How to Spend a Long Weekend in Tasmania

Tasmania, the piece of paradise at the bottom of Australia.

For years I've heard rumours circulating that Tasmania was just like New Zealand. So when cheap flights to Launceston came up, we leapt at the chance of a 5 day trip to Tasmania for some hiking. With a spectacular coastline lined with camping spots, Tasmania is a hiker's dream. What better opportunity for us to test out our new lightweight hiking kit and hike the beautiful Wineglass Bay Circuit?

Snap up cheap flights.

Keep an eye out for sale fares to Tasmania. Flights from Sydney with Virgin Australia or Jetstar can go for as little as $19 per way! When those babies get released, jump on them straightaway. With so many camping opportunities, Tasmania is the ideal cheapie weekend away to get lost in nature. It doesn't make much difference whether you fly into Hobart or Launceston, they are only 2.5 hours drive apart. 

Getting around Tassie.

The beauty of Tasmania is that you can zip around from one side of the island to the other in no time at all. But first things first, once you've booked your flights hire a car. This is my one non-negotiable! Hiring a vehicle is 100% necessary if you have plans to get out and explore Tasmania's gorgeous national parks and beaches. If you don't, you are selling yourself short!

Planning your long weekend. 

Our flights were booked into Launceston, but this itinerary can be flipped in the reverse. If you have more time up your sleeves, I'd also suggest squeezing in a trip to Cradle Mountain. We've left that until our next trip...

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1.) Launceston

Launceston has a good selection of outdoors stores, where you can pick up any last minute camping essentials. Don't forget to check out the Cataract Gorge. You can even enjoy a dip, if the weather permits.

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2.) Liffey Falls

Located 1 hour drive from Launceston, Liffey Falls is well worth the (dirt road) detour for the stunning scenery and tranquility. Allow time here to enjoy a a picnic lunch.

3.) Freycinet National Park

The Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach loop in Freycinet National Park, has some gorgeous spots for camping.  While the track is popular with day-walkers, taking the longer routes mean you can enjoy the pristine beaches to yourself. For any multi-day hikes, make sure you carry plenty of water with you.

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4.) Fortescue Bay

Located further south in the Tasman National Park, Fortescue Bay is a sheltered, white sand beach. Camp right next to the beach and if you have time we recommend the walk to Cape Hauy.

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5.) Hobart

No stop here is complete without a trip to the Salamanca Market on Saturdays. The acclaimed MONA museum is closed on Tuesdays, so time your trip to Hobart accordingly to fit in both. 

Check out our fave snapshots from our long weekend to Tassie below...

Been to Tasmania? We'd love to hear your favourite spots!