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Tasmania December 2007

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Tasmania December 2007

We are coming to Hobart from Sydney and are considering returning from Launceston/Deveonport to Melbourne for 3 days prior to visiting New Zealand over Christmas.

We are looking for a good standard of hotel probably $200/300 per night. Undecided whether to hire a car,probably will, and also whether we should base ourselves in Hobart for the 7days.

What itinerary would anyone suggest for the period. We are both early 50's and wildlife/birds is not necessary our scene although good food is a priority.

We shall be away for the next 2 weeks and I will therefore not to be able to thank you initially for any help.

Many thanks


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1. Re: Tasmania December 2007

I dont quite understand your itinerary but if you are thinking of driving from Hobart to Devonport then I suggest hiring a car.

You have plenty of options available to you, East Coast, West Coast, or driving straight through the middle. It depends on your time allotted.

For Hobart, my preferences for hotels are:

1)Henry Jones Art Hotel. - waterfront position

2)Somerset Pier apartments - waterfront views

3)Davey Apartments.- waterfront position

for dinner Henry Jones Art Hotel.

For activities and sightseeing,

There are plenty of tours available, which can be taken from the waterfront. (if no car).

otherwise, drive up to Mt Wellington to see the views.

Drive to Peppermint Bay and have lunch at the awesome restaurant


Drive to New Norfolk and see Mt Field National Park and the Gordon River Dam.

Drive and visit Port Arthur.

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2. Re: Tasmania December 2007

Firstly, lock in your acommodation asap, December/January very heavily booked due to Sydney-Hobart Yacht race and Taste of Tasmania-8 day wine/food/entertainment festival beginning 28th January.

There are many atttractions to see in and around Hobart - Port Arthur for convict history is a must - 1 hour drive. For foodies lots of wineries with restaurants - try Moorilla-20 minute drive north of Hobart, also has award winning accommodation, all modern with antiquities museum, also Home Hill Winery south near Huonville, or Meadowbank Winery at CoalValley near Richmond, quaint histforic town.

Accommodation- try Henry Jones Art Hotel right on the docks where all the action is, has been winning international awards since opening a couple of years ago.

Upper end food in Hobart - try Marque 1V on Elizabeth Street Pier on the dock area, Kelly's Restaurant (seafood) in tiny historic building, again central. For casual eating, Fish Frenzy on the docks, Customs House pub, Quarry Restaurant all central.

Allow at least three days in and around Hobart, then head up the East Coast - stay at Piermont stone cottages two nights -5 minutes from Swansea- a restaurant and beauty centre in just being completed or Kabuki on the Sea, or Freycinet Lodge at Coles Bay and do the magnificent walk to Winelass Bay. Travel on to Launceston for a couple of nights and stay at Rosevears Estate cottages, great restaurant/winery there, or Pomona cottages at Beauty Point where there is a sea horse centre. These cottages are all upper end and all accomm/restaurants have web sites, just google them.

For all-round info on accomm/eateries, tourist attractions and tours check discovertasmania.com.au, it has everything. Sorry being a Hobartian, I am a bit biased, but Hobart is THE place to be in late December. Enjoy! Jenny

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3. Re: Tasmania December 2007

Thank you for both your replies which are helpful. We do not arrive until early Dec 2007 and our itinerary is undecided. Basically we are unsure whether to go into Hobart and return to Melbourne from Hobart or go to the North with car hire.

If we went to the North which is the best town to go to Melbourne from.

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4. Re: Tasmania December 2007

Ship from Devonport or plane from Launceston as far as I know. Last time we arrived/departed Hobart but many years ago we came through Launceston.

If you like seafood don't miss Mures in Hobart. Restaurant upstairs and bistro downstairs right on the waterfront. Easy walk from Henry Jones and a number of other hotels, including the Grand Chancellor which as far as I remember was the tallest. There's also the hotel at the casino which is very tall and right on the water but it's not in the city centre. Plenty of good choices in a more convenient location.

We really liked scallop pies for lunch. We had them at the Visitors Centre at the Tahune Airwalk and at Cataract Gorge in Launceston but I'm sure they're available elsewhere in Tasmania. We'd never come across them on the mainland.

At Port Arthur we really liked Felons.

Freycinet Lodge is wonderful Do try to include it on your itinerary.

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Firstly your budget of $200-$300 will get you the best rooms in Hobart.

Hobart is FULLY BOOKED from December 23rd to well into January due to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (Dec 26th to Jan 2-3) as well as the "Taste of Tasmania Festival"

We stayed at the Quest Apartments on the waterfront. Quiet, and had the all important free parking in the garage.

Personally, I would not spend 7 days in Hobart but visit the historic Port Arthur or go to the Huon Valley.

You will not escape the wildlife in Tasmania, thats what Tasmania is all about, Scenery, wildlife, good food.

Launceston, is very small and will be quiet that time of year. Couple of good resturants, and again if its food you want then you will find it on the road between Devenport and Launceston. You must go to Andy's 24 hour bakery. Its an amazing place for an ordinary name.

Please read my work in progress, in my golist under laza999 "11 days in Tasmania" tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i8897-11_Days_i…

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6. Re: Tasmania December 2007

if you change your mind to Launceston, I would try the peppers Seaport hotel


we have a 1 bedroom suite river view there and its lovely

better to take the river view over the city view rooms/suites, can get breakie included also, just email and see what best rate you can get

try the eateries along the seaport area, and there are pubs and restaurants around within 5 10 min walks.

Also there is the lovely Tamar river, the hotel is right on the river.

Boags brewery might be an interest.

good luck

Lilyana xxx

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7. Re: Tasmania December 2007

Thank you all for tour help. Much appreciated


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