Tasmania For Christmas

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1. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

After working for the past few months I am eagerly awaiting some time off at Christmas. I'm thinking Tasmania for a few days, taking the ferry from Sydney to Devonport. Anyone any suggestions ?

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

the sea is quite rough around tassi and i reckon it's cheaper to get a flight
tasmania realy is beautiful, i spend about 7 days there, travelling all around. the best part is the eastern coast with it's beautifull beaches. don't miss the fire bay, wineglass bay and friendly beaches.
the western part got some lakes and mountains. and there's rainforest everywhere.
hobart definately is a great place to be for christmas!

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

Check out this forum - "Tasmania - Is it worth it?????"

As for the boat ride - from Sydney I can't say from first hand exp. although I see one regularly from our place as they go up and down the East coast. At times on the boat you'll probably get close enough to the coast to see stuff and that stretch (Syd-Melb) will typically not be too rough. We drove Syd to Melb and got ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. It was excellent - but as it travels o'nite 7pm - 7am you wont be seeing a whole lot - although in Dec/Jan it'll be light until about 9pm - so you'll get a bit more viewing of Melbourne/Port Phillip Bay as you leave.
We got a smooth run over and a bit of weather on the way back - but it really was nothing to be worried about. Not too long ago they had a big storm hit (15-30ft+ waves) and the boat retreated to Melbourne. You'd be unlucky to score this.

The ferry is pretty comfortable (pretty deluxe actually) and its easy to while away a few hours lounging at the bar or out on the deck - I'd imagine at that time of year it'll be very pleasant.

You wont be disappointed.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Ken,

I don't think the seas will generally be a problem. Unless you have a car to take with you, I agree that flying would be a better option. I really didn't find the ferry very comfortable. We didn't have a cabin and sleeping in those chairs is really not very easy. The bar/bistro is pretty ordinary - a long way from 'deluxe' in my opinion. On the other hand, if you have a car to take with you, the savings on car hire would make it worth it.

Once you're in Tassie, I would suggest you spend some time on the East Coast. Wine Glass bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and well worth the short hike. If you have a tent with you, you might as well take that along and camp down by the beach for a night. Hiking is pretty much the highlight of Tasmania actually, so if that's your thing, you'll be at the right place. We visited the Walls of Jerusalem last year and absolutely loved it! Oh my goodness, the scenery was really quite amazing. Hobart is also nice, worth a day of wandering around. There's also some small old towns in the middle there that were pretty cool, but I can't remember the names.. I'm sure you'll love it.

5. Posted by vicky-jon (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i agree about the walking. cradle mountain is a good one and easy to get to. also bruny island is good if you like penguins - there are good walks there too. we went on the tahune air walk which is spectacular.
have you thought of returning via melbourne? it's not more expensive and you can take your car/ camper for free on the ferry. (take some blankets up on deck and you can get a pretty good night's sleep in a corner).

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

I'm also thinking about spending christmas in tasmania.. i assume there are hostels and places to stay? lol

I'm heading to sydney in a few days.. i haven't booked any accomodation for christmas / new years though... i can't plan that far ahead, i have no idea what i'm gonna be doing.. .. but I do like the idea of having great scenery and walks around me

7. Posted by cfkam (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Tasmania is gorgeous.

I went there in January a while back and it was so beautiful.

We hired a car and travelled all around Tasmania going to Cradle Mountain, some mining town and a lavendar farm - we did it all in about 8 days I think.

at that time we went to melbourne and caught the big ship across from melbourne to hobart. it was a fun ride, and i hear the syd to hobart is not too bad either.

If you are a nature lover, I'd stay in tassie for longer because a) summer in tassie is probably a good time of year to go do the walks cos it's sunny but not too cold... and the Overland Track takes about 6 days to do I think.