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advise on final itinerary, especially on Tasmania route!

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So, after much research on this forum and reading countless trip reports - (Thnx Melnq8,Rjs, Songdoc,Annhg,Kwaussie and many other.. for all the fantastic information in your reports..), I have finalised the itinerary as below.

Have packed quite a lot in but this is a once in a life time trip..and the last few days in Sydney will be to relax before returning home.
Only flights (internal flights) have been booked, so the rest can be shifted around.


12Dec- early morn (landing at 4.30am) flight to Cairns.
Pick up car, drive to Port Douglas – 3 nights. Explore Ports Douglas – if we have time visit the wild life habitat centre? relax
13Dec (Sunday) – visit the Sunday market. Drive to Daintree NP. See Mossaman gorge and do a river cruise.
14 – Daytrip on Quicksilver to the Reef.(QS as travelling with kids)
15 - morning check out and drive to Cairns to visit Kurunda by skyrail/train combo.Drive to Yungaburro. Night at Yungaburro.
16 – Explore Atherton tablelands and drive to Cairns for flight to Melbourne which is at 5pm. Night in Melbourne city.
17- Pick up a car and drive the GOR. Stop at belle’s beach, explore Lorne, Anglesea golf course and drive to Apollo bay for the night.
18 – Otway fly, 12 apostles, drive to Port Fairy for the night.
19 – Early morning drive to Halls Gap to explore a bit of the Grampians NP.
20Dec (Sunday)- afternoon drive to Melbourne (via ballarat?)
21 – Explore Melbourne city. Evening drive to Phillip island to see penguin parade, return to melbourne.
22 – Melbourne – lunch in the city. Flight to Launceston at 2.40pm.
4.30pm pick up a car and drive to Swansea or Coles bay?
23- Freycint NP
24 - Explore Swansea, drive to Sorell for Cherry/Berry picking drive to Hobart.
25 - Mt field NP
26Dec- (Saturday) – explore Salamance mkt, drive to Cradle mountain NP
27 – Cradle mt NP
28 - Cradle Mt NP – drive to lake St Clair’s NP for the night.
29 – lake St Clairs NP – evening drive to Hobart.
30th – morning flight to Sydney. Relax!! Flight out on 4th morning.


Questions I have are –
TASMANIA
1.Would really appreciate route advice on Tasmania. Can we avoid backtracking to Hobart. Will fly into Launceston and fly out of Hobart.(now thinking it would have made sense to fly in and out of the same town, but flights are already booked.)
2.Should we add one more night to Mt cradle NP and drop lake St Clair NP
3.Would the Salamanca mkt be held on 26th DEC, Saturday, a reason for me to route it the way I have, or should this not be a consideration..
4.Should stay in Swansea or Coles Bay?

MELBOURNE
5. Is it worth doing a day trip to Phillip island – kids are keen to see penguins.
6. Should we drop the night at the Grampians. And is ballarat a good stop or should we add this time for Melbourne city.?

CAIRNS
7. What is the best way to explore Atherton table lands or should we drop it and add on to port Douglas? Or may be drop the trip to Kurunda to add more time to Atherton table lands?

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