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Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

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Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

Hi,

With all the help from tripadvisor, we have put up our final itinerary for our Tasmania trip which is just less than 2 weeks away now. Thanks for all your help so far!

Please let me know if we need to change any parts of this itinerary, or if we have miss out any must see sights along the way. Thanks!

Day 1: 24th April 2013

Reach Hobart at 12:40pm

Pick up Rental Car from Airport and head to Barilla Bay Oyster for Lunch

Mount Wellington

Check-in at Fountainside Hotel

What to do at night?

Day 2: 25th April 2013

Port Arthur 10am to 3pm

Check in at Abs by the Bay

Eagleneck Hawk for Tesselated Pavement, Tasman Blowhole, Tasman Arch, and Devils Kitchen

Federation Chocolate Factory

Again, not sure what other activities there are at night

Day 3: 26th April 2013

Sorell Fruit Farm

Kates Berry Farm

Friendly Beaches

Freycinet National Park for Wineglass Bay Walk

Check in at Bicheno Hideaway

Penguin Tour at night (To reach by 6pm)

Day 4: 27th April 2013

Dine at Bicheno Sealife Centre? (Is this good?)

Douglas Apsley National Park ( Read that the easiest hike is the 10-minute walk to the Apsley Waterhole from the southern car park. Cannot find directions though)

Choc-A-Lolly Store

Pyengana Dairy Company

St. Columba Falls (Walk takes 15 to 30min)

Ralph's Falls (Should we skip this?)

Check in @ Anchor Wheel Motel

Bay of Fires / Binalong Bay

Dinner @ Blue Shed Restaurant

Day 5: 28th April 2013

Bridstowe Lavendar Farm

Check in @ Alice Cottage and Spa

Beauty Point for Seahorse and Platypus House

Tamar Valley Wineyard (Will we have time for this after Beauty Point?)

Day 6: 29th April 2013

Woolmers Estate

Ashgrove Cheese Farm

House of Anvers Chocolates

Check in @ Horizons Deluxe Apartment

The Stanley Nut for Chairlift

Dine @ Stanley Hotel Bistro

Day 7: 30th April 2013

Highfield Historic Site

Dip falls Forest Reserve @ Mawbanna

The Big Tree

Head to Woolworths @ Burnie to buy groceries

Check in @ Cradle Mountain Highlanders

Do either Enchanted Walk or Devils @ Cradles if time permits (Is Devils @ cradle better or the night spotting animal tour?)

Dinner @ Tavern Bar and Bistro

Day 8: 1 May 2013

Dove Lake Walk

What other walks or activites shall we do in cradle mountain?

Day 9: 2 May 2013

Mole Creek for Marakoopa Cave Tour

Trowunna Wildlife Park (Is the hugging of wombat available at all times or only during the tours?)

41 South Salmon and Ginseng Farm

Drive to Launceston, check in @ alice cottage and spa in Launceston

Cataract Gorge for chairlift

Day 10: 3 May 2013

The convict-built bridge, female factory and Tasmanian wool centre at Ross

Callington Mill, the old military precinct, sandstone cottages and Casaveen at Oatlands,

Drive by the historic houses at Kempton (lovely mansions and small-paned shop windows)

Bonorong Wildlife Park at Brighton.

MONA at Berriedale. (Don’t think we will have time for this?)

Check in at Fountainside Hotel

Day 11: 4th May 2013

Salamanca Market in the morning

Battery Point

Depart for Airport

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1. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

Just an observation, I noticed queries before about nighttime activities, and I don't know but perhaps some places aren't as night sightseeing oriented as some overseas visitors are used to? IME a full days sightseeing, especially in a place like Tassie with lots of lovely walking, by evening I am more than happy to enjoy a leisurely fine meal in a nice restaurant and simply watch a bit of tv before bed.

At Cradle Mountain do visit the Wilderness Gallery and gift shop.

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2. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

In Hobart in the evening you could have a wander around salamanca. it's perfectly safe, as is the route back to Fountainside. You could do the Penitentiary Chapel Ghost Tour: http://hobartghosts.com/

There's also a ghost tour at port Arthur, but the one in Hobart is better, IMO.

You have quite a few chocolate places listed, but have missed the best one in Australia: Cocobean in George Street, Launceston. the others are generally worthwhile tourist venues, but are somewhat lacking in chocolate quality. http://cocobeanchocolate.com.au/

At Cradle, I'd take the opportunity for a night walk.

At Trowunna, you can only pet selected animals during the escorted tour. That's the case everywhere. Unsupervised interaction with the animals is not permitted. However, the wallabies at Bonorong will besiege you if you have bought food for them at the kiosk there.

And I agree that you'll probably miss MONA. It depends on how early you leave Launceston in the morning that day. You drive right past it on the highway into the city.

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3. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

Trowunna, cuddle a wombat and pat a devil as advised can be done on the tours (no extra cost) at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Cradle Mountain walks besides Dove Lake and Enchanted.

- King Billy - behind Peppers Lodge

- Pencile Pine Falls - behind interpretation centre near Peppers Lodge, Park entry

- You can shuttle to Dove Lake and walk back to interpretation centre, or at various points along the board walk.

- If you have time you can walk up to the Cradle plateau, from Ronny Creek car park or from the Dove Lake walk (harder than Ronny Creek way)

- For the more adventurous you could walk up the left side of Dove Lake too Twisted Lakes etc

Don't forget to sign in at the walkers huts at Ronny Creek and Dove Lake if heading up to the plateau.

Night walks at Cradle Mountain are great for wildlife spotting, and it will be chilly.

Don't forget it will be getting dark around 5pm, and sun up around 7am, therefore your travel times are shorter, and it's not wise to drive on Tasmanian roads after dark, lots of wildlife.

Bring some very warm clothing and waterproof jackets, good water resistant walking shoes. The average daytime temp at Cradle is about 8c, nightime average around 2c, so there's a good chance of ice.

Edited: 1:57 am, April 12, 2013
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4. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

Thanks! Will definitely build in Cocobean since we have 2 nights in Launceston. Do you think we should skip Trowunna since we will be going to Bonorong? Not sure how similar these 2 are.

For the walks in Cradle Mountain, are the National Parks opened for walks at night too? I presume we would need to bring torch since it would not be lighted? Sounds interesting though and thanks for introducing the additional walks, Will definitely make time for them :)

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5. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

Hi Sherylll, if you want the best cuddle wombat and be able to pat a devil experience, IMO Trowunna has the best experience.

Walking in the NP at night is OK from Ronny Creek car park or from the interpretation centre. Ronny Creek car park is where the night walk tours start from, and they only go on the boardwalks. You'll need 2 very good torches, I say 2 as we always take one as a back up if one fails, which has happened.

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6. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

I like Trowunna too, but I also think that Bonorong is the best of the wildlife parks.

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7. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

I agree with MacKnee about the evening activities. Especially outside of Hobart and Launceston. In the Port Arthur area, most restaurants close at 8pm and some at 7.30 and there are no other 'activities' apart from the Ghost Tour at Port Arthur. Leave a bit of time to just relax in your accommodation.

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8. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

Just noticed your itinerary. You have not mentioned "The Wall" at Derwent Bridge, a must see if you are passing. And a good pub too! Also the Nant whiskey distillery at Bothwell is worth visiting.

Best wishes, Martin

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9. Re: Finalised Itinerary for 10 Nights in Tasmania

I agree that The Wall in the Wilderness is marvellous, but it's a very long detour off Sheryll's planned route. :(

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