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a VirtualTourist member asked on Oct 20, 2012

State of Tasmania

Tasmanian trip

Hi, My husband and I are planning our holiday to Tasmania arriving at midday on the 31st of December in Hobart and flying out of Hobart on the 12th of January in the afternoon. We are hiring a small camper van for the 12 nights, and our plan is to do a round trip, across Tasmania, visiting the west coast, central north coast northeast coast. As part of our itinerary we would like to visit wilderness areas and other significant places of interest. We would prefer to stay in free or low cost camping areas with shower and toilet facilities where possible. We would be extremely grateful for any itinerary input or suggestions you can give us, as neither of us have been there before. Thank you for any and all assistance. Angela

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answered on 10/20/12 by
a VT member from Cairns

You will love Tasmania and your itinerary sounds pretty good..Cradle Mountain and Straun on the West coast are not to be missed,wilderness at your door step.You can walk along the sand dunes and see Hells Gate or take a boat trip up the Gordon River.Stanley and the nut is an interesting place too.

On the North East coast you can explore the wilderness from coastal towns of St Helens and Bicheno,lots of great camping places that are inexpensive.

You are welcome to look at my Tasmanian pages for further information and vt member al2401 has a lot of information on her Tasmanian pages too..

Don't forget to take a trip down to Port Arthur along the channel and take time to explore Hobart and Mnt Wellington.
The National parks and forests offer visitors entry passes at a cheaper rate.

There is so much to do in Tasmania.

Cheers and welcome to VT.

answered on 10/20/12 by
a VT member from Germany


I second everything tropicrd has written :-) Especially the boat trip on Gordon River and our day at Cradle Mountain were the highlights of my trip around Tasmania, and I loved Bicheno. Bays of Fire close to Bicheno was so wonderful. I also liked my stop in Launceston and a visit to Cataract Gorge.
Hobart is fantastic and something I really recommend is a trip with Bruny Island Cruises (although not if you get sea-sick easily): You go around in a fast boat and get so see the coastline and rocks from the water, and you see many animals like seals, birds and if you are lucky dolphins or whales (depends on season).
Two beautiful waterfalls are St Columba Falls and Russell Falls.
Another great place is Freycinet National Park. As has been written above, Port Arthur is very interesting, especially if you like history.

I simply loved Tasmania, and I am sure that wherever you decide to go, you will have a wonderful trip!

answered on 10/20/12 by
a VT member from Singapore

A trip around Tassie can be as easy paced or as rough and tumble as you want it to be. It's great attraction are its beautiful wilderness, as well as historical sites. The weather can be rather changeable during the course of a day. If you hike in the reserves, pls bring enough water (the water points can be dry in the summer and with lots of people around), and enough warm clothes.

For the former, check out Freycinet Peninsular for a day trip -- it's a must-do in my books, with a gorgeous look out over Wineglass Bay. For a longer time you can do a trek if you are so inclined around the Penisular. It's a reserve so they have rules regarding fires etc, and will require you to camp overnight.

Mt Field is close to Hobart and offers an excellent opportunity for spotting platypus in the wild.

You must also see Cradle Mountain (my profile picture!) as the others here have mentioned. Great camp grounds. Opportunities for spotting wombats etc.

The western coast is also gorgeous. Definitely the Gordon boat ride is worthwhile. I think you'll like Staughn. It's not a top choice for many, but I enjoy Queenstown as well. Its a mining town, and stands in quite stark contrast to the rest of the landscape in Tassie.

You could also visit the tulip farms on the North West coast. There are some vineyards to take in along the route.
While in Bicheno, remember to go on one of the Penguin tours at night. They a tiny fairy penguins and really cute.

Maria Island has great walks. There are reintroduced wildlife (kangaroos, cape barren goose, Sea eagle, among others), beautiful beaches. There are no vehicles on the island. For vehicular access check out Bruny Island.

For the convict history, besides Port Arthur which is also a must-do, check out Richmond. The gaol used to house the Fagin character from Oliver Twist, well the real guy that the character was based on.

answered on 10/21/12 by
a VT member from Apeldoorn

As some have mentioned before you should go to Cradle Mountain. You have great walking tracks (with or without a guide). There is also a small place here where you can visit Tasmanian devils.

Port Arthur is another place you should visit. It used to be a prison many, many years ago. It is also a place where a shooting took place several years ago, so it became a memorial place for the victim's family.

Hobart is an interesting place to visit.

Richmond is also an interesting place to visit. When you enter the village, you will drive over an old bridge which is fantastic. There is an old jail in the village which you should visit.

Have fun in Tasmania!

answered on 10/21/12 by
a VT member from Singapore

Oh, yes. In Hobart, Salamanca Square hosts a lovely market each Saturday. With lots of delicious food, fresh produce (veggies, fruits, jams) often by the producers themselves. My absolute favourite was the leatherwood honey which is only produced in Tassie, because that's the only place the plant grows. Yummo!

Speaking of which there are also a number of honey producers around the island with show rooms.
Another place to visit in Hobart is the Cascade Brewery, which does tours and is in quite pretty surrounds. It's Australia's oldest brewery and has a rich history. There are some convict ruins around the area, although not a major attraction.

I think you will love tasmania! Enjoy!

answered on 10/21/12 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Great posts from all above.

Another vote for both the historic town of Richmond and Port Arthur. I've said before that Hobart is one of the worlds best kept secrets. Although I've only really been there for one week, I really loved the city. Beside Salamance place and market is the quaint area of Battery Point - well worth driving and walking around. The trip up to Mt Wellington (overlooks Hobart) is worth doing and also another vote for the Cascade Brewery - we went to a wedding there )former managers house) and the gardens are stunning.

Enjoy Tassie.

answered on 10/21/12 by
a VT member from Perth

Tasmania offers a fantastic opportunity to revisit colonial buildings and pristine forrests and waterways. We took 10 days to travel around the state 5 years ago. Driving is easy and you do not have to travel the multiple hundrends of km each day.

You arrive Hobart peak time for Sydney Hobart yacht race , make certain your camper van is available and you have booked a park space for your first night.

Excellent advice from previous posts.

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