Tasmania: Insider Travel Tips

Tasmania is known for its natural beauty, history, culture, good food and relaxed atmosphere. With so much to see and do, one member seeks the community’s advice on how to make the most of a two week Tasmanian holiday.

We have two weeks (give or take) at end of March. Fly in and out of LST. We have no idea of what we can see in 2 weeks and which areas we should go to, in order to best utilise the time.

Countless helpful suggestions have been put forward. Our members agree that two weeks should be more than enough to see most, if not all of the Apple Isle.

One suggestion is to dedicate time to the east, north-west and west coasts.

Two weeks is a good amount of time to spend in at least 3 different areas. I’d certainly suggest East Coast – areas like Coles Bay / Freycinet would be nice. Good location for relaxing, some water activity, walks and hikes. Weather should be good that time of year and still plenty of daylight.

I grew up on the NW Coast and while Burnie/Devonport themselves aren’t knockout cities, there’s nice places and things to do if you use Burnie as a base – go to Stanley (The Nut) for some stunning coastline. Also Rocky cape, Sisters Beach etc. Lake Barrington (south of Devonport) is also stunning. The lakes area is nice and shouldn’t be too cold in March – though you never know.

An easy day trip from Burnie or Devonport on the North Coast is the popular Cradle Mountain. This is an especially great spot for hiking, observing the wildlife or simply relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery.

Hobart also has much to offer visitors. As the political and cultural capital of Tasmania, visitors can enjoy the popular Mona modern art museum, shopping at the Salamanca Markets and the views atop Mount Wellington. The city is renowned too for its cuisine, and the historical Port Arthur is an easy day trip from Hobart.

Regardless of where in Tasmania you want to go, it seems that hiring a car is a must. It’s not only the easiest way to get around, but there are hidden gems to be found in all corners of the island.

I would say that you could drive anywhere in Tassie and see something of interest!

With five domestic airlines flying to numerous Tasmanian cities every day, getting there has never been easier!

Of course, those favouring a different kind of travel experience can travel there aboard the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship from Melbourne to Devonport. The journey will take a little longer, but you will be able to bring your own car along for the ride.

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