I was a teenager when I first set foot on Tasmania. It was a family holiday and we went about in a camper van. Sadly, all I remember is the lavender fields in Launceston, the wild animals that came out at night at Cradle Mountain and the delicious oysters in Hobart.
In 2013, while we were thinking where to go for our family trip, my dad suggested visiting Tasmania again. He never really like cities, always preferring the countryside and natural terrain. So begin my extensive research on the island, about 2 hours plane ride from Sydney or 1 hour from Melbourne.
We have 10 full days (7/12 -18/12) to explore. After consulting lots of websites, I planned out a circular driving route starting from Hobart, then Coles Bay, Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, ending back at Hobart. There were 8 of us – parents, sister, brother, husband and kids. We decided to rent a 12-seater van which gives us enough leg room and luggage space.
Day 1 – Overnight flight to Sydney on Qantas
Day 2 – Transit at Sydney to Hobart on Qantas, Overnight at Coles Bay
Day 6 – The Ship That Never Was, Overnight at Strahan
Day 8 – Salamanca Market, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond, Overnight at Hobart
Day 9 – Louisa’s Walk, Tahune Airwalk, Overnight at Hobart
Day 10 – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Mount Wellington, Overnight at Hobart
Day 11 – Morning flight to Singapore via Sydney on Qantas