Welcome to Tasmania
Australian's have looked to Tasmania as being decades behind them. "Old fashioned, quaint, behind the times and remote"; so that's what you thought? - huh!!
But did you know, this place has turned all of this into a masterful tapestry for visitors to explore, indulge and experience? Let’s take a snapshot on how to do more in Tasmania - (ok Facebook lovers and social sharers – this is for you):
Here are our top 5 things we think will help you get the most out of your trip. And some need not cost you a cent.
Tasmania brings Australia's colonial history back to a point that can raise your awareness, through imagination, at the very convict sites of Port Arthur, where it all happened, with its tragic, gripping and haunting stories. Just imagine.
Hobart's Battery Point let's you soak up the atmosphere with others, sharing in this historic harbourside treasure at a local pub, tasting the local brews and wines, as if you were from the neighbourhood in the 1800's, in all of its unconventional, disreputable, raffish past (meant in a nice way).
Don't stop there. The convict bridges built at Ross, Richmond and Campbell Town, and Launceston's quality heritage houses constructed before the Tasmanian Tiger became extinct are there to be seen, and they don’t cost a cent to touch. The stone and timbers were taken mostly from the local areas at the time. To touch and feel it will be your link into the past.
No wonder UNESCO declared the Tasmanian Wilderness a World Heritage site. It is unique and special.
There are the bright, white sandy beaches and granite, lichen covered rocks along the east coast of Tasmania. Massive cliffs along the east-south road at Devils Kitchen will have your jaw drop out of your car window. Be nice, Tasmania has a lot of Devils [ including a furry variety – see the next few paragraphs].
Then there are the towering, bleak alpine ranges of Cradle Mountain - St Clair National Park.
All around, you can access great walks, rivers, beaches, waterfalls, old growth forests, phenomenal views and much, much more. If you do some exploring after dark, you may bump into some Tasmanian Devils, at dusk Penguins returning to their homes and in the days, watch dolphins and seals at play.
Called the Apple Isle, there’s more to this island than fantastic juicy apples crushed into a keg of crisp cider served in a glass at one of the historic pubs.
Tasmania exports World class seafood, bread, fruits, whiskey, craft beer and cheeses that the French cheese-makers have come to respect. Many passionate natural producers invite you to their doors to sample the produce and buy as farm-gate supplies, so make sure if you are driving around to leave some spare room in the boot of your car.
If you want to experience food at its varied best, served at the best places on the island, book into any one of a great number of top restaurants to see what the local chefs have done with this smorgasbord of ingredients. Your taste buds will be transformed with the natural flavors that make up the dishes.
With wine, beer, food, arts and music, Tasmania packs a party that punches well above its weight. The docks in Hobart often host events such as the Taste of Tasmania, and heritage fun of the Wooden Boat Festival.
Art and crafts gets a cultural exposure during the MONA FOMA and Ten Days on the Island festivals. Launceston also plays host to the Festivale which showcases the best in Tasmanian food.
If nature, food and wines, historical stories and remoteness need something extra to spark the heart, you won’t be disappointed.
The locals have put together some incredible venues to stay at, where you can indulge the sense further with luxury, private, personalized boutique or very romantic accommodation, blended with all of the above.
Accommodation in Tasmania - Options
Apartments - self-contained, some award winning, inner city or remote apartment’s ideal for longer stays and wanting a home from home, with facilities while taking day trips to fantastic places. Immerse yourself into the character of living like a local in Tasmania for a while.
Backpackers and Hostels –these are ideal budget and friendly place to mix with others for the great outdoors and cultural experience. These places often know where to get low cost transportation to the hot spots.
Bed and Breakfast - Tasmania. Most of the local B&B owners offer an authentic experience. Check out those with historical features to indulge in the colonial past.
Caravan and Camping – There are around 50 caravan parks with facilities around the Tasmania, many with stunning scenery around you, some in parks and reserves. Some have cabin style accommodation.
Farm Stay Tasmania– this accommodation lets you be part of the down to earth living of rural people in Tasmania.
Holiday Houses and Cabins Tasmania – often with self catering facilities, ideal for guests, dinner parties and festive gatherings. Don't be fooled - some of these can be more than a shack - some are award winning architectural places.
Hotels and Motels – All tastes are catered for with a full range of budgets, styles and facilities.
Resorts and Lodges – located in some of Tasmania's most stunning locations, these are an opportunity for an intimate experience. Many have been designed to blend with the landscape.
Getting around – Tasmania
Driving - Fantastic, uncluttered roads and motorways with near perfect road conditions and great scenic views - this island state is as big as Ireland so don't be fooled again. You will need days to enjoy all of Tasmania in depth.
Buses and coaches - There are no trains, so if you want to let others do the driving for you these are the best options to organize your trip. There are plenty of tour facilities on the island as tourism is one of it’s major industries and well catered for.
Some road distance
Launceston to Hobart: 2 h 19 min (199.5 km) via National Highway 1
Strahan to Hobart: 3 h 57 min (299.7 km) via Lyell Hwy
Scenic drives in Tasmania
There are many drives of varying length and time in Tasmania. You can take as little as a day trip, to spending 14-21 days here. Here is a sample to whet your appetite for a self drive visit:
Convict Trail - historic Richmond to the Tasman National Park, Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur Historic Site, this fascinating journey provides rich insight into convict history and the beauty of nature. The Tasman Peninsula provides breathtaking seascape views and some of the highest cliffs you will ever see.
Hobart to Richmond 25 min / 27 km
Richmond to Port Arthur 1 hr 10 min / 83 km
Port Arthur to Hobart 1 hr 20 min / 95 km
Great Eastern Drive. This is one of the most beautiful and under stated driving expereinces in Australia. Both stunning and magnificent coastal drives, you will find the national parks, pristine beaches, Tasmanian wildlife and ocean experiences, completely in synch with nature at its best. Starting in Hobart, you can do this over 2-5 days:
Hobart to Orford 1 hr 5 min / 78 km
Orford to Swansea 40 min / 60 km
Swansea to Bicheno 33 min / 43 km
Accommodation, driving and car rental
At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.
156 Bathurst Street
3 Earl Street
Elizabeth Street Pier
8 Salamanca Place
34 Murray Street
29 Cameron Street
19 York Street
16 Fenton Street
2 High Street
30 Tasman Highway, Montagu Bay
7 Waldhorn Drive, Grindelwald
369 Brooker Highway, Lutana
149 Brooker Avenue
16 Paterson Street
3 Brooke Street