When and where can I go trout fishing in Tasmania?
In just about every freshwater stream, river and lake in Tasmania, there are fighting trout, waiting to rise to your well-presented fly or lure. And here, in the waters of one of the world's last great wild fisheries, they are yours for the price of a fishing licence – plenty of excitement for a few dollars! Licences are readily available through any fishing tackle store within Tasmania.
Hastings Caves State Reserve
Take a day out from Hobart and tour the Newdegate Cave, a rarity that formed in dolomite rock millions of years ago. Stalactites hang from the soaring ceiling and stalagmites stand like totem poles. Take your swimming costume and have a dip in the thermal outdoor pool, heated by energy from deep in the earth. Walk on the Sensory Trail through the surrounding forests, listen to the birds as you relax on the grass and munch your lunchtime picnic or a barbecue.
The population of Tasmania is 472,000. Main centres are Hobart (the capital city with 195,500 people) Launceston (98,500) Burnie (18,000) and Devonport (25,000)
Tasmania has more than 2000 km of walking tracks and 17 national parks.
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers 1.38 million hectares.
Hobart has the nation's second-lowest rainfall (626 mm or 24 inches) of all Australian capital cities.
The average summer temperature is a comfortable 21°C (70°F). Winter's average is 12°C (52° F).
What day does Salamanca Market operate?
Visit Salamanca Market and Salamanca Place on Hobart's waterfront. The market is open on Saturdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm. The 1830's sandstone warehouses are home to galleries, studios, restaurants, shops and cafes.
What times and what are the costs of passenger ships to Tasmania? Do They take cars and dogs?
The Spirit of Tasmania makes three return crossings per week between Melbourne and Devonport. The Spirit makes an overnight sailing, leaving port at early evenings and arriving the next morning approximately a 14 hour journey. The Devil Cat is a fast wave-piercing catamaran ferry, which is currently makes the journey from Melbourne to George Town in approximately 6 hours. The Devil Cat service operates from December to April. The Spirit and Devil Cat carry cars, campervans and caravans. Early bookings for both vessels are strongly recommended, in particular over the Christmas/New Year period. A limited number of kennels are available at a cost of $21.00 per pet per sailing. (Please note: There must be documentary proof of Hydatid Tape worm treatment for dogs and that they are not permitted in Tasmania's National Parks).
Franklin and Gordon Rivers: Two wild rivers hurtle through mountainous rainforest wilderness and merge as the Gordon River, which flows into the vast Macquarie Harbour on the west coast. The rivers were the centre of a controversy in the 1980s, when they were to have been dammed for hydro-electricity, but the scheme was quashed by an environmental campaign. If you're looking for adventure you can join a group to shoot the rapids by raft. For a gentler river experience drive to Strahan on the west coast and join a cruise up the Gordon River, or take a scenic flight from Hobart that includes a Gordon River cruise.
When is the best time to visit Tasmania?
More than anywhere else in Australia, Tasmanians enjoy four distinctly different seasons, and each one has its own unique pleasures and appeal. Generally it is warmer on the coast and cooler inland. The average maximum temperature in summer (December to February) is 21 degrees Celsius (70F) and in winter (June to August), the average maximum is 12 degrees Celsius (52F). Spring and Autumn are very pleasant with temperatures in the mid-teens. For the current weather
The Huon trail is a driving trail. At 24 roadside locations there are dramatically designed, timber crowned signs telling tales of frogs and fossils, logs and lighthouses, tall trees and tall ships, Gondwana plants and Golden Delicious apples, wooden boats and whalers, bandicoots and blackcurrants. Other activities in the region: jet boating, cruises to Atlantic salmon farms from Dover and Port Huon, alpine walks in the Hartz Mountains, riverside forest walks in the Southern Forest, shopping for arts and crafts in studios in Margate, Cygnet, Huonville, Franklin and Geeveston, boutique vineyards and in season pick-your-own berry farms, and beach and headland walks on Bruny Island.
Where can I see a Tasmanian Devil?
The Tasmanian bush is alive with animals- but where are they all? It isn't always easy to see our wildlife in its native habitat because most animals are nocturnal, including the Tasmanian Devil. Specialist wildlife observation tours will take you to places where you are very likely to observe animals and birds. Wildlife parks offer another way to see our native fauna.
Where can I go skiing?
Following good winter snowfalls, downhill and cross-country skiers head for Ben Lomond, an hour's drive south-east of Launceston, (public accommodation is available) or Mt Mawson in the Mt Field National Park, two hours drive from Hobart. (day facilities only). During the season, ski-tows operate at both locations. When conditions are right, good ski-touring is also available in the Cradle Mountain area.
Strahan: picturesque village on the shores of the isolated Macquarie Harbour on the west coast. Local history is told in text and displays at the excellent Strahan Wharf Centre, and on most days the Round Earth Theatre Company presents a play that tells the story of Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour, where in the 1800s transported convicts worked timber, built boats and endured terrible conditions. The village is surrounded by wilderness. You can walk there or on the beach, or take a cruise on the harbour or up the splendid Gordon River, or a ride on a jet boat. The sunsets are dramatic.
Golf in Tasmania?
Tasmania has more golf courses per head of population that any other State. The historic township of Bothwell in Tasmania is also home to Australia's oldest golf course. With over 80 golf courses, Tasmania is a perfect destination for a golfing holiday, and you will find a warm welcome for members of registered interstate clubs at city and country club courses around the State. While there are some public courses around the State, most courses in Tasmania are run by private golf clubs.
Is it too cold to come in winter?
No. The days of winter are bright and crisp, the mountains and highlands sparkle with snow. Enjoy rugging up, nestling into cosy beds, dining on winter fare and relaxing by cheery first. Expect an average of 13 C. For the current weather
Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 km stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart – a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people; a pleasant, temperate climate; wonderful wine and food; a rich history and a relaxed island lifestyle. According to experienced travellers who've criss-crossed the globe in search of excellence, Tasmania has one of the world's ten best beaches.
How do I get information on the Overland Track at Cradle Mountain? Are the numbers limited?
Widely regarded as one of the world's best walks, the Overland Track threads its way through the heart of the Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park, jewel of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. You do not need to book, but only register on arrival at the start of the Track. Numbers are not limited. A National Park pass is required.
On a clear day drive 22km to the top of Mount Wellington, which you've seen every day since you arrived in Hobart. And every day it's been different - bathed in a rosy glow at dawn, resplendent in the noonday sun, darkly silhouetted at dusk. From the top you'll see miles and miles up the Derwent Valley, down to the Southern Ocean and across to Port Arthur. The inlets, bays, hills and this beautiful city are spread out in a stunning panorama, explained in detail in the lookout at the summit.
The Wine Trail: Tasmanian wine is legendary - cool climate, fertile soils and expert viticulture have combined to produce a 'menu' of reds and whites, still wines and sparkling, that keep the wine world talking. Chardonnays, sauvignon blancs, pinot noirs, rieslings, cabernet sauvignons, semillons are just a few. On the Tasmanian Wine Route you'll visit 14 wineries in the Tamar region, between Launceston and the north coast. Taste before you buy, and have a gourmet lunch in a winery restaurant. Get a wine route map from the nearest Visitor Information office and make a day of it.
Lake St Clair: is the deepest in Australia (190 metres / 623 feet), scooped out by glaciers 10,000 years ago during the Ice Age. High dolerite cliffs rise sheer from the water and there is a drowned moraine at the southern end. The lake, in which fishing and boating are allowed, is surrounded by forest and is the southern gateway to the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. There is a regular ferry the length of the lake, used by visitors and by walkers on the Overland Track who like to do a little of the journey by water.