Bicheno, Tasmania

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Bicheno is one of our most well know destinations on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. Located only 185km north-east of Hobart (about a 2 hour drive), Bicheno is the perfect place to stop over for a relaxing break from your hectic travels. Well known for its white sandy beaches and resort style living, it is the perfect place to wind down before heading home.

However if you are after a little more excitement from your Bicheno experience there are lots of options on dry land and the water. From Kayaking around the coast at your leisure to deep sea fishing, from motor tricycle tours and walks along the coast to the Bicheno Blow hole.

The most popular attraction is the Penguin Tour leaving every evening at dusk. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these amazing animals up close in their environment.

When looking for caravan parks on your way to and at Bicheno here are some of the choices available to you:

  • Bicheno Caravan Park, 52 Burgess St, Bicheno, 6375 1280
  • Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park, 4 Champ Street, Bicheno, 6375 1999
  • Branxholm Camping Ground, Main Rd, Branxholm, 6354 6168
  • Coles Bay Caravan Park, Coles Bay
  • Flinders Island Cabin Park, 1 Bluff Road, Whitemark, 6359 2188
  • Fortesque Bay Camping Ground, Tasman Peninsula
  • Freycinet Camping Ground, Coles Bay
  • Gumleaves, Swanston Road, Little Swanport, 6244 8147
  • Hillcrest Caravan Park, St Helens Point Rd, St Helens, 6376 3298
  • Iluka Holiday Centre, Coles Bay
  • Kenmore Caravan Park, 2 Bridge St, Swansea, 62578148
  • Kookaburra Caravan Park & Camping Ground, 70-88 Scamander Ave, Scamander, 6372 5121
  • Raspins Beach Camping Park, Eastcoast Hwy, Orford, 6257 3575
  • Seaview Holiday Park, 29 Banksia Street, Bicheno, 6375 1247
  • St Helens Caravan Park, Penelope St, St Helens, 6376 1290
  • Swansea Caravan Park, Swansea
  • Swansea-Kenmore Cabin Park, Swansea
  • Triabunna Caravan Park, 4 – 6 Vicary St, Triabunna, 6257 3575
  • Weldborough Camping Ground, Weldborough

M.M

Markets in Tassie

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Tasmania is blessed by having some of the best produce you can find in fine foods and arts and craft. Whether you enjoy Ashgrove Deluxe Cheese’s or the taste of fruity wine to the Huon Valley Pine artworks you can find them here in our local markets.

Where ever you travel around Tasmania you will find locally orientated markets displaying their talents and produce for travellers to immerse themselves in. The most well know is the Saturday Salamanca Markets, situated in the heart of Hobart bordered by the spectacular historic waterfront, spending a day at this market is a lesson in pleasure. Your senses are bombarded with the smell of fine foods, the sounds buskers playing all though the market, each busker giving you a taste of the music they love is a beautiful background to the hawkers calling out their wares and the sight of a colourful tent city before you with the crowd snaking through the lanes.

Whether you enjoy strolling through the markets looking at each stall or lying in the park letting the atmosphere engage you and soaking up the sun; the market have something for everyone and is an enjoyable day for the whole family (including ice cream for young and old)

If you love the fun filled atmosphere of a good market day, there are many markets all around Tasmania open for you to explore:

MARKET CITY TYPE MARKET DAY
Burnie Farmers Market Burnie Farmers 1st & 3rd Saturday
Civic Homespun Market Launceston Arts and Craft 2nd & 4th Saturdays
Deloraine Showgrounds Market Deloraine Farmers 1st Saturday
Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Farmers 2nd & 4th Saturdays
Dodges Artisans & Farmers Market Dodges Ferry Arts and Craft 3rd Sunday
Evandale Sunday Markets Evandale Variety Every Sunday
Launceston Esk Market Launceston Variety Every Sunday
Launceston Farmers Market Invermay Farmers Every Sunday
Lilydale Village Market Lilydale Variety 2nd Sunday
Margate Wednesday Community Market Margate Variety Every Wednesday
Oatlands Mini Farmers Market Oatlands Farmers 3rd Sunday
Penguin Market Penguin Variety Every Sunday
Salamanca Market Hobart Variety Every Saturday
Snug Community Market Snug Variety Monthly, various Days
Tasmanian Farm Gate Hobart Farmers Every Sunday
Wynyard Farmers Market Wynyard Farmers 2nd & 4th Saturdays

Let yourself become immersed in the history and culture of Tasmania life.

M.M

Taste of the Tamar

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The Taste of the Tamar has been an annual event in Launceston for the past 3 years and celebrates premium cool climate wines and regional produce from the Tamar Valley, Tasmania.

The event is held over 2 days, the 27th and 28th of August from 11am until 4pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample local food and wine and to meet with the producers all under the one roof.

Tickets are priced at $15 per day or $25 for a two day pass. Both options include a souvenir tasting glass as well as a tasting booklet. Tickets are available either online at http://www.tasteofthetamar.com.au or by phoning 1800 651 827.

A variety of master classes are available to further enhance your education and appreciation of wine including a Plum wine glass experience presented by wine maker Corey Baker and wine master class lead by Master of Wine Robert Geddes.

With opportunities to expand your wine knowledge with master classes and talking with local producers and wine enthusiasts, this is the perfect way to keep warm and enjoy a relaxing weekend sampling some of Launceston’s finest produce.

Tasmania is home to many amazing vineyards, so make sure you include a few to visit on your next holiday. You will not be disappointed.

Popular Bushwalks in the Hobart Area

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List of Bushwalks that are located on the Huon Trail South of Hobart & Bruny Island.
The Snug Falls walk is  a favourite, when you finish it is only a short drive to the
Oyster Cove Inn for a Cold Ale & Nice Lunch.

The Port Davey and South Coast Tracks
Location: Southwest National Park. Time: 6 to 8 days. Hard

South Cape Bay Walk
Location: Southwest National Park. Time: 4hrs return. Moderate.
Fishers Point
Location: Southwest National Park. Time: 2 to 3hrs return. Easy.

Duckhole Lake
Location: South of Dover, off Hastings Caves Road. Time: 1hr return. Easy.

Hartz Mountains
Location: Hartz Mountains National Park.
The Hartz Peak Walk is 3 to 5hrs return.
Other walks starting from the information shelter include:
Waratah Lookout – Time: 5mins return. Easy.
Arve Falls – Time: 20mins return. Easy.
Lake Esperance – Time: 2hrs return. Moderate.

Keoghs Creek
Location: Arve Forest Drive, Geeveston. Time: 15mins return. Easy.

Tahune Forest Reserve
Location: Arve Road, Geeveston. Walk along the majestic
Huon River and enjoy these famous forest experiences:
The AirWalk – Time: 40mins return. Easy.
Swing Bridges – Time: 1hr return. Easy.
Huon Pine Walk – Time: 20mins return. Easy.
Walking tracks: 4

Mt. Misery Walk
Location: Huon Bush Retreats, Browns Rd Ranelagh.
Time: 4hrs return. Moderate.

Pelverata Falls
Location: Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area. Time: 3hrs return. Moderate.

Snug Falls
Location: Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area. Time: 1hr return. Easy.

Cape Queen Elizabeth
Location: Close to ‘The Neck’ North Bruny Island. Time: 3hrs return. Moderate.

Organ Pipes Walk
Location: Wellington Park, Mt Wellington
Organ Pipes Walk – Time: 3.5 – 4.5hrs return. Moderate.
Sphinx Rock – Time: 45 minutes return. Moderate.

Fluted Cape
Location: South Bruny Island National Park. Time: 3hrs return. Moderate.

Labillardiere Peninsula Walk
Location: South Bruny National Park. Time: 7hrs circuit. Challenging.

Things to do in Hobart: Night Life

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There’s a great range of bars, pubs and clubs in Hobart. If you’re after something to do of a night during your stay then we suggest you start at Hobart’s waterfront; Salamanca Place and the surrounding wharfs house some of the areas great institutions, but you also can’t go wrong in the CBD or in the bustling North Hobart. A small selection of Hobart’s finest venues are listed below.

Syrup
Two floor night club above Knopwoods Retreat (see below).
Address: 39 Salamanca Place
Phone: (03) 6224 8249
Website:
www.syrupclub.com
Hours: 9pm til late Thurday through Saturday

Halo
Hobart’s best night club with a range of local and touring DJs playing the latest in electro, trance and hip hop.
Address: 37a Elizabeth St
Phone: (03) 62346699
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday: 11 am til late

Knopwoods Retreat
Operating since 1829 Knoppies as its known is a great daytime venue but really kicks into gear on a Friday night.
Address: 39 Salamanca Place
Phone: (03) 6223 5808
Hours: 11am til late

Irish Murphys
A crowded Irish pub with a great rowdy atmosphere and plenty of free live music.
Address: 21 Salamanca Place
Phone: (03) 6223 1199
Website:
www.irishmurphys.com.au
Hours: 11 am til late

Quarry
A favourite of the local office crowd or the fashionable young things the Quarry also offers great food to go with the modern atmosphere.
Address: 27 Salamanca Place
Phone: (03) 6223 6552
Website:
www.thequarry.com.au
Hours: 11 am til late

T-42°
Not only a great place for a couple of drinks T-42° has a great menu, with seafood a specialty.
Address: Elizabeth St Pier
Phone: (03) 6224 7742
Website:
http://www.tav42.com.au/
Hours: 9 am til late

Bar Celona
A classy yet relaxed atmosphere for the slightly less rowdy crowd, although there is a DJ on Saturday nights. Breakfast on the weekends
Address: 23 Salamanca Square
Phone: (03) 6224 7557
Hours: 10 am til late

New Sydney Hotel
A traditional pub with great live music and even better steak.
Address: 87 Bathurst St
Phone: (03) 6234 4516
Website:
www.newsydneyhotel.com
Hours: Monday: 12 pm-10 pm, Tuesday through Saturday: 12 pm to Midnight, Sunday: 4 pm to 9 pm

Republic Bar and Cafe
The best spot in Hobart for live music with a great mix of local, national and international talent.
Address: 299 Elizabeth St North Hobart
Phone: (03) 6234 6954
Website:
www.republicbar.com
Hours: 11 am to late

Wrest Point Casino
Hobart’s iconic waterfront tower, Wrest Point was Australia’s first legal casino.
Address: 410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay
Phone: (03) 6221 1888
Website:
www.wrestpoint.com.au

Things to do in the Far South of Tasmania.

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This part of the state is so picturesque! Take the Huon Valley, in Huonville there is the beautiful Huon River you can paddle boat up and down, or you can take the jet boat ride all the way up the river. http://www.huontrail.org.au

Close to Huonville is the Apple Museum – a must see with all the history of apple farming in the area and the Apple Museum has a great gift shop. http://www.applemuseum.huonvalley.biz/

In Cygnet there is a chocolate factory, Cyneture! Wow! Sounds good right? http://cygneture.com.au/

All around the region wineries are scattered. Panorama Winery in Cygnet, or Home Hill Winery in Ranelagh – they do scrumptious meals, make and sell their own wine and it’s all set in a beautiful surrounding. http://www.panoramavineyard.com.au/, http://homehillwines.com.au/main/

If you want to make a drive to the Tahune Airwalk you won’t be disappointed! It will take your breath away, make a day trip out of it or take your time and spend a few days there. http://adventureforests.com.au/tahune

Take your time cruising around Tassie with a reliable RV rental from Go Cheap Motorhomes!

-LS

Exploring the Central North-West

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Starting your beautiful holiday in the central north-west will be an ideal holiday destination.

Starting early in the morning from the Launceston Airport drive through Carrick to Liffey, upon arrival sit down in the Motor-home and have a short break with a nice hot coffee and morning tea take the walk down the track to look at the magnificent falls that rush down over the rocks surrounded by a rain forest feel along with taking some amazing photos on the way.

Depart Liffey and head for your destination through to Mole Creek driving through old historic towns of Westbury and Deloraine, arriving at Mole Creek only to take a tour through the spectacular Marakoopa Caves just in time for the glow worms tour at midday $19.00 per adult and worth every cent. Both caves are home to a range of fascinating animals which have evolved features which allow them to adapt to their lightless environments. The glow-worm display in Marakoopa Cave is the largest you’ll see in any public access cave anywhere in Australia. For the visitor, the Mole Creek Karst National Park offers a range of activities. Although guided tours of the caves will be high on your agenda, don’t miss the opportunity to take a short walk through the beautiful forests in which these caves occur.

Turning off to head up to Cradle Mountain this superb escape showcases the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds. Having the option to sleep in your motor home or enjoy a relaxing night in a lodge or a suite. Unfortunately your time does have to end here leaving early morning (beware roads can be dangerous)

Driving towards Elizabeth Town only to stop at the Christmas Hills Raspberry farm, be sure to sit down and enjoy the surrounding views and the local farm produce of the freshest raspberries in town, including chocolate dipped raspberries, ice-cream and a local beer, cider or even a cocktail.

Driving through to the Ashgrove cheese farm to sample some of the amazing cheeses. Ashgrove Cheese is Australia’s premier producer of award winning Cheddar style cheeses, crafting authentic cheeses by hand on the farm in Tasmania.

Driving through to Anvers chocolate factory, stepping into the taste testing centre to try fine couverture chocolates, truffles, pralines, fudges and more. (Entry is Free, self guided tours are available at no charge But beware – if anyone gets to see the secret recipes they will never be allowed to leave the premises!)

A visit to the famous Reliquaire in Latrobe Tasmania takes you through twenty rooms, stocked with a unique selection of items from around the world including dolls, teddies, giftware, Venetian masks, bronzes, lights, jewellery, leather handbags & wallets, books, soaps & body products, stationary, baby items, toys, games, science & educational products, puppets & marionettes, kitchenware, cookbooks, gourmet food, coffee & tea, Tasmanian wines, homemade fudge, restoration supplies and antiques.

Driving back through to Deloraine stopping at the Deloraine caravan park, taking a friendly walk through Deloraine to see what it has to offer, a nice casual meal at restaurant red, and an enjoyable glass of Tasmania wine.

Departing Deloraine in the morning to your last destination The Country Club Casino Launceston, to enjoy a nice lunch in the Links restaurant and a walk around the extensive grounds of this beautiful casino. (Perhaps a 9 hole round of golf if this is in your interest)

Ending your holiday to head back to the Launceston Airport.

We hope you enjoyed your trip. =) -JH

Winter in Tassie

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There’s been a lot said about Tassie weather and not all of it is true. Cold: okay we’ll cop to that if you’re used to Queensland temperatures. Wet: sometimes, but not as much as you would think. Honest. Hobart is actually the second driest capital city in Australia, behind Adelaide. You want rain? Spend a winter in Melbourne.

At the moment autumn is in full swing. You won’t believe how beautiful Hobart looks in its autumn colours. Just yesterday we drove past a tree that was shedding beautiful golden leaves like it was raining. The wind was picking them up and swirling them around in a huge cluster. All the parks are a riot of colour at the moment and driving into valleys like New Norfolk take your breath away with all the reds, yellows, browns and oranges shining in the autumn sun.

Or have a coffee at the popular Salamanca place and admire how beautiful the sandstone buildings look with the sun shining on them, I actually think Salamanca is better is autumn then is summer. Tassie always gets a burst of warm weather in April and this year it seems determined to last at least through May as well. It’s still plenty warm enough to engage in all those outdoor activities we are reluctant to give up and outdoor events like the weekly Salamanca Markets are bustling with people. The local pubs in the area also start selling mulled wine at this time of the year and it is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends, spread around an open fire and sharing a platter of local produce.

We do get some cold mornings in Hobart, particularly when it’s been snowing on the mountain (that’s how locals refer to Mt Wellington).  You’ll get used to seeing locals rugged up in stylish black quilted down jackets at this time of the year.  The snow fall is usually fairly light at this point, but if you’ll be in Hobart towards the end of the winter in July/August, the ubiquitous snow trip up the mountain is a must. Time it right and you can drive right up to the top and admire the view in between dodging snowballs.

If you’re into skiing Tasmania offers some great uncrowded slopes. In the south check out Mt Mawson at Mt Field National Park or if you’re up north the popular Ben Lomond which is situated about a 50 minute drive out of Launceston.  For the more adventurous you can also go cross country skiing through national parks like Cradle Mountain.  More info on skiing in Tassie can be found at http://www.tas.gov.au/tasmaniaonline/browse/Culture,+sport+and+recreation/Sport,+fitness+and+recreational+activities/Skiing/

Check out the Longest Night Film festival (http://www.discovertasmania.com and follow the links). An annual event, celebrating Tasmania’s close ties to Antarctica, the Longest Night Film festival is hosted by the State Cinema in North Hobart. 2011 marks the Antarctic Centennial Year.  Speaking of all things Antarctic; keep an eye out for the Aurora Australis the bright orange ice breaker that’s often in port in between expeditions, it’s a bit of a Tassie icon.

The key to enjoying the outdoors in Tassie in the colder months is to be prepared. You’ll need jeans, thick socks, waterproof shoes, gloves, a scarf, some long sleeves tops and a warm jacket. Bring these with you and you’re sure to have a blast enjoying all the winter months in Tassie have to offer.

What better way to do that than in a 2 Berth Hi-Top from us who are the professionals in camper rentals.

Places to Eat (Southern Tassie)

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Hobart & the Southern Region
Great Places to Eat

PIZZA/PASTA
Cargo Bar & Pizza Lounge-Salamanca
Da Angelos Ristorante- Battery Pont
Paesano Pizza & Pasta- West Hobart
Solo Pizza & Pasta- Sandy Bay
Solace Pizza & Pasta-Blackmans Bay
Nates Gourmet Pizza,Pasta & Grill- Cambridge
Sandy Bay Beach Wood Fired Pizza-Sandy Bay Beach

PUBS
Shipwright Arms- Battery Point
New Sydney Hotel-Hobart City
Republic Bar & Café –North Hobart
Customs House-Hobart Waterfront
Oyster Cove Inn-Oyster Cove
The Beach-Blackmans Bay

CAFES
Machine Laundry Café-Salamanca
Pigeon Hole-West Hobart
Burger Got Soul-Sandy Bay
Tricycle-Salamanca

UP MARKET
The Source (Morilla) – Berridale
Rockwall Bar & Grill – Salamanca
Smolt-Salamanca
Monty’s On Montpelier-Salamanca
Lebrina-Newtown
Piccolo-North Hobart
Margue IV-Hobart Waterfront
The Astor Grill-Hobart City

CASUAL DINNING
Fish Frenzy–Hobart Waterfront
Mures-Hobart Waterfront
Onba-North Hobart
Bar Celona Café Resaurant-Salamanca
The Metz On the Bay-Sandy Bay
Salamanca Inn Beef & Seafood-Salamanca

FOREIGN
Dumpling World-Hobart City
Magic Curries-Battery Point
Infusion-South Hobart
Golden Junk Restaurant-Bellerive
Me Wah-Sandy Bay
Saparose Vietnamese-Hobart City

Ten Days on the Island

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If you were looking at timing your motor homing holiday with one of Tasmania’s many festivals there is perhaps no festival better suited then the biennial Ten Days on the Island festival. An autumnal event this year’s takes place between March 25 and April 3.

Ten Days on the Island is a unique arts and performance festival that takes place across the entire state so wherever you find yourself in your motor home there is sure to be something fascinating going on nearby.

If your in the north of the state be sure to stop in one of the Dance Halls located all over the north including St Helens, Launceston and Burnie, don’t miss out on the “Dance Marathon” taking place in Launceston’s St. Albies Hall on 1st and  2nd.  The north of the state will also play host to a range of concerts from a variety of groups including En Chordais from Greece, Færd from Denmark and the New Zealand String Quartet.

If you and your motor home happen to find yourselves in the North West of the state be sure to check out “In Teers” a series of installations along the Tamar Estuary and Esk River System. You may even be able to spot them while your driving along. If you’re in Devonport, Sheffield, Penguin or Deloraine why not share a secret with Tawdry Heartburn or check out the historical and geographical history of Devonport with the photographical exhibition “Tales from Suburbia”.

A definite highlight for the south of Tasmania is “Power Plant” a light and sound installation at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Tasmania. Be sure to park your motor home near by and give yourself a good hour one evening to check out this spectacular sight. At the Theatre Royal be sure to check out the Australian premier of “Animal Farm” based on the George Orwell novel. Or head over to the Backspace Theatre and check out “Poxed” written by Tasmanian Stella Kent and directed by Jillian Kelley. “Poxed” deals with the fascinating life of Lady Mary Montague.

For family fun all around the state be sure to check out “Far Flung Flicks” a mobile cinema traveling the state showing successful local animations and shorts.

You could take one of two approaches with Ten Days on the Island and your holiday, either drop in to whatever events are on in the areas you are in or if your really keen to soak up this great experience why not plan your holiday around the festival and see it all.

Ten Days on the Island finishes on April 3 and will next be held in Autumn 2013. For more information please visit: http://tendaysontheisland.com