G’day Travelers! On my last trip to Launceston I worked out very quickly that Tasmania was the sort of place you needed to rent a car and drive around. So when the opportunity came up to go back to Tasmania again (You can find out why on my other blog), I made sure I organised it in a way that I’d be able to see some of the sites outside of Launceston.
For this trip to Launceston I took the opportunity to fly in and out of Hobart, which is only 2 hours drive south. I thought Hobart would be a larger airport. But as it turns out it’s only marginally bigger than the one at Launceston.
On the drive North up to Launceston I decided to take the Heritage Highway up the middle of the state. It’s the most direct route between Hobart and Launceston, taking a little over 2 hours. It also features a lot of old Georgian villages along the original route built by convicts.
While Richmond and Campbell Town are the main heritage sites, I was told that the town of Ross was well worth stopping into. So I elected to drop in there instead. Ross is famous for its old Bridge and Church. I was also told to drop into the bakery for a pie, but it was a little late for lunch.
Here’s a couple of photos I took, there were plenty more building worth photographing, unfortunately the lighting wasn’t quite right for those and I’ll have to organise to stop there in the morning one day.
On the drive South, back down, to Hobart I decided to take the Great Eastern Drive, with a slight (4 hour) detour up to Freycinet National Park to check out the famous Wine Glass Bay.
The detour was well worth it. The Freycinet National Park is stunning, with plenty to see and explore. I only took the Wine Glass Bay Lookout hike, but there are several other hikes in the area I’d like to explore next time I’m in Tassie. If you are planning to visit Wine Glass Bay I’d highly recommend basing yourself in the Coles Bay area for a couple of days to allow yourself plenty of time to explore the park.
Here’s a collection of photos I took while in the Freycinet National Park.
Unfortunatley I did realise how much time I’d end up spending in the Freycinet National Park. Which didn’t allow me to much time to get back to Hobart to make my flight. Which didn’t leave me much time to stop at some of the many vantage points along the coast. Here’s just one example of the stunning coast line to explore on the Great Eastern Drive.
The more I see of Tasmania the more I realise how much more there is to see there. These short trips certainly don’t do it justice. I’ll have to organise a couple of weeks just drive around it and see all it has to offer.
Have you been to the Tasmania before? Feel free to leave your suggestions or tips of your own with a comment below so I can check them out next time I head that way.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Launceston, I stayed in Mecure Hotel Launceston. While not on the river like some of the other hotels in Launceston, it is centrally located. It’s located right next to Launceston’s famous City Park and it’s a short walk from the center of town.
If you’d like to see more of my tips for about Launceston, check out these posts.
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