Adelaide - Hobart
Flying direct from Adelaide to Hobart lands you in one of Australia’s most charming cities. Like the island itself, Hobart offers you a completely different experience to that of ‘North Island’ as Tasmanians smilingly call mainland Australia. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this gentle city’s waterfront, galleries, shops and restaurants. You can taste the excellent local wine, hike on Mount Wellington, go sea kayaking or embark on a fishing expedition.
Alternative activities include taking a seaplane flight over the South West Wilderness, browse around the fabulous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) or tour the unmissable Port Arthur Penal Colony. A Victorian prison without walls – the surrounding wilderness was so daunting few prisoners dared to try and escape.
Stay: Three nights in The Islington.
If you’re a nature lover who appreciates wild but beautiful scenery you may want to drive out to picturesque Huon Valley. Alternatively you could take a drive – or be chauffeured – to scenic heaven. Freycinet National Park, on the island’s mild east coast, is a stunning peninsular with scimitar-shaped white beaches, clear blue seas and dense bush countryside highlighted by towering pink granite peaks. You’ll be staying beside jaw-dropping Coles Bay, in an architectural masterpiece.
Stay: Three nights in Saffire Freycinet.
Many visitors fall under the spell of Tasmania. Take an extra couple of days and drive to Cradle Mountain National Park – an area so picturesque you may never want to leave.
Stay: Two nights in Cradle mountain Hotel.
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