Tasmania is Australia’s last piece of true wilderness and raw beauty. The final frontier. A small island off our bigger island nation that offers the avid traveller just about any pleasure that you could ask for. Plentiful in nature, internationally acclaimed food, wine and whiskey as well as some of the nicest Australians that you’ll eve meet. Luckily for us we’re returning to this beautiful island for a much needed get away in May.
So really why not Tasmania? It’s one of Australia’s most under rated tourist destinations in my mind. It’s only a short flight, at just over an hour, from Melbourne to Hobart.
Tasmania receives approximately 1.2 million tourists a year, not including those who arrive on cruise ships. 1.2 million people can’t be wrong about the wonders of Tasmania.
Yes we’ve been before. We spent a long weekend down in Hobart for James 30th a few years ago. We had a great time exploring Hobart, went to Mona, did the Cascade brewery… Basically we were A grade tourists! Went to the popular places, had a great time and came home. But we really didn’t get time to explore Tasmania and all that’s on offer. Now we won’t get to do Tasmania justice on this trip too as we’ll only be there for five days.
Like all good adventures we have a very loosely detailed plan of what we want to see and do. Just for fun we’ll be flying into Hobart and out of Launceston. Who are we flying with? Well this time around we decided (and I mean me) to test out Tiger Airways. We get asked a lot about the Tiger experience. Which we’ve never done. So just for you all we’ll be trying out Tiger. With some funds put aside in case we need to book another airline on the day. Just saying!
So far out adventure plans look a little like this;
Frolic in Frecyinet Bay
Drink whisky at Nant Distillery
Spending two nights at Pepper Cradle Mount Lodge
Hike Cradle Mountain area
Find cheese – eat cheese – have no regrets about eating all the cheese.
Adventures Around Cradle Mountain
I’ve always wanted to hike around Cradle Mountain. As this is a little bit more of an R&R kinda of trip then our usual mad adventures we decided to up our game and base ourselves at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
As we are off to South America later this year I really need to break in my new hiking boots. Rather than just wearing them around the suburbs as I have it’s time to introduce my new boots to a whole new world of adventure. So after a day of hiking, testing out James patience and my new boots I’m really looking forward to dinner at the Highlands Restaurant, a comfy bed and waking up surrounded by glorious nature and wildlife.
Sadly I don’t think we’ll have enough time to squeeze in any mountain biking or horse riding. We’ll just have to eat more along the way to make up for this disappointment. If you’re thinking about heading to Tasmania during the winter time here are some great things to do.
Yup. Just stop and stare at the wonder of Tasmania and Cradle Mountain. I’ll be rugging up and braving the cold in May to get out at night and experience this for myself. There most likely won’t be any snow but hey I’m still game for a midnight adventure (in my super amazingly warm sleeping bag jacket from Mountain Designs).
We’ll also be experiencing the wonder of Australia’s wildlife. Searching for elusive Tasmania Tigers, avoiding drop bears, dancing with Tasmanian Devils and hopefully cuddling a baby wombat.
So maybe, just maybe, in my airfare buying pre Christmas presents for James I forgot to add checked in luggage. Just maybe. There’s very litle evidence of this or the fact that the price for checked in luggage is now double what it was when I booked our flights. So we’ll be packing uber light weight, taking along and sharing our CabinZero bag and rollie nation shoes. Over the past few months we’ve been road testing both these products and can’t wait to share our reviews and experience with you when we get back.
Have you been to Tasmania? Let us know your tips, tricks and any recommendations in the comments below.
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