The Apple Isle Loop: A Tasmanian Itinerary

October 19, 2017

Tasmania is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Most visitors tend to make for Sydney and the east Coast, but there’s a lot more to Oz and if you’re planning a personalised Australia holiday, it’s well worth including a trip to Tasmania in your plans.

Your Tasmania Itinerary

Known affectionately as the Apple Isle, Tasmania is a beautiful island, which offers spectacular scenery and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s major tourist hotspots. Easily accessible by boat or plane, Tasmania is a wonderful place to explore, take in the views and enjoy a completely different side to Australia. If you’re keen to discover everything Tasmania has to offer, here’s a sample itinerary to give you food for thought:

Day 1: begin your trip in Hobart, Tasmania’s iconic capital, where you can take a kayak ride down the Derwent River and meander leisurely through the Salamanca Markets. When you’re ready, take to the roads and head north, passing Great Oyster Bay, Maria Island and Swansea. Your first port of call is Freycinet National Park, where you can test your mettle with a brisk hike up Mount Abel and enjoy stunning views of Wineglass Bay and Mount Graham. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales.

Day 2: Make your way to Launceston, taking time to stop off and explore Mount William National Park on your travels. When you arrive, ride the chairlift at Cataract Gorge before relaxing with a crisp glass of wine at one of the local Tamar Valley wineries.

Day 3: Head along the coast road towards Stanley, keeping your eyes peeled for seal colonies, penguins and sea birds. It’s worth stopping off at Narawntapu National Park where you can see wallabies, kangaroos and wombats in the wild.

Day 4: From the quaint fishing village of Stanley, make your way to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Limber up and climb Cradle Mountain before relaxing beside the waters of the lake, which reflect the surrounding mountains. You can fish here, take a hike on flatter land or even book a scenic flight in a light aircraft.

Day 5: Take the notoriously windy road to Queenstown to learn about Tasmania’s mining past before exploring the Gordon River by boat. Spend the rest of the day in Strahan looking around the harbour or strolling through the forests before travelling back to Hobart the next morning.

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