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16 days touring - accomodation needed

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16 days touring - accomodation needed

We are a family of four wanting to tour around all of Tassie from Dec 11 2006 to Dec 27 2006. We are looking into cottages/bed and breakfasts as opposed to hiring a camper (too expensive!) and staying at tourist parks. Can anyone advise about a few "central" places to stay for 4 or 5 days that are close enough to tour a region? Budget minded, pref up to $130 (AUD) a night, self contained and older kid friendly.

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1. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Hmmm . . . tassiehopeful,

I've got my thinking cap on! Now if you mean you are gonna tour around Tassie, i'm assuming you're talking RIGHT around?? If so, I'd go anti-clockwise and here's an overview of my opinions!

I would spend 4 nights in the Devonport region, that way you can visit Cradle Mountain, TasmaZia Pancake Parlour, Leven Canyon, Penguin Markets, Anvers Chocolate factory, and Gunns Plains Caves/Wildlife Park (depending on ages of your children?).

Then I'd move on to Stanley for 2 nights and visit the far north-west including Flowerdale Lobster Haven on the way, Dismal Swamp, Marrawah (if you're into surfing!), climb the Stanley Nut, fish off the Stanley wharf (always popular!) and there's Detention Falls nearby for scenery.

Then down the rugged west coast to Strahan. Ahhh, beautiful, peaceful Strahan. Once again i'd only spend 2 nights here and things to do are the Gordon River Cruise (from $86 per adult), West Coast Wilderness Railway ($111 per adult) and good fishing/bush walking to interest you.

Then there's the 3-4 hour drive down to Hobart where i would stay at least 4/5 nights. So much to do in this region! Just a quick list off the top of my head - Boags Brewery (yum!), Cadbury Chocolate factory (yum again!), Port Arthur, Tahune AirWalk, Salamanca Markets (Saturdays) and lots of good food, wineries and produce locally.

Next i'd travel up the East coast - stopping into Kate's Berry Farm (Swansea) along the way, visit Freycinet Nat Park - gorgeous! and maybe stay at Bicheno or St Helens for 1 night?

Move across up to Launceston area. Personally, i don't find Launceston has many 'attractions' or 'tourist draw-cards', so hopefully someone else can suggest something? Although it's always nice to stop in at the Cataract Gorge for a picnic lunch. On your way back to Devonport you could stop in at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (try their choc coated raspberries!) and i always love the Chudleigh Honey Farm (very cute!). There is also the Ashgrove Farm Cheese for good Tassie dairy products!

Now you're basically back to where you started!

There are 6 different accommodation stops i've listed here, which is quite a lot in 15-16 days?? Hmmm . . . are you hiring a car in Tassie or bringing one across on the Spirit of Tas? Is it that much dearer to hire a motorhome as opposed to the cost of accommodation and car hire costs combined? I'm just thinking it would be so much easier to travel with your home on your back - especially if you see somewhere particularly wonderful and want to stay! (I've just spent 10 nights in cairns with 4 different accom places and i got sick of packing and unpacking!)

Well, hope my ramblings have shed even a little light! Anyone else, jump on in with 'fors' or againsts'!

Cheers

Lyn

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2. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Those 'centres' sound great!! Its just the sort of info we were after. It seems hard to tell with some of the lesser known destinations whether there would be enough accomodation to choose from, and which would be the most central.

The cheapest campervan we have found is $250 a day, not including fuel and overnight accomodation in tourist parks. We thought that even with a small car (hired as we are flying in from WA) and accomodation (self contained type) that we would be better off. Also the flexibility of being able to zip around during the day, without having to pack everything in was appealing. Our kids are 7 and 9.

any ideas about types of accomodation in country areas? like owners who rent out cottages, flats, farm houses etc?

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3. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Hi tassihopeful!

I can see now why staying in seperate accommodation as opposed to campervan will be more suitable - and cheaper for you!

I have a list of some accommodation places below, but be warned i have NOT stayed in any of these places since i usually crash at friends places when in these areas!!

This link is a list of accommodation in and around Stanley:

http://www.stanleytas.com.au/stanley.htm

It may not be as classy as you’re looking for, but for 2 nights the Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park is a wonderful caravan park in a nice location. Besides you get to talk to the locals and they’ll tell you the best time to go fishing off the Stanley wharf (a religion in Stanley!!)

Castaway holiday apartments – Strahan

Strahan Bungalows - Strahan

Anchor Down cottages - Strahan

Cedar Heights - House &Studio Apartments – Strahan

(The Cedar Heights looks more like what you could be after?)

Tenerfold bed and breakfast – Devonport

Trine's Cottage - 694 Forth Road, Forth

phone (03) 6428 2295, fax (03) 6428 2298

4 star accommodation, with breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches available on request.

www.bookitnow.com.au/acc/160/BBinfo.htm

(The Trine's cottage would be an ideal base in the Devonport region!)

Bicheno Beach Break – East Coast Tassie

Bicheno Seachange B&B

wineglassbay.com/accommodation/accommodation…

The above link is for accommodation in the popular wineglass bay region on the east coast of Tassie.

I haven't enclosed anything on Launceston or Hobart since there would be heaps of choices if you did a google and it's hard to know what someone else is really looking for! Also i don't know of any owners who rent out 'houses' in the smaller areas, especially for a couple nights? I'll keep my ears open though!

Hope these have helped in some way, and maybe others can point you in the right direction or give tips on some good accommodation.

You are sure to have a wonderful time and what a fantastic age for your kids to be travelling as a family! They'll love it!

Let me know if i can be of any other help . . .

Cheers

Lyn

p.s

Here is a link which i think is very good describing popular towns in Tassie and other things of interest:

www.travelmate.com.au/Places/Places.asp…

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4. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Thanks Lyn for the Information, that is great. Do you recommend booking ahead for the Christmas holidays period in those areas?

I agree that its a tough choice between the campervan and the pay as we go accomodation. We originally were looking at the campervan option, but we think that the disadvantages would be

1. More costly in Fuel - they cost more to run and with the price of fuel...

2. Have to live in pretty cramped conditions with kids, some of the farmstays look like a lot of fun for them as well as us!

3. Some of the bed and breakfast/cottages are really appealing! particularly the heritage- style cottages we have seen on the internet

4.if we dont like our camper - we are pretty much stuck with it for nearly three weeks.

5. We would have to take everything with us when we wanted to go somewhere - including down the corner for fish and chips!

Do you think that under $130 a night is unrealistic? and the other thing we are concerned about is the number of accomodation places that dont "recommend" their businesses for children....Is that a common thing in Tas, to discourage families??

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5. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

We've just returned from a 10 day fly/drive trip to Tasmania so I thought I'd let you know about our experience. We're a thirty-something couple from Sydney (originally UK) with no kids so obviously our experience is going to a bit different to what you're planning.

Basically, if you've never been to Tassie before, you should be warned about a few things. Firstly, its a very small State. Barely half a million people there, so don't expect the same amount of activities and services that you may get in any of the bigger mainland cities. Most of the roads are very winding bendy country roads which are ok for the first few days but are really tiring if you're constantly driving around. The other things is, in terms of teenagers...well depens what they're into. If they're kids who love to stand in awe of nature, then they'll love it. But if they're into clubs, fun parks, extreme adventure, then they may be a little bored here.

Tasmania is beautiful and the people are the friendliest in Australia. There are some really beautiful places. Coles Bay, Bicheno (see the Fairy Penguins), the stunning forests and of course Richmond just outside Hobart.

If I were you, I'd get as many brochures of Tassie as you can and decide on the "must-do attractions" that you want to see. Try not to cram everything into one trip. You miss out on really relaxing by doing that. Then I'd try to rent a house/cottage somewhere close to Hobart for the duration of your stay and just do day trips from there. December is really busy there and you'd be best advised to book as far in advance as possible.

The other alternative is to do a coach tour. We met a family on our travels who had done a 10 day coach trip and didn't have to worry about driving or finding accomodation all the time. May be a way to go for you?

Sorry to ramble on so. Hope some of this helps. There is a beautiful 3 brm cottage in Richmond which you may like but again, depends what kind of area your family like.

cheers

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6. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

thanks canny

do you have the name of the place in Richmond?

Do you think that places like Cradle Mountain and the West of Tasmania are close enough to see in a day??

we are really interested in seeing the Gordon River.

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7. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

We absolutely loved Bruny Island, which is south of Hobart. There are a number of B&B accomodations, many of which have kitchen facilities. Animal-watching opportunities abound! We stayed at Inala on South Bruny, and recommend it highly. It's a peaceful, lovely area with not many "activities" (ie. shopping malls!), but lots of beautiful nature walks, coastlines, and friendly people! Enjoy your trip!

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8. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Hi

We have just returned from a quick fly/drive tour of Tassie with a 12 year old who is not particularly into nature too much but who suprised us by her interest .I think due to lots of stops along the way and it only takes about 4 hours in any direction to get from one side to the other!

My main advice is to book your van or car/ accom as early as possible as all the locals told us it is chokker-block full in summer and also our friends travelled in March and found problems finding places to park their van.

We travelled with no hassles with traffic ,accom,or car hire but it was winter! However not near as cold as we thought .If you live in southern WA { I did once} you would hardly feel the cold in Tassie in winter.We felt we saved a small fortune by travelling out of season,although missed a lot of lovely things too I'm sure like lavendar farms, berry farms, gardens etc.

We stayed in S/C units and motels The price for 2 adults,1 child in a 2 bedroom unit was from $77 to $120 a night {winter rates} and motels about 85 - 95.

Queechy cottages in St Helens {North East} and

Kurmandie Lodge south of Hobart in the Huon valley {would be a great spot for a base to view the lower Hobart region} are great choices for hospitality,cleanliness, comfort and views!

We did find a lot of the accom places esp B&Bs are more geared to a romantic couple on holiday -without kids!

A must for kids is the Cadbury chocolate factory in Hobart or for something really special, the revolving restaurant on top floor of Hobart's Wrest Point Casino .

Sheffied,famous for murals, Cradle Mountain and King Solomon caves{we only got as far as the entrance to this one due to time factors so dont really know what the caves are like but told this is the best cave to visit in Tasmania} are other places that kids would find great..

We found Europcar car hire the best and cheapest for our needs.

Hope this has been of some help and you enjoy your holiday.

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9. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Hate to tell you this, but this is peak season and you need to pre book all accommodation. This is advised by the Tasmanian Tourist Ofiice. Your best bet is to get hold of the Tsamania's Tempations Holiday book from a travel agent and get them to pre-book your acoommodation, you do not save anything booking yourself. They have access to availabilty that you do not have. I would suggest your nearest Harvey World Office as they have been great for my holidays. I use the internet for info and get them to do all the reservations. Hope this helps.

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10. Re: 16 days touring - accomodation needed

Hi again,

Sorry for delay in replying. The web address for the cottages in Richmond is http://www.richmondcolonial.com/

Contact Bob there. He and his wife Chris are lovely and will be very willing to help you. They have 4 cottages in town and 2 of those have 3 bedrooms. It really is great little spot to base yourself.

The other option I'd suggest is searching www.homehound.com.au for holiday rentals. You can also search in Yellow Pages.com for real estate agents in and around Hobart as a lot of them also do holiday lettings which arent advertised in any tourist brochures.

If you're anywhere close to Sydney, visit the Tasmanian Tourism Office in Carrington Street and pick up the Holiday newspaper thing...I think it's called Explorer...and there is a full list of accomodation places in there.

HOpe that helps.