer and cider.

Nothing goes better with wine than cheese. The Red Cow Dairy will tickle your taste-buds and fill your belly with their diverse range of cheeses. Why not try some of the other local specialties like leatherwood honey and black truffles while you're in the area.

3. The East Coast

Tasmania's beautiful east coast enchants visitors. The drive down the A3 is lined with surreal dunes, forests and sea cliffs.

Holiday goers will pass through St. Helens and Bicheno on their way to Great Oyster Bay. Don't be afraid to stop off at the many berry farms and bakeries beckoning you to sample their tasty sweet treats.

Stretch your legs at one of the many wineries near Swansea while you sample some of the best pinots, sauvignons and cool-climate vintages in Australia.  Perfect to go with the fruit and cheese you've stored in your camper-fridge from the Tamar Valley. 

4. Tasman Peninsula

Travel further south to Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula and enjoy staying at the top-rated Port Arthur Caravan Park.  With lots of facilities for adults and children alike, you'll enjoy spending your evenings relaxing with other families and campers. 

The rugged terrain of the peninsula is a striking setting for whisky sampling at the McHenry & Sons distillery. Prepare your palate to enjoy world-class confections at the Federation Chocolate Factory and Museum. Then, sample some delicious artisan cheese at the Pyengana Dairy.

5. Hobart

Hobart is the perfect place to either begin or end your campervan adventure. Home to the ultra-modern Morilla Vineyard, five of Tasmania's premier whisky distilleries and the Cascade Brewery, the island's largest beer maker. If you're in Hobart on a Saturday, visit the Salamanca Market, which features live performers, local produce, crafts, clothing and an impressive variety of homemade jams and chutneys. Sample locally grown oils at the Island Olive Grove, or visit Tasmania's most vibrant community market in the quaint town of Cynget.

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is practically an Australian institution and should be included on any Hobart itinerary, located on the Morilla winery the restaurant is run by Michelin star chef, Phillipe Leban and is arguably the best in Tasmania!