Tassie at Christmas.

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Just starting planning our next christmas holidays in Tasmania. Will be arriving in Devenport on 8th December and won't be leaving till 11th January. Just looking for suggestions of where to go and what to see. Hope to get off road as much as possible. How accessable is the west coast area.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Well 55 - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 13:00

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 13:00
On the west coast you can drive the beach to Sandy Cape (not a trip on your own)
or take the inland track to the Pieman River X-ing. A good drive to the top of Mt Balfor from there you can see the inland track, you can get to Balfor from the coast via the old rail line. Not bad camp sites down that way as well.

See the rangers at Mt Field and get the key to the old copper mines, a track that requires good clearance as the wheel ruts can be a bit deep through the mud.

A drive to the Pieman Heads from the south is another good track which follows the beaches (just watch the waves and the bog holes)

The button grass swamps down south can give you a bit of fun as there are some hugh bogs on the way to the costal camp sites
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (Bris) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 17:53

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 17:53
Pieman River area was already on our plan, but never heard of Mt Field before. We'll look into that one.

Thanks for the info.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 13:10

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 13:10
Andrew,
Did that trip last Xmas (also from Brissy) Had a good time but remember to take the woolies.
Don't forget the Dubbo zoo on the way there.
The Holy Cow cafe and cheese factory and the Pub In The Paddock, both at Pyn Ghana (spelling?) on the highway between St Helens and Scotsdale.
The Elephants Pass cafe makes the best crepes you've ever tasted. (no EFTPOS so take your cash).
Mt William National park in the north east has some good campsites near the beach.
Port Arthur area.
Down south Hastings caves are amazing.
Up north, take a drive up Mt Ben Lomond. JACOBS ladder is unreal!! (not for trailers)
Russell falls national park, good camp ground and good forest walks, only short distance from the Styx valley (giant old growth forest)
West Coast road from the Pieman up to Arthur river is a good dirt road. Can get very wet and slippery at times.
Gordon river cruise.
Cradle Mountain has some great walking tracks but only for well prepared experienced hikers.

Enjoy your trip
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (Bris) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 17:52

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 17:52
Dubbo Zoo already planned on the way home! Is it necessary to pre-book gordon River cruise or any other tourist traps. also do you need to buy a national park permit and if so do we do so before arriving in tassie?

Mrs Andrew (SWMBO Cinta)
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 07:44

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 07:44
Andrew,
I would book the Gordon River cruise as you'll be there at their busiest time.
You do need a parks pass. You can get one for 2 months on your way over on the ferry($15). The onboard tourist shop carries a good range of brochures and can arrange most bookings for you.
Gordon river was the only one we booked. Had no problems anywhere else. If you're going to be in Hobart around Xmas/New year it would pay to book the caravan park well in advance. Ther's only one c/park in Hobart, at Beridale (It's council run) and last Xmas was turning people away. Also gets a bit busy at Strahan so would pay to ring ahead for there. There is a national park near Strahan if all gets booked out.
Regards.....
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 17:10

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 17:10
Another one is the tree top walk at Huon & trian from Strahan to Queenstown. We spent a week down there last Nov & saw bugger all ,not enough time, but will go back .
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