Your quick taste Southern Journey:
3 days, 2 nights, self drive tour itinerary in Tasmania
This is going to be rushed, so be sure to get everything organised in advance. Avoid the crowds from Christmas to end January. You don't want to be queuing at activities, eateries and even national park car parks. A one hour delay will be 2% of your holiday wasted. During Autumn, Winter and Spring, there is good accommodation availability and discounted rates. Flights, ferry, accommodation and guided tours should be pre booked. The earlier you book, the more chance you will get your preferred location on your preferred dates.
The Journey: City and Nature Taster
With a focus on nature, this 3 day/2 night itinerary includes wildlife, waterfalls and rainforest walks. Accommodation contrasts a central city hotel with a boutique streamside cabin. Depending on the days of the week, you might like to reverse this journey. Accommodation is often more plentiful and cheaper in the city on weekends, while Mon - Thurs is the time to visit the regions.
Extra Journey Options
Being the southernmost accommodation in Australia, Buttongrass Retreat is close to Hastings Caves, Ida Bay Railway and Cockle Creek, the southernmost place in Australia. This 2 bedroom eco-cabin at Lune River is a great base for a couple of nights.
Aurora Upgrade Option
Many Aurora chasers spend freezing nights sitting in their cars, waiting for a glimpse of this natural spectacle. Sometimes, they get lucky and are rewarded with some great photos. Other times their suffering goes unrewarded.
Smart Aurora chasers will book a cosy cabin, set high above the landscape with a good view to the south. A roaring wood fire, a bottle of wine and camera ready on the tripod, but such locations are few and far between.
In southern Tasmania, Clifftop Cabin at Huon Bush Retreats provides just such a setting. If the Aurora performs, this is the box seat view in comfort. Even if the lights are quiet during your visit, you can still enjoy forest walks, wildlife without cages by day and night while relaxing in tranquillity at this private eco-retreat, just south from Hobart, Tasmania.
Day trip to the Southwest World Heritage Wilderness Area
Before or after your self drive journey, maybe add a spectacular flight from Hobart, landing at Melaleuca in the South West World Heritage Area.
Learn about Aboriginal heritage on the Needwonnee walk, an award winning Aboriginal experience before having refreshments.
A boat ride down Melaleuca Inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, to witness the wilderness from a perspective that you are unable to appreciate by air or by foot.
Tours of 4 or 7 hours, depart most days.
You might also like these accommodations and activities
Stay at a Hotel in central Hobart, or luxurious BnBs. Visit Mona Art Museum or take a flight to Tasmania South West Wilderness and Port Davey. Choose a self contained cabin or try "Glamping" in a wilderness yurt, accessible only by air or water. Take the 3 hour walk to Mount Misery.