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Self drive itinerary help

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Self drive itinerary help

Hi hi,

We are a family of 5 (3 kids aged 12,16,17). Have confirmed flying into Launceston on 27 November and leaving from Hobart on 6 December. Have read many useful comments from this forum and came up with this itinerary.

The following self drive itinerary needs all your help to vet. Appreciate any comments if itineary is doable and recommendations for where to find food. Also much free time in Hobart which needs suggestions on what to do. Thanks in advance.

Day 1 arrive launceston airport 4pm. check in. Dinner

Day 2 cataract gorge/ Hillview berry farm/ lunch (place?)/ lilydale falls

Day 3 towards Cradle mountains.

On the way, visit salmon ginseng farm/ melita honey farm/ Marakoopa cave. lunch (place?) Afternoon at Cradle mountain Dove lake circuit. Devils @ cradle (what time is possible)

Drive to silver ridge retreat (Claude Road) for the night. Stopover at Cethana dam

Day 4 towards Curringa Farm

On the way, Ashgrove Tasmania Cheese Farm, Deloraine Riverside park, Longford Town, Campbell Town, Ross, Oatlands (Windmills), Bothwell

Day 5 Curringa Farm tour

Depart for Hobart in the afternoon. On the way, Lake Meadowbank, Russel Falls, Bushy Park. Base in Hobart to explore around till day of departure.. not sure)

Day 6 City walkabout Hobart, Salamanca Market, Bonorong Wildlife (afternoon)

Day 7 Day trip to Wineglass Bay, Raspins Beach, Spiky bridge, Coles Bay, Freycinet National park

Day 8 Day trip Frogcreek wine, Sorrell fruit farm. Oops running out of things to do

Day 9 Day trip Tasmania Arch, eagle hawk neck, port Arthur

Day 10 depart Hobart 6pm flight. Morning no activities!?!?

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1. Re: Self drive itinerary help

I wouldn't do separate day trips to Freycinet, Sorrell and Tasman Peninsula. Have you tried mapping out your itinerary?

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2. Re: Self drive itinerary help

It looks like a good, interesting itinerary.

There's a quite good cafe in Lilydale to get lunch on Day 2.

On the way to Cradle Mountain, options for lunch include Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe near Deloraine, Deloraine Deli or the cafe in the old pub at Mole Creek.

For Devils@Cradle, we'll be into the summer routine by then so there should be two late feedings, but I'd aim to be there for 5 30 anyway: www.devilsatcradle.com/content.php…

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3. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Thanks Mac M for advice. Did the mapping and decided to tweak the itinerary merging Day 8 & 9. Think we can do all that first as a Day trip and return to Hobart.

Day 8 no plans yet :(

Day 9 check out of Hobart. Drive towards Freycinet & on the see Swansea, spiky bridge, Coles Bay Wineglass Bay. spend the night at Coles Bay. (??? Still sourcing)

Day 10 hang around beach. Maybe Golf. Check out

Find some food in town (???) on drive back to Hobart airport for depart at 6pm

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4. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Thanks Luigi A.

Noted lunch options at Cradle mountain. Christmas Hills look fabulous. By the way, what's a good estimate of the cost of a meal?

And would seeing Devils @ Cradle be similar to Bonorong Wildlife park?

Thanks for All your previous feedback :)

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5. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Christmas Hills's menu is here: http://raspberryfarmcafe.com/menu/

Devils@Cradle is somewhat similar to Bonorong in that it has devils, but it's much smaller and more intimate. It's also an indoor event rather than an expansive outdoor park.

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6. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Instead of day trips on days 7,8,9 it might be better (less driving) to stay overnight at Freycinet then the next night at the Tasman Peninsula. You could then include the Tasman Island Cruise, maybe the Ghost Tour in the evening at Port Arthur and then have a day in Hobart the day you fly hoe. Maybe visit the Sorell fruit farm on the way back to Hobart and if the weather;s good, Mount Wellington on your last day.

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7. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Thanks Jill M for your feedback. Yes intended to visit mount Wellington when in Hobart. Not sure how I missed it out when typing the itinerary. Thanks for reminder. Will probably keep coles Bay and freycinet for last day because we thought good way for round up the trip with this much talk about beautiful place.

As for now, I realised the Curringa Farm stay doesn't include farm tour. Hence, with accommodation, BBQ dinner that is (cook-it-yourself) and farm tour, the cost came up to AUD1000, which I thought is on high side. So, having second thoughts and some questions:

1) Could anyone advise whether we should go ahead?

2) In fact we have booked directly with Curringa farm on its website but are unable to find option to cancel booking.

Will cancellation incur charges for us since there is still 2.5 months from date of stay?

3) are there alternative recommended farms stay and farm tours?

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8. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Curringa Farm is the biggest farmstay business in tasmania. There are others listed here: https:/…Farm.Stays.html

I think that one night at Curringa Farm would be enough, and the cost would then be far more manageable.

Their cancellation policy is stated at the bottom of the booking page:

"Thank you for your booking and payment. We consider $110 or 25% ( whichever is less) of your booking fee as a non refundable secure deposit for your booking. We allow changes of dates up until 14 days out from your booked arrival date. If you cancel within 14 to 2 days of booking arrival date we will retain 50% of your booking fee. If you cancel within 48 hours of booking or do not show up we will retain 100% of your booking fee."

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9. Re: Self drive itinerary help

Thank you so much Luigi for help on farm stay list. Would check them out. Cheers!

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