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Tasmania - itinerary help appreciated

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Hi Fodorites
My hubby and I are going to Tasmania in late September and we will have a full 10 days there. We arrive in Hobart and fly out of Launceston.
I'm keen to do the Salamanca market, see the tulips and go on the steam train near Strahan. I'm wondering if anyone can offer some advice regarding how to spread out our days and 'must see' places. We enjoy photography, short hikes, interesting history, good food, fun attractions. Hubby has never been to Tasmania and I went when I was 7, so don't remember it!
Cheers for any ideas :-)

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    Salamanca market is always on Satrurday, so be in Hobart byThursday, settle in, have a look around, maybe take a boat trip to NOMA for Friday lunch, or down to Pepermint Bay, Kettering, or Bruny Island.

    Then get yourself going for Friday evening dining and music at the pubs around Sullivan's Cove. the Customs House is our favourite when we sail down there, it always has good music.

    From Hobart, in a day you can go up to Mt
    Wellington and maybe see snow at any time of year, depending on the weather systems from the Antarctic (we have seen snow in January summer).

    Or my pick, Go south 80km to Mount Field National Park, where you can do a rainforest walk to waterfalls, then get back in the car, and in 15 mins be walking in an alpine tarn.

    Further south from Hobart is the Huon River and Huonville, very organic for food, and Franklin, where the Wooden Boat Centre is located. we go there often to see what boats they are building, all by traditional crafts from traditional local timbers.

    There's an interesting little railway south of there, the Ivy
    Bay Railway, that you might like.


    Strahan and Macquarie harbour are half a day's drive to the west coast, Three days there will let you do the railway to Queenstown (which is excellent if you go first class, don't skimp), also take the boat upriver, and try to visit Sarah Island.

    Up the west coast there are some very interesting mining towns like Zeehan, half an hour, keep driving to Corinna, which is an old gold mining town on the Pieman River, a 1930s historic boat takes you up river and down to the heads to a beach shanty fishing unofficial village.

    From Corinna the road winds up through forest to Cradle Mountain, give that a few days for hiking and wilderness, depending on the weather, as it snows and rains at any time of the year.

    from cradle Mountain area head up to the north coast via an area called the Western Tiers, very remote and special, then Stanley, the Bass Strait coast, to the area around Deloraine. beautiful there, lots of caves, art and artisan communities.

    Not more than 50k to Launceston. easy to do in the time you have.

    I'm not from Tasmania, but we have sailed there often, and have spent lots of time on the island.

    Hope this helps.

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