Tasmania, the piece of paradise at the bottom of Australia.
For years I've heard rumours circulating that Tasmania was just like New Zealand. So when cheap flights to Launceston came up, we leapt at the chance of a 5 day trip to Tasmania for some hiking. With a spectacular coastline lined with camping spots, Tasmania is a hiker's dream. What better opportunity for us to test out our new lightweight hiking kit and hike the beautiful Wineglass Bay Circuit?
Snap up cheap flights.
Keep an eye out for sale fares to Tasmania. Flights from Sydney with Virgin Australia or Jetstar can go for as little as $19 per way! When those babies get released, jump on them straightaway. With so many camping opportunities, Tasmania is the ideal cheapie weekend away to get lost in nature. It doesn't make much difference whether you fly into Hobart or Launceston, they are only 2.5 hours drive apart.
Getting around Tassie.
The beauty of Tasmania is that you can zip around from one side of the island to the other in no time at all. But first things first, once you've booked your flights hire a car. This is my one non-negotiable! Hiring a vehicle is 100% necessary if you have plans to get out and explore Tasmania's gorgeous national parks and beaches. If you don't, you are selling yourself short!
Planning your long weekend.
Our flights were booked into Launceston, but this itinerary can be flipped in the reverse. If you have more time up your sleeves, I'd also suggest squeezing in a trip to Cradle Mountain. We've left that until our next trip...