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Self-drive in Tasmania in November'07

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1. Posted by MeiLing (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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My husband and I will be visiting Tasmania in November '07. This is our 1st time to Tasmania. We plan to self-drive for 10 days (9 nites). We plan to drive from Launceston to Hobart and back to Launceston (our flight is from Launceston to Melbourne).

I'm hoping for some tips and recommendations of itinerary, or any things we can't do there.

I am a bit concern of the time taken to drive from Launceston to Hobart, is 10 days enough travel from Launceston to Hobart and then back to Launceston.

Thank you.:)

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

If you are wishing to see historical sites Port Arthur should be a must see on your list. While down that way you should also take the scenic route by going to Eagle Hawk neck (mainly a good stopping point for lunch).

Being in Hobart on a Saturday should be on most peoples itinerary. Every saturday they have the world famous Salamanca Market on which attracts a lot of tourists. When in Hobart a trip up to Mount Wellington is nice (mainly on a clear day). Also another thing which is good to see if you like nature is the Tahune Airwalk. This is an hour or so outside of Hobart and is in the forest.

A really nice trip is along the East Coast of Tasmania. A must do is visit Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay). That town is plastic bag free so you aren't allowed to use plastic bags there (or at least aren't meant to). The whole East coast is very nice so you should spend at least 4 days making your way up. If the wilderness is what you want, you should visit the far southern region of Tasmania which is very green and has some of the cleanest air in the world.

Another must do is visit Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. That is a very beautiful region of Tasmania and deserves about 2 days to do it proper justice but in such a short visit you might have to have it as just a one day visit. The West coast has some nice places especially Strahan which is a good place to spend a day.

Another nice region is where Russell Falls National Park is. This has many waterfalls and is one of the nicer areas of Tasmania to visit. This is a daytrip from Hobart and should not be missed if possible. It is one of the more photogenic regions of Tasmania.

I think what you should probably do is try and make you way from Launceston down the West Coast and end up in Hobart on a Saturday if your arrival date would allow this. If it doesn't don't worry too much as you'll find soooo much to do in your short visit. You could then spend about 3 days in Hobart doing daytrips to surrounding places like Russell Falls, the Tahune Airwalk, Mount Wellington and also Port Arthur. Maybe you could leave Port Arthur until the last of those days and then instead of going back to Hobart, continue up the East Coast. Then make your way up the East Coast and then across to Launceston for your departure. This will defintely be a full on itinerary but a very worth while one for the reasons most people come to Tasmania. Hopefully the weather should be alright when you come although it can be a bit unpredictable in November.

Maybe if you worked along the lines of 3 days West Coast, 3 Days south Coast and 3 days East Coast whilst one making it in Launceston that should do good. Do be aware though that although on the map Tasmania looks tiny (and by some standards it is), driving times can be quite a lot if you need to skip large areas. For example Launceston to Hobart is about 2 and a half hours and possibly 2 if you are a bit of a lead foot and break all the speed limits. Speed cameras do operate in Tasmania so be careful not to break the speed limit as they aren't always in the most populated areas. If you see a van on the side of the road in a bit of a strange place well it is probably a speed camera van. They do also have some that aren't in vans like the two that operate permanently on the Tasman Bridge (main bridge in Hobart).

If you have any questions on Tasmania send me a message and I'll do my best to answer them. I live in Tasmania so have been to most places here at some stage in my life.

Have a great trip.

3. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

You have to give the Roman Baths in Launceston a go - it's my favourite thing there! And Brunie Island, near Hobart, looks incredible (my sister's partner's parents live there - I've never been but it looks beautiful!)

Have a great trip.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting Emmelina

You have to give the Roman Baths in Launceston a go - it's my favourite thing there! And Brunie Island, near Hobart, looks incredible (my sister's partner's parents live there - I've never been but it looks beautiful!)

Bruny Island is a nice place to visit, but only if you have a very long trip to Tasmania and 10 days certainly isn't long. It isn't overly close to Hobart and is also not a location that you can really do justice to in only a day trip which is all you could really give it.

Have a great trip.

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6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 9y

Cataract Gorge in Launceston is definitely worth a visit - its a nice walk and is just a few mins from the city centre.

7. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 9y

Of course the more time the better! but 9 nights is OK, you can travel Tassie quite easily. Launceston to Hobart is only about 200KM direct. So without any detours, about 3 hours. This is a very short distance in Australian terms.

You should travel via the East or West coast as above - your choice, my prederence would be to head South via the East coast. If running short of time, just drive straight from Hobart back to launceston.

Enjoy tour tour