I'm travelling to Tasmania in March 2010 with a friend and I really need some advice around where to go ?
We have 13 days and are hiring a car.
We fly into Launceston and based on advice we have been given, we really would like to see Strahn, Richmond, Hobart, Port Arthur, Wine Glass Bay and the Penguins in Bicheno.
Is this realistic?
We have also been told that Cradle Mountain , Bay of Fires, Bruny Island and the Gorden River Cuise are worth seeing ?
I have had a look at some of the maps and it seems quite reasonable to be able to make our way completely around Tasmania in the 13 days ?
Not sure if you need this information but : We are both female and in our 60's.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much
Thirteen days should give you plenty of time to drive around Tassie and see all the sights you've mentioned. From Launceston to Strahan (via Devonport and Burnie) it's about a five-hour drive, plus additional time to stop and check out things along the way. From Strahan to Hobart (via Derwent Bridge) it's about a four-and-a-half-hour trip, plus sight-seeing time. Give yourself plenty of time to check out the East Coast as Freycinet is spectacular. On the West Coast, a Gordon River Cruise is definitely a must -- on a clear day the water is like looking into a mirror. If I were you I would start in Launceston and travel anti-clockwise around the island.
Let me know if you need anymore info or travel times as I've lived in Launceston, Devonport, Hobart and the West Coast. over 8 years ago
Hi Carole! I've done a driving tour around Tassie with much less time! I am going to write this with the assumption that you'll be flying back out of Launceston. You could very easily do a loop either starting off going west or east & you'll probably want to obtain a wilderness parks pass before you head off from Launceston. But before you do try eating at Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe - Duck Fajitas & Chili Cheese Fries (need I say more?).
Cradle Mountain is beautiful, with plenty of gentle walks, and decent lodging options - it's about a 2-3 hour drive SW of Launceston. You could stop there on your way to Strahn (where you would take a Gordon River cruise from). I highly recommend seeing the West Coast - Strahn is lovely & Ocean Beach is impressively vast.
From Strahn to Hobart takes about 4 -4.5 hours of driving. On your way to Hobart you should check out Russel Falls & some of the walks at Mount Field.
In Hobart I recommend the view from Mount Wellington, the Rivulet tour & exploring Battery Point - a cute neighborhood for walking with yummy cafe Jackman & McRoss on Hampden Rd, plus lots of shops/galleries & more food are in Salamanca which is just down the hill near the water. Fish Frenzy for fish & chips is super yummy, Plum for fine dinning is delish, & Machine Cafe is great for breakfast. Richmond is an easy drive from Hobart & there are plenty of locally operated tours. Hobart is also a jumping off point for tours to Port Author, or you could drive out and stay on the Tasman Peninsula too - which is beautiful.
After Hobart & the Tasman Peninsula you'll head North to see Freycinet (where Wineglass Bay is). I suggest making the drive up to Bicheno - the penguins are worth it! We stayed at the Bicheno Bella Vista which was lovely & central. From Bicheno to Launceston is about a 2.5 hour drive (same from Hobart to Bicheno).
Good luck! Feel free to message me for more ideas! There is a lot of good wine tasting along the way to all your destinations too! over 8 years ago
I have been travelling around TAS for quite a while now. So many place to see and so many things to do. 13 days is quite good as many people try to see Tassie in under 5 days. Quite a task considering the size of this island.
For destinations maybe you could use an itinerary similar to one listed on www.tasmaniaholidaypackages.com.au These may be of help.
Distances around TAS seem quite short but there is not many 4 lane highways here. Also it is great to stop in at the many little townships and relive the past.
James over 8 years ago