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4/5 Day trip January9-13 with 83 year old mother

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4/5 Day trip January9-13 with 83 year old mother

Anyone got ideas for the above trip with my mother ,we fly into Hobart where I have booked the first 2 nights but can still change that and fly out of Launceston late on the last day. I am renting a car.

We like scenery ,not too strenous walks ,boat trips and shopping for local products.Thanks

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1. Re: 4/5 Day trip January9-13 with 83 year old mother

With only four to five days, I think you should spend your time in the south of the state, based from Hobart.

Take a day trip to Port Arthur, one to Tahune Airwalk to the south west of Hobart and perhaps one to Mount Field via Bonorong.

There's plenty to do around Hobart and you can get lots more ideas from the Top Questions at the upper right of this page.


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2. Re: 4/5 Day trip January9-13 with 83 year old mother

Day 1: Hobart (amend if a Saturday, then visit Salamanca Market)

Head to Mt Nelson lookout. I would then take your Mum to the Botanical Gardens for a walk and morning tea/ lunch.

Continue onto Richmond - a village with the oldest bridge in Australia. you can take a picnic if possible

Day 2;

Walk around the docks, Drive the car into Battery Point. and get out and walk around looking at the architecture - go to Narryna if possible (check by phone when it is open as I think volunteers work here) Stop at Jackman and McRoss for morning tea. Make sure you have a map for Battery Point, stop by St Georges Church if England,

Port Arthur is interesting but a lot of walking around the site so it depends on the health of your Mum, it's quite a long drive. The scenery is stunning on the pennisula. If you do go that way make sure you go to Eaglehawk Neck and see the tesselated pavements and Devils Arch.

I wouldn't necessarily put Tahune Air Walk on my list. The trees are lovely but it's quite a drive. Check the cost with the Visitors Centre. You could drive to national park and walk to the waterfall there.

When you drive to Launceston make sure you drive off the highway and visit Ross and Oatlands,

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3. Re: 4/5 Day trip January9-13 with 83 year old mother

As your Mum may not want to walk alot and it is rather warm here atm, I agree with giving tahune airwalk a miss and port arthur is similar although port arthur is good to see and you can walk around as much as you choose to and still see things.. I would suggest Richmond. Lovely little village about 30 minutes from hobart. You can walk or drive around and some nice little places to eat. Salamanca is always good and you can park right in Salamanca. Trip to Launceston is 2 hours from hobart so a stop in Ross and maybe turn off into Oatlands would be worthwhile. Campbell Town is the main stop between Hobart-Launceston but does get crowded with lots little places for a coffee/meal. Launceston is worth a stay particularly if flying out of there. You can actually drive up one side of the Tamar, cross over the Batman bridge and drive back down to Launceston. Around 4 hour round trip. Launceston have Cataract Gorge which is lovely and nice place to eat although walking is still involved. If you have a few minutes to spare, Evandale is near Launceston airport and a quaint little town. About 10 minutes from Airport. Hobart Casino have a revolving restaurant (rather expensive) but you get incredible views and very easy to access. If you had the time to drive up the East Coast from Hobart through Sorell through Orford, Swansea and Bicheno and turn off at St Marys back to Midlands Highway and then to Launceston. Full day trip but beautiful scenery and nice little towns. Road a bit windy just before Orford. A must stop at Triabunna to the year round Xmas Shop.

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4. Re: 4/5 Day trip January9-13 with 83 year old mother

Freycinet Sea Cruises in Coles Bay is a great boat trip around Wine Glass Bay with oysters and bubbles. I've been with a pram and my mum grat day trip

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