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One week in Eastern Tasmania

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This is a one week itinerary for the Eastern coast of Tasmania, which is in Australia.

Understand

Tasmania differs from the Australian mainland both in terms of environment and culture. The weather is much more temperate, and in winter can plunge to freezing temperatures. The people are more laid back than mainland Australians, particularly more than those based Sydney or Melbourne.

Prepare

Although not as arduous as trip in the Outback, a good map is required before starting the journey if self driving. If you rent a car, then you are likely to be able borrow a decent one.

Although not having accomodation booked in advance gives flexibility, contact numbers for the Australian Youth Hostel Association can be useful, if you are a member of either it or Hostelling International.

Get in

This itinerary is intended to start in Hobart, the state capital of Tasmania.

By air

The main Australian airlines, QANTAS, JetStar and Virgin Blue all fly directly to Hobart, flying from Sydney and Melbourne (other capital cities may be supported).

On Arrival

Cheap car hire deals can normally be found pretty easily either on the Internet (before departure) or on arrival at Hobart. It is recommended that self-drive is taken for this itinerary.

Go/Drive

Day one - Hobart: Depending on what time you arrive in Hobart, your activities can be limited to exploring the town centre and its museums, climbing to the top of Mount Wellington that the overlooks Tasmania or exploring the sea port.

Other activities include the Cadbury's Chocolate Factory just outside Hobart and the Cascade Brewery to watch either chocolate or beer being created (with free tastings).

Day two - Launceston: Drive to Launceston, stopping off on the way at the Lake for a spot of fishing. While in Launceston, the nearby (about ten minutes drive)Cataract Gorgeoffers some spectacular views of the Tamar River.

Day three - winery tour:

Day four

Day five

Day six

Day seven Return to Hobart

Stay safe

Tasmania has few of the dangerous creatures normally associated with Australia, the temperature is too cold for them. Nevertheless, caution must be exercised on self-drive excursions that cross through the countryside, especially at night. The amount of roadkill that can be found on the roads is evidence to how easy it is to hit them. Although a wombat may look cuddly, they can do a lot of damage to the average car!

As always, the application of common sense can prevent other dangerous situations from occuring. Don't wander down deserted streets at night if you're by yourself, etc.

Get out

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