Like any holiday, there’s a lot of basics to get right. It’s going to be a long-haul flight, so make sure you bring a good book, and prepare yourself and your family. One tip is to stay up as much as you can the night before so that you can spend most of the flight sleeping.
You should pack for the summer heat that you’ll be guaranteed when you stay in Tasmania, but take a jacket and some boots for a boat tour, or for the wind if you intend to climb one of the mountains on the island. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and make sure you and the family are all mentally prepared for a week of fun and relaxation.
For when you get there, make sure you have a hotel reserved in advance, and you’ll be grateful if you’ve already found the best deal on a rented car. Check on rentforless.com.au to have a car ready for when you arrive. You can have all kinds of experiences in Tasmania, so make sure you have the perfect holiday.
Staying in Hobart
Hobart is a popular destination for tourists – it’s the capital, and it’s the biggest city on the island. That means you can enjoy the best night life, the biggest range of hotels and a huge range of services and activities which cater for the tourist industry. You can shop for local food and clothes that you won’t find anywhere else at Salamanca market, you can visit the Tasmanian museum, the Maritime Museum and many others. Shop around on the seafront to find the best fishing trip or boat tour for your family.
From Hobart, you only have to travel an hour southward to discover the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park and Botanical Gardens. This is a good idea if you’re hoping to see one of the devils because they’re notoriously difficult to spot in the wild – though you can often hear them fighting at night.
Staying in Launceston
If you and your family know what activities you enjoy on holiday and don’t need to be catered for all the time, then Launceston is a good place to be a little bit more independent. There is so much to go and see that are suitable for all the family.
There’s the Tamar Platypus House, which is a great place to get close to the natural world. You can even take your own hiking trip up the Tamar Valley if you want to try spotting a platypus in the wild. Or why not take a trip up to Launceston Castle to explore the history first hand.
How about a once in lifetime experience of going up in a hot air balloon? Or perhaps you may prefer something a little less extreme like spending the day on one of the many golf courses in the area.
Staying in New Norfolk
Another popular destination for those who travel to Tasmania is New Norfolk. This is a great place to engage with the natural beauty of the island. Take a hike up to Pulpit Rock Lookout where you’ll be able to see the entire local area and fully appreciate why the place is so well known for its amazing views. You can also explore the Derwent Valley for wildlife, or take boat tours up the river.