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#1 grace83~

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

We are planning a holiday to Tasmania with our 2 DD's for next year around Feb/March. I know it's 12 months away but it gives me a good amount of time to save (and I love planning things early!)

We will have about 2 weeks, maybe longer.  It's a place my hubby and I have never been to so it is on the top of our list for a holiday.

We will take our car over on the boat, as I think it will be cheaper then hiring a car and less hassle with all the stuff we will have packed for kids.

Has anyone done a similar trip and have any recommendations for accommodation, routes to travel, things to see etc??

Our DD's will be 4 and 18 months. We love the beach, and no doubt DH will have his surfboard.

Not sure if we should book accommodation before we arrive as we don't know how long we will be in each destination? It wont be school holidays when we go.

Happy to stay in caravan park cabins and maybe somewhere really nice as well, if anyone can recommend something that would be great!!

#2 ~Kay~

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

We went to Tasmania in January our favourite place was Bay of Fires a must see.

We had a motorhome so can't help you with accommodation though.


#3 ellebelle

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

We went in January and didn't prebook accomodation until day before each destination. We had no trouble getting somewhere to stay. We had a lovely time. Some favourites were the Seahorse Farm and the cheese factory (sorry - forget it's name). Also enjoyed Port Arthur. We were only there for a week and it wasn't enough time. We flew into Launceston and  drove around anti clockwise.

#4 grace83~

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

We did also think of flying and hiring a motorhome/campervan but not sure how that would work with the kids being in car restraints.

Thanks for the suggestions so far I will add them to my list!

#5 ellebelle

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

We usually paid between $80 and $120 per night for accom and hiring a van ended up being not that different for a week. Bonus of having own bathroom and television is good for kids!

#6 Caseymay

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

Hi,

We have been to Tassie a few times and loved each visit. We priced up to take our car and caravan on the boat and it was really expensive! It might not be so bad with just a car but we have always found it cheaper to do accommodation, car hire and flights. I always fly Virgin to Tas because the flights are direct (I am in QLD) and you can take car seats, portacots and prams for free.

I love Launceston and we have stayed at Ashton Gate Guest House. There is a two bedroom cottage which is separate to the main b&b so good for kids. The gorge is pretty and there are lots of peacocks to see.

Port Arthur is a must see. Make sure you do The Isle of the Dead.

Sarah Island was fantastic too if you like history. They did a little play when we were there called 'the Ship that Never Was' which was really good.

Last trip we did Frecinet and it was a lovely place. Wineglass bay is well worth a look. It is a bit of a hike so I would absolutely take a baby carrier or two!

Bicheno is nice. There is a little boat that you can take kids on called the glass bottom boat. Plus you can do a night time penguin tour!

Cradle mountain has haps of bush walking tracks and wombats.

There is heaps more, I could go on, I love Tas!

Edited by Caseymay, 26 February 2013 - 03:23 PM.


#7 Chasing*Rainbows

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

We did a similar trip a few years back. Rented out a whole house 3 bedrooms and 2 outside rooms set up as bedrooms (totally gorgeous). Cost us $750 for 10 days. Link is below. If you call the local tourist information centre you'll get it a lot cheaper if it's not booked. Was beautiful. Room for the kids to run around, a gorgeous house, beautiful fire, gardens to die for, massive claw foot bathtub and a hop, skip and a jump away from everything.

http://au.totaltravel.yahoo.com/listing/63...keview-cottage/



#8 Itchy_Witch

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

We did Tasmania last year with a 5 year old and 3 year old.
We stayed in Discovery Holiday parks, they have self contained chalet type things (we used one that slept 6) and they have BBQs and playgrounds on site, very affordable.
Some of the things we did: Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls, Port Arthur, Botanical Gardens, Peak of My Wellington, Zoodoo and visited Richmond, Alpinevale Miniature Railway, Tasmania Zoo, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Salmon Ponds, Cataract Gorge, Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs (although DS found the caves a bit overwhelming and wanted to be carried the whole time), oh and the Sorrell Fruit Farm was lots of fun for the kids.
Be prepared to do a lot of driving. we spent the bulk of our time based in Hobart, with two nights in Launceston.

#9 The Librarian

Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

Tassie's great - you'll love it!

Things to do:
Beauty Point Seahorse farm - mentioned by PP. About a 40min drive from Launceston.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary - wildlife park as opposed to zoo. has free roaming wallabies that kids can feed, as well as has devils, koalas etc in enclosures.
Richmond - A historic town about 30min from Hobart. Lots to do including art galleries, a maze, zoo doo, a model village and it's very picturesque.
Mt Wellington - lots of walks and nice picnic spots. Great views of Hobart on a clear day.
Freycinet National Park - National park on Tasmania's east coast, close to Friendly Beaches - a great surf spot. Accommodation and Camping spaces are available inside the park.
East Coast - any of the towns along Tasmania's East Coast are very picturesque and cosy. Plus lots of great surf beaches in the are, as well as along the north coast of Tas. the Bay of Fires (mentioned by PP) is also in the East Coast.
Mt Field National Park - Alpine National Park about an hour and half from Hobart. Nice, easy bush walks and pretty much guaranteed to see at least some wombats and wallabies.
Cradle Mt National Park - Similar to Mt Field but in the north of the State. Home to Tassie icon - Cradle Mt. Accommodation and Cabin spaces are available inside the park.
Port Arthur - Old penal colony. Lots of ruins and history stuff, plus possible boat cruise, and lots of space for kids.
Tahune Airwalk - A walk through Tassie forests canopies with swinging bridges and elevated walkways. About an hour south of Hobart.
Salamanca markets - market full of local produce and handmade Tasmania crafts, plus great cafes (try The Machine Cafe in Salamanca Square for the best/cheapest muffins in Hobart), great toy and book shops and art galleries. Plus close to Salamanca Lawns and St Davids Park for a great place to let the kids run wild.
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm - about 30min from Devonport. Great cafe that serves berry related food and drink. Similar to Kate's Berry Farm (near Swansea on East Coast).
Strahan - on West Coast. Very picturesque and near Sarah Island, another penal colony (only available by boat cruise though)

Places to stay:
Depends on your budget. Most places have camping grounds for camper vans etc, or cheap motels/cabins etc. Feb/March shouldn't be too busy as kids will be back at school but you may have to put up with quite a few grey nomads that set off at about the same time. I think the easiest way to find places is by googling.

I'm sure other people have more ideas.

Enjoy!


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#10 antsy

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:03 AM

We went in for 2 weeks in January this year and it was absolutely amazing! I am so in love with tassie that I almost want to move there now. I just loved the natural scenery, the food, and the way the roads were never busy and it was slower paced compared to Melb.

We went over on the ship as it worked out cheaper to do that compared to flights and car hire for a family of 5. The kids loved the experience on the boat - it really added to the excitement of the holiday, and we found the cabin very comfortable as well. I have heard others say that flights and car hire is cheaper, but it didnt work out that way for us, probably because we would have had to hire a large car and 3 car seats for the kids. Also, it is so much easier to take your own car and fill it with all your stuff. The kids even brought their scooters, and that was a great cause we found heaps of skate parks over there.

My favourite place there was the seaside town of Bicheno. Gorgeous beaches and scenery, and coles bay/wineglass bay is only a 30 minute drive away. We stayed at this holiday rental http://www.bichenobluehaven.com/index.htm and it was the best holiday rental house we have ever stayed in - location was great as it was walking distance to the beach, heaps of toys and dvds for kids, clean and great facilities.


I also loved Strahan. We werent going to visit because it is so far away but I am really glad we did. It is a sleepy and gorgeous little fishing town, and there are heaps of attractions there as well eg the gordon river cruise (highly recommend) or the train trip.

Cradle mountain was gorgeous but freezing cold when we were there, so we didnt get to see much of it as the kids were freezing. But that was just bad luck cause the day we left it warmed up a lot.

Heaps of things to do around Hobart, i wish we spent more than the 2 nights we had there.

We basically did an anticlockwise trip around the state - started in launceston, then cradle mountain, Strahan, Hobart, Bicheno and finished up at Binalong Bay. The most we had was a 4 hour drive which suited us perfectly. We stayed 2-4 nights in each place, though I found you need at least 3 days in each place to really see it properly and not feel rushed.

You are so lucky! Wish I could go back there again, tassie is such a beautiful place

Edited by antsy, 27 February 2013 - 10:07 AM.


#11 grace83~

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:27 PM

Thank you everyone above for all those suggestions, it is all very helpful! I am planning on researching all your accommodation suggestions.

blue.bird,  thank for that extensive list of things to do!

antsy, your trip sounded amazing, I'm even more excited about planning our holiday now! And I will check out that holiday rental.

Anyone have any tips for the boat? Night sailing or day? If night time is it a good idea to settle kids in bed  straight away or is it worth looking around the ship? I have a feeling the kids wont settle at all and it'll be a long night! Do they put an announcement over to say you have arrived in the morning?

#12 liveworkplay

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

It's always really interesting to read what others think about your home state.

Op, there are some great camp grounds around Tassie (our only holidays are camping ones wink.gif) and at that time, you would just be able to rock up to most of them.

#13 antsy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (jade5 @ 27/02/2013, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone have any tips for the boat? Night sailing or day? If night time is it a good idea to settle kids in bed  straight away or is it worth looking around the ship? I have a feeling the kids wont settle at all and it'll be a long night! Do they put an announcement over to say you have arrived in the morning?



We did the night sailing and both the adults and kids slept well, probably because it felt like being rocked to sleep. The kids were initally a bit excited though and it took them until about 930pm to get to sleep. You board to boat around 6pm so there is time to walk around the ship before putting them to bed. It isnt very big so you can wander through it all in about half an hour. The kids play room was good, it is pretty small but kept the kids occupied for an hour. In the morning they make an announcement over the speakers to wake you up and let you know how long you have till you disembark. I think it woke us up around 5.30am, which was about 40 minutes before we got off. So it wasnt a very long sleep, but it didnt matter cause it was enough for the adults and the kids just napped in the car the next day in tassie.

#14 boatiebabe

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

We did that trip a few years ago when our children were similar ages to what your children will be.

Firstly I will say I LOVED Tasmania and would go again but not with kids that age.

Tassie is such a great adventure place and small children are not able to hike and canoe etc.

We took the boat over (overnight trip) and it was fine until DS threw up all over me on waking up in the morning!

If I went again I would fly and hire a car. Much less hassle and time.

#15 SusieBlue

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

Hi OP - we went on a 3.5 week holiday around Tassie last November with our almost 3yo DS and our 7 month old DD. We had a fantastic time! We deliberately planned it at that age so we would be able to carry them both on bushwalks. It was a little tiring carrying them for 3 hours around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain and up the hill for an hour at Wineglass Bay, but we still really enjoyed it!!

We really loved Cradle Mountain -amazing scenery- and the East Coast - beautiful beaches. We had some amazing food too, we went to the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm twice (getting off and getting on the ferry, its just outside Devonport) and the Sorrell Fruit Farm twice (on our way in and out of Port Arthur). My son loved the ferry ride (we had ideal conditions for the crossing both ways - I have been told it can get very rocky!!! Just something to consider if you don't do boats well!) We drove down from Sydney which did add quite a bit of time to our trip but we have family along the way that we stayed with and I also managed to wangle a night in Melbourne  biggrin.gif

Make sure you pack for all conditions!!!

#16 Leggy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

Oh I loved loved loved our family holidays to Tassie - we went once when I was about 12 months (obviously, I don't remember it but my parents assure me that I enjoyed it!), again when I was 11 and my sister 9, and once more with the whole family when I was 19 and my sister 17. Now my dad and I go back for a hiking trip together every couple of years original.gif

Someone already mentioned the Seahorse Farm - that was indeed surprisingly awesome.

Another unexpected highlight was the animal park at Mole Creek (sort of near Devonport) - it was well-run and there were talks and tours that were so interesting and engaging, especially for the kids.

Have a look on Tas's tourist or national parks websites for a booklet about day walks - it has lots of ideas and tell you how long they are, whether they are suitable for children etc. There's quite a few short and short-ish ones at Cradle Mt, and also at Mt Field National Park.

I would definitely recommend spending a couple of nights at Cradle Mountain. It's a long drive from Hobart or Launceston but it's just magical, and there's quite a range of accommodation options up there. Go sit on the boardwalk on the buttongrass plains one evening to see the wombats come out.

QUOTE
Make sure you pack for all conditions!!!

Oh yes! It snowed on us the last time we were there - in early March!

Edited by Leggy, 28 February 2013 - 12:59 PM.


#17 JaneLane

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

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Anyone have any tips for the boat? Night sailing or day? If night time is it a good idea to settle kids in bed  straight away or is it worth looking around the ship? I have a feeling the kids wont settle at all and it'll be a long night! Do they put an announcement over to say you have arrived in the morning?


We go often and always do the night crossing.  First time we had a look around the ship and ate in the restaurant and the kids discovered the play center.  
Since then we just take toys and activities on board for the kids and stay in the cabin.  Kids were a bit too excited with everything when we had a look around and did not want to leave the play area and kept trying to get out our cabin door to go back.  
We take food and drink on board too and take a portable DVD player.  You can hire players on board but we find it easier to take our own with a USB full of movies and tv shows that we all like.  There is only really a few hours kids need to be entertained before they fall asleep and we have always had to wake them up to get off in the morning.  I think a day trip would be a lot harder.

#18 steppy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

2 weeks isn't enough! It's a big little state.

#19 Sal78

Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:24 AM



can i ask when is the best time of the year to visit tassie? my kids are school aged so it would have to be during school holidays, also dh is a teacher. is 2 weeks enough otherwise it would have to be the summer holidays. would that be too hot?

#20 laridae

Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:38 AM

I would go in the summer - its hot, but not in comparison to the other states.

#21 Lalliana

Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

I just thought I would add an idea on accommodation near Launceston. We are going down in June and we were looking for somewhere close to Launceston that was fully self contained but also great for DD9. We found Forest Road Apartments which seem amazing for children even though it was a little more per night then we wanted to spend.

I can't wait until our trip, it will be my first visit to Tassie. biggrin.gif We are going in the middle of June so I expect it to be cold but that's ok, it's part of the fun he he.

#22 **Xena**

Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:10 AM

I love reading so many nice comments about my home biggrin.gif

With the boat I definitely suggest night sailing. There are a few things to do but not a whole lot.

I love Bicheno. I have pretty much spent every summer there since I was little. Beautiful little place and I recommend driving out to Douglas Apsley. Gorgeous little waterhole, so clear and clean and fresh surrounded by bush.

Tasmazia is a must visit. Fun for all the family no matter what ages! On the way to or back from Cradle Mountain original.gif

Mole Creek is great. You can have a tour of the caves and there's a wildlife park and gorgeous Honey store out there too.

I highly recommend Anvers. Yummy fudge and the meals are reasonably priced and yummy. Then after you finish pop round to Reliquaire in Latrobe. Awesome toystore which you get a map to go round. Ashgrove's is also great as is the Christmas Hill's Raspberry farm.

The Gorge is nice in Launceston. If you like old estates I'd also recommend visiting Franklin House and/or Clarendon. My kids loved seeing how things were in the olden days.

We have lots of great vineyards and boutique breweries. My favourite vineyard is Josef Chromy in Relbia (which is handy because it's just around the corner from me biggrin.gif ) Also like Leaning Church.

Richmond is good and Ross Bakery has the best food- especially pies.

#23 liveworkplay

Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:17 AM

Just got back from Port Arthur. Highly recommend the Port Arthur Holiday Village. It has camping through to water view cabins. the kids had a ball and lots of (outdoorsy) things to see and do in walking or short car ride distance.




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