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3 days and where to go ?

aussie in oz
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3 days and where to go ?

we won a 3 night return flight to launceston in July, would love options as to what to do and where to stay , cold weather obviously cramps outdoorsy stuff .Love an open fire and wildlife ,not really wanting to drive too far ,transfers to cradle mountain too expensive .. any suggestions gratefully accepted ... cheers

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1. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

Hi, congrats on your win.

There are bus connections to Cradle Mt, but they are limited, driving would be the best option, and Cradle Mt in winter is wonderful especially if it snows, which in July there's a good chance.

A drive up the west Tamar, and switch over to east Tamar at Batman Bridge, and a nice drive up to Low Head from there, and explore the wineries in both regions.

You could also do a drive down to Hobart, it's only 2 hours from Launceston, stay a night or 2 there, if its over a weekend, you could time it right for the Salamanca Markets held every Saturday morning.

You could explore the east coast, or the north west, there's plenty to do, have a good read of the "Top questions about Launceston" plenty of info there, for day trips, what to see and do etc.

Even with only 3 days, there's so much to do within a short drive, Cradle Mt will take you over 2.5 hours from Launceston, but there's a lot to see and do along the way.

Some food for thought.

Safe travels - Robert

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2. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

And have a browse through the Top Questions on the right of this page.

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3. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

Thank you so much for quick and informative reply .I have read all that I can on on t a on what's about and where to go but always looking for that special place . I'll have another look at driving to cradle mountain or Tamar valley with wineries always inviting .....

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4. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

I wouldn't miss Cradle Mountain if you do choose to hire a car, especially as you said you like wildlife. I think it would be beautiful in winter.

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5. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

As Shaz says, a night or 2 at the lodge in a spa cabin, and a wonderful meal in the Highland Restaurant, a few nice wines from their wonderful cellar, and if it's snowing, just icing on the cake, and wake up to a wonderful buffet breakfast in the morning.

cradlemountainlodge.com.au/food-wine/…

And just a few wintery shots around the lodge - …tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-04c4-fb76-3a77…

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6. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

rob, what would the drive be like ? are roads are good ? I feel a bit concerned about that drive but maybe its not so bad ? sounds amazing .. Ive been looking at deloraine area today as we have been to the tamar valley years ago . again all info happily received ........

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7. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

Cataract Gorge Reserve is an awesome place to visit and it is within a 30 min walk from Launceston (or a 10 minute bus ride). You can see some wallabies around and the views are stunning.

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8. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

Hi,

The roads to Cradle Mountain are winding, only 2 lane (one each way), but are in very good condition. I was up there yesterday, it was quite mild temp wise 10c, and there was very little traffic, although I had to wait for an echidna crossing the road just down from the Cradle Mt village turn off (Leary's Corner).

Driving in winter/July can vary with conditions like snow and ice, but many do the drive, actually hundreds ever day do the drive even in winter.

Deloraine is a lovely small town, very picturesque as it over looks the Tiers, and has some nice food establishments, although they lost one of the best in Tassie awhile ago, Restaurant Red, IMO Deloraine is OK place to base.

If you like wildlife, Trowunna is a must when their tours are on, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. It's a basic wildlife reserve run privately with volunteers, but during the tours they let you cuddle a wombat, and pat a devil.

tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g504310…

Also since it's your 3 days away, you might like a visit to Latrobe, on the way from Launceston, you'll pass Raspberry Farm Café, Ashgrove Cheese and just outside Latrobe is Anvers Chocolate Café & Factory, and just in Latrobe is Reliquaire, I like it, and I hate shops, go figure.

http://trowunna.com.au/

http://www.raspberryfarmcafe.com/

http://www.ashgrovecheese.com.au/

http://www.anvers-chocolate.com.au/

http://www.reliquaire.com/

Also at Cradle Mt, they have wildlife night walks along the boardwalks at Ronny Creek, it's fun, you'll need to talk to your accommodation house to book the tour if you go to Cradle Mt.

Also near Trowunna at Mole Creek, there's 41 Degree South Salmon and Ginseng Farm, great salmon and Chudleigh Honey Farm/Shop, fantastic ice creams. These places are on the way to Cradle Mt from Deloraine.

http://www.41southtasmania.com/

http://www.thehoneyfarm.com.au/

Also at Cradle Mt village they have Devils@Cradle, where they have night feeds, and then there's the canyon tours if you're the adventurous.

http://www.devilsatcradle.com/

http://www.cradlemountaincanyons.com.au/

OK that's my Cradle Mt spiel, it's well worth a look.

Also have a look at the walks around Tasmania, some great short easy walks, and hard ones, just in case you go to Anvers or Christmas Hill and want to burn off some of their fantastic waffles.

http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=1315

if you go to Cradle Mt, you'll require a Parks Pass, $60 pass gets you on the Cradle Mt shuttle and access in to the park.

https:/…

Safe travels - Robert

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9. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

Hello.

WHAT A WIN:):) My suggestions around the Launceston area would be Ben Lomond, Josef Chromy wines, CoCo Bean Chocolate, for a great coffee Cube at the Seaport - also a nice board walk... or if really into walking can follow the walk right up to the Gorge.

Once you get as far as Deloraine there is 50's Diner which is quaint Café/Restaurant with great food very reasonable priced.... also the Deloraine Deli which has a large variety of foods from around the world. 41 Degrees South Salmon Farm is also very interesting and out at Mole Creek is the Fudge Factory (an amazing assortment) and cute gift shop, also the Honey Farm.

If you do decide to travel up to Cradle Mt be sure to go thru Sheffield - the town of murals.. the views of Mt Roland from that direction are spectacular! For a tasty meal I would suggest the Cradle Mt Chateau/Hotel.. and for an amazing spa experience Waldeim ALpine Spa - Peppers Cradle Mt Resort peppers.com.au/cradle-mountain-lodge/…

ENJOY:)

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10. Re: 3 days and where to go ?

Hi all,

we a had a fabulous time in Launceston .

as my husband is not that well we decided not to drive and so stayed at the country club , golf course view room ground level to feed the birds and wildlife . enjoyed the grounds , caught the local bus into town, caught the free tiger bus around the sights and had a great time seeing Launceston and surrounds ,lunch on the boardwalk a must on a sunny day . thank you all for your insights maybe next time we will venture further afield ....

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