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Tasmania trip

D S
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Tasmania trip

Planning a trip to Tasmania in the last week of Nov. Would land in Launceston on Monday

Day 1: Land in Launceston airport, a trip to the supermarket and head to Cradle Mountain for Dove Lake walk and back to Launceston.

Stay - elphin villas/ leisure inn / tamar river

Day 2 : drive to cataract gorge, breakfast and walk by 11 am and drive to bay of fires north entrance by 3 pm, do some exploring ( unsure what we should out) and head to St Helens

Stay - sweet water villas/ hill crest

Day 3 : drive to Binalong Bay, breakfast and explore ( unsure what we should out) by 11 am and drive to wineglass bay lookout. Should we do Mt Amos or the wineglass walk?

Stay : Swansea motor inn/ holiday park

Day 4 : drive to Bruny island via ferry and explore( unsure what we should out) . Head back to hobart for dinner at franklins wharf.

Stay : Hobart

Day 5 : drive to Port Arthur and explore ( unsure what we should out) and back to Hobart airport.

Our diet is vegetarian ( milk is fine but no meat, seafood or egg) so any suggested places to have meals?

Please help on what we can do and explore, in between towns?

Stays are not booked yet for next week so any recommended alternatives?

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1. Re: Tasmania trip

I don't know when you arrive in Launceston, but you have a five hour drive from there to Cradle and back. Could be a long day.

But not as long as the next day in which I presume you are making a late start to drive from Launceston to Anson's Bay via Gladstone, then back out and on to St Helens. It'll be a very long day.

There's nowhere to get breakfast at Binalong Bay. There's a great cafe opposite the old post office in St Helens for eggs and bacon. Maybe they also do sprouts. :)

I'd go to the top of the lookout to see Wineglass Bay.

Day four is also huge. What are you going to Bruny Island to see and do?

Take a browse through the Top Questions on the right of this page and also the Hobart and Launcston forum pages for things to see and do. The Top 10 Must Sees is a good start point.

The Steam Laundry cafe in Salamanca Square is a good vego cafe. Fresh in Launceston is also good. Other than that, the paddocks are remarkably green from two huge months of rainfall and the grazing is superb. :)

Luigi

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2. Re: Tasmania trip

Hi D S, some days are long, especially Day 1, which as Luigi states is dependant on your time of arrival.

Day 2, unless you have a reason, I wouldn't go via Anson Bay Road way. Last time we drove that road (late August) it was not in the best condition. IMO the best option is to go straight to St Helens, then Binalong Bay, up to The Gardens.

Day 3, you can have breakfast at Binalong Bay at the Binalong Bay Café, nice restaurant, great view.

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Also, and again unless you have a reason to go to Bruny Island, I would spend your time on the Tasman Peninsula, plenty to do there, then finish off in Hobart.

Safe travels - Robert

Edited: 12 November 2013, 21:19
D S
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3. Re: Tasmania trip

Thanks Luigi :) and Rob :)

We are reaching Launc at 9am so long drive of > 5 hours but hopefully ok.

Regarding Day 2, we will alter as suggested and go from Launc to Binalong bay - are there any recommended place to visit in between?

Also at Binalong bay or the garden any day trails we can do for bay of fires / maps?

Again for Day 3, from St Helen's to Wineglass bay are there any recommended place to visit in between?

Similarly day 4, as suggested we will skip Bruny Island and instead go to Port Arthur's. is there a self guided trail we can do?

Day 5 we will visit the MONA museum.

Thanks again

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4. Re: Tasmania trip

Yes, The Gardens road is a far better access route to the Bay ofr Fires for a short visit. Head from St Helens toward Binalong Bay and just before you get there, there's a signed road to the left to the Gardens. that road runs all the way along the back of the beach. There are lots of parkinf spots along it for a walk along the beach.

On the way from Launceston you could visit Bridestowe Lavender, the eatsern wineries of the Tamar valley like Jansz and Pipers Brook. At Branxholm you could do the Ah Ping Trail. At Derby there's the Tin Mine Centre. You could detour through St Columba Falls or Ralph Falls and Pyengana Cheese.

There's not much on the short drive from St Helens to Freycinet. You may care to detour via St Mary's and pancakes at Elephant Pass and Douglas Apsley Park is good, but one access road is still closed, I think.

A guided tour is included in the entry fee to Port Arthur, but you can wander around the site yourself. It's huge, but inaccessible unless you buy a ticket.

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5. Re: Tasmania trip

Apologise for my spelling of <<dependent>> post #2 :o)

From St Helens to Coles Bay (Freycinet) the little town of Bicheno is worth a short stop, drive around to the blowhole, and on the way have a look at the little port, very pretty, there's also a small fish shop which sells fresh cooked seafood. As your driving down the Coles Bay Road, a short detour to Friendly Beaches on a clear and sunny day is well worth the effort.

Bicheno Port image

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Friendly Beaches image

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Robert

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