Port Arthur advice

Old Oct 26th, 2003, 09:06 PM
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Port Arthur advice

Wow, we are just a few short weeks away from our trip down under, and I need some advice on Port Arthur. We are arriving late afternoon (3ish) into Hobart and have two nights here before we rent our car and head out. Is a full day trip to Port Arthur recommended or could we see enough in a ghost tour, thus giving us time to peruse Hobart leisurely? (and no, we won't be in Hobart on a weekend to enjoy the markets). From what I've read, we shouldn't miss PA and my 9 year old will love it I'm sure.

Any thoughts on driving itineraries too?
We drive from Hobart to Cradle Mtn (3 nights here). I thought we'd drive the center route A1 to stop in some of the smaller towns along the way. After Cradel Mt., we spend 1 night in Longford at Woolmers before heading for 3 nights in Freycinet. Is it worth (and time-wise) to drive North from Cradle Mtn in order to see some the northern coast towns such as Burnie and Latrobe before heading over to Launceston and then down to Longford? Last, what would be a good route to take from Longford to Freycinet? Should we head Northeast so we can drive down the coast?

After Freycinet, we have 1 night in Richmond before flying out. Thanks for any suggestions. I will provide feedback after our adventure to help those future travelers.

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Old Oct 27th, 2003, 01:15 AM
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No the ghost tour will not be good enough as there will be places that you can only see in daylight anyway. It is a lovely drive and a beautiful place and worth a day anyway. Don't miss the "Do" village en route - all the houses are called names like Do it too etc, the tasselated (sp?) pavements, and just the odd stops along the way.
Remember it only takes about 2 hours to drive from Hobart to Launceston and so one of the things that I would do again from Cradle Mt is a visit to the cheese factory and a visit to the rasberry farm, Deloraine, the caves, Sheffield with its murals. I can't remember which turn off from the A1 to get to Frecinet but its the most direct. The main little villages along the A1 is Ross, Campbell Town & Oatlands and they are all different from Richmond. You will love Woolmers!
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Old Oct 27th, 2003, 11:00 AM
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Particularly if you have a 9-year-old, you should spend more time at Port Arthur and environs. The boat tour (only an hour or so) is worthwhile, and it goes past the Boy's Prison, which was located on an island just off the 'mainland' of Port Arthur. Right nearby is the Bush Mill. a reconstructed pioneer settlement that you might find interesting. My kids loved the narrow-gauge steam railway that makes a short run down to the coast. Also nearby, in Tarrana, is the Tasmanian Devil Wildlife Park. As mentioned above, you could also visit the interesting rugged coastal features around Tasman Neck: Tasman Arch, The Devil's Kitchen, and the Tessellated Pavement.

In Hobart, I'd recommend booking a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate factory. It's in Claremont, just outside of town - I found it to be fascinating, and my kids still talk about it 2 yrs later. Tours are limited to 15 people, so you should book this at least a week in advance, preferably two. Another guaranteed 9-year-old hit would be the Antarctic Experience, in downtown; filled with all sorts of experiential hands-on exhibits.
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Old Oct 27th, 2003, 01:11 PM
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I just had another thought - there is a sea plane that flies from P.A. around the area and southern most tip of Tassie. The cost is about $65 Au ( or was when I was there last) and it takes off from the bay at P.A and would be a lot of fun and very interesting.
Don't forget that in Hobart at night the best seafood and ambiance is down at the wharf at Fish Frenzy. When I was there last a little penguin was happily swimming around and getting on land and jumping in the water as if it was its own little 'show' for the customers. You should see penguins though on the east coast anyway. But the good old fish and chips, and salads etc on the pier are cheap and wonderful.
 
Old Oct 27th, 2003, 09:45 PM
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Thank you both for your great input. We'll definately spend a day touring Port Arthur and surrounding area. The additional pointers for 9 year olds, Alf, is greatly appreciated as well. I am so looking forward to this adventure and hope to be able to help others, as you have us, in the future.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2003, 07:39 PM
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Hi,

I agree with ALF regarding the amount of time spent in Port Arthur; in fact, I'd also recommend the "Cemetary Tour" (to the convict cemetary) to the Isle of the Dead.

The Cadbury tour is great fun with lots of free samples - I'm not even a chocolate lover and still enjoyed myself (but the guy next to me enjoyed it even more when I was giving him all the dark chocolate samples)

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