IP­SWICH TRIP AD­VI­SOR

Visit the Ap­ple Isle of Tas­ma­nia with a lo­cal fam­ily

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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.

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Tanita O’Mara-Wor­thing­ton and hus­band Ben.

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