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My best friend and I are from America and we've won a 6 week road trip through Tasmania with Worldnomads.com. It's called Van-tastic Adventures and it's up to us to create our own itinerary, travel Tassie in our decked out campervan and video blog all of our adventures from Dec 19- Jan 30. Help us make the most of our time in Tas! You can also watch our blogs as we travel starting Dec 19 at vantasticadventures.com

Asked by Dara Simkin via Site_iconTravellr.com

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    Well starting off from the North (Devonport - where the ferry will probably land your van) and heading south (via the east coast) you should see:

    - The Gorge (Launceston -pronounced Lon-ses-ton)
    - Bay of Fires (Binalong Bay)
    - Freycinet National Park (Bicheno)
    - Tasman Peninsular (Port Arthur)
    - Mount Wellington (Hobart)
    - Bruny Island

    Then heading back North via the West Coast

    - Lake St Clair (do not miss http://www.thewalltasmania.com/ )
    - Strahan
    - Cradle Mountain
    - Stanley
    - Then back to Devonport if that is where your van departs

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    This is just some guide for the best route to take. You have 6 weeks so take your time. Talk to locals in each place you decide to stay and find out the little things big overviews like this miss.

    I know a few but I wouldn't want to spoil the challenge :) almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Nicholas Roberts via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    What a prize !!!

    Well do everything that Niko says, they are the highlights
    As you have a lot of time there is too many other places to tell you about
    I've lived in Tassie all my life and have travelled the world and still think this is one of the best places to live
    One thing to remember it is school holidays and most of the good places will be booked out
    Tassie is a bushwalking paradise if you are into that sort of thing
    If you like you can email me at

    murrayrathbone@hotmail.com

    and I can explain in more detail

    Cheers
    Murray almost 7 years ago

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    If I were you guys I'd definitely fit in a whitewater rafting trip down the Franklin River. Located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, the river cuts through spectacular World Heritage wilderness, and is a truly iconic Tasmanian adventure - our little Grand Canyon. You can do 5, 7 or 10 day trips (I said it was epic). Check out these guys as a start - http://www.franklinrivertasmania.com/html/home.html.

    I'd also get to the Falls Festival in Marion Bay. Heaps of amazing music over a couple of days. I believe Moby is in the lineup this year - http://www.fallsfestival.com.au/#home-marionbay

    Hobart is an incredibly cool place to hang out during summer. Lots of amazing food, art, performance, dance parties, bands etc happening around the waterfront....Best time to be around is from 28 Dec - 3 Jan, during the Taste Festival - http://www.tastefestival.com.au/ almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Scott Woodhouse via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    you could also consider some sky diving over hobart? http://www.skydivetasmania.com.au/ on a great day it'll top off your trip!

    also you could try heading up through the Tarkine on a guided tour? almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Josh Reeve via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I agree with most of what other people have said. I've got some friends coming over from the US for a week and it will involve a mix of day walks and night outings around Hobart and then an East Coast trip as well. Make sure you mix up the great outdoor opportunities with some of the cultural events like the Taste and the Falls Festival. Hit up some of the wineries down the East Coast and make sure you stop into Kate's Berry Farm outside of Swansea. Get yourself some great Mingled Berry Jam. almost 7 years ago

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    Oh - make sure you stop off at some local pubs. The Longley "International" Hotel, or some of the ones on the West Coast near Tullah, will make for cracking good shots and stories for your blog. Just don't piss off the locals. You've been warned. almost 7 years ago

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    Montezuma falls ( Tasmanian largest falls ) near rosebery on west coast, Trial Harbour for sure, but watch the road. Binalong bay and Eddystone point on the north east coast.

    Mount Roland and Van Dyke near Sheffield is worth a look as well.

    Hobart is worth 3 to 4 days look at its surrounds and especially Mount Wellington, Salamanca market (Saturday only) and plenty of river cruises to Bruny Island etc.

    You will love it.

    I live and grew up in Hobart and travelled alot OS and found myself back in Hobart and love it. almost 7 years ago

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    When you are in the north, make sure you take the scenic route from Cradle Mountain through to Mole Creek and spend some time there. There's a fabulous little caravan park/camping ground on the banks of Sassafras Creek, from which you can cover a lot of wonderful sights.

    If you like walking, Mole Creek is a major centre for such pursuits, from short walks to the lookouts at Alum Cliffs and Devils Gullet, to an unspoiled 2 hour ramble through rainforest to Westmorland Falls, to longer walks in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park - and lots more besides.

    Then there's the Mole Creek Caves, which have been a tourist attraction for over 100 years, and Trowunna Wildlife Park and Devil Research Centre. There's also tasting opportunities at a range of gourmet food outlets for days when you want to indulge.

    And make sure you call in for a cold one at the world famous Tassie Tiger Bar at the Mole Creek Hotel!

    You'll find all this and more here http://www.molecreek.info

    Have a great holiday. almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Brenda Bourne via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Yeah - as everyone else says, there are lots and lost of things to do. All of them good.
    If you happen to be in Hobart between 27 December and 3 January 2010, do not miss Taste of Tasmania. It's part of the Summer Festival. Check it out at discovertasmania.com
    Cheers almost 7 years ago

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    Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula and participate in the fascinating range of hands-on activities during Summer.

    Uncover the Past with the Public Archaeology Program
    An exciting range of activities at the Historic Site’s oval will offer the chance for kids of all ages, and their families, to get their hands dirty as well as have a lot of fun. Help our archaeologists uncover some of the hidden history of Port Arthur and ask them about the secrets that lay just beneath the surface. Trowels are provided.

    Family Games and Activities Program
    Meanwhile, up at the Accountant’s House, there will be a couple of other activities happening twice daily. Participate in colonial-era games, take a seat on the Story Blanket, make nineteenth century children’s toys or your very own miniature convict brick. There will also be the opportunity to learn more about heritage conservation, view a demonstration of archaeological illustration, examine authentic convict records or hear the fascinating story of Port Arthur’s gardens.

    Port Arthur History Plays
    The ever-popular Port Arthur History Plays are performed twice daily (weather permitting). Hear about convict Dennis Collins, who as an old man found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him, in The Man Who Threw a Stone by Richard Davey. The Shingle Strike, by David Young, tells the story of Irish poet Francis Macnamara’s endeavour to overcome the bullying tactics of an unscrupulous overseer. In A Boys Life by Les Winspear, a London street kid is sent across the world to Point Puer. Will he escape his life of crime?

    More information - www.portarthur.org.au

    Cheers, almost 7 years ago

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