I'm visiting Australia next year as part of a RTW trip and was originally planning to visit Perth but had to make last minute changes and am now going to Tasmania instead. Anyway, I don't really know much about Tasmania so any information anyone can give me would be appreciated. What are the best places to visit? Also, I'll be there at the beginning of February so are the hostels pretty busy at this time of year? Is it advisable to pre-book?
Haven't been myself, but am reliably informed that Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places on earth - a bit greener than 'normal' Australian scenery and with its own wildlife (steer clear of the little 'devils')
Feb is towards the end of summer, so shouldn't be too busy, but might be worth booking something to start you off.
I went down to Tasmania a few months ago - photos and stories are linked on www.benturner.org - and had a great 8-9 days there.
I reckon you need at least one week to see Tassie, and two weeks would be plenty. The highlights for me where Hobart, the wineglass bay walk on the East Coast and the day trek up cradle mountain. Port Arthur was also nice, very informative about convict history stuff.
My regrets are not having the time, equipment or weather to do the 3-4 day overland trek in Cradle Mountain national park, and missing the legendary "pub on the paddock", which is somewhere between St Helens and Launceston, where they have a beer drinking pig !
Feel free to mail me any other questions about Tassie - it's a really beautiful place, great for walks and cosy countryside hostels.
Damn, another enquiry about the place we Australians were trying to keep all to ourselves !
Try this: http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/ it has just about everything you'll need to get started on Tasmania, what it doesn't answer I might be able to provide a few recommendations on, try me !
Cheers for all the advice.
I've done a bit more research now and decided to fly into Hobart and out of Launceston. I fancy doing a tour for a few of the days and then going off on my own for the rest of the time, but most of the tours I've found seem to last for 6 or 7 days. Can anyone recommend any companies which do 3 days tours?
At the risk of being told by StevieH that I have WAY too much time on my hands again ..... Emmett, if you tried the link I provided above, how far (as in how many levels) did you go down ?
I just did a quick "follow the bouncing ball" trick by:
1. Clicking on the main link in my post
2. Try the "Getting To & Around" link
3. Then "Coach & Car Tours"
4. Then "Package Tours"
5. Then "Coach Tour Companies" (assuming that's what you're after, not self-drive options), then
6. Select any one or more of the companies listed to see what they have available, when, where to, how much, how long, etc.
I had a look (a quick one of course !) at the Naturally Tasmania Tours website (www.naturtas.com.au) for example, and found a range of options, I'm sure if you investigate further you'll find something that suits your budget, time restrictions and interests in there !
Alright, I've got to admit I DO have way too much time on my hands, you've got me "banged up for rights" StevieH , but on my way out of that cascading exercise, I reckon I've found a link that sounds RIGHT up your alley Emmett !
Try this: www.underdownunder.com.au
Now I'm definitely going .....