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3 days in tassie

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3 days in tassie

First time in tassie with limited time. 2 nights/3 days. Want to see cradle mountain, strahan, henty sand dunes and Gordon river. Would also like to see Hobart, but realise this may not work in our limited time. We are a young couple on an anniversay trip. Any ideas for romance? Itinerary suggeations most welcome! We will be travelling early May.

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1. Re: 3 days in tassie

Welcome to Tasmania. You ask for itinerary help, but you don't say where you are flying into and where you are leaving from. The fact that you know how many nights and days you'll be here suggests you've already made those bookings. Have you already made hotel bookings cos that would influence people's advice too.

You could visit Cradle Mountain and travel to Strahan in the one day. A cruise up the Gordon River is a must and will take most of one day. Another romantic thing to do over that side of the state is the West Coast Wilderness Railway.

For romance, I can recommend a place called Kaydale Lodge in Nietta - it actually has mirrors on the ceiling of the honeymoon suite! And the whole place is beautifully romantic, hidden up in the back country of the north-west coast.

Also The Duck Inn in Burnie is really cute and romantic.

Edited: 9:58 am, March 19, 2013
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Forgot to add other romantic things to do in Burnie, should you go there:

You could try Fish Frenzy in the Burnie Surf Club, which is pretty casual and a guaranteed good feed, or there is a cafe in the Maker's Workshop at the other end of West Beach, which also includes a lot to see and even working artists.

Or wander through the Rhododendron Gardens and/or Fernglade.

Here's the link to Kaydale:

http://www.kaydalelodge.com.au/

Just Google the other places I've mentioned.

Edited: 10:07 am, March 19, 2013
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3. Re: 3 days in tassie

To do Cradle and Strahan in a short time you need to fly in and out of Launceston.

Fly into Launy and go straight to Cradle. Spend one night there, then go early to Strahan via Zeehan (not via Queenstown). Do the river cruise. See the dunes in the afternoon. Drive back to Launy via Zeehan and Burnie.

If you are travelling before 30th April, you should also try to do the Wilderness Railway.

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4. Re: 3 days in tassie

Thanks everyone! Very helpful. We are now planning to fly in and out of launceston then drive and stay 2 nights at cradle mountain lodge and do a day trip to strahan. Is the wilderness railway not running after April 30? And can you hire dune buggys/quad bikes at the henty sand dunes?

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Just be careful if you leave early morning, especially at elevation like Cradle Mountain. Early May very, very good chance of frosts and ice.

I like Launceston - Cradle Mountain - Stanley - Launceston, IMO your Launceston, Cradle, Strahan and Hobart, is not relaxing, and who knows if the railway will be up and running. If you do go Strahan after a night at Cradle Mt to catch a cruise, you will have to leave very early in the morning, sunrise is after 7am, the latest cruise which is World Heritage leaves at 9am, Pure leaves at 8.30am, and the drive will take you over 2 hours, this does not leave you a lot of time, you would have to leave Cradle Mt in the dark, and with wildlife, frost and or ice on the roads, not a good idea.

Plenty of wonderful romantic accommodation around the northwest, there's plenty to do, see and eat as well, whatever your decision let us know.

EDIT, I'm to slow again, have a wondwerful time.

Safe travels - Robert

Edited: 6:16 pm, March 19, 2013
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Thanks for the advice about the early morning drive to catch the boat, very useful. We might skip the cruise and go to strahan for the day and just see the dunes. Looks like the railway is also early morning, so may miss that too. Any other activities to do there? Is there any other place you suggest that is close to cradle mountain that we can see, if we base ourselves there?

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7. Re: 3 days in tassie

Lousaa, please noo - don't skip the cruise. It's magic. Stay in Strahan the night before.

Edited: 11:08 pm, March 19, 2013
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Lousaa, please noo - don't skip the cruise. It's magic. Stay in Strahan the night before.

And do you know about the chocolate factory at Lateobe (D'Anvers) and Fudge n Good Coffee/ Gallery Tasmania in Sheffield?

Edited: 11:11 pm, March 19, 2013
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9. Re: 3 days in tassie

HI LoaSaa, you're obviously very keen on Strahan, why not spend your first day exploring your way to Strahan via the Bass and Murchison Highways and then through Zeehan, it's a fair drive but easy. Stay the night, and the next morning get up and do the Pure cruise as it leaves at 8.30am, after the cruise head straight to Cradle Mountain, you should be there before dark. Next day take a look around Cradle Mountain and spend the rest of the day getting back to Launceston.

Another option.

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10. Re: 3 days in tassie

Vote 1 Rob for Minister of Logistics!

Edited: 2:03 am, March 20, 2013