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Tassie in May

Discussion in 'Holidays & Travel' started by JamesR, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. JamesR

    JamesR Member

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    Hi all, we’re heading to Tassie for a week in early May, 2 adults and 6mo baby.
    We’re taking the ferry over, so will have a 4WD to get around in.
    Now, normally ( pre baby days ), we would find accommodation as we go, and just wing it, but now with bubs, I’m thinking of maybe picking 2 locations and doing day trips, maybe Hobart and Launceston?
    I haven’t been to Tassie for 21 years ( school camp ), and wife has never been, id like to see Hobart and all the markets, as well as Port Arthur. I’ll be there from Wednesday to Wednesday, so probably want to be in Hobart over the weekend.

    what are some easy to see/visit must do things?
     
  2. jcorney

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    if you want to do the markets then you have to be there for saturday
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I did the both of them. if I had my time again I'd get an airbnb out of the city (youth problems when I was there, yelling, smashing bottles etc). Other than that I'd say get your family on a ghost tour of Port Arthur, or maybe just a day tour (because of kids), limo cheauferred all the way down there and back, plus guided tour. It was fantastic.
     
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    Aint going to happen...
     
  5. Lord Belial

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    Even if it's possible, ships seem to be among the worst places you could put yourself right now. Unless everyone else thinks the same and you have the whole thing to yourself....
     
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    Yeah, cancelled. Not really possible to spend 2 weeks in isolation when I’m only there for 1. Got full refund and even cancelled my leave at work.
     
  7. glenpinn

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    Happy to help out if you need anything, should you get the opportunity in the future.

    Saturday morning you can do Salamanca market, have lunch, then take a drive up Mt Wellington later in the afternoon.

    I would strongly advise that during your stay you take a drive to Hastings Caves way down south, they have a wonderful setup down there where you get to do a tour of the caves in the morning, and spend several hours in the afternoon at the Thermal Spring pools, where you can buy lunch at the kiosk/restaurant, drive back to Hobart early evening, very scenic drive.

    As for Port Arthur, i would leave Hobart as early as you can as there is so much to do/see down on the Tasman Peninsula, as you have the actual historic site, as well as some interesting places at Eagle Hawk Neck, as well as animal sanctuaries around Taranna.

    If i was taking a car, i would be driving back to the boat in Devonport via the East Coast of Tasmania, possibly stay at somewhere like St Helens or Scottsdale, and make the drive to Devonport the next day.
     
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    Thanks mate, hopefully we can re book later in the year while my wife is still on maternity leave.
     
  9. glenpinn

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    No probs, i have met up with many people from the mainland through a few forums and taken them on day trips around the greater Hobart region, those without a car especially, saves them the hassle of booking costly day tours through agents or tour guides, as well as having to hire a car.
     
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  10. ssar

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    Enjoyed a recent 8 days in TAS, with lucky timing just before the recent covid-19 mess escalated:

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    Trip Report Notes: Tasmania Several Days Mar2020

    Salamanca Markets, Hobart Sat mornings:
    Nicely laid-out, fair range, popular, nice seafood Paella, Oysters looked good, Various Wine & Spirits tastings great.

    Hobart Docks, Salamanca:
    Nice general signage, arty elements, statues etc. Nice to wander around.
    Salamanca great, lots of shops, galleries, areas, well worth wandering through slowly etc.

    MONA (Museum, of Old & New Art):
    Awesome. A must see for anybody remotely interested in the arts, culture, history etc.
    Ferry services great. "Supersymmetry" in MONA: amazing- my favourite. Beer Roulette: great. Classy, scenic dining options. Great, professional staff.

    Hobart Pubs & Restaurants:
    Bar Wa Izakaya:
    Great to dine at, food tasted fresh & nice, interesting décor & ambience.
    Jackman & McCross Bakery, Battery Point: Tried a range of options here, all very good. Some items a bit pricey, but quality place, worth checking out. Tried the Pork & Apple Roll, some Danishes, Lightly-curried Scallop Pie – all were excellent.
    Prince Of Wales Hotel, Battery Point: Nice pub in Battery Point, often has an NRL Fox Sports channel on (during rugby league season), good food & Tap Beers.
    Irish Murphy’s Pub, Salamanca: St. Patrick’s Day for an hour in the evening was great, nice bars, décor, location. Tap Beer was good.
    Mures, Hobart Docks: Only browsed the ground floor offerings, seemed OK. Nice-looking premises.
    Hobart Brewing, Docks area: Nice, Rustic, plenty of appeal, Tap Beers were good.
    Central Hotel (CBD): Enjoyed a beer here, Tap Beer seemed good, OK pub in the CBD
    Pot Sticker Dumpling House (CBD): Great Dumplings, small homely place, nice.
    Lark Distillery: Very cool, rustic, nice moody décor. Tried a Heartwood Shot Duck Cask Strength Single Malt: outstanding. As well as a Lark Silver Label Single Malt which was also very smooth. Very nice with indoor & outdoor casual seating.

    Tim Minchin Concert, Wrest Point Casino:
    Tim Minchin is great: witty, funny, a pretty good show. Though the main floor seats layout in the auditorium was quite cramped.
    Casino: pretty good for a small, somewhat dated place, dining bistro OK with scenic views, if pricey.

    Mt. Wellington (overlooking Hobart): Was very cold & windy during our visit - Awesome lookout over Hobart, good to see a nice weather shelter with informative posters, toilets etc. Fairly easy access, well worth visiting for a look.

    Cascade Brewery: Nice-looking facility & grounds, popped in briefly after bar closing time.

    Kingston Beach (~20mins drive S of Hobart): Nice coastal area - foreshore around the boat ramp looked beautiful, very inviting to dive! Well worth a beach trip on a nice summer’s day.

    Tinderbox Marine Reserve (~45mins drive S of Hobart): Great idea, nice little bay. No running fresh water taps to wash gear etc. – a minor thing. Pretty, looks inviting to dive.

    New Norfolk (~45mins drive NW of Hobart):
    Foreshore:
    Beautiful foreshore along the Derwent river, with an excellent modern rowing launch wharf facility, nearby playground etc. Much of the Derwent river along that greater area looks very inviting for canoeing.
    Bush Inn Pub: Not bad @ a glance during our brief visit, a few rather surly locals, but a nice big balcony with a great view & a couple of cosy-looking rooms. Tap Beer seemed good.

    Maydena (~90mins drive NW of Hobart): What a downhill mountain biking mountain! Never experienced anything like that before, & what an introduction to such. Seemed a great, tidy operation. E-MTB (Electric-Powered Mountain Bike, a modern very good model) I hired was fantastic. Tap Beer & food good, staff mostly very helpful & friendly.

    Russel Falls (~80mins drive NW of Hobart): Stunning. Such beautiful, rich rainforest, with an easily-accessible walking track to the waterfalls proper & various other longer track options. Great information centre. Well, well worth visiting!


    Redline Buses Hobart-Burnie: Not a bad service, but their large coach interiors are more dated & cramped than appear from their shiny exteriors. Didn’t get the impression the interiors were cleaned to a high standard. Drivers could be more friendly & informative. Still, did the trick OK & on time.


    Launceston (Nth TAS): (only able to spend around half an hour during bus trip break x2 here)
    Saint John Craft Beer Bar: Excellent, moody bar with heaps of selections of obscure beers, went out of my way to visit briefly, glad I did.
    The Commercial Hotel: Seemed pretty good, during a brief visit for a beer & chicken schnitzel meal.

    Burnie (NW TAS):
    Beach Foreshore:
    Very pretty, inviting during a warm summer’s day.
    Beach Hotel: Seemed OK, some of the layout & décor a bit uninviting at a glance; but some, incl. the large dining area with great ocean/foreshore views looked great. Tap beer good.
    Hellyers Rd Distillery: Classy, nice-looking premises, beautiful views around the nearby countryside. Tastings were great & seemed well-priced, food looked good too, well worth a visit.

    Penguin (NW TAS, not far from Burnie): El Perro Restaurant: Very nice, some dishes a bit pricey, but good service, food tasted great, recommended!

    Stanley (NW TAS):
    The Nut:
    Beautiful prominent headland, didn’t get a chance to hike up & around the top (though I was keen & there’s a good track apparently). Snorkelled along the western beach/shoreline along it which was cool.
    Godfrey’s Beach & Penguin Info Walkway: Beautiful spot, modern walkway with nice information plaques etc., along it. Nice beach – snorkelling along it’s eastern reef area was good.
    Highfield Lookout: Little scenic drive along the western area of Godfrey’s beach, very nice views of The Nut etc.
    Hersey Seafoods: Only went to the downstairs takeaway area, though the upstairs restaurant looked very inviting, offering great views etc. Excellent Tassie Scallop Pies, & fresh oysters on the shell were very nice also. Looked clean & tidy, good.
    Stanley Hotel: Great homely pub with lovely fireplace with comfy adjacent seating, nice atmospheric bar & interesting street-front exterior. Didn’t dine apart from bar snacks, but the rear dining areas looked good too. Tap beers great, glad to have popped in here a couple of times.

    Smithton (NW TAS): Tall Timbers Hotel: Nice large facility catering for groups, conferences, accommodation etc. Bar areas looked good, nice décor etc., relatively classy, some weird design meaning you have to walk outside between the bistro & main bar areas – a minor thing. Sports bar has lots of sporting posters & memorabilia around the walls etc., maybe even too much! Some real interesting anyway. Food very nice, though some was pricey.

    Arthur River, The Edge Of The World (NW TAS): Interesting stretch of coastline & rivermouth, quite violent tidal flows & waves. Nice walkways & informative plaques etc.

    Green Point Beach Marrawah (NW TAS): Nice stretch of coastline around NW TAS, & the Marrawah region. Quite a few areas worth checking out, swim spots in warm conditions, pretty coastal features etc.

    Cradle Mt. National Park Hike: An absolute highlight of the trip to TAS, I was very lucky to have a local cousin as one of the best guides possible take us up on a ~6hrs day hike. The signage & tracks mostly seemed very good & well-maintained, and there was a good range of informative plaques & such.
    I didn’t visit the info centre (which I believe is quite good) nor any specific facilities in the area.
    We completed a great loop of the popular Dove Lake, via Marion’s Lookout, Kitchen & The Ranger’s Huts in the area in variable mostly cold weather which made it all the better. We took our time with great care throughout, pausing @ various points of interest for some food, photos, & just to take it all in. Being fairly fit we could’ve gone a fair bit harder & included an ascent or 2 up some nearby peaks – perhaps next time.
    Truly wonderful.
     
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  11. glenpinn

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    Great report, some really nice places in that list, shame you didn't get up the East Coast to take in the beautiful coastal drive.

    Did you fly in and out and do the whole holiday on a package with Redline being the coach company transporting you around, or you just did the trip from Hobart to Burnie on that Redline coach and take individual tours at each location.

    I see no Port Arthur and no Hastings Caves on your list, 2 of the must do places in my opinion.

    As for Launceston, nothing up there to see, boring shithole in my opinion, but Beauty Point right up the top of Tamar River is very nice.

    How did you get to Cradle Mountain from Burnie ?
     
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  12. ssar

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    No package, planned it all myself based on a return airfare deal SYD-HOB.

    Stayed with a mate in Hobart, then cousin in Smithton - so luckily had transport in & around those areas sorted with them.
    They either drive me around or loaned me their car & I headed wherever, which was really, really good.

    Didn't mind the coach ride in itself really, apart from quite cramped seats for a sizeable adult & possible cleanliness issues. Their timetable suited as the best options to get from Sth-Nth & vice versa.

    Would've went to Cataract Gorge & surrounds in Launcestion, as well as possibly the Low Head area for potential snorkelling, given more time etc. maybe.
     
  13. glenpinn

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    Glad you had a good time, you seemed to hit most of the places pretty well, still a shame about Port Arthur.

    I still don't understand why people recommend the Cataract Gorge in Launceston, i have been there and don't see what all the fuss is about, but that's just me i guess.

    Cheers.
     
  14. Daft_Munt

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    OP I take it you had a wetsuit for snorkeling? Tinderbox and Fossil cove are 2 good snorkeling spots in the south. Verona Sands (Marine Reserve) further south is also good.

    Redline has had issues with bus drivers doing the Hobart-Launceston-Burnie run. The main one is a prick, wouldnt wait a few minutes in Hobart, I chased the fucker to the first midlands stop to unload my sister and another passenger.
     
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  15. Whoreof Babylon

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    I only go for the Hot Stone, however my last one was average at best and im giving it a break. Lots of nice places to eat in Launnie though. Black Cow is great if a bit fancy.

    Devonpot has great food now too, Mrs Jones, Camille and Charlotte Jack to name a few.
     
  16. glenpinn

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    The only reason why i go to Launceston is to see my Dermatologist, i drive 200km up from Hobart, spend 15 minutes in his rooms, and i drive straight back to Hobart, so from start to finish i am away from home for 6 hours, including a coffee stop at Campelltown on each trip.

    We have not been past Launceston for 25 years, so i would assume Devonport and the rest of the north west coast will be slightly different, but i always like Devonport, Boat Harbor and Deloraine, as well as Sheffield.
     
  17. Whoreof Babylon

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    My job takes me statewide so Im in hobart every month or two, its nice down there. That Mexican restaurant in North Hobart is one of the best i've ever been to. The NW is pretty nice now, once this stupid "Living City" is done you should come up and check out the new cool stuff we now have.
     
  18. glenpinn

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    I posted the following map in the Coronavirus Thread some time ago, showing a trip around Tassie that we will be taking as soon as we can travel again, all 1,300km.

    It will be done over 3 days (2 nights) but not so much to spend much time in any particular places, i just need to get out of the home as i don't work, and in the past 6 weeks i have been out only 6 times for an hour or 2 each time, and i just need to get away and take the new Forester for a good long drive, plus my Wife has not seen any of the west coast nor the north west coast since our Honeymoon 30 years ago, so it has been even longer for her than for me.

    It is strange to think about this really, in 30 years only once up the west coast and north west coast, several times to Launceston IF we have to (i hate the place) and up the east coast many times, so we spend more time overseas or on the mainland than we do here, pretty sad really.

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  19. HANKFISTA

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    Wife and I loved our drive up east coast a few years back so much !
    We ended up buying our dream house in Scamander :)
    That coastal drive is one of the best drives in Australia
     
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    Work got me to my first ever trip to Tassie/Hobart. Meeting on Monday, spent just the weekend there. Thank you work :leet:
     
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