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6.5 days in Tasmania, suggestions?
Posted August 24th, 2013 - 8:02 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hey Tasmanians!

My friends and I are planning on driving around the island for 6.5 days end of September/ beginning of October. I know that is not nearly enough to see everything, but which sights/parks/towns are must visits? The five of us are planning on spending the nights at cheap hostels, cabins, or bread and breakfast? Are there any accommodations well worth our money? Thanks :)

Posted September 6th, 2013 - 4:25 am by from Zeehan, Australia (Permalink)
It depends what you think is a "must visit". What are your interests? What do you find most inspiring in life? Do you prefer the beaten tourist track, or do you prefer blazing your own trail and making discoveries that few other tourists see?

If you wish to "see" as much as possible, then you'll be driving so many hours, and rushing from one spot to the next, and you won't actually remember what you do see. Waste of petrol, if you ask me!

To experience Tasmania's unique offerings in less than 7 days, you are better off focussing on just one or maybe two locations, leave the car parked, and get to know the place on foot. Get to know its inhabitants. It will be a far more memorable experience.

There are different and rich subcultures across all of Tasmania. You need to let these things seep into your pores naturally, not treat them like mass-produced supermarket commodities. They're too rich and one-off to fit into a mass-market mentality.

If you're interested in old remote mining communities, try the west "coast" (but most of the small towns are inland). The far north-east, around Derby and Winnaleah, also has mining in its past. The area richest in rainforests, extraordinary mineral collections, museums, and wilderness, is the west and south-west. The more accessible bushwalks are around Cradle Mountain, further north.

Ye-olde-worlde historical towns are concentrated in the central highlands and midlands, with rich British heritage, although you will find an old English culture dominates most of Tasmania. If you're interested in slightly classier colonial architecture, antiques, and industries, spend more time along the A1 highway down the centre of Tasmania and into Hobart.

If alternative communities and ecological living is your thing, try the Huon Valley south of Hobart, although the northwest coast has good initiatives. In the Huon Valley, Cygnet and the Sleeping Beauty Mountain region have the greatest concentration of DIYers, gourmet farmers, and that sort of thing. St Marys up on the east coast, and Bruny Island, are also hotspots.

My personal view is: don't try to drive around the island in a frenzy of tourism. Give yourself a chance to breathe, and relax, so you can actually appreciate what you're experiencing. Drive to one spot, then stay there and get to know the people. Don't let them treat you as fly-by-night mad tourists with no interest in their lives, but as a genuine and respectful visitor who wants to know how they live, and what the place is like. You will certainly get a lot more out of the visit, and you'll be leaving Tasmania a better place for your sane attitude.

Best wishes,

Kelly Jones