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One week in Tasmania

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One week in Tasmania

We will be visiting Tasmania in May for a week. We will be flying in and out of Hobart and are most interested in wildlife and the great scenery. Visiting a top winery would be nice too. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, I know it will be autumn. What sort of weather can we expect? Thanks!

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1. Re: One week in Tasmania

The weather will be "changeable". Sometimes it might be sunny, sometimes not. The wind will spring up regularly. There will be occasional sowers and there might even be snow on the top of Mount Wellington just west of the city. Bring a wind/showerproof jacket and layers that you can don or doff as necessary.

Take a look at the Top Questions on the right of this page, especially the one titled "Top 10 Must Sees". There's a similar list for just Hobart here: tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i23142-Luigi_s_…

There's details on the Southern Wine Route here: http://www.winetasmania.com.au/wine-route

And there's a recent thread on cellar doors stops here, although most of those mentioned are in the north: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255097-i1073-k505…

Hope this helps,

Luigi

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We just spent 8 days touring around in a camper van. We went hobart-new Norfolk-lake st Clair-strahan-cradle mtn-mole creek-Tamar valley- Scottsdale-bay of fires-freycinet-swansea-Hobart. It depends what sort of scenery you prefer but here are some points to consider from my limited experience here:

The west coast is generally cold and faint which is fine if you are equipped for it (I wasn't!, and this was January so I expect it will be very cold when you come).

Strahan was a relatively long journey with not much to offer in my opinion.

The east coast is warmer and very scenic with more free camping options.

The wineries around the Tamar valley were great and plentiful, there were also some near freycinet/Swansea. Great pinot noir! Wildlife is everywhere, we saw heaps of wallabies and echidnas while driving and dolphins at Swansea. Every second town seems to have a wildlife park to visit. We just went to one,trowunna at mole creek, which was great.

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Great to get feedback from your tour Jill M - just to note though that if you were here in the last couple of weeks you are likely talking about the couple of days when it was cold everywhere - I was in Hobart and it was 9 degreees at 12 noon! CHances are you would have felt the same if you were on the east coast at that point too...it warmed up again by the time you got there. The main thing with Tasmania is to be prepared for eveything - since then we have had a 35 degree day and all this week it is forecast for temperatures of between 20 and 27 degrees in Strahan (pretty m uch the same as the east coast). Just don't want people to be put off going there .....

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Thanks for everyone's input. I live in the pacific northwest of the US, and it sounds like similar weather. We'll just bring layers. Does anyone know who the top Pinot noir producers are in Tasmania? Sparkling? Thanks!

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5. Re: One week in Tasmania

Just about every Tasmanian producer will have pinots and sparklings in their line-up. To get you started, the Pinot Shop in Launceston are the specialists in pinot noir. This web page may be helpful: pinotshop.com/collections/pinot-noir-tasmania

For sparklings, the names Kreglinger, Jansz, Pipers Brook, Clover Hill and Delamere wil get you started.

I also recommend you try the rieslings and cool-climate chardonnays which will be a little different to Californian whites.

Luigi

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6. Re: One week in Tasmania

Hi SMWPDX,

As in reply post #1 by Luigi, have a look at the recent thread.

The one we no better than the rest as it's down the road from home is Barringwood Park, northern Tasmania. I am told (I don't drink wine, my wife and friends do) they supply a very good Pinot, and sparkling Pinot.

www.barringwoodpark.com.au/wines.php?id=15

Safe travels - Robert

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Hi SMWPDX,

You really can't go wrong with Tassie Pinot. Though I wish I'd known about that Pinot shop!! Yum yum. Tassie is the perfect climate for Pinot, Chardonnay and bubbly...but I've not met a Riesling down here that I haven't loved! (and if you are not much of a Riesling person, you will be after trying some...and look at the late harvest Riesling styles...they even do a few ice wines!)? That said, the Josef Chromy 2009 and 2010 were both delicious. This is just outside Launceston if you are up that way.

We are 2/3 through ten days in Tassie so I can speak as a tourist :-)

Today we drove from Hobart to Strahan, and I must say that if you love wilderness, this is a stunning and diverse trip. It normally takes 4.5 - 5 hrs. We took 8! But that's because we stopped at Hamilton for peppermint oil and fresh mulberries (oh my god they are good). We stopped at terreleah (quirky village but yummy lunch, ex- hydro town that is now a private resort, it looks like a nuclear movie set!). We stopped at Collingwood and the kids fossicked for fools gold and swam in the river and looked (albeit a bit too noisily) for platypus. We stopped at The Wall in The Wikderness (reviewed here and very clever and beautiful). We stopped to suck nectar from leatherwood plants and got chased by bees! We stopped to goggle at Lake Burbery and to marvel at the bare hills of queens town.

After dinner at Risby Cove in strahan we grabbed an ice cream and drove to the beach on a dirt road to watch the sunset and skim rocks.

Tomorrow we are doing the well reviewed wilderness railway and then we are off to cradle mountain for two days. I'll keep you posted!

My best

Legs

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Oh, and wildlife, I was recommended by several sources to go to Bonorong (trip advisor and luigi in particular). It is fabulous. I'm an Aussie and I've taken my three kids to many wildlife parks and zoos, but this is just great...not too big and touristy (though on the day we went there were two buses from a cruise ship and it still didn't seem touristy!).

The devils are feisty and active, as well as other wildlife. Sadly the quoll had better this to do in his enclosure than amuse us on this particular day but plenty of other ings to point your camera at!

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Hi Legs,

Thanks for all the info. I look forward to hearing about the railway. We were thinking about doing that.

Stuart

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Hello from cradle mountain!

Yes we did do the railway and I highly recommend it for a day of indulgence and history.

Firstly, the trip to strahan is well worth the hike. We stayed at Risby Cove nd it was lovely. Spectacular sunset views over to Strahan and the harbour and a really delicious restaurant. They can take care of any cruise or railway bookings for you.

We chose the premium package on the railway and I reckon it was worth splurging. We had our own personal host who fed us and kept us informed all day. The carriage was lovely and it has a little balcony at the back where you can pop out and watch the wilderness fly by. The booklet keepsake they give you is so informative and the whole railway and the little stations have been thoughtfully and lovingly restored. Every staff member we spoke to, from our lovely host to the fire guard clearly loves their job and the railway, so how can you help but enjoy. They stop a few times and you can taste some of tassies famous leatherwood honey (the honey lollies are divine and I'm not normally a lolly person!). All the wines were tasty...the sparkling for breakfast was my pick, and the Pinot my last pick (sad...as I am a onit lover).

We had three kids and they too were pampered and fussed over. Others in the carriage got much more bang fr their buck as they had several glasses of everything on offer and seconds of everything to eat! With hindsight, we could possibly have pugged out more, but we were so busy enjoying the Jew and reading all the history!

If you got all that way, you should possibly do the cruise too as it is a totally different and beautiful experience (we didn't do it this time, but I did many years ago).

If you are in strahan, you must drive the 4ks to Ocean Beah to watch the sunset. Grab some fish and chips and a blanket and spend an hour out there on beautiful rugged coastline...stunning.

If you have kids, take them to the little play, every day at 5.30 near the timber mill, it's the story of a daring escape from Sarah Island. It has been runni for 18 years! My kids were too tired to go so I went alone and later wished I had bullied them into going because it was a good chuckle as well as a fascinating true story.

We drove to cradle mountain lodge today and stopped of at the western pioneer museum in Zeehan. Why oh why I hadn't heard anything about this I don't know! This was fantastic! And if you are traveling that way you really should drop in. Not only does it tell a most thorough history of those pioneers of the west, it also holds a wealth of mechanical, medical and cinematic material from the last two centuries. Fascinating! The first blue printing machine looks like a teleporter it's so big!

Did a few short walks this afternoon and then had a horrible pub grub meal at the lodge...by far our worst, saltiest, murkiest meal in Tassie. Belch...not looking forward to tomorrow's dinner :-(