I have a group of people staying with my for 5 days in February and they want to do a 5 day jaunt in a car around Tasmania. What are the best things to see and do?
I would start out in Hobart and go up the East Coast, via Frecenet, through to Launceston and back through the midlands.
Day 1 - Drive up Mt Wellington (about a 20 minute drive from Hobart) for some amazing views of Hobart and the Derwent Estuary. Then take a drive down south to Peppermint Bay and check out Tahune Airwalk. Drive back to Hobart and go out for dinner and drinks in Salamanca.
Day 2 - Drive up to Bicheno and stay in a camping grounds or guest house. The beach is really nice for swimming and surfing, and there's lots of young people there in summer. There's a famous pancake parlour nearby at Elephant Pass (they are cash only!)
Day 3 - Go to Freceynet and do the walk to Wine Glass Bay (this is what Tasmania is famous for!). Leave enough time to hang out on the beach and go for a swim in the crystal clear, blue water. Stay the night in the lodge or back in Bicheno.
Day 4. Drive up to St Mary's and take the road inland to Scottsdale and then through to Launceston. The drive is amazing (I've done it in a Skyline GTR, but any car will do! ;-) If you stay in Launceston the night make sure it's a Friday or Saturday night and go out - there's heaps of University students to make it a fun night!
Day 5. Check out the sights near Launceston (Cataract Gorge) then drive back to Hobart (2 hrs). Don't forget to stop at Evendale and see if you can find a deep-fried Mars Bar to make you extra sick for the rest of the way home. If you have time, detour on the way to Hobart via Richmond and check out the wineries! almost 10 years ago
A word of advice: the Tahune Airwalk is NOT MUCH FUN! I would NOT bother going there if you only have 5 days to look around Tasmania!! It's a long drive from Hobart (close to 2 hours), with the grand (non)event being standing on a metal bridge-like structure which overlooks the lower sections of the Picton River. A nice idea, but unfortunately, the view is really lacklustre - giving you a birds eye look at an area of forestry re-growth, and a babbling low-land section of river.......not the dramatic Tasmanian experience I'd be looking for if I only had 5 days....
1. Cradle Mountain - Go here!! Forms the northern end of the Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair National Park, and is a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This place is incredible at any time of year, and gives a true representation of breathtaking Tasmanian wilderness - while being accessible by car! There are well maintained roads, numerous levels of accommodation, and places to eat (relatively expensive). There are great day walks of varying length and difficulty, with some big rewards for walkers taking on the higher peaks. There is also a visitor information centre providing all you need to know, and guides are on hand to aid visitors if needed. almost 10 years ago
Scott has a point about the airwalk - it's not worth a drive just to see it and I'd only visit it if I was in the area.
Another option is to take a day trip to the South West of Tasmania and visit Bathurst Harbour in the world heritage national park. If you enjoy untouched, pristine wilderness this is definitely a place to visit as only few people in the world have been here!
As there are no roads to the park the only way to get there is to fly. A few local charter services provide package tours (for about $200 per person, see www.airtasmania.com.au). If you fly you'll go in a small plane and track down the coast past the most southern tip of Australia - the scenery on the flight is spectacular and really gives you a feel of Tasmania's ruggedness and beauty. almost 10 years ago