20 Feb 2017
Coming from mainland Australia, Tasmania feels like uncharted territory. The woods, the trails, and the mountains. It all sounds like a children's fairy tale. Is this a real place you can visit for a holiday? Will there be goblins and enchanted trees?
Abso-tassie-lutely! (Well, maybe not the creatures & spooky trees).
Even if you're a local, sometimes it's hard to sightsee in your own backyard. You keep telling yourself "ah, I'll get around to it eventually". But maybe eventually could be this year.
One of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world, the state boasts unblemished landscapes and sapphire freshwater lakes. We guarantee you, you haven't seen anything quite like it.
The seafood will knock your woolen socks off.
Tassie folk are pretty friendly.
Oh, and did we mention that it's fantastically beautiful? Because it is.
If you're looking to take a full roadtrip, follow our handy guide.
MELBOURNE TO DEVONPORT
After a night at Discovery Parks - Melbourne, take the Spirit of Tasmania to Devonport. Bring your car along if you don't want the fuss of rentals and organising transport. Cross the Bass Strait in style in the Spirit. Not only a boat, passengers can watch a movie in the cinema, have a bite to eat at a restaurant or have a drink at the licensed bar.
Disembarking the ship, drop your things off at the park and set off for sight-seeing. Devonport is worthy of a few days' wandering. Located in the North West, it attracts visitors for its temperate climate, riverside location, and coastal town charm.
DEVONPORT TO HADSPEN (LAUNCESTON)
You're heading to West Coast, some would say the best coast. Before you arrive at Hadspen, spend a few hours at Beauty Point for a wildlife excursion. ake a guided tour of Seahorse World and learn about the different species of seahorses - you'll even have a chance to hold one! But don't leave just yet. Meet the residents of Platypus House: Big Jupiter, Dawn, Freya, Poppy and Dusk.
Take a load off at Discovery Parks - Hadspen, a stone's throw away from the city of Launceston. For both kids and adults, there's a variety on offer. Enjoy the the food, the wine and the sights of the Tamar Valley.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Hadspen
HADSPEN TO HOBART
If you need a few pointers of what to do and where to go while riding along the East Coast, use our Jewels of Tasmania's East Coast guide. Freycinet National Park's Wineglass Bay, Maria Island's Fossil Cliffs and strawberry picking in Richmond should be on your radar.
You've made it to the big city: Welcome to Hobart! The capital of the state and a port city, Hobart has stuff to keep the active, foodie, and artsy ones entertained. Stay at Discovery Parks - Hobart for easy access to the CBD. Rest with a glass of wine on the balcony of your cabin and take a moment to enjoy the views.
Willing to venture out a bit futher? Drive an hour's south to Doo Town. A quirky community of "Doo" named things and places. Or submerge yourself in the woods and cushion plants of Mount Fields National Park.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Hobart
HOBART TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN
At first, four hours on the road may sound painful. It's windy and it's long, but the changing environment and landscape outside of your window will wash away your woes. And as you drive in, snow-capped mountains peak through the horizon to welcome you to your next stop.
Our park at Cradle Mountain is nestled at the base of the national park. If you're worried about the cold, most of our cabins have electric blankets on the beds and we have an indoor area to have a cuppa & sit by a logfire.
There are several ways to navigate the state. West to East, South to North - it's your call. But hopefully this will help you narrow down your options when looking for things to do.
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