Visiting Tasmania

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I'm thinking of visiting Tassie and would like peoples opinion on some good places to visit.
Just places that have great scenery etc.

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Reply By: DIO - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 10:42

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 10:42
G'day Neil, one good place to start with heaps of info is this forum. Go up the top of the screen to Forum Index type in Tasmania go across to the right and click on GO. Something in excess of 800 hits. The other options are for you to 'google' tasmania or drop into your local tourist (travel) centre and pick up a few brochures.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 12:05

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 12:05
Don't make any plans at all.

Head off in any direction you feel, once you get off the ferry.

Stop wherever you feel is a nice spot. You can't avoid the nice places and great scenery.

Drive down the West Coast ... or East Coast .... or through the mountains and Great Lakes.....

If it's your first visit, make notes and collect ideas on specific spots you have missed out on or want to go back to.

Most tourist spots are just silly and not worth it.

e.g. Port Arthur is okay, but costs and you can see buildings of similar age all over Tas.

I'm going on my 24th tour for three weeks in March.... never get sick of the place and alway know I'll be back as I leave!

Cheers Royce
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Reply By: Camoco - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 13:35

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 13:35
I agree with Royce,

Just go. but.... Take your time.

We went for three weeks a couple of years ago and it was waaaay to short. I planned the entire trip before I went and thought it would be a bit slow.
I reckon you could walk around there and still be travelling too quick to see it all.

My wife and son were sick prior to travelling and needed many rest stops along the way. At each stop I poked around and found many interesting sites and stuff. All of these were unplanned and yeilded great memories (for me anyway).

We went during August (when tassie shuts down) and the only dissappointment was lack of COLD. (also most touristy places were shut but that just saved the money)

I would love to go back but I really need to have 6 weeks or more to do what I really want to do there. And even that is only taking the good bits I want to see again.

The highlights for me were.. (in no order)
1. Stanley
2. Zeehan
3. Cockle creek
4. Hobart and surrounds (mostly surrounds)
5. Ross
6. Bicheno and surrounds
7. Cradle Mtn
8. Great lakes

I could go on for hours but these are really great.

Go and enjoy it!

Cheers Cam
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Reply By: madfisher - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 14:44

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 14:44
Cradle mountain and dove lake is a must see, do the walk arround the lake of which their is several.The caves arround mole creek also where great and lakes ? Well their is thousands ofd them but you have to walk to the remote ones . Been their twice only seen half of it has fishing gets in the way or is the touristy thing getting in the way of fishing?
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 15:14

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 15:14
Excellent book available from ExplorOz shop..
4WD Tracks in Tasmania by Chris Bowden.. Thoroughly recommended.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 16:18

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 16:18
Neil, We had 7 fabulous weeks there Feb/March last year. I'm still working on my travel report, which i hope to post on the caravaners forum when i finish it - i don't get much spare time. Sure hope i get it complete before you leave! I have a few pictures in the gallery at

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See if anything there looks like what you like. It is ALL very scenic, and the people have an old fashioned friendliness which seems to have vanished on the mainland.


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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jan 13, 2007 at 23:49

Saturday, Jan 13, 2007 at 23:49
Neil, i have just posted the first two of 6 chapters of our trip to Tassie on the caravaners forum. If you would like to see them all, member message me with your email address, and i can send them direct. The travelogue is just a pictorial summary, and does not mention all of the wonder places we saw.


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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 19:02

Sunday, Jan 14, 2007 at 19:02
Oops - wonderFUL places. If you like mountains as much as i do, then there are a few glorious drives in the central highlands. Take binoculars for all the huge vistas you will find.

One is the Lake Highway from Miena alongside the Great Lake, to Golden Valley (on the way to Deloraine). Stop and take the short walk at Pine Lake and feel the mountain air.

Another is the Cradle Development Road from Daisy Dell (near Cradle Mountain) to the Murchison Highway. Stop on the roadside at the pass and take the short walk up to the peak for a vista in all directions.

Of course go to Cradle Mountain as soon as you get a clear day; park at one of the early car parks and take the free bus (tickets from tourist centre), or walk all or any of the sections down to Dove Lake to take the circuit walk around the lake.

Another beauty is the drive from around Cressy, up the Western Tiers via Poatina. You can stop at a large flat area where the adit to service the water tunnel to the Poatina power station is, near the top. It would be a spectacular place to camp. This goes on to the Great Lake and Arthurs Lake.

There are many many other amazing and beautiful places. We certainly didn't see all of them in our 7 weeks.

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Reply By: Member - SKI er (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 20:57

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007 at 20:57
Hi Neil W,

3 places to add to your list . First 2 if in the area for an overnight stop -

Deloraine - saty at Deloraine Cravan Park on the elevated banks of that ? river

and a special heading from deloraine towards the Western Tiers - Mole Creek Caravan Park - nothing flash but tent or caravan next to a babbling stream - and maybe a platypus will pop its head around your tent flat as it did to ours.

On the way check out the honey pot at Chudleigh but not open Saturdays. These pople have perected over 100 honey and something conccoctions. Our favourirte is Cajun Honey. We now buy it through mail order.

Third one - Worth the drive - Dover on the south coast and Cockle Creek a bit further down. At Dover Speak to the fellas off the lobster boats. We were buying meal sized lobsters for $14. All came straight out of the boilers and had fisheries tags but they were exempt of the mark ups by the middle men

Envious as hell. Enjoy !!!

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