Trip Report – Kylie, Dan and Ava

There are some amazing experiences to be discovered on a Lap of Tasmania. Kylie, Dan and Ava enjoyed 14 days in Tasmania, and this is their story!

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Who are you?

Kylie, Dan and Ava (5yo) and we are from Queensland

When did you do your Lap of Tasmania?

Spring – September 2019

How many days did you spend in Tasmania?

14 days

What vehicle did you use?

We hired a 5-seater sedan

What car hire company did you use?

We used Thrifty

What were your favourite experiences?

  • Enjoying the snow on Mount Wellington
  • A day trip to Bruny Island, visiting Cygnet and Huonville as well
  • Waldheim Cabins at Cradle Mountain were amazing, and we loved hiking to Kitchen Hut
  • WOMBATS!!!!
  • Going hiking along the Overland Track (Cradle Mountain) and to Shipstern’s Bluff/Cape Raoul (Tasman Peninsula)
  • McHenry’s Gin (Tasman Peninsula)
  • Salamanca Markets (Hobart)
  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (Hobart). 
  • The abundance of amazing hiking and well maintained walking tracks all across Tasmania

How many of the ‘Big 12’ did you see?

We saw four of the ‘Big 12’ – but we had seen a few others on a previous visit. It gives us a reason to return!

Where did you stay?

  • (4N) Hobart – Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse (learn more)
  • (1N) Mt Field – Rathmore (learn more)
  • (3N) Cradle Mountain – Waldheim Cabins (learn more)
  • (1N) Evandale – Old Wesleyan Chapel (learn more)
  • (1N) Hobart – Claremont House (learn more)
  • (3N) Primrose Sands – AirBNB

What was your favourite accommodation?

We loved Waldheim Cabins. Unlike other Cradle Mountain accommodation options they are located inside Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. You cannot get any closer to the mountain (or wombats!) than that 😊

What tips and advice do you have for other travellers?

Travelling with kids – Check with your airline carrier, because when you travel with a child you may be entitled to bring a car seat (and port-a-cot etc.) free of charge. Not only does it save money on hiring one, but you can also pack your bulky jackets and extra clothes in as ‘padding’ 😉

Car hire in the snow – Check with your hire company regarding ‘snow cover’ and whether it is included or if it is going to cost you extra. Thrifty charged us an additional $25/day for every single day of our WHOLE trip!

Car hire in general – Remember to check the tyres of the hire car. Our first one needed to be replaced as the front tyres were bald – dangerous for any trips on Tassie roads.

How would you sum up your Lap of Tasmania holiday?

“An absolutely wonderful family adventure – hiking, history and huge amount of wildlife. Plus the snow! This was a very affordable family holiday and we are already planning our next trip. Thanks Andrew and LOT!”

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Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.


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