What Inspired Me to Take This Trip to Tasmania
I initially visited Tasmania with my parents while I was studying abroad in Australia in 2016. We took a Carnival cruise from Sydney, which had a couple of stops in Tasmania. After the short trip to Tasmania, I knew that I wanted to go back and explore it some more. There were pretty great deals on flights, so I knew it was a great time to book and finally explore the state some more!
How I Managed My Bookings and Costs
So with my blog, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible companies, which made the booking a little bit easier and less expensive. Since we went in September, it wasn't a hectic season. We were able to start booking accommodations about a month in advance.
When searching for accommodations, we found some remote areas to be a little tricky because of the lack of accommodations. Since we made a 4-day road trip around the northeastern coast of Tasmania, a couple of places were more remote than others. Those are the type of accommodations you definitely want to plan and book first before they all get booked. Overall though, I found that the accommodation prices were really reasonable for where we stayed.
One of our favorite places we booked was actually just a last-minute decision, and it was at Belmont Homestead in Swansea. We tried to find accommodations inside Freycinet National Park, where we had a boat cruise with Wineglass Bay Cruises, who I was working with for my blog. All accommodations in Freycinet were either booked up or really pricey, so we decided to stay at the Belmont Homestead, and it was terrific. This cute little cottage studio was incredibly homey and was situated on a farm with goats, chickens, and stunning gardens.
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My Transport and Packing Essentials for This Trip
We hired a car straight from the Launceston airport, which was definitely a good move. Hiring a campervan would also be great, especially if you're traveling to more remote locations.
For this trip specifically, we made sure to pack a lot of warm clothes, which was great—also, things like rain jackets, hats and gloves, and multiple layers. Especially for activities like our cruise through Freycinet National Park and exploring Wineglass Bay, I had on my hat, gloves, scarf, and multiple layers of pants and sweaters and was still cold.
Even though it was cold during the cruise, when we hiked Freycinet National Park, I was sweating in a short-sleeve top, so layers are definitely a must because you never know what the weather will be like!
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My Day by Day Itinerary
I wrote a detailed 4-day road trip guide over on Our Wandering Mind of what we did each day, but I'll summarize below.
Day 1: Explore Launceston
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Day 2: Launceston to Coles Bay
Day 3: Wineglass Bay to St. Helens
Day 4: Bay Of Fires to Launceston
Bay of Fires
Little Blue Lake
The Incredible People in Tasmania
People were so incredibly lovely in Tasmania. That's one thing that I took away from this trip. Everyone was super friendly and really welcoming.
I was actually really sick during our Launceston trip and essentially didn't have a voice (this was pre-COVID times). After we finished our breakfast at Samuel Pepys Cafe, the first cafe we ate after getting off the plane, I asked the barista for some hot water for my Lemsip to take with me. Instead of just getting me hot water, he offered to make my Lemsip for me. He also added some honey to help coat my throat and gave me this natural shot to take to help me feel better, and it immediately did. It was just above and beyond and so thoughtful. Regardless of if you're sick or not, the staff at Samuel Pepys clearly just goes above and beyond with their hospitality and service, so I definitely recommend stopping by there in Launceston.
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Must-Try Food in Tasmania
The Prickly Cactus in Launceston has $20 happy hour fishbowl margaritas which was definitely an experience. Still, since we were in most remote locations, we had to cook a lot of our meals.
My Favorite Memory from This Trip
I think just the road trip aspect is one of my favorite parts of the trip. With driving, you can explore and see so much more. We found although there wasn't too much in terms of things to do' in the small towns, outside of the major cities like Launceston and Hobart, the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. You could pull over anywhere on the side of the road, and you would have a picture-perfect backdrop of the coast or the mountains.
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How I Made the Trip Budget-Friendly
I think that our trip to Launceston was pretty budget-friendly. Obviously, I saved money with the partnerships that I had when it came to the Wineglass Bay Cruise and our accommodations at St. Helens. Still, when it came to spending, we didn't need to spend all that much, especially cooking our own meals for the most part - that saved us quite a bit of money. I also always make sure to find accommodations that include free parking as well. Otherwise, that could definitely add up quickly.
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My Recommendations on Hikes and Sights Not to Be Missed in Tasmania
Freycinet National Park was incredible. We only spent a day there, and I wish we spent several days exploring the area. There's a lot of amazing hikes there. Wineglass Bay Cruises was an incredible experience as well, but if you get seasick, I definitely recommend taking motion sickness medicine before the trip.
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My Suggestions for People Doing This Trip for the First Time
With most of my trips, similar to how I organize them on my blog, I create an itinerary beforehand. I find that the most memorable experiences can come from being spontaneous and puling over on the side of the road at a local cafe or checking out a famous landmark that you've never heard of before. It's essential to have a plan but to be flexible as well.
If you don't do any research before your trip, you could really miss out on some of the area's most incredible aspects. I definitely recommend checking out blogs and websites and jotting down different things that you'd be interested in doing while you were there. Create a basic itinerary and then start exploring from there!
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