Have been trawling the forums gleaning whatever tips I can for our rather last minute trip to Tasmania. We arrive at 8.45am April 1 and leave at 1pm on April 8. Originally I was going to stay based in Hobart and not try to do too much but my husband (a bus driver who loves driving) has said he would prefer to rent a decent car and explore the island so I have come up with the route below. Is this too ambitious?
We are late 40s, travel often and pack lightly – focus is on photography and food in that order – walks need to be easy – grade 1 or 2 as I am recovering from an achilles tendon injury – I can walk fine on flat or slightly sloped surfaces but no more than about 5km a day.
Day 1(Tues) Arrive Launceston 8.45 am --> Pick up car at Airport and drive to Cradle Mountain – Plan to stay inside the park. Any accomm better than others for keen (amateur ) photograpers? – Sunset shots either Cradle Mountain or near accommodation.
Day2:(Wed ) Sunrise photography at Dove Lake - Walk the circuit – depart Cradle Mountain early afternoon (1pm ish) to Coles Bay – possible sunset shots somewhere en route? Overnight Coles Bay
Day 3(Thur) Coles Bay – Freycinet Walk- I might need to give this a miss but hubby will do it, explore local beaches – is the Wineglass Bay cruise a good option consider the bung foot? - sunset shoot - Overnight Coles Bay
Day 4 (Friday) – Travel to Port Arthur – Tour – lookouts – cruise? - Overnight Port Arthur
Day 5 (Sat) – Sunrise photos along coast – any tips for best spots (Tasman Arch or Remarkable Caves lookouts on my list) should I leave Port Arthur today mid-morning and to go to Hobart for the Market or spend an extra day here? Is there an alternative market on Sundays in Hobart?
Day 6 (Sun) Hobart. - Mona, Louisa’s walk, museums? – not sure yet will depend on weather
Day 7 (Mon): Mount Field day trip – waterfalls, Richmond if possible also.
Day 8 (Tues) : Hobart – Sunrise from Mount Wellington – breakfast at Battery Point and then depart for Sydney early afternoon
any feedback on specific route from Launceston to Cradle Mountain and Cradle Mountain to East coast much appreciated. Have not booked any accommodation yet – Gosh it’s expensive isn’t it… Want to make sure I have the route right first.
Also will I need any special clothing for cradle mountain if we are not doing major walks?
Thanks so much in advance