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1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

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1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

We're a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids) planning a trip to Tasmania in January for 1 week. We'll fly in and out of Launceston and will rent a car for the week. Things we'd like to do: Cataract Gorge Reserve, Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, Hobart and Bay of Fires. Just wondering if it's realistic to think we'll have time to see these places in that length of time? As it'll be school holidays, I'd like to book accommodation in advance but aren't sure how long it takes to get around and what a realistic time frame would be, we don't want to do it at a break neck pace if at all possible. Would like to spend a night or two to start off with in Launceston, then perhaps a night at or near Cradle Mountain. Would also like a couple of nights at Bay of Fires so we can go swimming at a lovely beach. Also thinking a night in Hobart. I've been reading some of the other Tassie forums and they've been really helpful but timeline advice would be greatly appreciated for accommodation purposes.

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1. Re: 1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

It's possible to do that trip in a week.

You should do Cradele Mountain as a day trip from Launceston or as one overnight there. Then set off from Launceston through Campbell Town to the east coast (Freycinet National Park) near Bicheno, then head south to Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula. Then head to Hobart for a day or two, then back northward up the Midland (Heritage) Highway to Laubnceston via Oatlands (CXallington Mill) and Ross.

There's lots of good information in the Top Questions on the right of this page and also the Launceston and Hobart forum pages.

Buy a National Parks Holiday Pass for your car at the first national park you enter - probably Cradle Mountain.

Also have a look at accommo0dation by location using the "Hotels" tab on the top green bar. Give us a feel for your budget and we can help further.

Luigi

Edited: 08 June 2014, 22:56
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2. Re: 1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

I am also trying to do a family holiday over the Christmas period for as little budget as possible. Have about 10 days to explore and will be flying in and out of Launceston. Any advice would be welcomed as I have just started to look.

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3. Re: 1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

A good starting point would be this page on Touring by car: tripadvisor.com.au/Travel-g255096-c119432/Ta…

There's a great deal more information in the Top Questions on the right of this page and also the Hobart and Launceston forum pages.

If you have further questions, Emily-Jane, it would be best to use the "Ask a Question" box in yellow near the bottom of this page.

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4. Re: 1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

Thanks so much Luigi, will take your advice and do Cradle Mountain as a day trip from Launceston. We're hoping to spend no more than $150-$170 per night for accommodation. Looked at Country Club Tasmania and it looks nice and affordable, will probably stay there while in Launceston. For the Bay of Fires, thought we'd book a house through the Stayz website for a couple of nights. Can you recommend clean, affordable accommodation in Hobart? We'll probably stay 2 nights.

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5. Re: 1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

The most affordable accommodation in Cradle Mountain is the family cabins at Discovery Holiday Park, which are suitable for self-catering. You'd just need to stock up before going there. Deloraine has an IGA or you'll drive past Coles on the way out of Launceston.

The Country Club in Launceston would not be my choice. I recommend against staying at a casino unless you genuinely think that kind of place is suitable for children. It's also a long way out of town.

There is good old-fashioned budget accommodation in the big motels in Brisbane Street beside city park - like the Commodore Regent, Comfort Inn or Hotel Launceston. Also consider the Colonial, or Pennyroyal near the Gorge. Cheapest ought to be the Abel Tasman, which is also a fair way out of town.

Fountainside is good in Hobart. St Ives will be a little cheaper and also has family suites.

Edited: 09 June 2014, 11:37
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6. Re: 1st time visiting Tasmania, need advice to maximise our time

Good to know, thank you for all of your advice, it's been great!

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