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A Taste of Tasmania

My itinerary will see you fly into Hobart and rent a car, ready to indulge in the ultimate Tasmanian escape. Your first day will see you experience Hobart, discovering the oldest and most historic parts of the city. Having strategically chosen to fly in for the Saturday markets, you will browse local arts, crafts and handiworks, and will treat yourself to fresh, gourmet produce for lunch. You are in the vicinity of one of Australia’s leading whiskey distilleries, which offers affordable tastings and 45 minute tours.

The afternoon will see you drive to the top of what locals call “the mountain” for spectacular views over the city of Hobart and the wilderness forest to the west of the city. Have dinner on the waterfront and take a leisurely stroll before heading in for the night. On your second day you will discover Tasmania’s rich natural beauty, driving a stunning coastal route to spend your final two days in a pristine National Park. You will stay in a spectacular waterfront location, in a secluded bushland setting – the ultimate romantic retreat. You will be ideally located for bushwalking, kayaking, snorkelling, and further outdoor/beach activities, as well as nature and wildlife viewing – for your location lends itself to an abundance of Tasmanian wildlife. You will be surrounded by award winning a la carte restaurants & bars featuring the finest local produce, fresh seafood & wines. A 2.5 hour drive back to Hobart to catch the flight you so desperately would rather miss! Should you not wish to drive, additional transportation is available between Hobart and your romantic escape. This trip is recommended sooner rather than later, as it begins to get quite cold towards the beginning of April.

Friday: Transit to Hobart

Fly into Hobart late Friday evening and pick up your car rental from the airport terminal. Taking transit time into consideration, your car rental will work out to be 4 days.

No trip planning necessary today – get a good night’s sleep ready to begin exploring Hobart in the morning.

Accommodation Recommendation: Lenna of Hobart. A luxury Heritage Hotel located on Hobart’s waterfront; Includes complimentary parking and internet. For other accommodation options see also Somerset on Salamanca or Salamanca Terraces. Book for Friday and Saturday night.

Alternatively, you could catch an early morning flight into Hobart on Saturday. Recommended to travel on Friday night however to be fresh for the day ahead.

Day 1: Saturday

Wake up early and take a leisurely stroll from your hotel to the famed Salamanca Markets. Open from 8am – 3pm, Salamanca Place is lined with over 300 stalls showcasing local arts, crafts and handiworks, as well as fresh, gourmet produce which you should treat yourself to for breakfast/lunch. You will need a few hours to fully explore the markets.

Lark Distillery is within walking distance, located on the waterfront. Hit up the Cellar Door at 2.30pm for a 45 minute exploration of the world of single malt whiskey ($15 pp), or instead head to the whiskey bar for an afternoon tasting or nightcap later in the evening.

Connected to Salamanca by Kelly’s Steps, continue your day (on foot) at Battery Point. The oldest and most historic area of Hobart, Battery Point is the most authentic way to step back in time – historic houses and architecture remain unchanged since the early 1800’s.

Make your way back to the hotel and pick up the car. Only a short drive from Hobart City is Mt Wellington and Wellington Park. Enter “Pinnacle Road” into your GPS and drive to the summit for absolutely spectacular views of the city.

After returning to the hotel, have dinner on the waterfront and take a leisurely stroll before heading in for the night.

Day 2: Sunday

Today you will be driving from Hobart to Coles Bay/Freycinet Peninsular. Wake up and check out early, and begin driving towards the historic town of Richmond.

A 25 minute drive from Hobart, make a stop in Richmond and explore the area for an hour or so. Richmond is a beautiful village with a fascinating goal, famous bridge and lovely countryside. Tasmania’s most important historic town, stop for a stroll down the winding streets which will provide a glimpse of what life may have been like during Tasmania’s colonial era. Richmond is famous for its tea rooms, antique shops, convict heritage, and two huge timber human mazes. Although be warned, you may be lost within the mazes for a good hour!

Drive the coastal route (Tasman Highway A3) from Richmond towards Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay. (2 hour drive) There are many secluded beach pull off’s along the way should you feel like stretching your legs.

Freycinet is a world-renowned National Park and the best destination to discover Tasmania’s rich natural beauty. It is home to Wineglass Bay, named one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge. Luxury eco accommodation in a spectacular natural setting. The lodge is located within the National Park, offering an intimate connection with the stunning scenic environment. Book for Sunday and Monday night. Alternatively there is an abundance of accommodation available in Coles Bay.

Keep in mind that you will be subject to park fees: $24 per vehicle per day.

Spend the afternoon taking a short stroll around the National Park – walking is the best way to experience your surroundings. You’ve been driving for a while today, so save the Wineglass Bay bush-walk for tomorrow. Check out Cape Tourville Lighthouse which is a 15 minute drive from Coles Bay and has an easy 20 minute walking circuit offering spectacular views of Sleepy Bay and Wineglass Bay.

Spend the evening watching the sun set over the Ocean from the lodge deck, or take a romantic stroll along one of the Peninsula’s white sand beaches.

The lodge has a number of inhouse dinner options available which offer local produce, fresh seafood & wine. Opportunity also to sample premium Tasmanian single malt at Hazards Bar and Lounge or to book onto the Freycinet Whiskey Tasting, run at 8.30pm each evening. Book at the lodge front desk at least half hour before the tasting begins.

Day 3: Monday

Freycinet National Park is a mecca for bushwalking. Today you will explore the park’s walking trails and bushwalks.

Take the day to complete a circuit walk of the Peninsula, walking to the lookout for views of the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay.

The Wineglass Bay Lookout walk is 1 and a half hours return. Add an extra hour to your walk and continue downhill through the open forest until you reach the bay itself. A 20 minute walk to the southern end of the beach gives you amazing views of the Hazards – stunning pink granite mountains rising straight from the sea. Walking trails are well signposted.

The Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach walking circuit is also an option for the day. 4 – 5 hours return, you will walk through diverse coastal vegetation and forest and trace the coastline around the base of the Hazard mountains for unforgettable views of the Tasmanian coastal landscape and scenery. This walk starts at the track to Wineglass Bay Lookout – ask the front desk at the lodge for walking maps.

Spend the evening relaxing; watching the sunset over the National Park never gets old!

Tuesday in Transit

Check out and make the 2.5 hour drive back to the airport to catch your afternoon flight…or miss your flight and stay in Tasmania until you feel like going home! Warning: This may be never!!

Takeaways

Flights to Hobart Depending on your location, both Qantas and Virgin Australia fly directly into Hobart. Virgin will often offer cheaper fares, and runs an online “Happy Hour” each day at 12pm with an abundance of domestic sales and deals.

GPS Your itinerary involves driving across the State, so remember to pack or book a GPS along with your car rental.

Pack Warm Pack warm clothes. Tasmania is prone to unpredictable cold fronts. Also keep in mind that it is likely to be at least 8°C colder on the top of Mt Wellington than in Hobart – plus the wind chill factor! Take a jacket.

Budget Park Entrance Fees Because Freycinet Lodge is located within Freycinet National Park, park entry fees apply for all guests.

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