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4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

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4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Hi Guys & Gals, would love your input on my itinerary, so here goes:

Arrive Launceston 4:15 pm on March 30th, have 4 nights booked at the Launceston Country Club

March 31 - spend day exploring Launceston

April 1 - head S to Perth, Campbell Town & Ross

April 2 - head N to Seahorse World & Tasmania Zoo (hoping to do BBQ & Night Safari)

April 3 - 6:30 am flight out

Would have loved to see Bay of Fires but after reading other posts figure it just wouldn't fit in without a lot of driving - guess I'll have to buy a postcard :)

What do you think? Too much? Too Little?

Thanks for all the help & suggestions I know I will get.

Karen

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1. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Tricreek, it's a good, not-much-driving plan. Launceston is a beautiful, historic city with the largest intact collection of 19th centruy architecture in Australia and will easily fill four days for you.

To get a feel for the city, start with the guided historic walking tour. 1842.com.au/launceston_historic_walks.html Also make a point of visiting Cataract Gorge - the reason for Launceston being where it is. http://www.launcestoncataractgorge.com.au/ And a trip to the Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk in the old railway workshops is worth the effort. http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/

Perth was a coach stop on the road to Hobart in the days when that was the only way to get there. It has some lovely old buildings and antique shops and was the centre of the wealthy agricultural region that fed the Australian mainland in the days when Tasmania was its food bowl. Visit Woolmers homestead which is the finest reminder of those times. http://www.woolmers.com.au/ Brickendon - still a working family farm - is also worth a visit. http://www.brickendon.com.au/

Campbelltown was also a coaching town, but is now a busy small rural township. It has a few nice cafes and art galleries/ antique shops.

Ross has been bypassed by the highway so it's more picturesque and peaceful. It's famed for its convict-built bridge and Female Factory which housed the women convicts.

As well as Seahorse World, also visit Platypus House and the old goldmine in nearby Beaconsfield. You can get a discounted "triple pass" to these three places. http://www.platypushouse.com.au/ beaconsfieldgold.com.au/HistoricBeaconsfield… http://www.seahorseworld.com.au/

You'll pass thru the Tamar Valley Wine region to get there and several have excellent restaurants, including Rosevears and Strathlynn.

My only reservation about your trip is your accommodation. It is of good quality, but it is also Launceston's casino and is on the edge of the outer suburbs of the city. Unless you're committed, other places like the Sebel or Seaport in the CBD might be worth a look.

And I (along with the other regular posters here) will flood you with restaurant recommendations at the slightest provocation on this thread, too.

Enjoy your trip.

Luigi

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2. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Thanks Luigi, knew I'd find you here! :) Will we be able to fit all three into one day and still be able to do the Night Safari & BBQ? And with regards to that, how is driving at night? Any problem getting back to the "Casino" and yes I think we are commited but wouldn't be my first choice either after more research - not casino people but does look like a nice place to base our exploration if nothing else :)

With regards to Day 2 - how about going straight to Ross & Campbell Town in am - hitting Ross Bakery for supplies & picnic lunch by bridge in Lions Train Park & then exploring Perth in afternoon?

Thanks again for all info - will start exploring sites right away. Karen

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3. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Hi there tricreek

your plan looks good, and your update for day 2 is definitely 'do-able'.

Driving at night is no problem around the Launceston area, most of the major roads are well-lit.

And ditto to Luigi's advice. If you are travelling north to Beauty Point, you will pass several vineyards, so if you are interested in tasting our great Tassie wine then this is your best chance! Velo at Legana is a good choice, as is Moores Hill, north of Exeter.

Cheers,

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4. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Yes, Day 2 plan is good.

Beauty Point, where Seahorse World and Platypus House are, is about 50 minutes drive north of Launceston. You have to drive thru Beaconsfield and past the goldmine to get there. You would have time to get to all three sites in this area and back to Tasmania Zoo that evening without any worries. The turn-off to Tasmania Zoo is off the West Tamar Highway (the road to Beauty Point) just on the northern edge of the Launceston city limits.

The roads in Tasmania generally are not good to drive at night, in large part because they are narrow and winding, but also because of the large numbers of slow animals that wander around on them. You will be amazed at the amount of roadkill!

However, within the confines of Launceston city and suburbs, you won't have any problems. The only place where you'll need to be a little cautious is on the way back from Tasmania Zoo at night as it's out at the end of a country road.

You'll need a map and a compass to find the Casino the first couple of times, but you'll get used to the drive.

The one positive feature of the casino is the Terrace restaurant. It's really good - especially the wine list which wins awards in its own right. Try Moore's Hill 2008 Riesling which won best Tasmanian wine at this year's Hobart Wine Show.

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5. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

On your Perth, Campbelltown day, you could consider this:

Drive to Perth (it is a very small town), then from the northern end of Perth take the Youl Main Road, and drive into Longford. Lonfgord is a lovely historic town, and bigger than Perth. It is very "English", with a village green, beautiful old church etc and antique shops. There is a good bakery there called "JJ's". Then you could drive through Longford, and follow signs (or ask someone) and drive to Brickendon (just on the southern outskirts of the town). This is a beautiful historic property. Contine along to Woolmers (see link already given to you). This is amazing - it is a colonial property and house, a time warp. (There is more to see at Woolmers than at Brickendon in my opinion) At Woolmers There is also the oldest shearing shed in Australia, and the National Rose Garden and an historic vegetable garden. I would pick up picnic itims at Longford, and have a picnic on the bank of the river in the Woolmers grounds (however, I think there is also a tea room at Woolmers too). After Woolmers, contine south through attractive farmlands (this is one of the earliest settled areas of Tasmania) with hawthorn hedged paddocks - very English. The road then comes out on the Midlands (Heritage) Highway and you can turn south and head down to Campbelltown and onto Ross too if you wanted to. (Ross is very picturesque). Then we you are ready to go back to Laucneston, just go back up the Midlands Highway. This "loop" would give you a really nice day's touring, with lots to see.

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6. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

And on your Day 2, Tamar Valley day, consider this. Drive down the West Tamar. If you like walking and wild birds, there is a lovely walk just north of Launceston (on the West Tamar Highway) before you get to Beauty Point and Beaconsfield. It is the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve:

http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=7030

It is a lovely walk along a board walk (about 20minutes brisk walk each way) that takes you right out to the river. Lots of birds to see, and it is a lovely walk, much enjoyed . by local people.

Then you could drive further north along the West Tamar Highway and see the Platypus Park (if that interests you) then drive over the Batman Bridge, this takes you to the East Tamar Highway. Then turn north and continue on to Low Head. This is a settlement at the mouth of the Tamar River. There is the oldest Pilot Station in Australia there – it is in a village green, with little Georgian cottages, and a small museum in one. There is a tea room (but I don’t know if it is always open). Drive right up to the lighthouse – stunning views. If you feel like a beach walk, then drive to East Beach at Low Head – there is a lovely walk – about 20 minutes Maximum, each way. There are penguin tours at Low Head, but not till twilight. Then you can drive back to Launceston along the East Tamar Highway

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7. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Hi Karen

As always Luigi and RedPanda have provided you with great advice and the intinerary looks great.

The Country Club will be fine - it's really quite easy to get to when you have your own transport and is located right beside a very pretty golf course and duck pond, so good if you like morning or evening walks (or golf for that matter!). Being a casino it's also open 24/7 so no worries about lock outs if you stay out past your curfew one night! It's also easy to connect to the Bass Highway from here without having to negotiate residential and cbd streets, so you should find it easy to head off for your Tamar Valley and your Ross/Campbell Town/Perth day trips.

Lani

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8. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Vicolivia, the penguin tour, although good, seems to conflict with Tricreek's intention to do the night safari and barbecue at Tasmania Zoo on that night.

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9. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

It was just a "by-the-way" sort of comment. As I said, it's late - see the website:

http://www.penguintours.lowhead.com/

I thought other people might be interested to hear about it. Cheers!

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10. Re: 4 Day Itinerary - sound good?

Yes, Vicolivia, it is a good tour and they will arrange pick up from Launceston, but Karen probably can't fit it into her trip this time. It may be useful info. for others watching TA while planning their own travels though

:-)

Lani