There are many different ways in which to explore Tasmania, depending on your preferred method of travel, ranging from completely independent self-drive tours to fully supported private guided tours. At Tasmanian Odyssey, we work very closely with our guests to provide you with the perfect itinerary to suit your style. However, the lack of accommodation and minimal infrastructure across vast swathes of the island means that it is really is absolutely essential to plan your itinerary well in advance and never leave a day to chance. Independent travellers will love the freedom of a self-drive holiday, choosing from a mix of our charming B&Bs and characterful self contained accommodation.
Our 'Meet the Locals' self-drive itinerary featuring B&B and hosted accommodation is our most popular style as it gives our guests the chance to meet Tasmanians and get a really authentic experience, often with delicious home-cooked meals included. These are especially wonderful for solo travellers.
Lots of guests enjoy a mix of B&B and self-contained accommodation. Self-contained cottages and cabins allow you the chance to cook your own meals, enjoy absolute peace and solitude, march to your own drum and soak up nature at its best. We will, of course, advise you on the best places to pick up Tasmania's renowned local produce!
Families (including with young children) and groups of friends travelling together will also love the self-contained accommodation, although the small privately-owned lodges add a wonderful dimension for a few days of relaxation and terrific like-minded company.
While all Tasmania's accommodation is of an astonishingly high standard, it ranges from authentically rustic to five-star luxury, with prices to match. We will work to your budget as well as your preferred level of luxury.
Partially and fully supported tours are also available through Tasmanian Odyssey, although we do not sell large coach tours and mass-market accommodation. However, we highly recommend the small group tours by vehicle and on foot.
Even the most independent of travellers will benefit from one or more of the island's superb guided tours, or even a day's private guiding, especially those hoping to connect with the island's more elusive wildlife and birds.
You can read all about our personal experiences of travelling around Tasmania in our blog here
For the sheer ease and independence of travelling around Tasmania, self-drive is the most popular visitor transport of choice. And with good reason, as the roads are, for the most part, in excellent condition and by and large devoid of other vehicles, with knock-your-socks-off views every twist and turn of the way.
Small Group Tours.
There are a few excellent small group driving tours available for those who are not inclined to drive, although if you more inclined to adventure and experiencing parts of Tasmania that are off limits to most visitors, you should consider one of the many small group guided tours - by vehicle, foot, boat or even kayak! Read more.
If you don't wish to drive, there are several other options to choose from. Even if your preferred means of travel is by self-drive, it is well worth putting away your car keys and putting yourself in the hands of one of Tasmania’s guides for anything from a few hours to a few days. You won’t regret a minute of it. Whether your passion is walking, birds, animals, trees and flowers, photography, history or fishing, spending time with one of Tasmania’s remarkable experts will turn a wonderful holiday into an epic adventure, and for those with a true passion for nature, it will leave you with the memory of an experience that money cannot buy.
Tasmania has many unique mammals found nowhere else in the world including many which have become extinct or are on the verge of extinction on mainland Australia. Responsible travel is a top priority and in turn, donates funds to protect wildlife habitats as well as sponsoring Prince Harry, the Tasmanian Devil. Read more...
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