I want to get a feel for the state but realise I can't do it all in 3 days - any suggestions or preferred sites. need good food, good wine and good accommodation
Flying into Hobart?
East Coast is a must and that basically rules out the West Coast for a 3 day trip (save it for next time). Explore up the coast and see the Bay of Fires. If you catch it on a good day it is magnificent.
Cradle Mountain, although touristy destination it is stunning.
And finally the Tasman Peninsula closer to Hobart so best done on your first or last day (it is a big day). Tasman Arch, Tessellated Pavement and Port Arthur (big and about $25 entrance, but very interesting look into Australian beginnings) almost 10 years ago
If you intend on visiting the East Coast, I'd recommend the Freycinet Peninsula (http://www.puretasmania.com.au/default.asp?pID=72). Although this area of the coast is popular to tourists, it is with good reason.
Wineglass bay is a must if you visit Freycinet. It takes approximately 45 minutes to walk to the viewpoint from the carpark to look out over Wineglass bay (you may also want to walk to the top of Mt Amos - a couple of hours from the car park - the view is impressive). It takes about 30 minutes (one-way) to walk into the bay from the viewpoint.
You can find more information here: http://www.travelaus.com.au/travel-guides/tasmania/wineglass-bay.asp almost 10 years ago
For good wine I would suggest heading towards Richmond via Cambridge from Hobart. I would highly reccomend a stop at Meadowbank, Pooley and Puddleduck (at Puddleduck you are welcome to take a picnic lunch and enjoy it by the duck pond with a glass or two of wine. Tastings are free if you make a purchase or $5 if you don't purchase anything from the shop. almost 10 years ago
If flying into Hobart and the weather is nice then I would do Salamanca Market in and around the Hobart port area on Saturday morning - then lunch in one of the cafes in Salamanca Square and then take the Peppermint Bay cruise from the same port area to have a sumptuous dinner down at the Peppermint Bay restaurant down the channel.
Agree with the other contributors that I would then do the east coast up to Bay of Fries and Cradle if time.
all the best
(www.collioure.com.au) almost 10 years ago
Here's an itinerary for "good food, good wine, and good accommodation". It's not for the budget conscious, but you'll sample some amazing food and wine and get to see some great parts of Tasmania (weather permitting!)
Day 1. Peppermint Bay Cruise and Dinner and Mark IV
Fly in to Hobart. If you fly in early, book a Peppermint Bay cruise for lunch. You'll boat down the Derwent river and indulge in some great views of the harbour and city before lunch at Peppermint Bay.
Stay at the boutique Henry Jones Art Hotel, and have dinner at Mark V on the Pier. Check out the art galleries in Salamanca.
Day 2. East Coast Drive and stay at Piermont
Take a leisurely drive up the East coast to Piermont retreat, nestled in great Oyster Bay. They have secluded lodges with an outlook over the bay and an amazing restaurant. It will take a couple of hours to drive up and it's very scenic. You can stop along the way at Orford for some fish and chips, and check out some small galleries at Swansea.
Day 3. Visit Freycinet Peninsula and lunch at Wineglass Bay
Depart early and drive to Freycinet Peninsula and take a picnic lunch to Wineglass Bay. The walk will take you about 2 hours return (allow for some uphill walking!), but it is spectacular and one of the most iconic and beautiful views of Tasmania. Drive back (about 3.5 hours) to Hobart Airport.
Hope that provides some good ideas! almost 10 years ago
These are all good suggestions. If your into spirits (particuarly single malt whisky) then swing by the Lark Distillery http://larkdistillery.com.au/ . Cascade brewery tours might also be your thing if your into beer. Otherwise some good wineries that you might like to check out include Bream Creek, 9th Island, Stoney Vinyard, Winstead, and as pointed out above Medowbank. I dont know if all of these wineries have cellar doors but I know I like to drink their product :P. Given your limited amount of time maybe stick to specific wine regions such as the Tamar valley and the Coal River valley.
As for food, there has been a bit of a head chef shuffle in Hobart recently. Basically Marque IV used to be the bomb in town but recently Peppermint Bay stole the head chef from there. Marque IV then pinched the chef from Morilla estate (which you should check out because you can sample great food, beer and wine in the one place in Hobart http://www.moorilla.com.au/), who has then apparently bought a chef down from Sydney. Due to this I cant really comment on what the best resteraunt is these days. Word around the campfire though is that Peppermint Bay is currently leading the way with food. almost 10 years ago
For more eating suggestions I'll through in a few indulgent choices. Plum in Salamanca is a wonderful place to eat - I highly recommend the Ocean Trout Tortellini, and any of their fish mains. If you are feeling really indulgent there is always Lebrina in New Town. They do a beautiful duck.
The Henry Jones is a lovely place to stay, however I've noticed they've slipped a little from their formerly high standards. You wouldn't go wrong staying at Zero Davey just down the pier from HJ.
As an alternative to some of the bigger drives (like the East Coast), you may want to check out Bruny Island. There's a little bit of everything there - from yummy eats to bush walks (you can walk around the lighthouse and see the Southern Ocean), and if you stay the night you can see penguins.
I'm pretty sure you'll have a great time no matter what you choose to do, especially with so many good suggestions. almost 10 years ago
I love visiting Tasmania because of the food and wine! You better try out the seafood there. So delicious! I am a huge fan of the Atlantic salmon, scallops, and lobster. Their gourmet delights are fantastic too.
As for the wines, I have read from here ( http://www.discovertasmania.com ) that there are lots of wine events that are happening there. I am going there this November, so I am hoping to catch the Royal Hobart Wine Tasting event. So excited! about 7 years ago
Port Arthur is an absolute must! Absolutely stunning historical site. Another great trip is the Gordon River Cruise in Strachn if you pay for the Captains Deck you get excellent wines and scrumptious food during the cruise. They have been highlights of my time in Tassie. over 6 years ago