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#1 Kirstin2009

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:12 PM

Hi girls,

A fellow i-doer has put me onto a really awesome place to stay in tassie but then we were thinkin about getting a rental car and touring all over the place, so i was wondering if anyone knew of any good local things to do or places to go. We want to experience Tasmania like the locals do so I wanna know about awesome pubs or good cheap places to stay.
Also we'll be going in the colder months and i was also wondering if there are any good places to see snow. What is the best time to see snow???

It'd be great if i could get some good advise!!!

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:17 PM

Go everywhere!! ha ha tassie is so small you'll get from one side to the other in a day!! and in the colder months just do to the top of Mt Wellington and it will snow. Last week the top of Mt Wellington was -17 degrees.

We were there in the summer (camped our way around for a month) and it was very chilly (ie was wearing all my clothes to bed).

Places i would go:
Snug- for great oysters
Wineglass Bay and freicynet National Park- great bushwalks
Sarah Island
Port Arthur and the ghost tour.
The Nut- walk up it as it the steepest thing you will ever climb..
Strahan- there is a great camping place on the beach just out of Strathan (to the west) were you can feel like you are the only people there. We got fresh crayfish their from our neighbour who was from central tassie.
Go on the Gordon river cruise and if you can get a little plane out to the south west arthurs and traipse around there for a while. Only two people live there.. or something crazy like that..
Go on all the bush walks you can.
Cradle Mtn is very expensive but you could probably get a cheap place to stay in Sheffield (just out of cradle mtn)- it will be snowing there.
Oh and Lake Sinclair: great camping ground and fantastic camp showers. Great hikes around the lake. We did a 13km one... awesome!

um... sorry i can't think of specific names at the moment.

oh, i love tassie so much!!!
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:19 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Um.. What she said biggrin.gif

I'm sure you'll love it - Tassie really is a nice place, so many places to go and lots of little out of the way places to discover. I don't think anyone will top what Tas has said - So I'll just say - Enjoy!!
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:38 PM

We went for our honeymoon and can't stop raving biggrin.gif Don't have anything to add but I'm sure you will LOVE it. We can't wait to go back.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:48 PM

Ooh yes, you have to see the nut at Stanley!

I love Wynyard, gorgeous little place.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:27 PM

If you like raspberries head to Christmas Hills, they have a raspberry farm with chocolate covered raspberries...OMG YUM!
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:24 AM

WOW OMG i am sooo sold on Tassie!!! even if we dont go there for our honeymoon (huh i DOUBT IT!!!) we'll definelty be counting down the days till we do!!!

I never knew Tassie was the Island of Pancakes!!! laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Thanks Hunny Banana and Tas for all ur info, it looks like i'll be startin off in Cradle mountain then goin west out to Strahan then head north to the coast and run along all those small towns out to the east coast and then head south from there to Port Arthur and Hobart where we'll fly home from!!!!

How does that sound??? I am trying to find where Mt. Wellington is on google maps and i cant find it??? can anyone tell me???

and what are the good months to see snow??? our wedding is in June but if we have to hold off our honeymoon for a bit to see snow then we will. and is Cradle Mountain and Mt. Wellington the only places for snow???
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:50 AM

Mount Wellington is basically in the middle of Hobart!!

As for places for snow - In Winter you'll get snow through most of the Central Highands - Including Cradle Mountain, Ben Lomond and most of the rest of the higher peaks in the midlands. Around the lakes and everything. Most of the centre of Tassie get's pretty cold - Poor old Liaweenee gets down to the minuses' quite often in winter and reaches top temps of as little as 5 degrees sometimes.

Tas might be able to help you with more names of palces for snow - I'm not sure exactly never really been up to the snow as my parents didn't really like it. And Tas is our resident walking talking tourist information centre, she does it so much better then me!
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:06 AM

Well, as far as a time to see snow goes my parents were there on New Years Day in Hobart and it snowed... blink.gif
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:46 AM

QUOTE(tas12 @ Apr 21 2008, 07:28 PM) View Post


There are also some lovely places on the way to Hobart - Richmond/Ross/ or a bit off the track - Evandale (actually look into Strathmore...don't know what the accommodation is like but couldn't rate the owners any more highly) -- also Clarendon house, Woolmers Estate and Brickendon (all evandale/longford area).



Before Hannah came along, we were planning on getting married at Brickendon.
Have decided to do a vow renewal there down the track instead smile.gif

when we go, I would love love LOVE to see the aurora australis! - anyone know where it's visible too?

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:34 PM

OMG i didnt know u could see aurora from tassie!!! i wanna know where u can see that!!!
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE(tas12 @ Apr 22 2008, 10:31 PM) View Post

There is also a really cool shop in Latrobe called relacouix -- okay it's not spelt like that....but I can't remember laugh.gif But it's great - hast EVERYTHING you could imagine in it...free fudge, jewellery, slippers, games and even a tardis room huh.gif laugh.gif


Reliquaire I think it is called?

Hobart gets snow at strange times, you can't really pick it. There seems to be snow on Mount Wellington throughout most of winter though. Generally get snow a bit lower down later though August - December... but as I said, you just can't pick it... it snowed on my wedding day in February this year!!

We went to Cradle Mountain in August last year and there was lots of snow then, you'd be pretty well guaranteed to get snow there anytime through winter I reckon. We stayed at Lemonthyme Lodge, which is near Cradle Mountain in one of their luxury chalets and it was absolutely AMAZING, cannot recommend it highly enough.

I think tas has covered everything else though!

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:59 PM

Wow that is weird! I don't think I washed my hair there, but I know we spent about 10 hours in the spa drinking vodka... I have such great memories of that weekend...

and the FOOD....!!!

I had a scallop, prawn and lemon myrtle risotto that was TDF and we got takeaway dessert taste plates and ate them back in the spa laugh.gif

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:59 AM

QUOTE(tas12 @ Apr 21 2008, 09:28 PM) View Post

oooh YEY !! how fun smile.gif

Okay - places I rate (keeping in mind I like out of the way non-touristy type places)......

West Coast of Tas --- Strahan is extremely touristy BUT has some cool things going for it - The River Cruises, The Henty Dunes and HAMERS PUB laugh.gif GREAT pub meal!!!!
If your going to the West - I would make time to pop into Trial Harbour (might be found on the map as Remine) which is a tiny shack community. There is nothing there except shacks, a small museum (in somebody's shack) and a camping ground - BUT it has beautiful rugged coast lines --- Ocean beach is unreal!!!!
There is also a great walk up to Lake Cumberland (if you like walking - not a hard one) as well as a few others. You can get a list and map of the walks from the museum. You could easily stay in Strahan and travel to Trial for a day trip - pack a picnic etc to have on the beach.
Henty Dunes - are insane!!!! biggest dunes ever (and they are great fun to slide down) there are four wheelers there you can hire to ride on there! Let me know if this is an option and I will be sure to mention something special about the dunes that some people don't know!

North West Coast --
*Stanley (lovely accommodation, beaches and fishing up there - and the 'Nut').

*Boat Harbour (lovely beachside community - water is aqua and low in salt, you can open your eyes under water in the sea huh.gif)

*Ulverstone/Penguin/Devonport are nice places but I would skip them (or just drive through them) and head to somewhere like .....

*Deloraine - very arty community, some lovely boutique accommodation there -- have a look at 'Calstock'. You can also travel out to Mole creek to the wildlife park and TWO sets of caves (marakoopa and king solomon) as well as the Chudleigh honey farm, Christmas Hills Raspberry farm (lush food) or Villaret gardens, ETC is a nice little bakery style stopover on the highway too. The Deli in Deloraine has great food and coffee -- there are also fabulous galleries and shops for arty type things smile.gif

*Launeston - smallish city but nice, okay shopping. A nice place to stay is 'Quest on Patterson' this is cheapish but very nice, otherwise there are a range of other accommodations in the city. Launceston offers river cruises, The Gorge (basin, chairlift, pool and beautiful surrounds), Launceston Lakes (wildlife park), Museum and Art Gallery and is close proximity to some lovely other areas of the North.

*Bridport/Bicheno/Scammander -- all lovely coastal towns on the East Coast, beautiful beaches and good accommodation! I have stayed at 'piermont resort' (really loved it there) and 'White Sands' (depends on the unit you get - ours was an updated/nice one). They all offer lovely food/accommodation styles and galleries and other little things to do. If you go to the East coast via St Mary's Pass - be sure to stop at Elephant Pancakes and get you some pancakes there !!! It's fantastic!!!!!!

*Huonville -- Matilda of Ranelagh (spelling) is a lovely boutique style accommodation - you can choose from a variety of rooms (we stayed in the yellow) your breakfast is cooked for you by the lovely host (can't remember her name) and she owns something like 4 Golden Retrievers who LOVE visitors and playing with you as you stroll the gardens. Things to do - Huon Jet boat ride, fishing, Tahune air walk (and cable hang gliding) and plenty more. We went to a lovely little restaraunt near the river (can't remember the name) and the food was sensational. The pub was 'okay' laugh.gif There was a pizza and pasta place (tower pizza?) that was good too! Huonvill is close to Hobart so you can do lots of hobart stuff too (hastings caves/margate train -- pancakes...got a theme going here/Mt.Wellington/River Cruise on the Derwent/Salamanca Markets).

*Cradle Mountain - beautiful. We stayed at Lemonthyme lodge - great accommodation and food at their restaraunt as well as lovely walks all around!!! you could also go there via the north west (sheffield) to stop off at Tazmazia (place that has heaps of mazes to go through and good food --- umm did I mention they do pancakes too tongue.gif).

There are also some lovely places on the way to Hobart - Richmond/Ross/ or a bit off the track - Evandale (actually look into Strathmore...don't know what the accommodation is like but couldn't rate the owners any more highly) -- also Clarendon house, Woolmers Estate and Brickendon (all evandale/longford area).

Sorry to bombard you --- but I've stayed in plenty of places and have heaps of rec's tongue.gif

Oh yeh and der tongue.gif Coles bay/wineglass/freycinet area -- beautiful !!!

And Mariah Island!


Thankyou!!! After reading this thread - particularly your post - we have decided on Tassie!! My FH and I were having trouble on deciding where to go, but it sounds like there is so much to do - I can't wait!


QUOTE(Kirstin2009 @ Apr 21 2008, 08:12 PM) View Post


A fellow i-doer has put me onto a really awesome place to stay in tassie



Can you share this really awesome place?? blush.gif

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:00 AM

Hehe - what Tas said!!

We had snow at Cradle Mountain in early May before there was snow on Mt Wellington. There was reasonable coverage and it was lovely!

We are going in August for a week. Mainly a family visit but I'm thinkin of going to the north west coast cause I haven't been there for ages. biggrin.gif

QUOTE(Kirstin2009 @ Apr 23 2008, 07:24 AM) View Post

Thanks Hunny Banana and Tas for all ur info, it looks like i'll be startin off in Cradle mountain then goin west out to Strahan then head north to the coast and run along all those small towns out to the east coast and then head south from there to Port Arthur and Hobart where we'll fly home from!!!!

How does that sound??? I am trying to find where Mt. Wellington is on google maps and i cant find it??? can anyone tell me???


Mt Wellington is in Hobart. You will find out everything is close!

We did a similar trip to what you describe above a few years ago in May. We skipped the west cast and north west coast though. We did a day trip from Cradle Mountain to Zeehan (montezuma falls is lovely).

We took 12 days to do Cradle Mountain, Launceston, East coast (bay of fires, freycinet), Hobart, Port Arthur, hastings caves/tahune airwalk. That included staying in Hobart and Launceston to visit family so we could have fitted the west coast in instead of that.

How long are you planning to go for? Don't try to cram too many places in or you will get sick of waking up and driving somewhere new every morning.

The weater can vary so much. From that one trip we have photos of us in short sleeves in the sun at Port Arthur, and photos of us hiking in the snow at Cradle Mountain. My husband even swam at the Bay of Fires in May. rolleyes.gif





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