Weekend in Tasmania

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1. Posted by Eire07 (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

any advice on an itinerary for Tasmania for a weekend (2 full days)? We were thinking of going to the Tasman peninsula (& Port Arthur) for one day.

Not sure what to do after that, is it worth spending a full day around Hobart?


2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3935 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Port Arthur is definitely worth spending a day at (I spent half a day and wished i had more but it was part of a tour). Hobart is also worth spending at least a day - try and spend Saturday morning at Salamanca market. You can also go for a walk up to Mount Wellington which is 4000feet high and provides a good view over Hobart.

An alternative would be to drive up to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass bay which is absolutely stunning. Cradle Mountain on the other side of the island is also beautiful.

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I also did a weekend in Tazmania - would have loved to spent longer though.

I presume your getting the ferry to Davenport?

I had my own car, on Saturaday I drove to Launchenston, then to Cradle Mountain national park, stopping off at a Tazzy devil sanctuary on Route. Camped up at Cradle Mountain, and climbed it the next morning (highly reccomended!), then drove north to the coast and east through Penguin back to Davenport for the Ferry back to Melbourne.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think Hobart is definitely worth a day. Wasn't so keen on Launceston.

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It would all depend on when you come, what your main reason for coming to Tasmania is and most importantly of all if you are able to hire a car. Tasmania is extremely hard to get about on by bus especially to a place like Port Arthur. Tours do run to Port Arthur, but it is a bit on the expensive side as is the $30AUD entrance fee to get in to the historic site. Without a car and coming on a weekend (especially on a Sunday), your options would be very limited, but with a car your options are far more open. Send me a message letting me know what is bring you to Tasmania, what sorts of things interest you while travelling and I'll get back to you and try and give you more ideas. I live in Hobart area, so I know most of the things to see and do in and around Hobart and Tasmania. Are you coming on the Spirit of Tasmania or flying in to Hobart?

One thing that is on most tourists list when they are here on a Saturday is to visit the world famous Salamanca Market (only on every Saturday), the rest of the week Salamanca is a nice place to go to cafes, tourist shops and go by the waterfront. When the market is on it is very very crowded, so if you are the type of person who likes some space to move at a reasonable pace then Salamanca market may be a bit painful for you as most the time you have to walk like a 90 year old granny with arthritus in both legs (very very slowly).

6. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Only two days!!!! We spent two weeks over in Tasmania and could really have spent longer. We did the Overland Track for 6 of those days though (highly recommend if you're into walking) Launceston is a beautiful little place as it has the gorge you can visit however, in Hobart there's a lot more to do. We (my partner and I) worked out it was cheaper to hire a car than it was to do a tour to Port Arthur and if you've got concession card you get reduce the $30 entry fee. The market in Hobart is cool and it's worth taking a wander around Battery Point, Mount Wellington (you can drive right to the top) and also the port in Hobart. Cradle Mountain and Mount St Clair National Park is where the Overland Track takes place and it's beautiful, if you can't to the actual track there are lots of varying day walks at either end. Just be warned about the weather - it changes so quickly!!! We have rain, sun and even snow when we were there and that was just a couple of weeks ago! Tasmania is a great place to just chill out for a few days - dedicate more than a weekend to it if you can!

7. Posted by Eire07 (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info...........

where is the best/cheapest place to hire a car in Hobart?

8. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

So far, we've hired from hertz, avis and Europcar and we found Avis to be the best in terms of service. I think with various discount cards (VIP, YHA etc) you can get a discount at all three. We ended up hiring from Avis whilst in Tasmania but there was a really cheap car hire palced (minimum rental 3 days $70 I think...) I can't remember the name but the guys in the info centre pointed us in their direction.