What to do in Tasmania

Old Jan 5th, 2003, 09:49 PM
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What to do in Tasmania

Can anyone help me on their experiances while in Tasmania. What are some of the "Tourist" things to do, cost would also be a help. Any websites or suggestions would be great

Thanks for Helping
Old Jan 5th, 2003, 11:58 PM
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Go to http://www.tas.gov.au/Nav/Topic.asp?Topic=Tourism

Go to Hobart on the weekend and stroll through the Salamanca Street Market (http://www.hobartcity.com.au/salamancamarket/ . Spend a few hours at the Antarctic Experience Museum too. Make reservations to go on a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate factory (http://www.cadbury.com.au/magicaltours/claremont.php).

No visit to Tassie is complete without a visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site, the most visited tourist location in Oz (http://www.portarthur.org.au ). Take a guided tour, and a boat tour of the harbor. Nearby, visit the Bush Mill pioneer town reconstruction.

In Taranna, visit the Tasmanian Devil Wildlife Park. In Brighton, visit the Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre.

At Eagle Neck, walk along the coast, viewing the spectacular cliffs and eroded features of The Devil's Kitchen and the Tesselated Pavement.

Take a walk in Cradle Mountain National Park (http://www.tasweb.com.au/backpack/), terminus of the famed 80-km Overland Track. Drive around to the other end at Lake St. Clair Park, and take another walk.

In Strahan, take a boat tour of Macquarie Harbor and the Gordon River.

Drive out onto the Freycinet Peninsula and take a few bush walks in the National Park. Visit the wonderful beach at Wineglass Bay, and the great lighthouse at Cape Tourville.

Have a great time!
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 09:40 AM
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where to start...we stayed in Hobart at the Old Woolstore Apartments. First thing we did after checking in was to walk over to the docks and eat at Mure's Seafood

I will cut and paste the Tassie info from my post when I got back from my honeymoon.

"WE loved TASMANIA! SO beautiful. Easy to get around (we rented a car!). Port Arthur ghost tour was incredible. The restaurant there was quite good as well--I recommend the Wallaby! mmmmm

Mures at the wharf was quite tasty too! We stayed at the Old Woolstore...very nice, friendly, helpful, clean...cheap internet access...

Mt Field was awesome---did the hike around the waterfalls and took the long way back...saw Wallabies in the wild there!

Did Bonorong Wildlife Park--it was our favorite wildlife park out of the 3 we visited in Australia."

First day we drove out Port Arthur. I would recommend heading out from Hobart a few hours before your trip begins. Wish we had more time to spend at the Tasman Arch. We didn't have time to walk over to the Devil's Kitchen. We did a night time Ghost Tour but I wanted daytime pictures of the buildings...good thing because most of my NIGHT time pictures DID not turn out or look like balls of fire....hmmmm wonder why?

The beaches and scenery along the way were incredible. We stopped several times.....

2nd day we did Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour...mmmm good. Was a tacky tourist thing to do but it tastes soo good and you can buy lots of discounted chocolates on the way out...and sample along the way.

Then we headed over to Bonorong Wildlife Park...spent most of the afternoon there...I would suggest hitting the feeding times...especially for the devils!! The sounds they make are not to be missed.

Then we made it back just in time to drive up MT Wellington before it closed...it was too foggy in the morning...so be very careful of your weather. BUT it was worth the drive up and the view is awesome!!!

Drove by Cascade Brew but didn't stop in for the tour.

Spent the evening at Wrest Point Casino...why not if you are American it is half priced gambling!!

Last day there we drove out to Mt Field Ntl Park....breathtaking....amazing place.

NOW if we had only had time to see Wineglass Bay, Freyicent (forget how to spell it)...Cradle Mtn area....think it would have been neat to take the ferry over from Melbourne. Maybe next time. Would have loved to have driven from Launceston to Hobart. IT was sooo easy to drive/get around in Tassie.

Hope this helps!
Old Jan 6th, 2003, 09:55 AM
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you asked for prices....

hmmmm I know the websites post their prices and if you are an american...assume your cost to be about 60% of the total.

It was about $15 aussie for our pass into Mt Field I believe. Maybe less.

I think we paid about $15/pp AUD for Bonorong and bought extra food to feed the roos/wallabies.

Mt Wellington was free. I think Cadbury was $20/pp AUD.

Wish I could remember but it has been several months now and I am lucky I remember the names of the places!!!

Wish I had gone for the weekend markets but we had already booked our flights/rooms before I found out about them. However, don't think we had anymore room left to carry anything home.

Old Jan 6th, 2003, 06:31 PM
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Just came bk fr Tassie last week. Loved it- tho it was a bit drier than I imagined. Must be the drought.

There is a Natl Park pass ($33) which allows you unlimited access to all natl parks in Tassie valid for 2 mths.

The highlights of my self-drive holiday in order of preference were:

Cradle Mt- where the animals greet you at your cabin door everynite. Hang around trash cans to spot the tassie devils at nite.Dove Lake and Cradle Mt is pretty as a picture.

Freycinet- had the freshest oysters and mussels straight fr the sea.freycinet lodge is also a great place to unwind. dont forget to peek at your cabin roof for a family of sleeping possums.off Freycinet is a japanese r'rant Kabuki by the sea which is like a discovery out of nowhere. Try the grilled abalones; 4 for $23- cheap!!! The drive on the east coast is memorably scenic.

Huon Valley- so many little towns to discover. On the way fr Hobart to Tahune airwalk is a little cottage called Enchanted Forest. Visit it if you like pixies.

I enjoyed the countryside more than the towns so I'll leave Hobat, Launceston and Devonport to others to comment.

You can find all of Australia in Tasmania.

Old Jan 6th, 2003, 07:14 PM
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Thankyou ALF, Shannon and Wayne all of your info was a great help. Tazzie sounds so interesting I can't wait till we leave for there!! By the sounds of it we won't have enough time to fully enjoy what Tazzie has to offer, we only live in Adelaide so a couple of trips might be needed. Thanks again guys you really helped me out, ill post a message when we get back to let you's know what we did and didn't do.

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Sarah Wyatt
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Shannon -- the touring info is great, but why eat the wallabies, they're cute and nice little buggers, not like some of the grumpy red 'roos.
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