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SoniaG

Must do things in Tasmania during a short trip

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Hello, 

My sister and I are planning a 5 day trip to Tasmania next month. Could you suggest some must do places while we are there. We are planning on renting a car so its easier to go about. Any inputs would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Sonia 

 

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Where are you arriving  and departing?  That will help us to make useful suggestions.  Also, what kind of things are you interested in?

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Hello Skani, 

We are planning to be there from 23rd-28th of May. Its our first time there so we are interested to see the historic sites and do a lot of sight seeing and lil bit of adventurous things as well. I also would love to try out some local food and look forward to visiting the Salamanca market when we are there. 

 

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The wall in the wilderness in Derwent google it, we loved it. 

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So are you arriving and departing Hobart?   5 days is too short to cover the whole state so I'm just trying to work out which areas would be the best use of your time.

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We spent 7 days in Tassie.

Port Arthur, Cataract Gorge, Mt. Wellington  were both great, but just driving and following signs to places that looked interesting was a highlight.


I just want PIO to be a happy place where people are nice to each other and unicorns poop rainbows

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Sorry, missed out to give that info. Arriving in Hobart and departing from Launceston. 

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OK.  So these are the 10 most visited tourist attractions: - Salamanca Market, MONA, Mt. Wellington, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) i in Hobart,   Port Arthur Historic site and Tasman Arch  on the Tasman Peninsular (about one and a half hours  south east of Hobart),  Cataract Gorge in Launceston and Cradle Mountain on the northwest coast    (although Cradle Mountain is probably a bit far for this trip).   More details here: 

https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/top-ten

MONA is a very eclectic museum and art gallery - not to everyone's taste - but the building itself is interesting, it has some good restaurants/wine bars and the trip up the river from the city on its private ferries is a pleasant way to see Hobart.

For history In Hobart I would add a walk around Battery Point - the original suburb just up the hill from Salamanca Place - including Narryna, a house museum

https://www.narryna.com.au/

For food:  as well as Salamanca on Saturday there is a farmer's market on Sunday morning until 1 pm.

http://farmgatemarket.com.au/

For history and food - Richmond village about 30 minutes outside Hobart.   Many wineries in the area.

:http://www.richmondvillage.com.au/

A few miles further on from Richmond I'd also recommend Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which does very valuable rescue and conservation work with Tasmanian native animals.

https://www.bonorong.com.au/

The Wall in the Wilderness was mentioned.  http://thewalltasmania.com.au/     That's on the road to the west coast.  You could visit the Salmon Ponds, Mt. Field National Park  (including Russell Falls)  on the way and continue to Lake St. Clair. 

In the Launceston area I'd also recommend the historic Woolmers Estate  https://www.woolmers.com.au/ , the little village of Evandale  and the Tamar Valley - which has many wineries and eating places.

Lots of information about self drive itineraries to various areas here:  https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/self-drive

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If you can spend some time on the Tasman Peninsular this wilderness cruise is worthwhile considering.  I have heard people say this was the highlight of their Tasmanian trip:

https://www.tasmancruises.com.au/

Also I meant to add -  because it will be almost winter when you arrive there may sometimes be road restrictions or closures due to ice or snow.  It would be worthwhile bookmarking these websites which will advise of these:

https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/kunanyi-Mt-Wellington/Pinnacle-Road-current-road-status

Also,   there are lots of native wildlife on the roads at night and dusk and dawn so it is advisable not to drive at these times.   Road kill in Tasmania is horrendous.  😥

 

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Oh wow! Thank you so much for the detailed reply. Very kind of you. I will go through them and shortlist things. 

 

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