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Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

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Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

We will be driving from Hobart to Freycinet/Coles Bay and are considering two route options.

Both are about the same distance but which one would be the most interesting, scenic etc.

1) via Orford, Swansea (A3) OR

2) via Ross (Highway 1)then east from Campbelltown

Any comments/suggestions would be most welcome.

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1. Re: Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

Hi Timbolo

The Orford route has nice coastal scenery and more twists and turns, you could even go via Richmond; on the downside it takes a bit longer and you will probably encounter log trucks.

Via Ross would be faster, its on the highway and the Lake Leake road is excellent, and you could take in Oatlands and Campbelltown, as well. You'll miss the coastal scenery on the way up, but you will get that at Freycinet, especially if you go to Cape Tourville.

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2. Re: Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

The coastal route would be my pick. Have done it as described above, via Richmond, and encountered no logging trucks. Actually didn't see any at all driving up there, which is unusual for Tasmania as you will soon see!

BTW you can catch a ferry over to Maria Island (limited departures) from Triabunna which you will go through on route to Swansea from memory. It is a worthwhile 'detour' / addition to your itinerary but would take 1/2 a day (due to the limited schedule and return ferry). If you're in to wildlife and natural scenery though it is well worth it. Depending on time of year it's a top place for a BYO picnic & a swim as well.

Have fun.

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3. Re: Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

Thanks for asking Timbolo, would have asked the same question. Another point Ardvark and Adelaide, can you drive from Eaglehawk Neck to Orford and to Coles Bay via the coast e.g Copping-Sandspit Forest Res-Orford with a sedan??(when dry of course). Sorry for interrupting Timbolo.

Tet

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4. Re: Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

Having just been in this area only last week I have to agree with both of other replies. It really depends on what you would like to see along the way.

Mind you we were travelling from Launceston, but came to campbelltown then headed across to swansea and down coast to tasman pen, having stayed overnight at Tribuanna. if you travel the coast road, keep alookout for the signs for the Spikey BRidge, south of Swansea. when heading north, it would be on the left side of the road. Worth viewing. Very interesting piece ot architecture.

In reply to Tet14- we travelled to eaglehawk via the route you asked about. Good road, through forest reserve. Certainly cut out some klms, off the other route. We were in a Nissan X-trail and as the road is dirt, you would have to be careful of the weather conditions, But a lovely drive. Obviously just ask the locals before setting out. they are your best radar. I think we met up with a loggin truck around Copping, but it was not a problem. Once we got near the main road, he allowed us to pass.

cheers

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5. Re: Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

Thx Flossy, very helpful. So only drive this road when dry!

Tet

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6. Re: Driving Hobart to Coles Bay - which route?

Thanks for all the advice ardvark88 & adelaide74.

We'll take all that onboard and think about what we want to see - probably leaning towards the coastal route at the moment.

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