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Salamanca Market, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

SALAMANCA MARKET

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  • Location: Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000
  • Contact: (03) 6238 2843
  • Opening hours: Every Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm

Food, music, art and craft, clothing, antiques, collectables, books, bric-a-brac, jewellery.

Enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of one of Australia's best outdoor markets.

Set between graceful plane trees and the mellow sandstone facades of historic warehouses, Hobart's famous market at Salamanca Place attracts thousands of locals and visitors, every Saturday of the year.

They come for the food and music - hot baked spuds, crisp organic vegetables, fresh fruit, the warm aromas of coffee and croissants; busker's singing the blues, stroking a harp or strumming a lively folk song.

They come for breakfast and bargains scrambled eggs and orange juice at a Salamanca Bistro, then a stroll along the hundreds of stalls, meeting friendly people who make or grow what they sell.

Salamanca Market highlights fine Tasmanian art and craft hand-worked glass, innovative design in Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing and bold ceramics.

Meet world-renowned crafts people selling their creations.

Looking for antiques, collectibles, books, curios, trash or treasure? Come and pick up a bargain or two.

Saturdays in Hobart focus on the market to start the day or for an afternoon break, Salamanca is the place to be.

Museum of the Old and New Market Art - MONA, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART - MONA

  • Location: 655 Main Road, Hobart, Tasmania, 7011
  • Contact: (03) 6277 9900
  • Opening hours: 
  • Open six days a week from 10:00 - 17:00. 
  • Closed Tuesdays.
  • Cost: $15.00, Adult: $20.00

Museum of Old and New Art - MONA opened in Hobart in January 2011. It houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. The building's subterranean design and the owner’s unconventional and challenging curatorial approach make it a must-see for any visitor to Australia.

MONA takes a different approach to interpretation: there are no labels or wall texts. Instead, visitors are given a touch-screen device, which is sensitive to their location in the museum – showing them works in their proximity. Called the 'O', it allows visitors to select the level of information they need and to vote for works they 'hate' or 'love'.

Itinerary options include a MONA fast catamaran service from the Hobart waterfront or MONA-ROMA mini-bus transport; day and night packages with indulgence, wine and food experiences available.

MONA is on the River Derwent, just 15 minutes’ drive north of Hobart, Tasmania.

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Opening Times: Winter open hours - open six days a week from 1000 - 1700. Closed Tuesdays.

Mt Wellington Park, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

MT WELLINGTON PARK

Mt Wellington is a 20-minute drive from Hobart CBD.

Although protected as a reserve and not a national park, Wellington Park contains a wealth of wilderness right on Hobart's doorstep, with majestic Mount Wellington towering above the city. Only in Tasmania would you find so much wilderness and natural beauty so close to the city - 18,000 hectares of it just a 20-minute drive away.

Wellington Park connects Hobart's urban landscape to the bush and can be reached from several points including central Hobart, the suburb of Glenorchy and several  out-of-town areas.

From the city side, majestic Mount Wellington is the star - dominating the scene, feeding the waterways that flow down to the harbour and supplying some of the freshest drinking water in the world.

Beside Mt Wellington are the mountains of Sleeping Beauty, Collins Cap and Cathedral Rock.

The diversity of plant and animal life reflects the many micro-climates that exist in the park's perimeter. A total of 500 native plant species live here, including many endemic Tasmanian plants. A diverse range of fauna also call the park home, including dozens of bird species and a long list of ground animals including potoroos, pademelons, bettongs, bandicoots, possums, platypus and echidna.

There are many ways to enjoy the beautiful natural features of the park, including walking tracks that lead into the park from the city and suburbs. Walks range from easy strolls to tough climbs through cool forests and past springs, cascades, waterfalls and the soaring dolerite columns of the Organ Pipes. The cliffs here are also perfect for rock climbing and abseiling.

The historic Pipeline Track is a well-known longer walk, as is the Wellington Range for horse riders and mountain bikers. Historic huts are dotted throughout the park for rest stops and picnics along the way.

The 21 kilometre drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, and ends with panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, the D'Entrecasteux Channel and into the South West Wilderness.

The summit features a landscape of sub-alpine flora and lichen-encrusted boulders and is regularly snow-capped during the colder months.

There are also plenty of easily accessible parks and reserves nearby, including Fern Tree Park, Waterworks Reserve and the Springs, with picnic facilities, access to walking tracks and more beautiful scenery.

Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Port Arthur Historic Site

  • Location: Port Arthur Historic Site, 6973 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania, 7182
  • Contact: 1800 659 101
  • Opening hours: Daily 0900 - Dusk
  • Cost: Adult: $35.00, Child: $16.00, Family: $80.00, Concession: $27.00

Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is Australia's most intact and evocative convict site. Port Arthur is one of Australia's great tourism destinations. The Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Allow plenty of time to fully experience all that Port Arthur has to offer.

Site entry is valid for two consecutive days and includes an Introductory Guided Walking Tour, Harbour Cruise, access to Museum, Convict Study Centre and Interpretation Gallery and the site of the Dockyard.

For a small additional fee you can also cruise to the Isle of the Dead and join a guided tour of Port Arthur's island burial ground. An insight into the lives of those who were part of the penal settlement including convicts, soldiers, civilians and their families.

Or take a trip to Point Puer Boys Prison. The first reformatory in the British Empire built exclusively for juvenile male convicts; Point Puer was renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment. See the remains of structures built by the boys in a bush landscape little changed since the 19th century.

Cataract Gorge Reserve, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Cataract Gorge Reserve

  • Location: 69 Basin Road, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250
  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours a day, but lights go out at approximately 21:30
  • Contact: (03) 6323 3468
  • Cost: Free

Cataract Gorge Reserve is a unique natural formation within two-minutes’ drive of central Launceston, Tasmania. The Gorge, as the locals call it, is a rare urban reserve.

Within 15-minutes you can walk from the city centre along the banks of the Tamar River into The Gorge. You will follow a pathway along the cliff face, originally built in the 1890s, looking down onto the South Esk River. On the southern side is the First Basin, featuring a swimming pool and an open area surrounded by bushland. This part of the Gorge is popular for picnics and barbeques.

On the shady northern side, known as the Cliff Grounds, is a Victorian garden with ferns and exotic plants. Enjoy the convenience of a kiosk and tea rooms where you can enjoy a cup of tea and scones. Relax on the rolling lawns, take shade under the rotunda and enjoy lunch with a view from the restaurant. Wander across the footbridge that links the two areas or take a chairlift ride across the expansive Gorge. Marvel at the colourful peacocks and the wallabies appearing at dusk. Further upstream is the historic Duck Reach Power Station, now an interpretation centre well worth the short walk. On the way, enjoy views of the river from a newly constructed cantilevered lookout that juts outs about seven meters above the river.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

CRADLE MOUNTAIN–LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK

Directions: The Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park is accessible from Sheffield in the north and Derwent Bridge in the south. The northern entrance to the park is 1.5 hours from Devonport and 2.5 hours from Launceston. The southern entrance at Lake St Clair National Park is 2.5 hours west of Hobart and a similar distance from Launceston via Longford and Poatina.

Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state's most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.

The vegetation is rich and diverse, including grassland, rainforest and many ancient plants such as the long-lived and endemic King Billy pine and the unusual native deciduous beech. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.

Dramatic Cradle Mountain is the rugged jewel of the park and can be seen from Dove Lake on a day visit. Take the two-hour walk around the lake, or spend the day tackling Cradle Mountain's summit.

There are also a variety of shorter walks that pass through beautiful old-growth rainforest.

Weindorfer's Chalet is the rustic former home of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer and is the starting point for the world-famous Overland Track. This magnificent six-day walk passes through the heart of some of the world's finest mountain terrain to majestic Lake St Clair, the deepest lake in Australia.

Cradle Valley and the surrounding areas contain many Aboriginal historic sites, identified by remnant stone tools, caves, rock shelters and stone sources. These can be explored on the Aboriginal Cultural Walk that departs from Lake St Clair at the southern end of the Park.

Little evidence survives of the early European activities of hunting, surveying, mining and logging, though several of the present-day walking trails were blazed for these purposes.

The Lake St Clair section of the National Park is a walkers' paradise, with leisurely lakeside strolls and longer forest walks. Visitors in late spring and summer can witness a brilliant display of wildflowers including waratahs, orchids, banksias, hakeas and leatherwoods.

Lake cruises are available and licensed trout fishing is permitted in season.

Scenic flights over the park are also available.

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Freycinet National Park

Directions: Freycinet National Park is about 2.5 hours from both Hobart and Launceston via the A3 Tasman Highway.

Freycinet National Park is home to dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and abundant birdlife. Situated on Tasmania's beautiful East Coast, the Park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula and looks out to the Tasman Sea from the eastern side and back towards the Tasmanian coastline from the west.

Freycinet National Park is loaded with natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range that dominate the Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay. The short trek to Wineglass Bay lookout is a bit of a scramble, but it’s well worth it for one of Tasmania's most photographed views.

There are many more short walks across the park that are suitable for all abilities and that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons.

For an excellent half day trek, continue on from the Wineglass Bay lookout down to the beautiful, perfectly curved beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing views of Great Oyster Bay and the coastline surrounding the sleepy seaside village of Swansea. The Hazards look their best at sunrise and sunset when the pink granite glows bright and brilliant.

For a longer trek, take on the whole length of the Freycinet Peninsula on a minimum two day walk, taking in more remote places like Cooks Beach and Bryans Beach. Be prepared with water and supplies and take your time for an even longer stay in this beautiful part of Tasmania.

The beautiful beaches and pristine waters that surround the park can be enjoyed with swimming, kayaking or just lazing on the perfect white sand, while diving and snorkeling are rewarded with underwater views of abundant marine life.

The Moulting Lagoon is a RAMSAR wetland sanctuary for black swans, water fowl and other migratory birds. If you're lucky, you might spot a white-bellied sea-eagle gliding overhead.

There’s a visitor centre, shop and outdoor theatre at the park entrance with electric barbecues, picnic tables, water and toilets located in the park.

Tasman National Park, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Directions: Tasman National Park is a 90-minute drive from Hobart.

Famous for its soaring sea cliffs and monumental rock formations, not to mention the nearby World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman National Park is an area of dramatic beauty and natural diversity. The park is situated on the rugged Tasman Peninsula and contains a spectacular coastal environment including soaring 300 metre high dolerite sea cliffs.

The park is home to a wide range of land and marine animals, including the brushtail possum, Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating whales. It's also home to the endangered swift parrot and many forest-dwelling birds. Endangered wedge-tailed eagles and sea eagles can also be seen overhead.

Many striking rock formations along the coastline are easily accessed by car, including Tasman Arch and The Blowhole, two of Tasmania's most visited attractions, as well as Waterfall Bay, Remarkable Cave and the Tessellated Pavement.

Great views are also found on the park's many bushwalks. Even a stroll of just an hour or two will bring you to the edge of sheer drops overlooking deep chasms, surging ocean, off-shore islands, white-sand beaches, and a waterfall that tumbles down a sheer cliff face into the sea.

The spectacular dolerite columns and cliffs at the southern end of the park are popular for climbing and abseiling. Sea stacks north of Fortescue Bay, the Candlestick and Totem Pole at Cape Hauy as well as the drops around Mount Brown are used by individual climbers and abseilers as well as tour groups.

There is also a hang gliding launch at Pirates Bay, with landing permitted in a designated area on the beach.

The waters off Pirates Bay, Fortescue Bay, Port Arthur and the Tasman Sea are popular boating destinations with ramps, sheltered waters and good fishing.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

  • Opening Times: Gardens: Daily (including Christmas Day and Good Friday) 8:00 - 17:00 Botanical Discovery
  • Centre: Daily 09:00 - 17:00 Closing times vary with seasons.
  • Cost: Free

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are located in Hobart, Tasmania’s harbour side capital city.

Established in 1818 on the western banks of the Derwent River, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens covers 13.5 hectares and showcases 6,500 species and varieties of plants, including over 400 Tasmanian species.

You can take a guided tour to see features including the largest public conifer collection in the southern hemisphere, a peaceful Japanese garden and stunning conservatory. Breathe in the perfume of the traditional herb garden and visit Pete’s Patch – a vegetable plot designed by Tasmanian gardening personality Peter Cundall. See rare plants from Macquarie Island in the sub-Antarctic plant house and stroll along historic Arthur Wall—designed to be internally heated to grow exotic plants in Tasmania’s cool climate. The Gardens also has a seasonal display of annuals, including a breathtaking spring tulip display—focus of the yearly Tasmanian Tulip Festival.

You’ll find interactive displays of Tasmania’s diverse flora in the Botanical Discovery Centre and a permanent collection of work by Tasmania’s most famous wilderness photographer in the Peter Dombrovskis Gallery. You can browse in the Botanical Shop, or enjoy a meal or snack in the Gardens restaurant and kiosk.

Lake St Clair, Tasmania (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The lake is the deepest in Australia and is surrounded by rugged mountain ranges with impressive views of Mount Olympus, the Traveller Range and Mount Rufus.

There are several walks in the area around Lake St Clair ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore.

Other activities include trout fishing, a ferryboat ride, picnics by the lake, not to mention great photo opportunities.

You can also catch the ferry boat one-way and enjoy an easy three-hour walk back to the interpretation centre through World Heritage Wilderness.

A wide range of animals and endemic plants are also found in the area. Bennetts or red-necked wallaby, and the smaller, more timid Tasmanian pademelon are common sights around the parks interpretation centre, while occasionally wombats and quolls can be seen after dark.

Echidnas and platypuses are also common.

Lake St Clair is a 10-minute drive from Derwent Bridge.