IPSWICH TRIP ADVISOR
Visit the Apple Isle of Tasmania with a local family
Who went on your holiday?
Our trip to Tasmania was in aid of my mum’s 60th birthday, she lives in Hobart. So there was me, my husband Ben, and our children Bailey and Chloe. We met my brother and his family, who live in Melbourne, in Hobart to celebrate the occasion. Upon arrival, both families set out on their own adventures and then later met up in Hobart. How did you plan ahead?
Use of the internet is high on my planning agenda. It is useful when you either know exactly what you want to do or when you are unsure of what you want to see or do.
Generally, I will look up a range of accommodation websites but will mostly stick to Airbnb, Booking.com, TripAdvisor or Qantas. The same goes for flights, check out all the airlines both individually and on flight centre or web jet to find the cheapest deals.
My husband and I enjoy snowboarding, so decided Tasmania it would be a great opportunity to take the kids to the snow again. The first step was to look up what ski fields Tasmania had to offer, there are two to choose from, but Ben Lomond offered accommodation on the snow and it suited all of our family’s needs. With an email inquiry and telephone call to the ski club, it was all arranged. The Hobart part of our trip was arranged using Airbnb, we love staying in places that are unique with extra space for the kiddies and for the same price as a smaller space in a hotel, for a similar if not cheaper price. Also you get to meet some lovely local people at your destination if you chose to do so. Where did you go?
Our two main destinations were Ben Lomond ski fields, located outside of Launceston, and in the city of Hobart at a place called Battery Point (right in the middle of the city, within walking distance to Salamanca Markets and Constitution Dock).
We took a day trip to Bruny Island where we visited the cheese and beer factory, Hotel Bruny, for lunch; Bruny Island light house Bruny Island Lighthouse Tour Tasmania (worth the trip) and got to go inside for a tour.
You go to the island via ferry, a fun experience for the kids.
We also explored the city of Hobart, visiting Salamanca markets (one of the best in Australia), Constitution Dock, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. How did you get there?
We flew Qantas direct to Hobart from Brisbane and then hired a car through Apex car rentals, which was the third time I have used this company.
What were your first impressions of Tasmania? When we arrived in Tasmania, we began to drive to our first destination. The landscape was luscious and green with rolling hills and the historic properties were so majestic. The roads were easy to navigate and the land was sprawling, not congested in any way. Hobart is spectacularly located on the Derwent River, with most places having waterfront views. To put it simply, it is really beautiful.
Was it what you expected?
Tasmania far exceeded my expectations, I would say it was a fantastic family vacation that was relaxing and enjoyable. The vacation offered things a lot of other places do not. There is a real sense of history and a laid-back approach that is warm and inviting. I would highly recommend a trip to Tasmania.
What was your favourite experience in Tasmania? Our favourite experience in Tasmania was when it snowed during our trip to Ben Lomond. My husband and I have been to the snow on a number of occasions and it has never snowed while we were there, mostly due to the fact we went in shoulder season each time, but this time it was during peak season so got to experience the magic of fresh snow on the ground and falling on our noses. It was truly a magical wonder to be a part of. A close second would have to be how great the Salamanca Markets are, they are like none I have been to before, so much to offer and see.
There are plenty of food stalls, some great street entertainment and the availability of unique Tasmanian products like fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and artisan made timber products.
What tips would you give Ipswich residents thinking of going there?
My top travel tips would have to include lots of research on the internet. Use websites such as Trip advisor, Airbnb, Booking.com, Qantas and all other airline sites. Seek out the best deals online and then call places to talk to someone, as this gives you a sense that you have made the right choices. If you are travelling with children, make sure they are occupied on the plane trip, I usually give my two a flight pack including food, treats, activities and of course they take their iPads. In Tasmania I highly recommend hiring a car and driving around yourself, it is easy to navigate and you can enjoy the sights at your own leisure.
What would you do differently if you went back?
If and when we make it back to Tasmania, I would try to see more of the beautiful locations that Tasmania has to offer, We really only scratched the surface of the amazing Apple Isle. There are so many locations that offer amazing scenery and we would love to explore these more. Where do you plan to go next?
Our family has just returned from a trip to the USA. We visited Orlando, Florida, for Disney World then flew to New York and across to Las Vegas then we met some friends at Yosemite National Park, in California, before flying home. We are all excited for our next family vacation, wherever that may take us.
Tanita O’Mara-Worthington and husband Ben.