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a VirtualTourist member asked on Oct 22, 2012

State of Tasmania

12 day Tour of Tasmania

Due to the unavailability of the campervan, We are now hiring a small car. As we are travelling in a very busy time we have booked the accommodation for our time there.First two nights in Strahan,next two nights in Tullah, then two nights in Burnie, two nights in St. Helens, one night in Swansea, and the last three nights in Hobart.Could any member recommend places to visit in these particular areas.I will be very grateful for any imput and advice you can give me. Cheers Angela.

8 Answers

answered on 10/22/12 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Hi, suggest you read the thread VT Forum temporarily unavailable for nearly all the places you have booked into.

answered on 10/22/12 by
a VT member from Barossa

I used the Old Woolstore apartments in Hobart a lot when i was working down there and found them very good, there is even a washing machine in the bathroom. The apartments are right in the centre of the city - beware of all the one way streets in Hobart, I would take a GPS with you if you have one.
I would suggest getting the Lonely Planet Guide to Tasmania, it has many hints of places to visit as well as others considered a ripoff. On the Bass highway which goes across the north of Tasmania there are 2 places quite close to each other that I recommend visiting, on is the Chocolate factory (I,ll look uo the name and let you know) and the other is the cheese factory, this sells many different cheeses as well as other foods made in Tasmania. You can taste the cheese before buying.
The markets held on Salamanca place(Hobart) each saturday are fun, many different foods to try there too as well as souvenirs.

answered on 10/22/12 by
a VT member from Barossa

The chocolate factory on the Bass Highway is called Anvers.

answered on 10/23/12 by
a VT member from Moonee Beach

If you had a name or home town or birth date I would be interested in replying, though off the cuff I'm a little mystified as to how you chose a couple of the places.
Cheers, Ian

answered on 10/24/12 by
a VT member from Palmwoods

Would also like to know the reasoning behind Tullah. Agree about the Woolstore apartments.

answered on 10/24/12 by
a VT member from Palmwoods

12 days - where are you coming from and do you arrive into Hobart? What do you want to see?

I did 12 days in Tassie and it went something like this

Hobart to Port Arthur via Cadbury factory, Richmond, Tasman Arch, Blowhole (2 nights) - visit Port Arthur Penal colony site.
1 night on the coast (can't remember the place) on the way to Freycinet NP - short walk to view Wineglass Bay then through Ross to Bronte Park via Mt Field NP 1 night.
Drive to Queenstown and take the Wilderness Railway to Strahan (includes return trip by bus) drive to Strahan 2 nights - MacQuarie Harbour and heritage river cruise.
drive to Cradle Mt NP - 2 nights - walking in the NP
drive to Launceston - 4 nights here as I was staying with a friend. Leave from Launceston.

I had been in Hobart for a work event so did some sight seeing there before I left but you could use 2 of the 4 Launceston days here. The other two days could be spent in the northwest.

Anyway - just some ideas for you to think about.

Please check out my Stat of Tasmania page for lots of things to do.

answered on 10/24/12 by
a VT member from Barossa

The Cadbury chocolate factory no longer does factory tours, they show a DVD and you can buy in their shop - prices for seconds were far too high, I could have bought the goods in the supermarket for less when on special. The box of assorted seconds was50, considering they would have to throw these out under normal circumstances I found this too expensive.

answered on 11/4/12 by
a VT member

Firstly, I saw from your earlier post that you were arriving on the 31st of December. This is the busiest week of the year for tourism in Tasmania so it's good that you've booked your accommodation. Roads will be busy s be aware it's about a 4.5 hour drive from Hobart to Strahan. I'd recommend the Gordon River Cruise in Strahan as well as a drive to Ocean Beach which is stunningly big and wild. Not sure why you're staying 2 nights in Tullah. It's about 3.5 hours from Burnie to St Helens. As you've already booked accommodation, there's not much leeway I know but since you're spending 3 days in Hobart I'd recommend a trip to the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur. It would have made more sense to go there enroute from the east coast and stay overnight but it's worth a visit. There are fantastic coastal cruises and scenery, walking, the historic sites. It's about an hour and half from Hobart. If you plan any organised things like cruises I'd book ahead at that time of year. Hobart is a good base for day tiros and if you happen to be there on Saturday, the Salamaca market is worth a visit. Hope you have a good trip!

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