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    I'm doing a trip around Tassie early next year in the Clio.

    The missus and I have decided on the following...

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    - Take the boat from Sydney down to Devonport.
    - Drive the whole of Tassie in a few days.
    - Take the boat to Melbourne.
    - Spend some time in Melbourne.
    - Do the Great Ocean Road.
    - Either drive inland or along the coast up to NSW.
    - Drive along the NSW coast back to Sydney.

    Which roads should I take in Tassie? Is there anything I should definitely see and do while I'm there?

    Is it best to drive through Inland VIC or along the coast to get to NSW?

    I'm after a balance between the best driving roads and attractions along the way (Ie. To keep both myself and the missus happy)
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    Hey there, I live in Longford Tasmania and have done for about 2 years now. I tall depends on what you want to see while your here. I tell people that unless they are planning to stay for at least a week, they are better to stay in the north of the state and really have a look around. I would go from Devonport and head along the coast to Wynyard and even Stanley if you get that far (only about 2.5 hours from Devonport) and spend the night there. The next morning, you could head inland and go through Sheffield and Deloraine and Longford and work your way into Launceston. From here I would highly suggest that you find a place to stay in Launny and then head up the West Tamar Highway and travel up to the Batman Bridge and come back down the East Tamar Highway. This is a wine route and is really scenic, take your time. Spend the night in Launny and then head over to the East coast to St Helens and work your way up and around to Devonport again. Good luck and remember to slow down while your here, that's what Tassie is all about.
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    Mmmmm, Elephant Pass.

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    Get off @ melb, head down the ocean rd, and back through inland vic... It's awesome

    Me and a mate did it in a 205 gti, best trip ive ever had!!!

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    have to agree..elephant pass is awesome!
    however there are a couple of off camber bends that you need to watch out for on the lead up....
    but at the end of the trip you have the rewards of the east coast...yes sirrreee
    Bicheno is a must BTW

    however the best driving roads are definately in the west....the only hazard being slow moving trucks & tourists! which ever way you go down the west coast, you are assured of brilliant roads & spectacular scenery!!!.....in fact the greatest challenge is keeping your eyes on the road rather than the scenery
    (also to be aware of driving into Bicheno for the first time too ...(there is one corner with a sharp bend and a breathtaking view ))
    Tassie is the jewell in Australia's crown & they are by far the best driver's roads in the country!

    P.S....there is an assualt planed on tassie for the targa....& a number of us french car enthusiests are going to take advantage of it! The more the merrier!

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    yeah i was planning the same thing early next year.
    Except i was going to drive down to/through Melb, then do tassie as well.

    Might pass you on the way

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    woah, me and some mates are planning a trip to tassie early next year too! we are going to figure out good roads when we are closer to going tho.

    i have some relo's down there, so they should be able to point me in the right direction
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    We spent 8 days driving around Tassie last year in a Golf rental car. Manual, but only the 1.6l so gutless. I remember the best roads being that between Queenstown and Straughn, and Cradle Mountain to Launceston. Some really magic roads that for sure.
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    Thanks guys, I'll have to get a map and mark down the parts you've all mentioned.

    Sounds like if I'm lucky I'll see a few Froggies down there.
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    Drop into the local NRMA office, then ask for all the maps they got.

    They're about $7 each, just make sure you get hte topographical ones, the orange areas equal fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    Drop into the local NRMA office, then ask for all the maps they got.

    They're about $7 each, just make sure you get hte topographical ones, the orange areas equal fun!
    Haha I already cleaned out the maps on the online store. They are free for members but considering I'm getting like 20 maps the $6 postage seems fair. Only 2 are for Tassie, but it can't hurt having a heap in the glove box

    Don't know if they are topographical but yeah the closer the lines are together on the map the better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Australdi
    have to agree..elephant pass is awesome!

    Bicheno is a must BTW


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    There is also a special Froggy shop at Bicheno

    Campbell town to Bicheno is a good run
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    I'm doing a trip around Tassie early next year in the Clio.

    The missus and I have decided on the following...

    - Take the boat from Sydney down to Devonport.
    - Drive the whole of Tassie in a few days.
    ****** Take more time
    - Take the boat to Melbourne.
    - Spend some time in Melbourne.
    *****Use time in Tassie
    - Do the Great Ocean Road.
    ****If you haven't done it before do both ways-driver doesn't get to see much
    - Either drive inland or along the coast up to NSW.
    - Drive along the NSW coast back to Sydney.

    Which roads should I take in Tassie?
    ****All of them
    Is there anything I should definitely see and do while I'm there?
    Yes*** have fun

    Is it best to drive through Inland VIC or along the coast to get to NSW?
    ***Inland Vic

    I'm after a balance between the best driving roads and attractions along the way (Ie. To keep both myself and the missus happy)
    **** You will both love it
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    Default Trip to Tassie Accomodation

    Make sure you organise accommodation quickly as many visitors to Commonwealth Games are also visiting Tassie or maybe Vics are leaving during games.
    I tried to book cabin in Stanlet for late April early May and they were booked out.
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    I spent 12 days in Tassie during late aug to sept....

    Pure bliss.... magical scenery, unrivaled streches of tarmac ribboning through one of the most pristine places on earth.

    Get to Cradle Mtn, beautiful place

    Started in Hobart and did it clockwise.

    If you want good roads your in for a perverbial feast of fury...

    My faves were heading west into Queesntown and into Strahan and for the East coast St Marys pass and elephant pass (dont forget to refuel with pancakes there)

    use this for targa stages

    http://www.targa.org.au/Targa/downlo...Course_Map.pdf

    http://www.targa.org.au/Targa/Primar...urse/index.php

    Mark them off like i did once driven....

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    There are a few Taswegian AFers, so keep your feelers out.

    Apart from recommendations above, Frankford Highway has some nice bits, the Sideling into Scottsdale and then continue through to St Helens via Weldborough, ALL THE WAY down the East Coast, Lake Leake Highway, backroads everywhere, the list goes on, and most of the time you end up somewhere very pretty.

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    Its probably easier to drive to Melb and catch the boat there, being stuck on a boat for 10 hours sucked, you'd have to be stuck on it for like 24 or something...

    You can do Tassie counter clockwise from Davonport. Depending on how long you are staying at each spot and the total, but it took me 5 days, but only managed:

    Day 1
    Davonport - Burnie (nice)- Strahan(mmm sea food)-zeehan - Queens Town(hole in the ground but bed)

    Day 2
    Queens town - (scary scary scary cliff road) Dervent Valeey and the water dam (where my avarta shot is taken) - Hobart

    Day 3

    Hobart - Mt Wellington (sig shot) - Dover more nice stuff around here

    Day 4

    Hobart - Porth Arthur - Coles bay - Launceston

    Day 5

    Devonport - Melb

    obviously went to a lot of palces in between, but the car was flat out for these few days on the road when not trying to avoid VIC caravans. That was fun!!

    But I've missed so much at the same time. Book your hotels ect online, like wotif, i did and it worked a treat. It was easy to track as well, but you have to make sure you hit each night stop on time is all.
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    Thanks for all the info guys.

    I'm going in early Feb, so the comm games shouldn't pose any problems with accommodation.

    I was going to book before going, but then I decided against it.

    Do you guys think I'll run into any problems not booking accommodation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClioF1
    Thanks for all the info guys.
    going, but then I decided against it.

    Do you guys think I'll run into any problems not booking accommodation?

    Feb should be OK but you will find that you can base from almost anywhere and go out and back each day.

    The maps on this site have times on one instead of ditances.

    http://www.cradlechalet.com.au/regional_locations.htm
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    Did it in 10 days clockwise, inc Cradle Mountain, Salamanca Markets, great Pie shop in Richmond, Elephants Pass, The Strahan - Queens Town road ... just so happened the ARC round was on at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    yeah i was planning the same thing early next year.
    Except i was going to drive down to/through Melb, then do tassie as well.

    Might pass you on the way

    Sounds like a Renault meetup may be on the cards with all these clios around. Or did you sell yours nate??
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Shearer
    Sounds like a Renault meetup may be on the cards with all these clios around. Or did you sell yours nate??
    For sure mate, I was going to post something up on OZRS when I figure out when I'll be in VIC. Maybe we can time it to become my GOR drive?
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    I've been there a couple of times as a good friend runs a B&B at Southport, 100km south of Hobart (plug). He is 20km from the furthest south you can go in Australia, excluding Arctic territory, which isn't really IN Australia, is it?

    At any rate, I've only been around the east coast and down throught the middle. Did Elephant Pass, but others have covered that.

    I can vouch for 2 roads, totally the opposite of each other. One runs down thru the middle, I forget what it is called but is goes past some lakes. Flat, so the contour lines will be a l-o-n-g way apart, but no less scenic.

    The other is totally the opposite. There is a place in the alleged skifields called Jacob's Ladder, which is essentially just a rocky road hewn out of a sheer hillside. Not long, and leads to nowhere, but there's nothing else like it that I have seen in Australia, or anywhere for that matter, and I have covered from the far north of Norway to Morroco.

    And don't hold your breath for a good view of Cradle Mountain. There is a little plaque there that says it is fine for only 32 days a year. It seems to have its own climate.

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    Going in Feb... mmm I think my uncle is heading over to Tassie as well in Feb, if so watch out for a grey 205 going at warp speed..
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    Clio -
    "Drive the whole of Tassie in a few days."
    Dunno' 'bout that?
    Sure it's small compared to what us mainlanders are used to. Keep in mind the roads are usually windy (& take longer per k') and it's full of "nooks and crannies" which you'll miss in a few day lap of the isle.

    The other thing I've always liked about Tassie is the people. Walk into a pub and the locals (generally) will be happy to meet you as opposed to "who's this stranger in our pub" syndrome found in some parts of Oz.

    My last visit there took a month and that was too short, but maybe that's just me?
    Luv the place although it's a little on the cool side.



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