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Experiencing Hobart, Tasmania – 2 – Further Afield

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Hobart, Tasmania 2 – by Peter Ellis

 

So having had a couple of days to explore the City of Hobart and now with your hire car in hand then consider the following destination. To ensure you have seen a Tasmanian Devil I would strongly recommend that visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where they are working hard to ensure these much maligned creatures have a future – along with many other orphaned or damaged wild animals. The Devils numbers are down by 90% due to a virus that has spread through them but the good news is that scientists have found a vaccine that is seems effective and there is also evidence that the remaining wild animals have built their own immunity.

Tasmanian Devil, Hobart, Tasmania

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You will have a chance to see most of the other indigenous Tasmanian wildlife and even feed the kangaroo who are very friendly. A short drive from here brings you to Richmond which truly has a feel of being back in the UK. The Gaol here was built in the 1820s to provide slave labour for the booming farming community. It is still almost intact and well worth a visit.

For another full day out, drive down to the World Heritage site of Port Arthur, the destination of many of the convicts from Great Britain. Built as a modern and ground breaking penal institute it became a town in its own rights. Many of the buildings are ruins while others have been restored to their former glory – particularly the homes of the officers. There is much to see and do here so plan to be there early. Also ensure you join the cruise of the Bay taking you past Point Puer Boys Prison (for convict aged below 17) and the Island of the Dead. The staff play there parts convincingly and the exhibits are well thought through and very hands on. For the brave there is ghost tour in the evening. Do NOT get left in the isolation cell – not a chink of light anywhere and pass through 4 doors to get there.

One evening when the weather is clear, drive to the top of Wellington Mountain for spectacular views over the city and harbour.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Experiencing Hobart, Tasmania – 1

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Having just got back from my holiday in Victoria and Tasmania, I thought that I would share some of my experiences and suggested activities while in Hobart. Coming in from the airport has you driving over an iconic bridge giving you a good glimpse of the city. We stayed in an apartment on one of the piers in the harbour, which worked very well – views of the ferry going across to the Mona Museum, plenty of restaurants on the piers and waterfront, and a well appointed flat.

We did not bother with a car for the first couple of days as Hobart is an easy walking city. The first place I would recommend is Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum, located right in the harbour. Not large (they are actual size huts) they are full of information of the Antarctic Expeditions that set sail from Hobart through the 20th. Century. Just a few yards from here is the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery which is well worth exploring and then sitting in the courtyard with an excellent cup of coffee.  We failed to go the Mona Museum, as we ran out of time but would definitely suggest catching the ferry to see what is a controversial spot in Tasmania.

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There are a number of food places to tempt you – along the waterfront and Salamanca Street nearby, in fact coffee houses and restaurants abound in the city.

If you would like some more information on Hobart and what to see or do then please give s a call on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk  You could also take a look at one of our visit Australia suggested itineraries in Tasmania, Hobart click here

More on what to do just outside of the capital next week.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, it is great for exploring the great outdoors. The island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays along with many other outdoor activities.

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With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, this island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays and a number of other outdoor activities.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you plan enough time – there is plenty to see and do. Many people save Tasmania for a second or subsequent visit to Australia, but when you do do decide to visit, make sure you spent enough time here!

Day 1: Hobart
Day 4: Strahan
Day 7: Cradle Mountain
Day 10: Launceston
Day 12: Freycinet Peninsula
Day 15: Port Arthur
Day 17: Hobart

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With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, this island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays and a number of other outdoor activities.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you plan enough time – there is plenty to see and do.

Day 1: Hobart
Hobart, the capital city, is an intriguing blend of heritage, lifestyle, culture and scenery. The city is defined by the river, the sea and the surrounding peaks – Mt Wellington, occasionally seen with a sprinkle of snow, dominates. Explore both the city and surroundings; the nearby historic town of Richmond gives an eerie insight into the hardships of early Van Diemen’s Land convict life.
Hobart 3 Nights

Day 4: Strahan
Wind your way along the mighty Derwent River Valley. Beyond the towering Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park and the historic village of Hamilton is Lake St Clair, where pretty coves and beaches welcome weary bush walkers at the end of the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain. Drive the astonishing road to Mount Lyell and on to Queenstown, before dropping down into the town of Strahan. During your stay enjoy a performance of ‘The Ship That Never Was’ – the story of the last great escape from Sarah Island Penal Colony. Cruise Macquarie Harbour to the lower reaches of the mighty Gordon River. Visit Sarah Island. Take a trip on the West Coast Wilderness Railway which cuts through the rain-forested gorge of the King River.
Strahan 3 nights

Day 7: Cradle Mountain
The West Coast Wilderness Way now takes you north through Zeehan (take time to visit the Pioneer Folk Museum), Roseberry, Tullah and on to Cradle Mountain. Put on your hiking boots and try some of the many well marked trails.
Cradle Mountain 3 nights

If time allows you may consider taking time to explore the North Western coast along, the Great Nature Trail; explore Narawntapu National Park with its abundant wildlife including penguins, seals and platypus. Sample delicious local food and wine, straight from the farm. Continue west along the picturesque coast to Arthur’s River, known by the locals as the ‘Edge of the world’. Visit Dismal Swamp Maze and the sunken blackwood forest; other highlights include the historic village of Stanley and the dramatic landform of The Nut.

Day 10: Launceston
Continue on to historic Launceston, the perfect base for your exploration of the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Visit one of the many picturesque vineyards that produce Tasmania’s famous cool climate wines. Sample the region’s specialities at roadside wine centres and restaurants along the way.
Launceston 2 nights

Day 12: Freycinet Peninsula
Follow a route taking you through the vivid lavender and poppy fields around Scottsdale then on to the turquoise sea at St Helens. Hikers may want to add some time in The Bay of Fires Conservation Area, considered a gem of the Tasmanian coast line. Continue to the Freycinet Peninsula. Explore fishing villages, vineyards, National Parks and mountain gorges, to say nothing of Wineglass Bay. Take a ferry across to Maria Island, or if time allows, spend several days on an organised walking break on these little known Islands.
Freycinet Peninsula 3 nights

Day 15: Port Arthur
The final stop on your journey of discovery takes you to the historic town of Port Arthur, passing Eaglehawk Neck, where savage dogs once guarded the narrow isthmus from escaping convicts. The Port Arthur Historic Site is a fascinating journey through the lives of the convicts; lose yourself in the history that some here may prefer to forget. Join the ‘Historic Ghost Tour after Dark’ – if you dare!
Port Arthur 2 nights

Day 17: Hobart
Finally, return to Hobart from where you will leave this gem of an island.

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For truly stunning views of the Franklin River Valley and Frenchman’s Cap, take a short walk to Donaghys lookout in Tasmania’s west.  This easy 3 km, 40 minute return walk offers one of the best views into Tasmania’s western wilderness. The walk is located between the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers, 47 km from Queenstown or 35 km from Derwent Bridge

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Separated from southern mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, Tasmania is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes with over 40% of the island protected by national parks, reserves and World Heritage Protected areas. Perhaps best known for its fascinating convict history (dating back to the first penal colony in 1803), and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Tasmania offers the chance to get out and explore the scenery, wildlife, and excellent food and wine.

 Tasmania is considered to have the cleanest air in the world, and this combined with rugged mountains, dramatic coastlines, tall forests and sparkling lakes makes the island a unique and very special place to visit.

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