Tempted to try Tasmania? Do it.

I’ve just returned from a holiday in Tasmania in the middle of winter. Everyone told me I was mad to go at this time of the year but I’ve never let other people’s opinions stop me from heading somewhere and I’m very glad I went. True, it was cold, but not as cold as I’d expected from the warnings people gave me.

Our holiday started as we sailed out of Port Phillip Bay on the Spirit of Tasmania with views of a lit up Melbourne skyline and the new Melbourne Star sparkling in the distance. Fortunately for us we had a very calm crossing over the Bass Strait but be cautioned – it can get very rough.

Upon arriving in Devonport, my first impressions of Tasmania were that #1 it was very quiet and #2 looked very old. And this pretty much sums up all of Tasmania. It is very quite (we hardly saw any tourists), and everything is kind of old and in its original state which is refreshing. The architecture, the forests, the gravel roads, the small beachside towns and even the rules and laws remain looser (such as free camping along the beach) and remind us of days gone by.

Whilst we only stayed 6 days, there is plenty to keep you busy for at least 2 weeks to really see in properly. Here are some suggestions for you holiday to Tasmania. You’ll love it.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Over the course of four days, immerse yourself in one of the most pristine environments that Tasmania has to offer. Walk the soft sandy beaches, explore secluded coves, kayak the Ansons River and enjoy the uncomplicated luxury accommodation at the Forester Beach camp and award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge.

The Maria Island Walk

Set on Maria Island, a world heritage listed national park just off the east coast of Tasmania, this gentle four day guided walk combines rare Tasmanian wildlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history.

Saffire at Freycinet
Accessed by a private road, luxury hotel Saffire at Freycient offers not only unparalleled views of the Hazards but also signature experiences such as Le Pique Nique and the Saffire Sparkling Cruise. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave.


The Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart is a must-do for any visit to Tasmania. Book your ‘Posh-Pit’ ferry ticket for the journey up the Derwent and receive complimentary drinks and canapés to get you in the mood for what you are about to explore. Be sure to read David Walsh’s ‘gonzo’ notes on the i-touch they provide you for your visit.

Bruny Island

The surrounding water-ways of Hobart give Sydney Harbour a run for its money. Situated within this and just a 30 minute drive south and then ferry ride away is Bruny Island – fast becoming some of the most sought-after real-estate in the country. Climb up the steps on the Neck for fabulous views from Truganini’s lookout, keep an eye out for the white wallaby or head along the coast to Adventure Bay where Captain Cook once visited.

Food, wine and whisky

Need this be said? Everywhere you go you’ll find fresh, local produce. Eat, drink and be merry. It’s abundant and it’s delicious.

Ask your TTFN Travel Confidante to help you plan your self-drive holiday in Tasmania. Call us on +61 8 6382 5000.

Article by Nicola Billens 

Nicola Billens is an experienced traveller, having visited all the continents (except Antarctica) over the last 20 years. She’s lived in France, England, Austria and New Zealand and spent many years and many dollars experiencing what this wonderful world has to offer.

by edgecreative - Posted on May 18, 2017 in Uncategorized
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