Tasmania Trip

Sep 5th, 2004, 08:14 PM
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Tasmania Trip

Hi All,

I am planning a self drive holiday to Tasmania in mid-Oct. I am starting my trip in Hobart staying 2 nights. From Hobart I will drive to Strahan staying 1 night. From Strahan to Cradle Mountain for 2 nights and then finishing at Launcestion staying 1 night. In Hobart I will visit Salamanca Market and driving out to Tahune Airwalk. I am also planning to go on the Gordon river cruise at Strahan. I believe the drive from Hobart to Strahan is about 5.5 - 6 hours. Are there any nice spots along the way where I can break my journey. I would also appreciate any suggestions on other attractions in Hobart and Launceston .

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Sep 5th, 2004, 09:24 PM
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About halfway between Hobart and Strahan is Lake St. Clair Natnl Park, which is the southern terminus of the Overland Track that starts at Cradle Mtn. You can take a nice walk along the edge of the lake. West of Derwent Bridge (entrance to Lake St. Clair), there are some really nice views of the Walls of Jerusalem Mtns, when you look back towards the east. A landmark is the funky rustic Wilderness Hotel, at Derwent Bridge - it might be a fun lunch spot.

You might want to book a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Hobart - we thought that was very interesting. Tour sizes are quite limited, so you will need to book a week or two in advance, at a minimum.

In Launceston, check out Cataract Gorge, about 10 minutes out of town. A huge earthquake tore the earth open, diverting the river, and creating a deep gorge.
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Sep 6th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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You are right that the drive Hobart to Strahan is 6 hours. the last hour , hour and a half down to Cookstown and further down to Strahan is a tough drive, lots of steep curves . We did it at sunset shading to dusk and you are driving into the setting sun (we left Hobart too late I think, 1 PM)

I would second ALF's recommendation of a stop at Lake St. Clair, but would encourage you to stay overnight if you can. You can take a boat across the lake and walk back. It looked beautiful and we were sorry we didn't have time to linger.

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Sep 6th, 2004, 08:53 PM
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Hi ALF, AndrewDavid,

Thanks for the advice. Looks like I should plan an early morning start for my drive from Hobart to Strahan. Are there petrol kiosks along the way where I can refill. Any comments on the drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain. I am allowing myself about 2 - 3 hrs.

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Sep 7th, 2004, 05:45 PM
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Dear alany,

It's beautiful open country between Hobart and Strahan, but there are plenty of opportunities for you and your Car to eat, drink (gas for the Car) and be merry.

Sorry we didn't have time for Cradle MTN this trip.

Happy trails

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Sep 8th, 2004, 12:01 PM
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Alany, Hobart is like a big country town. I think with only 2 nights/1 day in Hobart I would stick to the major attractions, ie. driving up Mt.Wellington (great views) there is also a natural spring half way up the mountain.
you can also visit Cadburys Chocolate factory, or Cascades Brewery, or take a cruise on the Derwent River, & there is also the Shot Tower, down past the Casino.
If however, you find that you have some spare hours left in the day, and you want to take a scenic drive. Could I suggest a very nice drive down to Huonville, to a little village called Woodstock, then take the road east across the Peninsula to the other side connecting with the Channel Highway, then go north again, back into Hobart.
I agree with the others, the trip from Hobart to Strahan...make sure you leave early, to ensure you can visit places along the way. If you are making good time, you could always detour a little to Mt.Field National Park to see Russell Falls, or Lake Dobson (Pandani Walk)
Alany, I must apologise, I see where you mention visiting Tahune Airwalk, if that's the case, why not on your return drive, turnoff at Huonville and do the return trip, I mentioned above (much more scenic than the usual run back into Hobart). Will probably only add 1 hr to your journey.
Launceston - there is always the drive either side of the Tamar River, Cataract Gorge, and the historical villages of Evandale, Longford, etc, are worth a short detour.
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Sep 20th, 2004, 01:12 PM
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we toured Tassie last year and I found the web site www.travelmate.com.au very useful, it has a Map Maker which will give you distance and time between places as well as a detailed map.
We had a fantastic 3 nights at Cradle Mountain in a cabin at Wilderness Village, take groceries if you are self catering in this area, there are a few places if you want to eat out.
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Sep 20th, 2004, 01:50 PM
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alany, I mentioned in my last reply, about a scenic drive after leaving the Airwalk...well I may have given you the wrong details.
Correction - After leaving Tahune Airwalk, drive back towards Hobart, and when near Huonville, take the road signposted Cygnet, then just past Cygnet, turn onto a little bitumen roadway signposted Oyster Cove, and follow this through to Oyster Cove. The scenery on this little road, is just fabulous, and not another tourist in sight. From Oyster Cove, you could go south to Kettering, where there is a ferry across to Bruny Island, or just head north back into Hobart.
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