Tasmania in 8 days

Well, you’ve read that I like to travel fast, but this is the fastest, for sure. We didn’t see everything, of course, but we saw most of the ‘top ten things to do in Tasmania’.

I’ll list the itinerary in case you’re after a quickie in Tassie, and as I complete individual blogs for places, I’ll link them. At the end I’ll summarise what the good and bad points about covering 2000ish km, in a short time, were.

DAY 1: The WEST – wood-smoke, wombats and waterfalls

  1. Arrive in Launcestan by plane and pick up hire car
  2. Check in to accommodation (Commodore Regent Hotel)
  3. Head  out to Cataract Gorge and take the Duck Reach trail to the power station
  4. Seaport, for views up and down the river
  5. Launceston for tea (The Royal Oak was very good)

DAY 2:

  1. City Park ( don’t miss monkey enclosure and longest bench in the Southern Hemisphere)
  2. City buildings and monuments
  3. Head for Cradle Mountain
  4. Chudleigh honey farm (sluurp)
  5. Cradle Mountain visitor centre
  6. Shuttle to Cradle Mountain and walk Dove Lake circuit (2 hrs)
  7. Check in at Discovery Parks, Cradle Mountain

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DAY 3:

  1. Enchanted Walk (30 mins)
  2. Pencil Pine and Knyvet Falls walks (30 mins)
  3. Head for Strahan
  4. Check in to Strahan Village
  5. Ocean Beach and Macquarie Heads (1 hr)
  6. People’s park and Hogarth Falls (40 mins)
  7. Dinner in town (Hamer’s Bar and Grill was good)

DAY 4:

  1. Gordon River Cruise, including Sarah Island Tour (5 hours)
  2. Woodworks gallery
  3. See the longest running play by The Round Earth Theatre Company – The Ship That Never Was.  Suitable for all ages.

DAY 5: The EAST – estuaries, escapes and escarpments

  1. Head for Hobart
  2. Queenstown
  3. Nelson Falls (20 mins)
  4. Franklin River (30 mins)
  5. Lake St Clair
  6. Derwent Bridge visitor centre
  7. Tarraleah Hydroelectric station (couldn’t find the distillery)
  8. Russell Falls (40 mins)
  9. Check in to motel 429 , Sandy Bay

DAY 6:

  1. Port Arthur, Tessellation Pavement, Admiral’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen (5 hrs inc travel)
  2. MONA
  3. Mt Wellington

DAY 7:

  1. Mt Nelson
  2. Head for Freycinet National Park
  3. Orford
  4. spiky bridge
  5. Swansea
  6. Devil’s Corner
  7. Coles Bay
  8. Freycinet National Park tourist centre
  9. Wineglass bay lookout (50 mins ret)
  10. Cape Toureville lighthouse
  11. head for Bicheno
  12. check in at Bicheno Cabin Park
  13. Bicheno blowhole
  14. Waub’s Bay

DAY 8:

  1. St Marys
  2. Evandale (Tasmania sauce company)
  3. Perth
  4. Airport and home

positives and negatives of such a packed itinerary:

+ we got to see a lot

the RAA were great at arranging the first 3 accommodation options and hire car

we lost weight and had no time for indulgences of alcohol or bakery

we completed walks under the suggested times

–  it was pretty hard to turn off at night after racing from one thing to the next

some ‘will we, won’t we’ decisions had to be made fast and places like Richmond were missed

Day 7 was bigger than the proverbial

other points to note:

Drivers in Tasmania will sit on your bumper. The roads are winding, narrow and steep so this can be stressful. I can’t say they are Tasmanians, because people like me had hire cars, so it’s just a thing we noticed out of the cities. There are little turn offs so that others can pass – use them.

I would recommend all the accommodation I have listed.

Uncle Tobys makes a creamy honey oats that you just add hot water to – godsend breakfast!

We had excellent weather until the last day. It’s a beautiful place.

Good hiking boots are in order, here.

Travel safe. Take water and a hat everywhere in Australia.

Creative Commons DSC150/Tasmania Map | by dany13

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