The SpaceThe setting is perfect- private beach access, bring your swimmers or even your own boat and moor nearby. Guest AccessPrivate beach, sandcastles, salty skin and toe digging sand!
The balcony overlooks the beach with views to the city and the whole river. Interaction with GuestsI will meet you to ensure you have your keys and answer any questions you may have about the house and the local area? The NeighborhoodLipscomb Larder is right nearby for all of your festive gourmet deli provisions! Getting AroundApproximately 40 mins drive from Hobart Airport. Buses outside on Sandy Bay Road into the City or down to Kingston. Other Things to NoteWe have 1 Baby Bjorn high chair plus a stair gate. Ive popped in a few play toys too.
There are great coastal walks toward Nutgrove Beach south or indeed walk to Battery Point past the Yacht Club.
Itinerary HOBART – GEEVESTON
Depart Hobart on the Southern Outlet (A6) towards Kingston and follow the signs to Huonville, a drive of around 30 minutes.
On the way, stop at the Huon Valley Apple and Heritage Museum at Grove and discover the traditions behind the once flourishing apple orchards of the region.
In Huonville, take a thrilling (and sometime peaceful) jet boat ride on the Huon River – a great way to admire this beautiful river scape, complete with Huon pines. This now rare species is one of the oldest living things on earth, with some more than 2,000 years old.
Nearby, enjoy the region's produce at Home Hill Winery Restaurant at Ranelagh, with its stunning architecture and a menu of local Huon Valley seasonal produce – salmon, oysters, beef, trout, lamb, fruits and vegetables, including the famed Huon Valley mushrooms – all served in a picture-postcard rural setting.
Beyond Huonville lies the historic township of Franklin, with its fascinating Wooden Boat Centre and Boat Building School, where shipwrights impart traditional skills to students from around the world.
Further on at Geeveston, the Forest and Heritage Centre is a must for anyone interested in the state's forest industries.
This is also the place to buy tickets to the Tahune Forest AirWalk, a truly magical treetop experience, before driving 30 minutes through a working forest to the AirWalk itself. Fly like an eagle in a hang glider attached to a 220 metre cable above a 70 metre high forest and the Huon River below.
Overnight in any of the pretty locations between Huonville and Geeveston or return to Hobart
Itinerary HOBART to RICHMOND 30 mins
Drive to the village of Richmond with its colonial past, antique shops, art and craft galleries, restaurants and tea rooms.
On the way you'll pass through the Coal River Valley wine region with more than 16 vineyards dotted throughout the valley surrounding Richmond.
In Richmond, learn about Tasmania's rich colonial heritage and take in Australia's oldest bridge, oldest still-standing Catholic Church and oldest gaol.
Visit Old Hobart Town, a carefully constructed model of Hobart as it was in 1820.
The region is also rich in produce including cheese and olives.
RICHMOND - PORT ARTHUR - 1 HR 11 MIN (83 KM)
From Richmond or Hobart head towards the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur.
Stop on the way at the Colonial and Convict Exhibition in Copping, with its extensive collection of convict artefacts.
Enjoy lunch in Dunalley, a quaint fishing village built around the man-made Denison Canal, with a swing bridge for road traffic. Sample local produce, including fresh seafood from the local Fish Market or the Dunalley Waterfront Café and Gallery.
Continue to Eaglehawk Neck and the many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula including the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Stop at the lookout over Pirates Bay - a magnificent beach bounded by dramatic coastline.
Just before the Neck is Tessellated Pavement, an expanse of rock 'tiles' that look as though they've been neatly installed rather than naturally formed.
Once down on the Neck itself, walk the 'dog line' near the Officers' Quarters, now restored as a museum interpreting the history and life at Eaglehawk Neck. Built in 1832, it's reputed to be the oldest wooden military building remaining in Australia.
A short drive south are the impressive coastal rock formations of the Devil's Kitchen, Tasman Arch, the Blowhole and Remarkable Cave.
From here, walk to Crescent Bay, a secluded curve of striking beauty backed by huge sand dunes.
Overnight Port Arthur and surrounds.
2 Day trip to Port Arthur and Surrounds
Allow a day to explore the UNECSO World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site with more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time about 12,500 convicts served sentences and for many it was a living hell.
Afterwards, if there's time, drive to the convict ruins at the Probation Station and the World Heritage listed Convict Salt Mines at Saltwater River.
In the evening, take a ghost tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site and experience the site by night; it will seem a very different place after sunset.
Before leaving the Tasman Peninsula, take an unforgettable sea journey on one of the small, high-speed vessels that depart from Eaglehawk Neck and hug the dramatic coastal cliffs and rock formations of the open eastern side of the peninsula with its stunning 300-metre high cliffs.
There are walks of varying lengths and difficulty, including Waterfall Bay (60-90 minutes) and Bivouac Bay (3 hours). There are also walks to explore Cape Huay, Cape Raoul or Cape Pillar - all on good walking tracks.
Or, you could follow a surfer to Ship Stern Bluff to see the giant waves that have surfers from around the globe excited.
On your return to Hobart, stop off at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park for a closeup encounter with a Tasmanian Devil.
Bruny Island – Hobart
Kettering Ferry is only 15 minutes south of Sandy Bay. Spend the day exploring Bruny Island with its fascinating history, prolific wildlife and superb scenery.
Take the main road south to the scenic penguin-viewing platform at the isthmus that joins North and South Bruny Island.
Join a mulit-award winning wildlife cruise at Adventure Bay to the southern tip of Bruny Island – one of the best wildlife experiences in Tasmania, with regular sightings of sea eagles, dolphins, whales and seals as well as close-up views of spectacular rock formations and sea caves.
Drive to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse on a wild, windswept cape looking out across the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean. The lighthouse was first lit in 1834.
Return to Kettering by ferry and head back to Hobart (40 minutes) via Kingston. From Kingston, take the scenic route along the old Channel Highway (B68) into Hobart, rather than the Southern Outlet (A6).
On the Channel Highway at Taroona, just our of Hobart, climb to the top of the Shot Tower (1870) for majestic views of the Derwent River estuary and a fascinating insight into the art of making lead gunshot.
Return to Hobart.
MT FIELD NATIONAL PARK 1.5 hrs
Mt Field National Park is Tasmania's first national park, with stunning vistas, great walks, abundant wildlife and excellent visitor facilities. An easy 2 hour drive from Hobart, Mount Field has been popular with nature lovers for well over a century.
Russell Falls is the star attraction and even featured on Australia's first stamp. It's a short, wheelchair accessible journey from the visitor centre, through enormous fern forests and some of the world's tallest trees.
There's even more to be discovered in Tasmania's most diverse national park, including Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and many more on the way to the summit of Mount Field itself.
The park offers an array of natural wonders and incredible plant diversity that increases with altitude. Encounter some of the park's unique alpine species on the Pandani Grove walk around Lake Dobson, and if you're lucky you'll spot a platypus.
Cushion plants are interspersed with pineapple grass, sphagnum and string bogs on the wet plateau. Longer walks take in the tallest flowering trees, Tasmanian conifers, spectacular waterfalls, wilderness views and the small glacial lakes of the Tarn Shelf.
During autumn, the slopes of the mountains that back onto the Tarn Shelf fill with brilliant colour as the fagus (deciduous beech) turns from red to gold.
There's a wide variety of wildlife in the park, including many of Tasmania's native mammals and endangered species, such as the eastern quoll and the eastern barred bandicoot. Eleven of Tasmania's twelve endemic birds can be seen here, too.
Mt Field National Park offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, with tows operating in winter and good cross-country skiing across the higher plateau. There are also many caves throughout the park, most only suited to experienced cavers. The Junee Cave, in the Junee State Reserve, south of the national park, is accessible to the general public.
CAMPING AND ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation is available in nearby Westerway, Ellendale and New Norfolk.
Camping and caravan facilities are also available near the park entrance, along with a visitor centre, shop and café. There are multiple picnic facilities at the lower end of the park.
Mt Field National Park is just over a 1-hr drive from Hobart via New Norfolk.
HOBART - NEW NORFOLK
Depart Hobart for New Norfolk.
The road to New Norfolk follows the beautiful Derwent River. On the way, look out for the distinctive architecture of the old 'oast' houses, once used for the storage and processing of hops, a staple ingredient in beer and a major export of the area.
Explore New Norfolk, a small town with historic buildings picturesquely situated on the banks of the Derwent River. Wander along the river's banks and around the town's historic centre, Arthur Square, on a self-guided walking tour of some of Australia's oldest hotels and churches.
At New Norfolk you can climb Pulpit Rock for a breathtaking panorama of this bustling town.
Stock up here with petrol and food supplies before heading further into the more remote regions.
Nearby at Plenty, don't miss the Salmon Ponds, where the first brown trout in Australia were hatched after surviving the journey from Great Britain in 1864. The hatchery still contains trout and salmon in six large display ponds set in beautiful grounds amongst century-old trees. There's also an interesting Museum of Trout Fishing.
Next door to the Salmon Ponds is Redlands Estate, a beautiful convict-built property that was once the home of George IV's son and now home to an artisanal single malt whisky distillery.
NEW NORFOLK (DAY 2)
From New Norfolk, continue through the tiny hamlets of Bushy Park, Plenty and Westerway up into the mountains to Mt Field National Park and beyond to rugged Maydena and the Styx Valley of Tasmania's south-west. Decide how far west you want to go, according to your interests and time.
Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania's oldest and best-loved national parks with easy access to some of Tasmania's wild beauty. The Tyenna River en route to Mt Field is home to trophy-sized trout and one of the best rivers to fish in Tasmania.
In the national park, take a short walk through the ferns and rainforest to the much-photographed spectacular Russell Falls and Lady Barron Falls or take the Tall Trees Walk and be awed by the forest giants.
Drive up the mountain to Lake Dobson and the striking Pandani Grove Walk with its exotic, prehistoric-looking vegetation.
Alternatively, head farther on past Mt Field to Maydena and the Styx Valley and marvel at the tallest hardwood trees in the world, found in a tiny reserve – the Big Tree Reserve – in the Styx Valley nearby.
Rainforests flourish in the Florentine Valley - said to be the last haunt of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger.
Take in the unforgettable scenery of Lake Pedder and the South-West National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Stay overnight at one of the pretty hamlets in the area like Maydena, Bushy Park, or Hamilton.