I have lived in Queensland for over 10 years but I am a Tassie girl born & bred and I frequently go “home” to visit my family. Working in Owner Education for Wyndham I am often asked for suggestions and tips by Owners and colleagues about Tassie when planning holidays.
Along with taking family time I really enjoy taking in the beautiful sights & playing tourist with my partner every time I go home.
Here are some top tips I suggest when planning your Tassie adventure.
1. Take Your Time
All too often people think they will be able to tour the “island” in a couple of days. Yes, you may be able to drive non-stop for a few days and make some ground but you would only just scratch the surface and really wouldn’t be doing yourself or the state any justice.
Allow yourself the time to really enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer. If you don’t have the time to do it all in the one trip then choose a region and focus on that. I would definitely recommend 1 week at the least and if possible, 2 – 3 weeks.
2. Hire A Car
There really is no better way to discover Tasmania than by hiring a car or campervan and setting off at your own pace with your family or friends. All major car hire companies have operations in Tasmania and you can pick up your car in one location and drop off in another at the end of the holiday. (That’s what I do).
You can of course take your own car over on the Spirit of Tasmania from Victoria as another option.
If you don’t wish to drive yourself, there are tour operators that offer a range of tour options to take in the very best sights of the state.
3. When To Go
Summer is the most popular time to visit Tasmania. People book well in advance to get the best airfare prices, car hire and accommodation rates. I’d still recommend packing a little of everything as the weather in Tasmania can change quickly.
Autumn is a lot cooler with the possibility of snow in the high country or on top of Mt Wellington in Hobart. The gorgeous autumn colours make it a stunning time to visit. Days are clear and the evenings have the ‘Golden Hour’ before sundown that creates a beautiful golden glow across the countryside.
Winter in Tasmania should not be feared! It is a beautiful time to visit if you pack and prepare accordingly. It is also a budget friendly time of year to travel to Tasmania with fewer crowds.
Spring means the weather is warming significantly but don’t discount the chance of snow in October in the mountains! Nature bursts to life and the days can be warm but the nights still chilly so pack a bit of everything!
4. Must See Sights And Events
There is so much to see and do in the Hobart area, you can spend a week at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Seven Mile Beach Resort and not get bored!
Port Arthur Historic Site –Australia’s most intact convict site. You will need the whole day to fully experience and explore Australia’s most significant heritage area and open air museum. Approx. 1.5hrs drive from your resort.
Hobart – Salamanca Markets in Salamanca Place. Every Saturday, rain, hail or shine.
Taste Of Tasmania – Held on Hobart’s waterfront every year from late December through New Year’s Eve showcasing Tasmanian Food, beer, wine and entertainment. Only 20 minutes’ drive from your resort.
MONA – Museum of Old and New Art located within the Moorilla winery in Hobart approx. 30 – 40 minutes’ drive from Seven Mile Beach. (A Ferry also departs Hobart waterfront area frequently to take in some sights along the Derwent River).
Tahune Airwalk – 70kms south of Hobart offering breathtaking views of the forest canopy.
Launceston – Around 2.5 – 3 hours drive from Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Seven Mile Beach
Festivale – A 3 day celebration in Launceston every February showcasing the best of Tasmania’s food and entertainment. Cataract Gorge – 1.5km from the city centre a stunning piece of wilderness.
East Coast – Spectacular landscapes and long beautiful beaches. Set off through Swansea, onto Wineglass Bay and beautiful Freycinet National Park. An absolute must see area of the state. (Approximately 1.5 – 2 hours from Seven Mile Beach Resort).
North West Coast – There are many idyllic coastal towns and cities along this rugged coast. From the port city of Devonport to the perfectly preserved colonial town of Stanley to visit the “Nut”. Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair are also a must see attractions which are approximately 1.5 hours drive from Devonport.
West Coast – Strahan (pronounced Strawn) is among the top tourist destinations in the world. (Approx 3 hours drive from Devonport and 4 hours from Hobart). Take a 2 hour cruise on the Gordon River and then step back in time for a day aboard a majestic steam train to Queenstown and back.
Wherever the roads take you in Tasmania you will not be disappointed. Tasmania is a haven for foodies from delicious seafood, wines, cheeses, chocolates and mouth-watering produce. History buffs will be in their element and artist and photographers in heaven with stunning scenery at every turn.
There is so much more than I can list today so I hope my thoughts and tips have inspired you to take the time for a trip to my island home.
I look forward to hearing about your Tassie adventures!
Eve Taylor is the Owner Education Team Leader at WorldMark South Pacific Club and she loved the Club so much, she became an Owner in 2012. In her spare time, Eve relaxes on the beach with her partner Mat and their Samoyed pup Jeff. Eve is always busy dreaming about or planning their next holiday because “I love visiting as many WorldMark resorts as possible and draw on these experiences to motivate Owners to do the same.”