What should one do if you have a day to travel from Hobart to Freycinet - any good stopovers/diversions?
Well said Nikko. Just take your time and enjoy the views. It is possible to include both Richmond and the Sorrell fruit farm en route with little diversion. Heading out of Hobart, Richmond will take about 25-30 minutes with no stops. However, this is the Coal Valley wine region and is littered with cellar doors. In Richmond itself, there is a wine centre that many of the smaller vineyards distribute through. Eat here or at Ashmores. There are a few kitch things in Richmond, like the maze and some old antique shops etc, but there is also some great design stores and hidden gems. There is also a historic jail and bridge at Richmond. You will take plenty of photos. Cross the Richmond Bridge and you are on the C351 road that connects to the Tasman Highway (A30 about 2km north of Sorrell. You will need to drive back into Sorrell and go through Sorrell to turn off to the fruit farm. It is clearly signposted. The beauty of this farm is that you can pick your own berries, cherries, and there are also ice creams, fruit wines etc. There is not really a hell of a lot between Sorrell and Orford. This will take you about 45 mins to drive. Orford is the start of the east coast and that is where the scenery starts to improve. There are great beaches in that area. About 40 mins north of Orford, just south of Swansea, is Kate’s Berry Farm. So, if you don’t want to take the earlier diversion to the Sorrell farm as mentioned, this is also a good option. However, you cannot pick your own fruit at this farm. The view from the cafe is just superb, overlooking Freycinet. Swansea is the prettiest town in Australia. So cute. As a matter of fact, many tourists have and moved right it and never gone home. As a result, there are new shops, cafes and restaurants springing up. North of Swansea is another fine wine region. The whites are brilliant. If there is a sign on the road that says scenic lookout, then stop at it! En route to Coles bay is the Freycinet Marine Farm. yum!. about 10 years ago
We are spending 5 days in Coles bay - Freycinet national park - for annual holiday. Family with a 5yo. Will have a rental car. Pl suggest.
In Coles Bay, which is the start of Freycinet, you can hire kayaks etc or join a kayak tour with Freycinet Adventures. This is a good start or end to a day of walking. You can also take a sea cruise with Freycinet Sea Cruises and head out and around the peninsula to Wineglass Bay as a different option. Are you flying into Launceston and out of Hobart or vice versa? Or in and out of the same city? The preference would be to create some itinerary ideas for you that do not make you backtrack. I know there is nothing worse that covering the same ground twice. Although the beauty of Tasmania is that nothing is ever too far away. about 10 years ago