Saturday, September 7, 2013

Plan And Review Tasmania

The Neck- Bruny Island
Tasmania is Australia's stunning Island state and Oz's most sought after Travel Destinations .It has been featured as Top 10 travel destinations in all Global Travel Magazines .

Tasmania has it all.

1)  Soaring mountains.
2) Spectacular coastlines
3) White Sand Beaches with Naturally Red Rocks
4) Deep River Gorges
5) Breath Taking Views
6) Great Food and Wine
7) Easy access by a spectacular affordable Cruise Line - "Spirit of Tasmania"

Inside Chocolate Factory- Bruny Island
Best Time to Visit Tasmania - November end to February - which is also a Lavender season and festive season .
March is the most appropriate and cost effective month to Visit Tasmania, with Summers almost over and schools re-opened .
To Know more :

Blow Hole - Bicheno

1) Flight from Melbourne : 1 hour 15 min.
2) Spirit of Tasmania : takes 10 hours 30 minutes from Melbourne port
Starts from Melbourne Port at 7:30 p.m. ;  Reaches Davenport at 6:00 a.m.
It does offer "Day Sailing" on few days of the month .
Checkout -

Port Melbourne from the eye of "Spirit of Tasmania"
HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST : A group of 4 adults for 4 days cost around 2400 AUD .
 This Includes :-
1) Spirit of Tasmania Fare for 4 from Melbourne to Davenport: 800 AUD
To book directly -
2)  Jet Star Flight for 4 from Hobart to Melbourne "Ultramarine" Airport :approx. 300 AUD
3) A car hire for 3 days 10 hours from Europcar : 150 AUD
Pickup : Davenport Ferry Terminal
Drop Off: Hobart Airport
4) Double Bedroom Hotel  at Launceston/Bicheno/Port Arthur : 150/190/150 AUD  :  390 AUD
5) Petrol - 120 AUD
6) Entry Pass for Tasmanian Reserves - 60 AUD
(Include permit for a car with 4 adults to all Tasmanian Nature Reserves and Parks)
7)Food - 250 AUD
8) Entry Pass + Ghost Tour pass for 4 adults - 180 AUD .
9) Bruny Island Vehicle Ferry Transfer -30

Cruise - Spirit Of Tasmania
Day 1 : Come On Board the Spirit of Tasmania Cruise Liner @ 7:30 p.m.
Note - Check in closes 45 minutes before departure .

Cradle Mountain
Day 2 :
(a) Arrive at Davenport Ferry Terminal at 6:00 a.m.
(b) There is a very nice café shop outside the terminal which opens early in the morning .Have a nice warm breakfast .
(c)Pick Up your Pre-booked car-hire by 8:00 a.m. from Davenport Ferry Terminal.
Note - All leading car-hire companies are available, just outside Davenport arrival terminal.
(d) Arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre at 9:30- 10:00 a.m. -about 95 km from Davenport Ferry Terminal. About 2 km from Cradle Mountain Site .
Note - Collect your Park Pass. There is a limited parking space at the actual visitor site .In such a case you can park your car for free at the Information Office car park and hop on to the free shuttle .
(e)Based on your interest , you can follow one of the 2 options as proposed below .
option e1 : -
(i)You may spend entire day exploring Cradle Mountain .
(ii)Then Retire to your pre-booked accommodation in Launceston .
Option e2 :-
(i) Leave Cradle Mountain by 12:30 p.m.
(ii) Have a pit stop for Lunch in SHEFFIELD(70 km from Cradle Mountain)  at 1:30 p.m.
(iii)Start for your Hotel in Launceston , pickup your Hotel Keys .
(iv)Visit Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston .
(v) Retire your day in your Hotel in Launceston
Note - Distance from Cradle Mountain to Launceston is about 160 km .A continuous run would take about 2.5 hours .
Bay Of Fires
Day 3: -
(a) Prefer to start your day early by 8:00 a.m. Have your Tank Full from Launceston and set your GPS to St. Helens Information Centre.
(b)Expect to reach St. Helens Visitor Center around 10:45 a.m.
Enquire about Bay Of Fires (about 21 km from St. Helen) and Best Beaches to play around in pristine white sand .
Prefer a Brunch at St. Helens and then hit the beach .
(c)Pack-Up by 4:00 p.m. and hit the Road to Bicheno(about 115 km from Bay of Fires) .
(d)Stay Overnight at Bicheno which is a small beautiful holiday village .
Note - All Restaurant in Bicheno close early .Prefer dinner by 7:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. to avail more options .However there is only one Bar + Tabb+ Restaurant which open till late .

Wine Glass Bay
Day 4 :
(a) Again prefer to Start your Day Early by 7:00 a.m.
(b) Reach the Blow Hole in Bicheno . Should not take you more than 15 minutes to reach this place .
(c) Start by 7:30 a.m. to Wine glass bay .Its just 40 km from Bicheno and would take you about 40 minutes.
Note - If you already have Tasmania Park Pass , you need not buy it here again .
(d) Walk your way up to Wine Glass bay look out point at 8:30a.m. With my parents it took us 1 hour to reach the look out point and then 30 min to walk down .
(c)By 10:30 a.m. reach 31 Esplanade, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia . Snack yourself with delicious burgers and coffee .There is a bakery, bar, petrol station and nice burger shop as well at this place.
(d)Start your drive to port Arthur at 11:15 a.m. .

Port Arthur
(e)Reach Port Arthur Historic Site by 2:00 p.m. Collect your "Entry Tickets-Bronze Pass" and "Ghost Tour Tickets". Come Back from the 45 minutes cruise briefing and explore the historic remains of Port Arthur .
Note - last Cruise Ride is at 3:00 p.m. The Ghost Tour starts at 9:00 p.m.
For more details visit :
 (f)Plan to Stay Overnight in pre-booked accommodation at Port Arthur Village .

Bruny Island
Day 5 :
(a) Start early in the morning at 6:30 a.m.
(b)Reach Kettering Ferry Terminal by 9:00 a.m., so that you can catch up 9:30 a.m. ferry .

(c)Ferry Reaches Bruny Island Ferry Terminal in about 20 minutes .
(c)Head Straight to 915 Adventure Bay Road, which is starting point for Bruny Island Cruise Tour .
. Plan to reach this place by 10:45 a.m., which is approximately 35 km from Bruny Island Ferry Terminal .For more  Information - Refer :
(c) Enjoy 3 hour Award Winning Cruise Trip .
(d) Enjoy the Chocolate Factory Estate .
(e) Enjoy the - The Neck View Point (Must Visit).
(f) Take the ferry back to Kettering Ferry Terminal .
(g) Head Straight to Hobart Airport .
(e) Drop your Hired Car Keys .

Note :-
1) There is a Petrol pump and Car Wash about 5 km before Hobart Airport
I would recommend to wash and vacuum your car to avoid any penalties .
2) On Day 5 ,you may also choose to stay in Bruny Island .There is a penguin Spotting area near  "The Neck" .You may then fly back to Melbourne on Day 6 .
3) If you are visiting in December - January , Do plan to cover Lavender Farms on Day 2 near Launceston .
4) If you follow the above Trip planning . Be strict on timings or else you would miss the spots .

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