Hobart - Burnie via Midland and Bass Highways
Total distance 353km
All distances measured from Hobart
Tasmania with its shorter distances to travel between towns is an ideal place to wander in a relaxed mood from one interesting spot to another.
Leaving Hobart we follow the Derwent River to the bridge at Granton(19km) and cross the river to Bridgewater. The Lyall Highway (Hwy 10) continues along the Derwent to New Norfolk while we continue northwards through the little townships of Brighton, Pontville, Bagdad, Dysart and Kempton to the junction of the Midland Highway (Hwy 1) with the Lake Highway (Hwy 5) at Melton Mowbray (55km).
Many of the small towns on this route boast links with the past and there are quite a few historic building to be found in places like Melton Mowbray and Oatlands as we make our way northwards to Ross (122km) on the Macquarie River.
One of Tasmaniaís oldest settlements is the pastoral and timber centre of Campbell Town (134km) on the Elizabeth River. There are a number of historic buildings in the town which was named by Governor General Macquarie way back in 1821.
Ten kilometres further on we meet the Esk Main Road (Hwy 4) on our right leading to St Maryís and the coast but we continue of Highway 1 through another historic town - Perth - to Launceston (202km) ó Tasmaniaís second largest city situated at the junction of the two Esk Rriver that join to become the Tamar for the rest of the journey to the sea at Low Head.
Thereís plenty of interest to the traveller in this lovely city and time spent here exploring the famous Cataract Gorge, looking at historic precincts, dining in fine restaurants and sight-seeing in the scenic surrounding countryside and nearby towns is time well spent.
To continue our journey along the beautiful north coast we need to retrace our steps a few kilometres and then turn right to follow the Midland Highway (Hwy 1) to Deloraine (253km) - another town steeped in history with the Deloraine Hotel having been open for business since 1848!
We get to the coast at Devonport (305km) , the largest city on the north coast and third largest centre in Tasmania, and find ourselves in another town full of attractions. The ëSpirit of Tasmaniaí car and passenger ferry docks here and, for many visitors from the mainland, this is the first port of call.
On the remaining 58km of scenic coastal highway we pass through a number of attractive seaside resort towns including Ulverstone and Penguin before reaching our destination at the deep seawater port and major industrial centre of Burnie (363km). The port has become Tasmaniaís fifth largest container terminal and much of Tasmaniaís mineral production is exported from here.
From Burnie the Bass Highway (Hwy 2) continues to Smithton and the west coast at Marrawah while the Murcheson Highway (Hwy 10) takes you south to the mining centre of Queenstown.