a VirtualTourist member from Perth asked on Feb 17, 2012
My husband and I have had the opportunity to travel to Tasmania but only for 9 nights. We are hiring and car and have booked accommodation in historic b&bs for the most part. Our stays (and the places we think we want to see) are as follows:-
Arrive Hobart 10:30am and stay for one night at Leisure Inn Hobart (Salamanca markets)
Strahan - 2 nights at Ormiston House (Gordon River Cruise and perhaps the Wilderness Railway)
Davenport - 1 night at Cameo Cottage (Lyon House and Christmas Hill Rasberry Farm)
Launceston - 2 nights at Kurrajong House (wineries, wineries, wineries... oh and Pyengana Dairy)
Swansea at Frechinet Waters - 1 night (no specific plans)
Port Arthur - 1 night
Can't decide the remaining night but thinking we may need to stay a further night in Port Arthur, and we leave Hobart again at 4:50pm to fly home to Perth.
Is there anything we are missing that we DEFINITELY should not miss on this first trip to Tasmania???
Port Arthur is worth staying there for an extra night. Maybe on the way back to the airport you could go to the historic town of Richmond (just out of Hobart and sort of on the right side for the airport). Not 100% sure, but I believe the Railway on the west coast has closed down - hopefully someone can confirm/deny. (I'm a volunteer on a narrow gauge railway and we have some of their historic carriages)
We also visited Cradle Mountain during our trip. it was lovely. We especially liked the wild wombats. We went there on a long day trip from Launceston.
Thanks for that guys...im so excited about this trip, just worried it isnt long enough!
To me Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair were the highlight of my Tasmania trip despite the weather not being perfect. In good weather condition it is hard to beat.
I'd be trying to fit in a visit to Moorilla Estate located at Berriedale, 12 km north of the city centre of Hobart. It is imo DEFINITELY not to be missed. Could be your last or second last day.
I suspect you enjoy eating & drinking ......You may wish to check my wining/dining recommendations in the Travelogue on my State of Tasmania page - [original VT link]
Kakapo 2 - Cradle Mountain and up near Stanley are the two places we really arent driving through, BUT after your posting we might just have to stop over at St Clairs Lake when we cross the Derwent River. I also saw a site about a Tasmania Devil place at the top of Cradle Mountain, so we might have to deviate a little on the way to Devonport to see that too!
Just look if the weather is right. In low cloud and rain you will not see anything, so it would be a waste of time. In good conditions just fantastic.
When you are in Hobart and Salamanca Markets, walk up the hill to Arthur's Circus. It is int he Battery Point section (3 minute walk form Salamanca Markets) and it is a circular street wiht the most amazing old homes in it.
In the middle of the circluar cul de sac is a park. The street is like a roundabout with the park in the middle.
I did a short write up on Arthur Circus for you.
[original VT link]