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Mar 26th, 2012, 07:30 AM
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Other plans got in the way and we never made it to Tassie in Feb, 2012. Still don't want to rule it out but timing and weather is always a consideration. We could spend two weeks exploring Tassie (already have been to Hobart and Port Arthur area), to cover both the NE and NW, including Mt Field NP, Cradle Moutain, Stanley, Devonport, Launceston, Freycinet, and the surrounding towns. We're considering doing this in late August, early September, 2012. Has anyone explored these areas during this time of year? I know weather is changeable and it can be cold anytime in Tasmania, but what is the usual temperature and rainfall this time of year for anyone who has actually traveled then? Also, many posts mention the Blue Tier. Where and what is that exactly? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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Mar 26th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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The Blue Tier is an old tin mining area in the North East near St Helens. It is now under some controversy over logging vs preservation. It is a hidden gem of Tasmania for most tourists. It is only accessable by dirt road. The road has improved since we were first there. It is a lovely spot with several walks and some mining relics. It is a good place for seeing animals at night.

http://www.bluetier.org/dispute.htm

We haven't been at that time of year. But there are lots of antique shops and other things to do indoors. Dress appropriately and you will be fine. The west coast does revice up to 4metres of rain a year!

For climate stats.
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averag...as_names.shtml
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Apr 1st, 2012, 03:40 AM
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Tasmanian weather is very changeable, I'd say leave it to September and hope for early spring weather. The north of the the state is 'an overcoat warmer' than the south!

The far northwest is a beautiful area to visit and Stanley would make a great base. I'd suggest including a visit to historic Woolnorth, a drive to the Arthur River (and possibly a night stopover) and then a slow drive along the coast - you could turn off at Somerset for a drive along the old highway and through the Hellyer Gorge before joining the Guildford Link Road. This is on the 'northern' and inland west coast and will take you to the turn-off to Cradle Mountain.

From there its a leisurely drive to Deloraine and Launceston. I'd recommend a drive down the Tamar to visit wineries and enjoy great river scenery. Then cross the Batman Bridge to Bridport for a day or 2 before heading to the far northeast town of Gladstone and the 'back road' to St Helens. The lesser roads will take you to small coastal areas such as Musselroe Bay and Boobyalla which are peaceful and scenic. The area around Moorina and Weldborough has a rich mining heritage which attracted many Chinese.

Mt William National Park is good for wildlife.

The RSL Club in St Helens does good value counter meals and there are other restaurants in town.

Mt Field is in the south, about 1.5 hours from Hobart.


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