TASMANIA is the perfect place for a driving holiday. A DriveNow rental can set you up for any situation – a car, campervan or 4-wheel drive. Tassie’s wilderness, wine regions and markets are well-known tourist destinations and well worth a look. But if you have picked up your DriveNow rental from Hobart and want to see what else the island has going on at the moment, check out these suggestions.
Port Arthur for school holidays, until October 7
Sentence the kids to some fun and learning at the same time at the Education Centre at Port Arthur (in the old Accountant’s House, near the Church). The centre is offering a range of engaging and fun activities to keeps kids busy – and parents relaxed.
Distance: 93km from Hobart, allow an hour and a half drive.
Stay at: Bay Retreat, Port Arthur. Waterfront accommodation, and only three minutes from the historic Port Arthur site.
TasART, Burnie, until October 20
Love your art? This event is hailed as one of – if not “the” – major community art exhibitions held in Tasmania, and among the major regional art exhibitions held annually throughout Australia. Worth the drive and an overnight stay.
Distance: 349km from Hobart, allow four hours’ drive.
Stay at: Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn. Central to the CBD, across the road from West Beach.
Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival, October 12-14
This year’s festival marks the centenary of the North Lyell Mine Disaster. On October 1212, 1912, a fire, which began in a pumphouse, trapped many workers deep underground. Forty-two lives were lost.
The festival program this year is paying tribute to the disaster by encompassing the anniversary into its activities in a way that respects the past and recognises the present and future of the community.
Distance: 260km from Hobart, allow just under four hours’ drive.
Stay at: Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park.
Bruny Island Bird Festival, October 25-27
Here’s your chance to visit an island off the coast of an island. Bruny Island (pictured) was one of the first parts of Tasmania to be explored by seafarers.
As a festival visitor, you can listen to well-known wildlife specialists, take part in walks and information tours, or take a flight excursion to the remote South West.
Distance: A half an hour’s drive from Hobart to Kettering and then a 20-minute car ferry ride to the island. Check the Bruny Island Ferry timetable to plan your schedule.
Stay at: The Bruny Island Hotel at Alonnah.
Bicheno Food and Wine Festival, October 17
What better way to get a taste of Tassie than this fabulous one-day festival celebrating the food and wine of the East Coast region.
Distance: 178km from Hobart, allow a two and a half hours’ drive.
Stay at: Bicheno Gaol Cottages. Take your pick of The Gaol House, Old School House or stables.