Tasmania - Is it worth it?????

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1. Posted by ollyrules (Inactive 13 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I am heading off to Australia in November, and am thinking while I am in Adelaide to take a wee detour, and fly out to Tasmania for a week or two.

The flights will cost me around £70 return, but is it worth it???

What is there to do out there? Is it easy to get around? (I can drive, but am only 20, so prob won't be allowed to rent)!!!! Is there nice beaches?

Thanks very much.


2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ollyrules, Sounds like you'll never know if you never go, and you sound very curious....
Tassie isn't known for sun and warm days at the beach, but it does have a magnificent coastline and walks. Its small kind of round so you can do a loop ending up where you started and not having to backtrack. As far as renting a car being under 21 ... rentabug@southcom.au email these guys and ask them. Its rentabug: VW beetle rental specialists. Tassie also has great tours for backpackers: no long drives! These guys are a good start to check out http://www.underdownunder.com.au/home.htmlcom. Choose your time carefully as Tassie is closer to the Antarctic than any other point of Australia so gets some mean southerly blasts.

Happy Travels

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3. Posted by danhosk (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

tassie is great. nature, scenery, bushwalking, camping. plus port arthur penitentiary is very interesting. my advice is for sure hop on the plane and see the wilderness of tasmania, even hobart has some charm.

4. Posted by waitawa (Budding Member 18 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I love Tasmania, I have been there six times and look forward to going again. Cradle Mountain National Park would be my favourite place, great place for viewing wildlife

5. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I met a German girl who went to Tassie for a week or two and like yourself was curious to see what there was. She was too young to rent a car too but it obviously didn't bother her as she ended up staying for 6 months. Also have some other friends who say Tassie is the best part of Australia they've been too. All second-hand info here but it's worth mentioning!

6. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 47 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you like getting outside into some unspoilt bits, Tassie has got a bit of everything and its pretty laid back.
What is there to do out there? Eat well (the quality of seafood is right up there), take in some great bushwalks/coastal scenery and see some quaint Aussie history - Port Arthur and Richmond to name a couple in the SE corner a short drive from Hobart.
Is it easy to get around? I'd recommend hiring a car - it's about a 3 hour drive down the middle from top (Devonport) to bottom (Hobart). We travelled around the island in 9 days and saw a fair a bit - but that was a bit quick to really take it in. If you're into the outdoors you could spend 6 months easy.
Is there nice beaches? Some nice spots - Wineglass Bay on the East coast is impressive and if you like it rugged you'll get that on the the West Coast - Arthur River and Marrawah. One highlight for me was the cruisy but spectacular walk around Dove Lake near Cradle Mountain. Also the Tassie Devils are pretty radical little creatures to check out when night falls in some areas - particularly the Nat Parks. Well worth a visit is the Franklin River Nat Park in the South West. If you can raise the coin the river cruise from Strahan up the Franklin River is pretty impressive. I'd go there again given half a chance. You wont regret it.