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Tasmania Trip

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Tasmania Trip

We have 12 full days to spend in Australia and were thinking of splitting the time between Kangaroo Island (where we have been and loved, but only the south side) and Tasmania. Now thinking Tasmania for the whole trip. Is this too much time? We will be there the end of October (22nd on) and thinking of the Northwest and West regions. Starting Launceston, driving north to Devonport/Burnie/Stanley area, down to Corinna, across to Cradle Mountain area. We could fly into Launceston and out of Hobart if necessary, and spend some time in the south.

Thoughts?

Will the weather be okay at this time?

Thanks

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1. Re: Tasmania Trip

Depends on what other regions of Australia you have already seen. I loved Tasmania but would have been bored spending 12 days there. Unless one is a hiker.

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2. Re: Tasmania Trip

With 12 full days you could do a circle of Tasmania - there is a lot to see and do and I doubt you would be bored.

If unsure, you could always spend 3 or 4 days in Melbourne and surrounds, and the rest of the time in Tassie.

Tell us what your interests are, what sorts of things you like doing/seeing, and what your fitness level is? We will be able to provide better advice with this information.

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Hi blindbumpy,

I have lived in Tasmania for 8 years and still find many interesting and wonderful places to visit. IMO 12 days would be just scraping the surface, but would allow you to complete a circuit. And like any travels, your excitement, interests and boredom depends on the planning and funds budgeted. Yes Tasmania is a place that hikers revere, but that is only one aspect of this amazing place, there’s history, manmade and majestic scenic wonders, amazing wildlife, then there’s the food.

You have obviously looked into places in Tassie by your comments on the northwest and west coast, but with your 12 days you could easily fly in to Launceston or Hobart complete a relaxing circuit of Tasmania and fly out of the same city, and trust me without getting bored.

Like morticiaM states above, what are you interests, do you like hiking, wildlife, history, natural or manmade environments, food, or a bit of all of the above :o)

Have a good read of the Top questions about Tasmania at the top right side of this page, and get back if you need any further information.

And October is a wonderful time to tour, not too hot or cold.

Safe travels - Robert

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Hi, thanks for the info.

Our interests lie mainly in natural environments and observing wildlife in its natural habitat. We are not into zoos, but conservation type parks are ok. We love to walk, but unfortunately one of us has a bum foot at the moment, but we can still get around. Shorter hikes are okay, but the 4+ hours will probably be out of the question.

Another question would be, do we have to prebook accommodation? We truly like to just get in the car and go, and wherever we get to, we get to kind of people. We have travelled most of our trips like this, but I get the impression it may be more difficult in this part of Tasmania. We are not 5 star people, just would be looking for clean and reasonable priced lodging, probably 150-200 a night. Will we be able to do this without concrete plans?

Thanks again.

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You should be OK to just wing accommodation in most places in Tassie at that time of year (it is not our school holiday time).

As Rob T said, once you've had a look at the Top Questions get back to us and we can help you from there.

A few ideas from personal travels in Tassie:

Strahan - a cruise on the Gordon River and the Wilderness steam train ride. If time/budget permits, a sea plane or helicopter flight from Strahan up the Gordon river and landing up-river at the falls.

Hobart - Port Arthur convict settlement, Mt Wellington, Salamanca Markets (Saturdays only), MONA (art/museum), Huon Valley, Bruny Island, nearby Richmond, walking tour of Historic areas, Derwent Valley, brewery tour (Cascade).

Coles Bay and Freycinet Peninsula/National Park, Wineglass Bay (hike, or take a delightful cruise with onboard food & wine).

Bay of Fires.

Launceston - Cataract Gorge, Tamar Valley, lavender farms, brewery tour (Boags), historic towns such as Evandale.

There are various wildlife/eco parks including those with Tasmanian Devils, wineries, caves, beaches, etc.

You will find so much to see and do - you will probably wish you had more time.

Edited: 09 September 2012, 23:13
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And of course Cradle Mountain area:)

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Hey blindbumpy! I could have posted most of your comments and it would fit us right down to the bad foot. Our interests are pretty much the same and we will be doing a 7 day RT out of Hobart starting Oct. 25. I've printed out some of the great responses here and thanks to all for your response. You've helped at least two couples.

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