Planning Your Time

If you have limited time in Tasmania, spend your first morning in Hobart, where you can stroll around the docks, Salamanca Place, and Battery Point, and have some fish-and-chips from the harbor's floating chippies. After lunch, drive to Richmond and explore its 19th-century streetscape, then stay in a local B&B. On the second day head for Port Arthur, and spend the morning exploring the town's historic park, the site of the island's former penal colony. Take the afternoon to drive through the dramatic scenery of the Tasman Peninsula, noting the tessellated pavement and Tasman Arch blowhole near Eaglehawk Neck. Return to Hobart for the night, then on the third morning take a leisurely drive around the scenic Huon Valley. On return to Hobart, finish your tour with a trip to the summit of Mt. Wellington.

If you have more time, continue on to Freycinet National Park. Climb the steep path to the outlook over Wineglass Bay, then descend to the sands for a picnic and swim. Stay two nights in the park, then meander back through the east-coast wine regions. Return to the capital, topping off the day with city views from Mt. Wellington.

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