If you live in Tasmania or are travelling to the state, it’s only a matter of time until you are likely to wonder how to get from Hobart to Launceston. Whether you want the quickest way possible, want to have a fun multi day road trip or are looking for Hobart to Launceston bus, we have you covered in this article!
While the distance Hobart to Launceston is not far and you can drive this route quite quickly, it is fun to stop along the way if you can.
Below, I break up exactly how to travel from Hobart to Launceston so you know the exact answer to how far from Hobart to Launceston as well as how long to drive from Hobart to Launceston. I also show you the journey on a map and give you all the options from driving to hiring a car to a Redline bus Hobart to Launceston as well as discuss flights and trains.
For those of you who can stop along the way, I also have some great information on the best Hobart to Launceston drive stops.
I also describe the reverse journey from Launceston to Hobart. So keep reading! Because you will soon have all your questions answered.
Map: Hobart To Launceston
Distance From Hobart To Launceston
The answer to how far is Hobart from Launceston is about 200 kilometres. The exact Hobart to Launceston distance depends on where you are driving from and arriving to.
This assumes you drive direct and don’t stop at one of the towns along the way.
Driving Time From Hobart To Launceston
The driving time Hobart to Launceston is about two and a quarter hours. Exactly how long will depend on traffic and any road works.
While there are quite a few overtaking lanes on this route, it is also easy to get slowed down by other vehicles. Most of the road has a speed limit of 110km/h.
BEST OPTION: How To Get From Hobart To Launceston
Option 1: Drive from Hobart to Launceston
The best way to transport Hobart to Launceston is definitely by driving. This is an easy drive and it’s hard to go wrong.
Simply drive north on the Brooker Highway in Hobart. This is route 1, and it will take you all the way to Launceston. It’s called the Midlands Highway.
If you don’t have your own car, you can easily get a car hire Hobart to Launceston. This will come in handy for the rest of your Tassie trip too or many rental companies allow you to return the car in Launceston often without even a one way fee.
If you need to travel from Hobart Airport to Launceston, the best option is to drive. This is slightly quicker than from Hobart city and you can drive straight from the airport if you hire a car or have your car already there. The route is slightly different as you are better off driving through Richmond and Campania and joining the Midlands Highway in Jericho.
If you are travelling from Hobart to Launceston Airport, this airport is handily located on the southern side of Launceston close to the Midlands Highway which means the journey is shorter at about two hours.
Hobart To Launceston Road Trip Stops
The drive Hobart to Launceston is much more fun with a few stops! You can easily do these stops by adding just a couple of hours to your travel Hobart to Launceston time or you can take your time and break the journey along the way with an overnight stay.
Here are our top picks along the way…
Oatlands is a small town just off the main highway. It has a population of about 680 people and was first chosen as a site for a new town in 1821.
With the most Georgian buildings of anywhere in Australia (138 with most on the main street), this town is worth at least a drive through. It’s bypassed by the main highway but it only takes minutes to drive into town.
When we last visited (September 2020 during the pandemic), it did have a locked up and empty feel but there is still a couple of attractions to visit.
First up is the Callington Mill. This was built in 1837 and ground flour until nearly the end of the century. It then fell into disrepair and neglect until it was recently restored and is now once again producing high-grade, organic flour. While you can’t go inside, you can take a look around the outside of this only working Lincolnshire-style windmill in Australia.
Watch out for the Callington Mill Distillery Visitor Centre to be completed which they are currently building next door to the mill. It’s sure to be great!
There is also the History Room, a small museum located close to the mill. Here you can find photos and historical relics that help tell the history of the area.
Across the road are the Cows in the Lake sculptures in Lake Dulverton. These fun sculptures are literally in the lake and worth a look.
The area of the town around the mill and History Room is the nicest in my opinion, so get out of the car and go for a stroll.
Ross is by far my favourite place to stop on this route with the bonus of being close to the halfway point (albeit closer to Launceston). It’s very attractive with elm-lined streets and well looked after colonial buildings.
This town was established in 1812 as an important point between Hobart and Launceston to help protect travellers from bushrangers. It also became the centre of Tasmania’s wool industry.
There are a few attractions worth checking out on your way through but the main reason I love it is that it’s just so prettty! It’s quite picturesque and so well looked after. The main road itself is tree lined with picnic tables and chairs dotted along the sides. There’s also more bins that I’ve ever seen in such a small area which seems to pay off – the streets are immaculate.
This makes it a great place to stop for a picnic. The nicer spots to picnic are by the bridge or between that and the town hall where there is also a small playground. There are some of the cleanest public toilets I’ve ever seen behind the town hall.
If you don’t have any food, don’t worry. The scallop pies at Bakery 31, 31 Church Street, are legendary.
As for attractions, start with the Ross Bridge. It’s the third oldest in Australia built in 1836. It was built by two convict stonemasons who did such a great job that they were given pardons. There are 186 intricate carvings on the bridge which are worth checking out.
Next up is the Four Corners of Ross. Each corner is meant to symbolise a direction your soul can take. Either salvation (the church), temptation (the Ross Hotel), re-creation (the Town Hall) or damnation (the jail). You get to chose what you will pick 🙂
There is also the Wool Centre close to this corner where you’ll find a small museum about sheep, wool and convict times, the town visitor centre and a craft shop.
Walk another 5 minutes down a path and come to the Ross Female Factory. One of only five prisons for female convicts in Tasmania, this once housed many female convicts and some of their children.
There is just one cottage left today which is a small museum full of information about life here. There are also excavations on the grounds with information panels to help shed some further light on what took place here. This site is free and worth a visit. Across the road is an old cemetery.
You can easily visit all of these places in 1-2 hours although Ross is a lovely place for an overnight stop if you are taking your time.
Campbell Town is the place to stop if you are short on time and need food, toilets, fuel or other supplies. It’s the one main town that hasn’t been bypassed by the Midlands Highway so you can stop without wasting any time to get whatever you need.
There are big toilets that are easy to spot in the centre of town. Randomly, there’s also the only drive thru Subway I’ve ever come across 🙂
There’s a nice park area by a river at the Red Bridge Campbell Town (pictured above). There are sculptures, a nice pedestrian bridge, playground equipment, plenty of grass and an undercover picnic table. It’s the perfect place to stop for a picnic or to run around.
Woolmers Estate is part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage listed convict sites. It’s a homestead with a history.
Located on the Macquarie River a quick drive off the main Midlands Highway, this is an easy stop to add not far from Launceston. It was established in 1817 by Thomas Archer. It then remained in his family for six generations until 1994 at which time it became a museum. You can visit by guided and self-guided tour and get some great insights into the life on these pastoral estates during the 1800s.
Option 2: Bus From Hobart To Launceston
While there are Hobart Launceston bus options, there are not many. At the time of publishing this, there was simply 1-3 Redline Hobart to Launceston services a day. The bus to Hobart from Launceston is similar.
The bus Hobart Launceston takes about 2.5-2.75 hours and the Hobart to Launceston bus fare is about $44 per person. If you have more than one person, it’s likely to be cheaper to hire a car.
The only bus service at the time of researching is on Redline and the bus timetable Hobart to Launceston was with departures at 10:15am and 3pm most days but this does vary.
Click here for more information and the Redline bus timetable Hobart to Launceston.
Option 3: Hobart To Launceston Flights Or Hobart To Launceston Train?
There are currently no flights from Hobart to Launceston. When flights do run, they tend to be in small aircraft and take about 30 minutes. On a nice day, there can be great views.
There is also no passenger train from Hobart to Launceston.
Launceston To Hobart
Travelling from Launceston to Hobart is much the same as the other way around. The Launceston to Hobart distance is around 200 kilometres and the Redline bus Launceston to Hobart takes 2.5 – 2.75 hours.
The Launceston to Hobart bus departs usually twice a day but some days are less or more. There is usually a bus from Launceston to Hobart departing around 10 or 11am and another around 1 or 2pm with sometimes one in the evening.
It’s important to check the latest Redline bus timetable Launceston to Hobart for the date you want to travel here.
It’s straightforward to get between Hobart and Launceston if you have your own car. It’s a relatively quick journey and there are some great stops along the way if you have the time. I especially recommend Ross.
It’s also possible to take a Launceston Hobart bus but these don’t run regularly and can be more expensive than hiring a car.
I hope you found this guide to how to travel from Hobart to Launceston (and vice versa) useful. You can find our complete travel guide to Hobart here and Launceston here. You can also find our guides to the stops along the way here.
Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.