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#16 Jek83

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 04:40 PM

Could anyone suggest where I would start on a 7 day tour and places we should stay? Like, is it worth spending a night or whatever in Hobart itself?

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:12 PM

Looks brilliant

Can anyone recomend some good 5 -7 day hikes? Don't want to do cradle (Hubby has been before and also we know we can do it in under day if we need to) - but would love some great scenery and somewhere off the beaten track without too many tourists - will be going around christmas time.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 05:18 PM

Do you mean you can do the overland track in one day or the walk from cradle mountain lodge to cradle mountain? The overland track is about 70km I think - that's a long day walk...


There is a circuit you can do at Freycinet but it's not that long I don't think - nice views though. Probably lots of people.

If you want something a lot more difficult to get to and more challenging to walk I have heards the walks on the south coast are great (port davey, cockle creek, melaleuca).


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Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE(~Melissa~ @ May 10 2008, 05:18 PM) View Post

Do you mean you can do the overland track in one day or the walk from cradle mountain lodge to cradle mountain? The overland track is about 70km I think - that's a long day walk...
There is a circuit you can do at Freycinet but it's not that long I don't think - nice views though. Probably lots of people.

If you want something a lot more difficult to get to and more challenging to walk I have heards the walks on the south coast are great (port davey, cockle creek, melaleuca).



Overland track last time hubby did in about 15 hours - we generally run rather than walk and take our time and do photos etc when we want to.

Remote is good. Even if its a slow walk is nice.

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:24 PM

QUOTE(Mooze @ May 10 2008, 07:01 PM) View Post



Overland track last time hubby did in about 15 hours - we generally run rather than walk and take our time and do photos etc when we want to.

Remote is good. Even if its a slow walk is nice.


Wow!!

Check out the walks down on the south coast then. There are some that are ten days or so so you would have plenty of time to do them!

You must be so fit!!




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Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:58 PM

Ta - we try to be! Its more about running frequently enough and believing you can do it and enjoying it than being fit - then its all just fun with friends.

Will look into those walks! thanks!

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 08:02 PM

QUOTE(Kirstin2009 @ Apr 21 2008, 06:12 PM) View Post

We want to experience Tasmania like the locals do so I wanna know about awesome pubs or good cheap places to stay.
thanks,
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Thought I would add a bit about the pubs - well a couple anyway since I am alcohol deprived for a while I may as well live vicariously... My two favourite drinking places in Hobart are both down off Salamanca place - Knopwoods Retreat and Rektango.
Knoppies is definitely a locals hangout, but also due to location attracts tourists. Friday nights rock there as its where a lot of people head for after work drinks. I think it has one of the longest running licenses in Australia or something... Its in an old sandstone building anyway, its not huge, but serves a good range of beers. Inside during winter there is a big log fire going and in quieter times you can play a game of chess or cards at the tables. Outside they have big outdoor heat lamps to keep you warm too. Its also a great place to laze and watch the world go buy on a sunny afternoon.
Rektango is not a pub, its more of a gathering. Its held every Friday from around 6pm in a little open air courtyard at the back of Salamanca. They have a funky band, maybe gypsy or jazz playing. During winter they have big drums with fires in them to keep everyone warm and they sell mulled wine as well as really cheap tassie beer. Its a really weird and wonderful mix of suited up people coming from work, people with kids and babies, hippes, crusties, old people young people, dancing and chatting, always a great place to catch up with someone you haven;t seen in years.... I think its an experience you can't miss... Also Friday/Saturday is a good time to be in Hobart cause you can have the Friday evening festivities at Salamanca (followed by a yummy dinner at any numbers of yummy food places down there), then head back the next morning for the markets.

If you are coming in Winter try and coincide it with the Antartic Midwinter Festival 20-29th June. There is a film festival, concerts, exhibitions and a lantern parade with masses of cute school kids that goes along salamanca...if you want more info, check out the site:

www.antarctic-tasmania.info/event.php?id=74


QUOTE(hunny banana @ Apr 21 2008, 10:27 PM) View Post

If you like raspberries head to Christmas Hills, they have a raspberry farm with chocolate covered raspberries...OMG YUM!


They are THE BEST! We often stop there on our way up to NW, buy some, then stop in again on the way back. Our usual pattern of trips to the NW from Hobart goes something like this. Stop at Zeps in Campbelltown for yummy food. Stop at Christmas hills for chocolate covered raspberries, stop at Ashgrove for yummy cheese (specially the marinated fetta). Stop at Latrobe for Anvers Truffles. and stop in Lactos at burnie for yet more yummy cheese - heaven on a platter!! I love my food!

QUOTE(JC_1984 @ Apr 23 2008, 10:46 AM) View Post

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


I haven't seen it in years... I don't know whether there is a specific place that is best, I've seen it many times growing up in Kingston and again I've seen it while living in South Hobart, but that was about 10 years ago... its the most magical thing... I haven't seen it since I ahve been back here in Tas and thats over a year ago now sad.gif Best bet is somewhere without too many lights around though I would imagine. But some of the times I've seen it the whole sky has been lit up and it feels like you could almost reach up and touch it...
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 08:05 PM

QUOTE(mel_in_tas @ May 10 2008, 08:02 PM) View Post


They are THE BEST! We often stop there on our way up to NW, buy some, then stop in again on the way back. Our usual pattern of trips to the NW from Hobart goes something like this. Stop at Zeps in Campbelltown for yummy food. Stop at Christmas hills for chocolate covered raspberries, stop at Ashgrove for yummy cheese (specially the marinated fetta). Stop at Latrobe for Anvers Truffles. and stop in Lactos at burnie for yet more yummy cheese - heaven on a platter!! I love my food!


Love all those places but have never been to Zeps. Will add that to our trip for sure!


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Posted 10 May 2008 - 08:28 PM

QUOTE(~Melissa~ @ May 10 2008, 08:05 PM) View Post

Love all those places but have never been to Zeps. Will add that to our trip for sure!


Its a cafe in Campbelltown. We normally stop in there on work trips too, for those who like coffe aparently its quite good, good hot chcolate, patries, cookies, pizzas etc, good travellin' food wink.gif
Plus I always need a toilet stop in Campbelltown so I use theirs!!
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