See & do
Tasmania is famous for its charming towns, scenic attractions, unspoiled wilderness, easy pace of life, and a fantastic array of gourmet food and wine.
The following are all within a 1.5 hour radius of Macquarie Manor:
- A day in Hobart
- Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
- Mt Wellington
- The Huon Trail
- Mt Field and the Derwent Valley
- The East Coast
- The Heritage Highway
A Day in Hobart
Hobart is a city of history — an intriguing mix of heritage, lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. Macquarie Manor is so centrally located, there is so much you can do on foot. Hobart’s highlights include:
- Historic and heritage walking tours including St David’s Park, Parliament House and other historic buildings, Battery Point and the spectacular Hobart waterfront
- Cascade Brewery Tour (Australia’s oldest brewery)
- Anglesea barracks and the military museum
- Salamanca Place and Salamanca Market on saturdays
- Maritime Museum
- Tasmanian Museum and Art gallery
- Daily cruises on the River Derwent
- Tour of Cadbury’s chocolate factory (bookings essential)
- The Royal Tasmanian Botanical gardens
Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
Steeped in history, scenically beautiful and very relaxing. Only 75 minutes from Macquarie Manor.
Proceed down Macquarie Street keeping in the right hand lane and head for the airport over the Tasman Bridge. You have the option of traveling via the historic village of Richmond prior to heading through Sorell to Dunalley.
Driving through along bays and inlets, don’t miss the scenic view just before Eaglehawk Neck. At Eaglehawk Neck you cross the narrow entrance to the Tasman Peninsula and can see a sculpture of one of the notorious guard dogs. This is a fascinating little village which contains the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Blowhole, Tasman’s Arch and Devils Kitchen.
The small settlement called Doo Town has all it’s house names containing the word Doo! Port Arthur can be reached directly or via Premaydena and Saltwater River. If traveling directly, keep an eye out for the Tasmanian Devil Park and Bush Mill Steam Railway.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is accessed through the main visitor’s centre and the entry fee includes a cruise around the Isle of the Dead. If you have time, stay for the evening Ghost Tour or enjoy a scenic seaplane flight.
A return trip to the top of Mount Wellington and back takes only just over an hour and can be incorporated in a trip to the Huon Valley or a visit to the historic Female factory and Australia’s oldest brewery. The road itself is quite historic having been built as a Depression labour project in the 1930’s.
It’s nickname is Ogilvie’s car after the Premier of the day! Proceed down Macquarie Street, turn right at Murray Street, right onto Davey Street and follow the signs to Fern Tree on the B464. The road is narrow and it is always quite cold on the top (1270m) so make sure you have some warm clothing.
The Huon Trail
Two great drives to the edge of the wilderness and World Heritage Area!
For a half day drive, head down Macquarie Street, turn right at Murray Street onto Davey Street and follow the A6 (or B64 if driving via Mt Wellington ) to Huonville. Enjoy lunch at The Huon Manor overlooking the Huon River before turning left and driving through Cygnet through Gordon, Woodbridge and Kettering.
The scenery along the Huon River and D’Entrecasteaux Channel is spectacular and in the distance you can see Bruny Island. During summer this area is well know for it’s berry fruits, at other times apples and salmon.
The full day drive continues though Huonville to Geeveston. You can drive past the Forest and Heritage Centre to the Tahune Forest Reserve which is right on the edge of the World Heritage Area.
Traveling past Geeveston to Dover and Southport the journey takes you through rolling hills and apple orchards. On the water you can see salmon growing cages which has developed as an industry since about 1990. Hastings caves is also close to the World Heritage Area.
In addition to tours through the caves, enjoy a dip in the warm thermal pool and if you’re lucky, sight a platypus in the stream nearby.
Mt Field and the Derwent Valley
Only 75 kms from Hobart, this drive takes you through Hobart’s northern suburbs through New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley. At various times of the year this valley takes on different seasonal colours and the area through Bushy Park is famous for it’s autumn colours.
Drive down Macquarie Street and turn left onto the Brooker Avenue and Highway 1 to Granton and then follow the A10 to New Norfolk and then follow the B62 to Westerway, then take the B61. Along the way you will see the River Derwent change from broad estuary to narrow fast flowing rapids. Stop and the Moorilla Winery at Berriedale and tour the antiquities museum.
At New Norfolk you will see the Old Colony Inn, Australia’s oldest licensed hotel prior to passing through Plenty. At Plenty take a break at the Salmon Ponds where you can see the history behind the trout and salmon fishery. At Mt. Field National Park, take a short walk to the beautiful Russell Falls, hike to the tarn shelf to see Australia’s only cold weather deciduous tree or try your luck for an elusive trout in the Tyenna river.
The East Coast
Pure white sand, crisp blue skies and crystal clear waters are hallmarks of Tasmania’s East Coast. The towns of Swansea, Bicheno, Triabunna, Maria Island and Coles Bay all have their own fascinating mix of history, landscape and wildlife.
The highlights of this region would have to be Freycinet Peninsula, offering pristine forest, walking tracks and a spectacular coastline, and Wineglass Bay, one of the world’s top 10 beaches, renowned for its’ turquoise coloured waters.
The Heritage Highway
Throughout the Midlands region, the quiet towns of Tasmania reflect the convict and colonial heritage, from grand mansions to quaint cottages, former coaching inns and pubs still in service. Campbell Town, Ross and Oatlands are three of the most popular towns in the historic heart of Tasmania, and form part of the Heritage Highway.
In their hey-day, coaches once trundled between these towns following the highway first built with convict labour in the 1800s. Today’s modern highway bypasses many of the original villages, so travelers will need to detour from the main road to enjoy all facets of this region.