3 DAY HOBART TO LAUNCESTON TRiP
Like a bit of gore with your gourmet delights? If the tales of stoic female resilience is too heavy, the exhilarating high-speed river cruise, the pre-dinner cocktails, and the Heritage Trail through the Tassie heartland will no doubt lighten your spirits.
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Get your heritage on and listen to fascinating tales of the past at the Cascade Female Factory in South Hobart. Heritage tours start at 10am and the roaming theatre show ‘Her Story’ kicks off at noon. While in South Hobart, fight the locals for a chair and a quick lunch at Ginger Brown before heading to the Hobart waterfront to embark on a river adventure. Before hitting the water on an exhilarating high-speed river cruise, check into your accommodation. Leave your car and walk to your dockside departure point.
The boat leaves at 2pm sharp and runs for 2.5 hours, taking you out to historic Iron Pot to hear about Australia’s oldest lighthouse. Circumnavigate Betsey Island, listen to stories of Hobart’s rich maritime heritage and be back on dry land in time for a pre-dinner cocktail at The Glass House, not far from where you hopped off your cruise. This bar is perched on the edge of Brooke Street Pier overlooking the harbour. You can even purchase a rare and unique bottle of your own whisky, pour it over moulded ice spheres and pop it in ‘The Whisky Locker’ for the next time you drop by Hobart.
Reserve a table for culinary experiences making their mark on the Australian restaurant landscape. Choose from Aloft, Templo, Landscape Restaurant and Grill or Dier Makr.
If you’re a night owl, drive up to pinnacle of kunanyi/Mount Wellington for a dose of fresh mountain air and a sprinkling of city lights. At 1271 metres above sea level, evening views across the capital city and River Derwent are impressive.
Hobart to Launceston
Begin your trip to Launceston along the Heritage Highway. Get hands-on with the local wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and contribute to the conservation and rehabilitation of Tasmania’s threatened wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil. The park is also home to wombats, koalas, echidnas, birds, and many more native animals.
Take a short drive to historic Shene Estate at Pontville for eye-catching Gothic revival architecture (and some of the best gin in the world). The very first pagan symbols in Australia were discovered on the homestead. Owners Anne and David Kernke see themselves as caretakers for an incredible piece of Australian history, as well as being pretty dab hands at making award-winning gin. Look for the cute little roadside stall where you can purchase some of the best gin on the planet.
Further up the way, turn into Kempton and head straight to Redlands Distillery at Dysart House. This grand coaching inn, built in 1842, is also home to some of Tasmania’s finest small-batch whisky. You can sample some of these whiskies at the Cellar Door, or take one of the daily tours of the property.
Back on the highway, make a beeline for the Callington Mill in Oatlands. This working Georgian mill was built in 1837, but there’s more here than fine architecture and convict history – you can also treat yourself to a traditional lunch, with bread baked from the flour ground in the mill.
Continue along the Heritage Highway through to Launceston. Check into your accommodation for the night, rug up, and grab an early bite in Launceston before making tracks for Low Head in time for a penguin tour at sunset. Watch as little penguins pitter-patter up from Bass Strait at sundown, heading for their boxthorn bush burrows. Expect anywhere from 10 to 200 depending on the time of year, before heading back to the bright lights of Launceston.
Launceston and surrounds
Start your final morning in Tassie with an early breakfast on Charles Street. A number of tempting cafés line the top end of Charles – pick one that takes your fancy. Launceston is Australia’s third oldest city, so take a peek at the architecture on your wanderings within the leafy-parked city centre.
If it’s a Saturday or Sunday, head to the Red Feather Inn in Hadspen, just out of the city. Cooking classes at the Red Feather Inn start early, so be sure to leave time for the drive. Opt for the Fresh and Fragrant Thai Class or the popular To Market To Market class, where you’ll meet the Red Feather Inn chefs at the Harvest Market to source fresh produce for the day’s cooking.
Every Saturday morning Launceston’s Harvest Market is abuzz with over 50 market stalls including the ‘egg lady’, the ‘mushroom guys’, the ‘brownie lady’ and the ‘truffle dudes’. Soak in the small-city atmosphere before heading back to Launceston Airport for your departure.
3 Day Hobart to Launceston Trip
Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements, please call ahead to plan each day.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Wherrett, Peter Aitchison and Samuel Shelley