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Recommendations for seeing Tasmania

We have been on two RS tours and loved them both! Wishing he had tours for New Zealand and Australia. We are planning a trip to New Zealand and Tasmania. We have already been to mainland Australia.

My question is about Tasmania. I have watched many videos on the state and am awed by the natural beauty. Can anyone who has been there, give their personal must do's of Tasmania? My husband is 70 and I am in my mind 60's. A mix of hiking and easy site seeing is desirable. Thanks in advance.

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How long will you have?
Time permitting, I'd suggest flying into Launceston and out of Hobart (or the reverse) - renting a car for a meandering circuit around the island, which is truly gorgeous.
Any of the National Parks would be good choices but our personal favorites for casual day hikes thru the bush are Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Claire, Mount Field, and the Freycinet peninsula. Cradle Mountain in particular should be high on your list - the easy hike around Dove Lake will provide a host of photo opportunities.
Both Launceston and Hobart are pretty little towns and are worth a couple of nights. Would also suggest a trip down to the old penal colony at Port Arthur - a very evocative place with some terrific scenery.
Do check historical weather forecasts before you commit - although their summers are wonderful the weather can turn sour in a hurry the closer you are to their winter.

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My Tassie Top Ten
(clockwise round the island from Hobart)

•Richmond & Coal Valley wineries
•Port Arthur Convict Site
•Huon Valley & Bruny Island
•South West Wilderness
•Strahan & Macquarie Harbour
•Cradle Mountain
•Northwest coast - Table Cape to Stanley
•Launceston & Tamar Valley wineries
•Freycinet & Maria Island