Tasmania in March

Dec 28th, 2004, 02:02 AM
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Tasmania in March

I recently took advantage of cheap airfares from Sydney to Tasmania and booked a ten day holiday in March. Then I tried to decide what to do in those ten days. I did a search of this site to get some ideas and instead of helping me it just managed to add another 300 things to my wish list.

So now I am trying to fit everything in on a relative moderate budget and it is taking me longer to research than what we will actually be on hols.

So please help if you are a Tassie expert.

First we have highlights we have circled we really really want to do and they are.

Cradle Mountain north and south entry points at least a three hour walk both ends.

Strahan boat cruise

Freycinet - sea kayak and walk to viewpoint of famous Wineglass. Futher walks are desired in this area.

Cave (dolomite)in Huon Valley (by appointment?)

Penguin tour (Bicheno?)

Dismal Swamp - 110 ft slide ride

Tasman peninsular - cave and weedy dragon diving. See raock formations and cliffs. Short hike.

Also on our list

Every brewery and winery and cheesery we pass.

Lots of old pubs.

Would like to see townships of St Helens, Scottsdale and Launceston.

OK the problem is we hate driving so it is crazy we do a driving holiday so we want to keep driving down below 3 hours a day and see all of above. So we are mad?

I think we need to cut out a whole segment and that would be either be Huon valley, Tasman peninsular or the north west with the Dismal Swamp slide ( my husband is as excited as a child going to Luna Park for the first time but seems out the way for a theme park ride).

Also then I read about Bay of Fires, Bruny Island and The Nut and I am hopless now on where to go and what to do.

Can anyone just say from top of their head the most worthwhile segments to do and which segments could be left out.

Also with accommodation think to rent a campervan from devils on the cheap and staying some nights in the van but some nights quirky/heritage accommodation. Have some reservation at Customs House Hotel for our last night in Hobart and am considering Oyster Cove Inn near Kettering for our first night. Any suggestion for good holiday park or quriky fun inns would be appreciated.

thanks in advance and happy new year
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Dec 28th, 2004, 04:08 AM
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Hi there TassieTwister!

I feel your pain! I often have the same problem on the Net -- I start out looking for "A", find 18 different links, become distracted...and well, there you go!

OK, I will try to help: Cradle Mountain is indeed awesome and a walk on either end sounds wonderful. Strahan boat cruise: while I enjoyed myself it's mainly a cruise to look at the reflection of the riverbank/trees in tannin colored water. Freycinet: awesome. Penguin Tour in Bichneo: a highlight...beats the overrun, touristy penguin experience in Melbourne hands down (and so reasonable as well).

"Every Brewery and Cheesery We Pass": Well there's 10 days gone right there! (don't detour for "CheeseWorld" if you happen to see a sign because it's not all that special)!

"...see Townships of St. Helens, Scottsdale and Launceston" - you can live without seeing the first 2, and Launceston is more of a city than a township, but with your limited time and long list, I'd scrap it for time in Hobart.

While Tassie IS small and you can do an amazing amount of things in a day, yes, you ARE mad to try to do everything that's on your "wish list". I can't comment on the cave, slide and Swamp, and I hate to further confuse you.....but a few things you left out...

While on your eating / drinking exploration, you forgot numerous stops for jams and Tassie honey,as well as the Cadbury chocolate tour.

Two ADDITIONAL suggestions (just what you don't need) - stop at a wildlife park to see the Tassie Devil and a trip to Port Arthur.

Hope this is helpful (or at least hasn't confused you further)!


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Dec 28th, 2004, 04:52 AM
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We also did the fairy penguin tour at Bicheno. It was magical and very low key. We stayed at Old Tram Road B&B w/ Ron and Merle. There's beach access and great breakfast. We had a birthday dinner at the Margaret Harvey ? restaurant across the road and it was very good.

If you do head down from there to Port Arthur, which is fascinating , beautiful and creepy, you can take a small road that heads through a forest preserve below Triabunna.


PS Hobart is the driest stae capital
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Dec 28th, 2004, 12:31 PM
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Seeing you can get to launceston from Hobart in about just over 2 hours there is nothing that should be too far away as far as driving is concerned. Hobart is my preferred main town and make sure you are there on a Saturday for the Salamanca Markets. Also add the following to your list of must sees: Richmond, Ross, Campbelltown, Oatlands. Stay at any of these places in any of the "Cottages of the Colony" for great accommodation. Another place for great accommodation is Hamilton en route to Straughan from Hobart and there are 4 little convict built houses which are absolutely devine and furnished in the same period style. You can visit Mount Field National Park from there - which is also very worth while to go to.
Then there is New Norfolk & Bushy Park and little bits in between.
Have a lovely time in Tassie - its a wonderful destination.
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Dec 28th, 2004, 08:46 PM
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Two more to add to the list - Sheffield (murals painted on the walls throughout town) and Woolmers (colonial property near Longford).
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Dec 29th, 2004, 12:57 AM
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Thanks to all though now even longer list.


I did a search on this site and had chosen the penguin tour based on your recommendation. Thanks for that we had seen Bruny Island as a penguin stop but that seems to be a time chewer.

I will do searches of all suggestions and put everything in order of appearance along highways.

At this stage I think I have decided to do East and South Tasmania first heading over to Cradle mountain. From there I am not going to book any accomodation and will wing it booking just the final nights as it is Easter long weekend. If we have the el cheapa camper we will at least have a bed. So Strahan, Dismal Swamp and Lakefield will probably be on the "will see then" list.


I think I can pass on the chocolate tour believe it or not but but some honey will go down a treat.

Thanks everyone.
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Dec 29th, 2004, 06:01 AM
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Hi Matilda,

Now that you've narrowed your list down at bit....as you've put Strahan on the "will see" list, you can check out the Trouwunna Animal Park in Mole Creek on the way (Tassie Devils) and while in Strahan, treat yourself to a evening performance of "The Ship That Never Was". It's hard to describe the play, but it has the flavor of those old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movies ("Let's Put on a Show" while telling a very interesting story filled with audience participation, fun props and lots of humor. Just go to the visitors center at the end of the main drag to purchase tickets,(very reasonable) or buy them the night of the show.


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Dec 29th, 2004, 11:00 AM
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Hi Tassie Twister
We spent 7 wonderful days in tassie last Feb and only managed Cradle, Freycinet and Hobart. I will have to visit many times to see it all. If you want to check your daily driving times I can recommend the web site www.travelmate.com.au which gives distance, time and maps , we took the scenic route from Cradle to Freycinett it didn't look far on the map but took hours and hours! Happy Holiday
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Dec 29th, 2004, 02:46 PM
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Dear Ali cat and Tassie twister,

We found that travelmate really underestimated driving time from Hobart to Strahan. As I recall it took us 6 hours. If you can, I would suggest an overnight and some time at Lake St. Clair. T

he drive into Queenstown and then down to Strahan is almost staight down hill ,winding ( into the setting sun if you time it right) and very tiring for the last 1.5 hrs.

happy trails,

PS but well worth the effort
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Dec 29th, 2004, 02:59 PM
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We are going on our first Tassie trip in a weeks time. Eleven days driving around the state.We know we can't see everything.Doing some of the things suggested above and got some new ideas.Will let you know what we thought when we get back ..just to confuse you further!
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Dec 30th, 2004, 12:23 AM
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Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventure. Hope you have a great time. I will read every word so be a good travel journalist and write copious notes on your journey. (only kidding have fun!)


Yes seems we need to plan for another trip to Tasmania to achieve everything we want to do. That couldn't be a bad thing eh?

Liz Marg and Watzing Matilda, thanks for adding 400 more things to my wish list. Very much appreciated ...emmm..No really it is, always want to make the most of a trip and suggestions save at least two hundred hours web surfing for the same result.
Thank you all.

I will probably take advice from searches on this site and your help has added penguins, oyster cove. strahan musical extravaganza, some b 7 b ideas, a town full of murals and the good knowledge we will need a few days at Cradle (probably our main destination)

Can't wait, thank you everyone once again
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Jan 1st, 2005, 09:37 AM
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I wish I was going again! I have been to Tassie four times and would happily go again and again I am an aussie now living in nz and I can honestly say there is only one place that beats where I live now and that is Tasmania.Next time we go I want to spend at least a week at cradle mountain
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Apr 11th, 2005, 11:10 AM
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Starting and finishing in Hobart, we did Freycinet, Cradle (North) and Strahan (cruise) in 7 days and 1200 km and would have apreciated a couple more days. Took a short look at Cradle South (Lake St Claire) but North seemed much more attractive. Check out www.cradlehighlander.com.au for accomm.
More on our trip on http://marksmalley.blogspot.com/, see March 26th onwards.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 09:01 PM
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We had our last night in Hobart on your first night in Hobart!

One of the highlights of our trip was the Gordon River Cruise also, upper deck captains cabin (Lady Jane Franklin) with the help yourself cheese, wine, beer,coffee and also had a drive of the boat, felt really first class .A bit of a treat but worth it. Thought the river was just totally beautiful with the reflections so clear and jungle so jungly.

The evening before we took Melodies advice and caught the "The Ship that Never Was" at Strahan Visitor Centre and had a riot of a time. Very funny and great for all family.

Then we had an evening stroll to Hogarth Falls. Nice way to end the day.

Unlike most I was disappointed with both south and north Cradle Mountain parks.

For nature our most memorable trip was to the Styx Valley Tall Trees reserve. A political hotspot last federal election. Tallest hardwood tree in the world (though dwarfed by the softwood in california) Still awe inspiring.

Another favourite was Freycinet. The view across Oyster Bay from the highway, The friendly beaches and also the Cape Tourville lookout was simply stunning. The biggest disapointment was Wineglass Bay itself. I guess seen too many pictures and the trail was over crowded.

Best oysters ever though at a little general store on the way into Tasman Peninsular at $7/dozen also the cheapest.

Best raspberries ever at a little general store (again) at Westerway. Near Mt Field National Park (beautiful national park btw)

Special mention to Ashbury Cheese, great selection and also to Barrilla Bay Oyster Farm. Second best oysters overall, also a really nice oyster stout plus all the other nice things like honey, fruit sauces, jams, salmom and anything else you can think of. Right close by Hobart airport, turn right at roundabout after leaving airport and then less than a kilometre on the left.

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Apr 14th, 2005, 05:24 PM
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I am so glad that you took my advice and better yet, that you enjoyed the performance! Sometimes things don't translate as well online as they would in an actual conversation and I was worried that I had't captured the flavor of the performance or that it might not be your cup of tea.

Best regards,

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Apr 15th, 2005, 02:13 PM
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I am looking at going to Tassie for a treat in a couple of weeks time. Probably will go over the weekend so that I can spend some time at Salamanca Markets on the Saturday and also to salivate over those beautiful Georgian houses that are so affordable in comparison to ours on the mainland - and I don't mean to imply that there are any Georgian Houses for sale on the mainland that any ordinery Jo could buy. They are for the Landed Gentry or Governor Generals only I think.
If I do go I will do an update on accommodation places and the Midlands as I expect to drive up to Launceston for a day or so.

Liz ( Certified Aussie ) and you can take that which ever way you want.
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Hold on: Its Governors General isn't it?
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