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    hey guys,

    me and afew mates are off to Tasmania to do abit of driving, sightseeing, and to just generally have a good time. Since none of us have been there before, im asking very kindly of things we should be doing, seeing, etc etc on our travels... keeping in mind we are a bunch of 20/21yr olds

    we are down there from the 2nd of Feb for 4days. and here is our general plan at the moment, please feel free to offer suggestion!

    Day1:
    Off the boat at 7AM.
    Breakfast in Devonport - no idea where
    Lunch in George Town - no idea where
    Kart Magic Entertainment Centre (some go karting action near Launceston)
    Drive through Scottsdale
    Find a pub and stay in St Helens.

    Day2:
    Breakfast in St Helens - no idea where
    Lunch in Bigheno
    Walk in Coles-Bay
    Then down to Hobart to find a pub

    from there we are pretty much free balling it, 2 more days, with no current plans. any ideas? places of interest, good twisty roads, good food-eries, good pubs?

    also, are the Parmas any good in Tassie? and what are my chances of getting good 98RON fuel out of Launceston or Hobart?

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    Could stand corrected on this but as far as I'm aware 98 RON unleaded isn't available commercially anywhere in Tas. I have heard that the odd car dealer keeps a 200L drum of the stuff for certain customers. This probably doesn't include you.

    "Premium" unleaded is available at most servos in Tas but is 95 or 96 RON depending on which stickers you believe and which outlet you go to. Not exactly 98 RON but still better than normal unleaded. For what it is worth I use 95 RON in conjunction with Wynns octane booster in the Ducati, which having very old fashioned combustion chambers and reasonably high compression, gets a bit upset if fed plain 95. I've had no problems at all with this arrangement. If octane rating is an issue for you, honestly I'd say the simplest solution to to pick up a few bottles of this or a quality alternative and take it with you. I usually by mine at K Mart or Supercheaps for $8.50 a bottle which is rather better than the $15 plus you'll pay at some service stations...

    What sort of things do you like to do? There's a motor museum in Launceston and I think they may still have their French car display on. It's not much to get in.
    Find a map of Tassie and stick a pin anywhere on it and you'll find a windy road. Except perhaps the Midlands Highway. Having said that, the East and West Coasts both have more than their share of corners. If you live for corners, and only corners, better drive out to Queenstown, and from there to Strahan. Don't say I didn't warn you though...


    Mures at Constitution Dock does great seafood at good prices. The New Sydney Hotel in Bathurst St (Hobart) isn't bad either.

    Pt Arthur, although a tourist trap is still a great outing, but really a full day in itself. The Tahune Airwalk out of Geeveston in the Huon is a great experience walking through the treetops. If you like nature stuff there's a Platypus House and Seahorse centre at Beauty Point out of Launceston. I think platypuses are amazing, so visit whenever possible, but they may be a yawn to you...

    If you're out at dusk or evening keep your eyes peeled for possums, roos etc please. Tas is officially the roadkill state of Australia sadly, apart from damaging your car it's nice to see these creatures living, and not as brown furry lumps. You should have a great time here and will probably be planning your next trip before you get home.
    Cheers,

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    cheers for your reply, i know all about road kill... ive had a run in with a kangaroo and a possum, and very recently and near miss with 2 very large kangaroos and a wombat! ive got a very keen eye for them at the moment!

    also it looks like i might have to stock up on octane booster!

    im the only french driver going down, so im not sure if the others will appreciate a froggie museum!

    but that treetop walk you speak of, a mate of mine suggested it tonight, so i think we are doing that. also the Queenstown to Strahan was also suggested... ill throw afew of the suggestions around with the other guys, see what happens.

    i think we are after a trip that involves abit of fun, photo oppertunities, but we wont discount any touristy type activities. afterall, i think we want to take in as much of tassie as we can in 4days.
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    4 days? You're spending too much time on the boat!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett R
    The New Sydney Hotel in Bathurst St (Hobart) isn't bad either.

    The Tahune Airwalk out of Geeveston in the Huon is a great experience walking through the treetops.
    Yep, I'll second the New Sydney as a good watering hole and can really turn on a great meal too if you have the time to kick back. There are usually some good bands most days if you are lucky, but it generally seems to be of the blues/folk genre if that's your thing.

    Alternately, if you are off your guts, there is a joint that we used to go to (I think it is in the "suburb" called Sandy Bay? which is towards the casino from the city) and there is late night pizza. Mykonos is what it's called and is usually open 'till late.

    If you are looking for somewhere to stay, the best backpackers in town is THE PICKLED FROG!! I'd say that considering the circumstances, you must stay there!!

    You might want to take your puggy for a spin up to the top of that mountain just outside Hobart (Mt. Wellington?) if you are bored at night (take some warm clothes though). Get someone else to drive and take some cans . If your mates know what's good for them, they'll volunteer. Do your mates understand this whole pug thing? The people I live with just don't get it - they think my cars are old bombs (particularly my mum).

    Peace-out, and have fun!!

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    Hi Paul,

    I would not bother with Octane booster, i've ran my Mi16 on our fuel for the last 5 years and never had a problem, the 95 Octane PULP is just fine for Mi16's.

    So far as your travels go they sound good, although I would give Georgetown a miss it's a bit of a crap hole. Funny I was in the area you speak of Friday visiting some wine customers.

    Devonport to Exeter *on the way to Scottsdale* takes around 1.5 hours, then you can slip out over the batman bridge, which is near Beaconsfeild. *sorry all these are on the map just giving you some ideas* Then up to nearly Georgetown, the road that runs from there to Bridport is really good and fairly straight. at the end hang a right and head for Scottsdale, this is where the Pug roads really start.

    After Scottsdale you head through Derby, where there is an OK pub for a bite of lunch, or if you go a bit further the Worst Pub, in Welbourough which again does an OK meal.

    When your in Derby you are about 1.5 hours away from St Helens.

    The rest of the trip sounds fairly good, in Hobart if you want a good Parma go to the New Sydney they do a really good feed. If you want to listen to some music and have a beer and a feed the Rebuplic Bar in North Hobart is always a top venue. Or then the Customs House is right down on the water, they do a top seafood meal and again live music most nights and nice cold Cascades on the tap!

    If you decide to head down to the airwalk allow yourself the best part of a day, in saying that there are plenty of fun roads down that way as well, the airwalk is about 1/2 day on it's own including driving, but as an interest point when you come back to Geevston you can head the other way down and go to Cockle Creek. If you go there you can say you have driven to the furthest south point in Australia. It's a spectacular place. Once you have done all that you have really cut out another day.

    I know this does not help, but 4 days is just not enough....take an extra 2-3 then you can at least get the west coast in.

    If you get lost or want any more advice feel free to look me up when you get down here. PM me if you want.

    Sorry for the long message!

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    I've just been down there for a short visit. I just love the roads. The drive from Launceston to St. Helens is a cracker, but there are many more. Get on the Targa website and have a look at some of the stages.

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    95 ron is as good as it gets from what ive seen.

    The road into / out if Queenstown is from what i have been told is the twisties piece of road in Aus. This was based on corners per km , it is tight and open travelling down the side of an old open cut mine. Other roads to keep an eye out for, the Elephant Pass near the east coast, just outside Hobart there is Grass Tree Hill. Otherwise keep off the highways and take the longcuts there are many great roads waiting to be discovered. I found an awesome drive once , the first right hand turn after Cradle Mountain heading towards the midlands highway. It took me through a very twisty valley with a great atmosphereand it was for a decent length too. The is a nice burst heading out of Orford to hobart for a more common road .

    Basically as previously mentioned , stay off the midlands highway and you wont be dissapointed no matter where you go




    Most pubs are ok, the waterfront is a bit top 40 for my liking but there is always another close by. New Sydney is good in town, as too Republic in north Hobart. Trout in North Hobart has some good local bands at times. Though the Queenshead is crap as is the Sir William Don.

    The only strip joint in hobart is Mens Gallery, its in town if you are looking for that type of thing.

    Take a cab though , we dont need more carnage on our roads,
    Therer was also an article before chrismas saying they were doing road side drug swab tests, wether this was just for xmas or permanently i do not know

    In another warning though, permanent speed cameras on the Tasman bridge, in town there are red light speed cameras mounted in 50k zones.
    There are lots of speed changes in areas down here tooso it can be easy to be caught out when you are trying to do the right thing.

    The speed limit sighs with a circle with a line through it is not an unrestricted speed zone , it is 110km/h. Why they dont just post 110 i will never know.

    The Brooker Highway leading from the northern suburbs of hobart to town has been getting alot of media attention for accidents so look out for a police clampdown.

    The midlands highway is not a good place to speed

    As for things to do, there a views everywhere, there are walks every where, , there are pubs everywhere,
    Cascades do a brewery tour in South hobart, if you like your beer this is ok, it used to be better when they gave you unlimited samples at the end . I you want to by cheep choclate you can do the Cadburys tour.
    There are some jet boat rides on the river from the waterfront in town. Havent done it but could be a buzz.

    food , Fish Frenzy on the water front is good for a fish and chip feed. I prefer it to muirs.
    Plenty ( for hobart standards) of restruants and food in North Hobart. I dont personally like Sens Asian or A touch of Asia but Vanidols(asian), Dedes(asian),Noodle Box(asian), Raincheck(cafe),Annapurna(indian), Zum(bakery), pane cucina( bakey) all good for what the are.

    There was a great noodle restraunt on Letitia street called Noodle and Tea. It was home made vegetarian organic asian noodles . Big feed for under $10. I havent been there for a couple of months and have heard its closed . Worth a check anyway.

    Have a good trip,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DejaVu

    im the only french driver going down, so im not sure if the others will appreciate a froggie museum!
    It's not a French car museum, it is the oddly named National Motor Museum of Tasmania. They have all sorts of cars there as well as some rather tasty motorcycles. They did however have a French car themed display happening late last year which may still be going. The place is not up to the standard of the National Motor Museum in Birdwood (SA) but if you are in Launceston it is still worth a look.
    Cheers,

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    brett - yeah, i just reread what you originally wrote about the museum... i was pretty tanked when i posted that reply!

    ben - we did originally want to go down for more than 4days, but it just isnt possible with work commitments and other things happening. if it wasnt at the start of Feb, we wouldnt have been able to go down for at least afew months. but we will have a full 4days, plus boat time

    ill give the 95RON a go, last time i used it, i blew a catalytic convertor id prefer 98, but if i cant get it, i suppose ill live.

    ill run these ideas past the guys, and see what happens!

    keep them coming thanks!
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    Hey Vu! If I can seal the deal on my 504 wagon before you come, would you still be interested in bringing it down? When you're down in Launny, make sure you got to the Gorge (First Basin) and ride the longest single span chirlift in the world, well worth the $5. If you want a really good twisty road, google targa and find their course map, any road on it will do!
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    In launceston there is also the mud buggies, if its been a bit wet they are a bit of fun too
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    Quote Originally Posted by downunderyank
    Hey Vu! If I can seal the deal on my 504 wagon before you come, would you still be interested in bringing it down? When you're down in Launny, make sure you got to the Gorge (First Basin) and ride the longest single span chirlift in the world, well worth the $5. If you want a really good twisty road, google targa and find their course map, any road on it will do!
    bringing a 504 down for you could be the go, BUT im not quite sure how that would work out. ill PM you.

    mud buggies sound like abit of fun!
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    The whole 'there's no 98 RON in Tassie' thing I find a bit funny.

    Sometimes you can jag it lucky. I was on a ship a couple of years ago that was bringing petrol and other products into Self's Point at Hobart. Among the products was ULP and PULP. When I gave the shore representatives the quality documents they both noticed that instead of ULP, Shell had loaded us with PULP, and instead of PULP we got OPTIMAX. So for a while there anyone buying PULP in Hobart were actually getting OPTIMAX. Not a bad score. Not sure how often it happens, but I dare say it would happen a bit.

    On an aside, when arguing as tor the who has the better fuel, in this case we were carrying products loaded at Shell in Geelong and were discharging to both BP and Shell in Hobart. Not much difference in fuel quality in Tas between brands as they normally come from the same refinery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DejaVu
    hey guys,

    me and afew mates are off to Tasmania to do abit of driving, sightseeing, and to just generally have a good time. Since none of us have been there before, im asking very kindly of things we should be doing, seeing, etc etc on our travels... keeping in mind we are a bunch of 20/21yr olds

    we are down there from the 2nd of Feb for 4days. and here is our general plan at the moment, please feel free to offer suggestion!

    Day1:
    Off the boat at 7AM.
    Breakfast in Devonport - no idea where
    Lunch in George Town - no idea where
    Kart Magic Entertainment Centre (some go karting action near Launceston)
    Drive through Scottsdale
    Find a pub and stay in St Helens.

    Day2:
    Breakfast in St Helens - no idea where
    Lunch in Bigheno
    Walk in Coles-Bay
    Then down to Hobart to find a pub

    from there we are pretty much free balling it, 2 more days, with no current plans. any ideas? places of interest, good twisty roads, good food-eries, good pubs?

    also, are the Parmas any good in Tassie? and what are my chances of getting good 98RON fuel out of Launceston or Hobart?

    cheers guys.
    Paul.
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    Also remember to drink a lot of boags in the north and plenty of cascade in the south. ( I think that's right anyway)
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