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Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

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Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

Hi all

We're travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania during Christmas and need help in our self-drive itinerary. We are 2 Adults and 1 7 year old child. First time to Tasmania.

Is this plan feasible? Need to complete the plan from Freycinet to Devenport via Launceston for 30 and 31 Dec

Open to suggestions and tips to fine tune the plan. Thanks in advance!

22 Dec 2017 Fri 09:00 Melbourne 18:30 Devenport

Visit Devils@Cradle

Overnight at Promised Land.

23 Dec 2017 Sat

Tasmazia,

Cradle Mountain- Dove lake circuit and Marion Lookout

Drive to Strahan

Overnight at Strahan

24 Dec 2017 Sun

Gordon River cruise

Drive to Hobart via Queenstown, Nelson falls, Lake St Clair, The Wall and Russell Falls

Overnight at Hobart

25 Dec 2017 Mon

Bruny Island

Overnight at Hobart

26 Dec 2017 Tue

Tahune Air walk, Apple shed, Mt Wellington, Organ pipes

Overnight at Hobart

27 Dec 2017 Wed

MONA,

Hobart to Port Arthur via Richmond, Tesselated Pavement, , Tasman Arch, The Blowhole, Devils Kitchen, Eagle hawk neck ,Remarkable Cave

Overnight at Port Arthur

28 Dec 2017 Thu

Tasman island cruise, port arthur site

Port Arthur to Freycinet via Kate's berry farm, spiky bridge, bicheno blowhole, friendly beaches

Overnight at Freycinet

29 Dec 2017 Fri

Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay)

Hazards Beach

Honeymoon bay

Overnight at Freycinet

30 Dec 2017 Sat

Need to plan. Please suggest

31 Dec 2017 Sun

Need to plan. Please suggest

1 Jan 2018 Mon

Launceston to Devenport via Cataract Gorge, Liffey Falls, Christmas Hills Raspberry farm, Ashgrove Farm,

21:30 Devenport

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1. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

It looks like an interesting trip, but I think you will be pressed for time on some days.

On average, it takes 30 minutes to disembark from the ferry. So plan to be off at 1900. It'll take about 1.5 hours to get to Cradle Mountain, so you'll be there at about 2030. That's exactly the time of the night feeding. A close run thing.

Personally, I think you'd be better off deferring a night devil tour until Hobart where you could visit Bonorong. I suggest you just stop at Promised Land that first night. Visit Tasmazia next morning, then on to Cradle and then Strahan.

It will take five hours to drive from Strahan to Hobart with no stops. 24th will be a long day.

You have probably done detailed research on what places on Bruny Island will be open on Christmas Day. I'm sure other folk would be interested if you could let us know here.

On 30th travel to Launceston via St Helens and Bay of Fires, then through Scottsdale and the scenic high spots like St Columba Falls, Pyengana and Bridestowe.

31st, tour the Tamar Valley. Seahorse World, Platypus House and Beaconsfield Gold Mine are good for kids.

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2. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

Hi,

There are few areas of concern -

1 - Whose vehicle are you using?

2 - 22 Dec 2017 Fri 09:00 Melbourne 18:30 Devenport

Visit Devils@Cradle

Overnight at Promised Land.

Doing this will leave you a very late drive back to Promise Land, this is not recommended due to the amount of wildlife that could be on the side of the road. I assume Cradle Mt is booked out when you're here?

3 - 24 Dec 2017 Sun

Gordon River cruise

Drive to Hobart via Queenstown, Nelson falls, Lake St Clair, The Wall and Russell Falls. This is an awfully big day with a late start from Strahan, it's doable but the drive is 5 hours without stops.

4 - 25 Dec 2017 Mon

Bruny Island

Overnight at Hobart. If the car is a rental do you have permission to take it over to Bruny Island?

5 - 28 Dec 2017 Thu

Tasman island cruise, port arthur site

Port Arthur to Freycinet via Kate's berry farm, spiky bridge, bicheno blowhole, friendly beaches

Overnight at Freycinet. Another very big day, leave Bicheno Blowhole for the 30th Dec.

For the night of the 30th Dec, stay at St Helens or Binalong Bay, visit the Bay of Fires.

For the night of the 31st drive to Launceston via Bridstowe Lavender Farm, stay Launceston.

or

For the night of the 30th Dec, and 31st stay in Launceston and visit the Tamar Valley, including Seahorse world and Platypus House at Beauty Point.

Safe travels - Robert

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3. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

I think you are doing too much on many of the days.

Not sure how long Tasmazia takes but then you have a lot of walking and a lot of driving to get all the way to Strahan.

The next day, the cruise returns around 2pm and then you have a 5 hour drive to Hobart but much longer given all the stops you have planned and the side trip to Russel Falls.

The first day in Mona/Richmond/Port Arthur is busy but fine but the next, the cruise is half a day and you need about the same in Port Arthur then you have a 3 hour drive to Freycinet.

You would be better using the extra days you currently don;t have planned to stay an extra night in Strahan and another in Port Arthur.

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4. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

Hi Luigi, Rob and Jill,

Many thanks for reviewing my plan and providing your suggestion.

I will be driving my own car and Tasmazia should be 3-4 hrs

Please see few changes and comments on some of the days which were queried

22 Dec: I will skip Devils@Cradle and see if I can visit Bonorong from Hobart.

24 Dec: I understand it is a long day, but with daylight till 9 pm and accommodation booked in Hobart, hope it is fine. Also intend to have a late start(11 am) next day

25 Dec: The ferry for Bruny is working and intend to drive down and visit the natural spots (The Neck) in the island.

Need recommendation for Bruny Island v/s Bonorong sanctuary.

Also please recommend for Bruny cruise v/s Port Arthur cruise or both.This might impact plan on 28 Dec.

30 Dec: Visit Bay of Fires via St.Helens. Should I keep driving to Launceston or stay overnight at Pyengana or Scottsdale?

31 Dec: Tamar Valley. Seahorse World, Platypus House and Beaconsfield Gold Mine. Is this doable in one day?

many thanks again

Sri

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5. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

I think your drive on 24th is doable with determination. Note that The Wall closes at 4 30pm. I think you'll miss it.

You will see vastly more animals at Bonorong than Bruny Island. The roadwork at the neck where the penguins come out at Bruny should be finished by December, but you'll be too early to see penguins anyway unless you stay overnight.

You can see penguins on the evening of 29th at Bicheno.

The Tasman Peninsula cruise from Port Arthur is more spectacular than the Bruny Island one, IMO.

On 30th, drive all the way to Launceston.

The three places you name in the Tamar Valley are very close to each other. Platypus House and Seahorse World are adjacent at Beauty Point. The goldmine is on the main road in Beaconsfield - the town before Beauty Point. They even sell a "Triple Pass" to visit all three in one day.

I was hinting that most places will be closed on Christmas Day - not just at Bruny Island. National Parks are open and some wildlife parks are open because the animals must be fed. Contact Bonorong to find out if they are open on Christmas Day this year. They often are.

Edited: 21 September 2017, 01:28
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6. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

The Tasmazia day, if you are going to spend 3-4 hours at Tasmazia, then you won't arrive at Cradle Mountain till after lunch then you have planned 2 walks of over 2 hours each followed by at least a 2 hour drive to Strahan.

The next day just bear in mind that if you allow 5.5 hours driving, an hour for lunch and half an hour at each of the stops you mentioned, you won't get to Hobart till after 11pm and that for me would be rushing to only spend half an hour at each place. Obvioulsly you can still do that but just want to make sure you are aware. And in my experience there are always other things that add time here and there.If you do that, make sure you contact your hotel in Hobart to arrange a late arrival.

On the 28th you likely won't make it in time for Kates Berry Farm as it closes at 4.30.

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7. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

Hi Luigi and Jill,

Many thanks for your suggestions.

Couple more queries to fine tune the plan.

How much time is required at Port Arthur site? The website says 40 minute guided walk and 25 minute cruise.Anything else?

What activities are recommended at Freycinet?

Thanks

Sri

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8. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

Also, Is Wellington falls recommended along with Organ Pipes and Secret Falls? Will I have sufficient time on 26th?

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9. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

You could spend hours at Port Arthur if you wish. It's a huge site and the guided tour does not go everywhere. There is also always more time between the end of the tour and your walk to the dock for the boat trip.

Allow a few hours.

I doubt that you will come even close to doing all those things on Mount Wellington with a trip to Tahune Airwalk also on 26th. Go to Tahune. When you get back, drive up Mount Wellington. If you have time, fit one of the walks in.

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10. Re: Tasmania Self drive 11 days itinerary

"How much time is required at Port Arthur site? The website says 40 minute guided walk and 25 minute cruise.Anything else"

The guided tour is more of an introduction so to see most of the site needs at last another 2 hours. It depends how interesting you personally find it. Some people have had enough after a couple of hours, others go all day and want more the next day. There are a couple of extra tours you can add on during the day as well as the ghost tour in the evening. I'd allow at least 3 hours but more if it's your thing.

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