Hi, I am from Malaysia and will be travelling with my family for 3 days to Tasmania. 3 days is definitely too short to take in all the sights. thus I have to be selective with my choice.
I will be renting a car from Launceston, after landing in the evening on 15 th October,staying at Tamar Valley resort, Grindelwald. My suggested itinerary is;
On 15 th October, check out from Tamar valley, drive to Hobart, ( 3 hr Journey ? )do some sight-seeing and then drive back to Launceston.
2 nd day, 16 th October, tour around Launceston before taking evening flight to Melbourne.
I hope to get some advice as to what to see along the way to Hobart, and at Hobart with the limited time.
Also on the second day around Launceston, what is worth to see.
Thank You for your help.
While you're in Launceston a good place to visit is the Cataract Gorge, stunning place 5 mins from the city centre also a good cheap option as there is no entry fee. (although for about $15 you can ride the chairlift over the gorge, particularly good when its in full flood)
In Hobart the Penitentiary Chapel is worth seeing, its in the city in Campbell street and a good alternative if you dont have time to drive down to Port Arthur to see the convict sites.
Also check out Mt Wellington while you're in Hobart, you get some great views out across the city and down to the south.
While you're up in the Tamar Valley there are plenty of things to do, up near the mouth of the river is Beauty Point, they have the Seahorse farm, and also next door is a good place to see a platypus or an echidna. (you can even pat an echidna!), or on the other side of the river is the Low head Pilot station, the bloke that runs it is a bit of a character and they have a good museum there.
Hope this helps!
Thank you for your pointers. It is greatly appreciated.
We hope that the temperature is not that extreme, within 7 - 17 C, and it wont rain all the time. We are thinking of spending 1 night at Hobart rather than 2 nights at Tamar Valley.! On the way to Hobart, is it worth to visit Richmond ? Thanks.
Melka has given you some really good suggestions already. I might just add a couple more things.
Check out the Richmond Bridge in Richmond. It's Australia's oldest bridge that is still in use. You can do this either on the way to Hobart or on the way back to Launceston.
If you do decide to check out Port Arther then it will take at least half a day.
In Hobart, check out Salamanca Place where the old warehouses have been turned into a restaurants/cafes and galleries spot. And if you are there on Saturday, you can wonder around the markets there.
As well as their wine, Tasmania is also known for it's smoked salmon, cheese and curry scallop pies. So if you get a chance have a taste. I was a bit skeptical about the whole curry scallop pies idea, when I first heard of them, but they some how work and are really quite delicious - and this is coming from someone who isn't to fond of scallops in the first place!
Enjoy your trip! Tasmania is a beautiful place
Another point if you do make it down to Port Arthur but are running on a budget, prices are dropped at 4.30 in the afternoon when they start selling twilight tickets. Tickets will be about half price after that time, and if its nice weather then its the best time of day to be there wandering around the site (open until 7pm).
They also have ghost tours in the evening which are heaps of fun and can be pretty scary, but book early if you are going to take the tour because the tours fill up very quickly and are popular.