TASMANIA: What are the ‘must see’ places?

January 9, 2015

Tassie Collage

It will be the tennis player and my 30th wedding anniversary (Pearl) on Australia Day (26 January)!  We married young but that was quite the norm back then.  I was 20 and he was 25.

We will go out to dinner on the actual anniversary day but have decided that in order to celebrate the occasion on a slightly grander scale that we would like to go to Tasmania.  YAY!!  I have wanted to go to Tasmania for a long, long time!  We plan hire a car and travel around according to our own itinerary for 10-14 days.  Organised bus tours wouldn’t work for  us because of my love of photography.  I wouldn’t want to be rushed off when there was an excellent photo opportunity!

Because we are planning on going in late April, I need to do my research pronto and get an itinerary organised so we can make all the appropriate bookings.  This is where you come in.  HELP!  Do you live in Tasmania?  Have you been to Tasmania?  I don’t want to miss anything special.  What must we see?  Where must we go, eat, stay, and what must we do (note that I am not into extreme sports ‘gulp’)?  If you’re a photographer – where and what must I photograph?

Here’s a little list of places to go that I have found so far from my Google searching.  Anything critical missing?  Any yay’s or nay’s listed there?

Tassie Hot Spots Thank you kind people!!

Ciao for now,

Min-Signature

 The images used in the collage included in this post have been sourced via a Google search and are not my own.

This post is linked up with With Some Grace for #FYBF

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12 Comments

  • Reply Grace January 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Oh, congrats! 30 years is serious business!
    I love Tassie. One of my good friends is there and we had the best time visiting him a few years ago. I’m sure you and the tennis player will have a fabulous time! x

    • Reply Min January 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Not quite there yet Grace – but yes 30 years is a long time!! I’m really looking forward to our Tassie visit. I’ve never been there but have always wanted to go! 🙂 x

  • Reply Dani @ Sand Has No Home January 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Congrats on your pearl anniversary 🙂
    Sorry, I have never been to Tasmania, though I long to. Everyone that I know who has been there has loved it. I think that is just one of those amazingly picturesque places that you should just wing it aside from what you have already listed above. Friends talked about memorable little eateries and wineries that they just stumbled across.
    Good luck. What a wonderful trip it will be!

    • Reply Min January 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Dani – it’s not till the 26th of January but we’re nearly there! lol I’ve always longed to go to Tasmania too. I’m sure we will wing it and find great spots as we travel around. I just wanted to put the word out in case there were some little gems that I really needed to know about and might miss! 😉

  • Reply Bec @ The Plumbette January 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations on 30 years Min. My parents got married young too and had their Pearl anniversary last year. Tasmania is a beautiful place to visit. I’ve been twice. I loved the Salamanca Markets – they are a must and allow plenty of time to wander through them because it felt like they went on forever. I’ve never been to Cradle Mountain but I hear it is absolutely beautiful. Looking forward to seeing you pics after the trip in April. x

    • Reply Min January 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      OMG Bec, spose that means I am old enough to be your mother! haha Still a couple of weeks to go till our anniversary. Good to know the Salamanca Markets are BIG and to allow time – thanks for that! I love markets! I’ve wanted to go to Tassie for such a long time that I want to make sure I see everything possible that I should. So looking forward to it! 🙂 x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages January 9, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    First up, congrats on 30 years. Isn’t love remarkable! I’d love to travel Tasmania, I am yet to go though so don’t have much advice for you. Sorry. Your list of places to hit looks great though. Keep planning and have an amazing trip!

    • Reply Min January 10, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thanks Malinda! I have no doubt that this trip will be life changing for me. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and it will be a first ‘holiday’ (i.e. more than a few days) without taking the kids! 😉 x

  • Reply PatrickC January 9, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Congratulations on achieving the milestone of married life. I would recommend that you take your car on the ferry to Tasmania. If you have around two weeks when you disembark at Devonport spend a day there at least. Walk the town. I recommend you circumnavigate the island. Stop in all the little towns visit the Franklin, visit Strachan, Cradle Mountain have a look at the wild moonscape at Queenstown where the long closed mines have devastated the landscape. Go on line and find little cottages to stay in stock up on food and have a romantic day in one of them. Many years ago I stayed in one called Hollyhock in Richmond which you must go to ( http://www.hollyhockcottage.com.au/contactus.html )and in Launceston many many years ago I stayed at York Mansions in the Game Keepers apartment. You must stay there. ( http://www.yorkmansions.com ) In Hobart I have to say whilst it was pleasant the accommodation at the Casino was pretty much of a bland non descript nature. Make sure you visit the Salamanca Market on the Saturday and go to the many wineries. The reds are sensational. Drive to the top of Mount Wellington and have a walk around. Also visit the Cascade brewery and do the tour, and If the Cadbury factory is still open and doing tours its a bit clichéd but wonderful if you love chocolate. If I can think of anything else I will post again.

    Tasmania is a really beautiful special place. In winter for someone like me who loves the season its wonderful. You will love it in the Autumn the colours are magnificent. The only thing that has stopped me moving there is that I live near Torquay, the Otways and the Great Ocean Road in South West Victoria and I just cant leave the area. If you ever travel this way you must visit my favourite place in the whole world. The tiny seaside village of Port Fairy.

    Anyway enjoy your anniversary and enjoy your trip to Tasmania.

    Cheers,

    Patrick

    • Reply Min January 10, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Patrick you are awesome! Thank you! This is the kind of information I was hoping to get. Thank you for the links and for taking the time to share your Tassie knowledge with me. I also love the season of winter and particularly wanted to go to Tassie at the cooler time of year so that I can fully experience being in Tasmania. Hubby is not a fan of winter so we compromised on late April which is on the cusp! lol Again – thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee January 12, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Fabulous! Congratulations – and I love the crowd sourcing ideas (I just did the same on Hawaii but no bites as yet). I really want to go to Tasmania – possible this year but I suspect funding will be an issue. But I will watch your post with interest….

    • Reply Min January 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Hope you get some bites on your Hawaii post Lydia. I’m afraid I can’t help. Sadly, I’m not (yet) a well-travelled person as I’m not wealthy and have put three kids through private schools! My only overseas jaunt was a trip to Singapore to visit my sister who was living there at the time. The tennis player and myself honeymooned on Norfolk Island which required a passport but could hardly be called overseas! haha I’ve got a friend coming over this week that recently travelled to Tasmania so I’m sure she will have loads of info for me. Also, my parents travelled to Tasmania a few years back and mum bought a copy of her itinerary for me to look at. Slowly but surely I will get a feel for where I want to go, what I want to see and be able to put together an itinerary accordingly 🙂 x

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