Top Ten Places to Road Trip during Summer! University of Tasmania November 1, 2016 Featured, Off Campus, UTAS Done with finals and looking for a getaway during summer with your friends? Here are top ten places to road trip in Tasmania during summer! 1. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden During summer, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are a great place to spend the afternoon. You can have a picnic in the sun and enjoy nature with the beautiful flowers blooming. On top of that, it is free of charge to enter! Visit here for more information. 2. Zoodoo Zoo Zoodoo Zoo is located at Richmond which is just a 30-minute drive from Hobart CBD. It costs only $25 and you’ll have many close encounters with the animals. You will also get to see the famous Tasmanian Devil! Visit here to find out more! 3. Bridestowe Lavender Farm Bridestowe has the largest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere. During summer, you can witness the lavender flowers in bloom and you can walk through the endless curved rows of lavender blooms. It’s a short 45-minute drive from Launceston. Although it is a 3-hour drive from Hobart CBD, it is worth the drive – it will take your breath away and is free of charge to enter with your student ID! Find out more on their website. 4. Tahune Airwalk Tasmania Tahune Airwalk is noted on ‘Tasmania’s Top 100 Bucket List Experience’. It is located in Geeveston which is a 90-minute drive south of Hobart. At Tahune Airwalk, you get to walk 20-30 metres above the forest floor and admire the wilderness as well as the Huon River. It is $25.20 for students and an ideal place for you to spend the whole day. Check out their website for more information! 5. Mount Wellington If you are the kind that loves bushwalking or photography, Mount Wellington is the ideal place for you. From dry woodlands to windswept summits, Mount Wellington has amazing tracks and trails to follow and stunning vistas. You can take a bus up to Fern Tree and commence from there! Visit here for more details on what trails are available and other requirements. 6. The Cataract Gorge The Cataract Gorge is a river gorge only 1.5 kilometres from Launceston city centre. The southern side features the gorge’s scenic chairlift, two cafes and a swimming pool surrounded by bushland – and don’t forget the peacocks! If you are studying at the Sandy Bay campus, it is about a 2 and a half hour drive from Hobart. However, if you are a student studying in the Newnham Campus, it is a 1 minute drive from the Launceston city centre. Great to chill out between classes! Visit here for more information! 7. Eaglehawk Neck The Tessellated Pavement looks like man-made tiles that took over hundreds of years to form by the ocean. It is found at Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula in southern Tasmania. It is about an hour away from the Hobart CBD. Next to the Tessellated Pavement is a beautiful beach known as Pirates Bay. Dip your toes into the ocean and have a relaxing day by the beach! 8. Maingon Bay Lookout Maingon Bay is a hidden gem of Tasmania. It offers a beautiful lookout, with scenery that is breathtaking. Next to the lookout, there is a stairway to the Remarkable Cave which is only 15 minutes down and back. The cave is a deep rock bridge carved out of the sandstone cliff. Definitely worth a visit! 9. Fishing at Battery Point Dock If you love fishing, summer would be a great time to catch Australian salmon, barracuda, delicious (though odd looking) flatheads and, if you are lucky, gummy sharks. There is a pier down at the maritime suburb in Hobart of Battery Point for you to go fishing and also enjoy the beautiful view. Here’s a hint, go either early in the morning or in the evening when the fish are hungry! 10. Tasmazia Tasmazia is located at the Promised Land. Yes, you read that right, in Tasmania there is a town named the Promised Land which is right in the heart of the Cradle Mountain and Lakes District. Just over an hour’s drive from Launceston or 3.5 hours from Hobart (so start early!), it is well worth the trip as the mazes (as the name suggests) are filled with amusing signs that will definitely tickle your funny bone. After a run around the maze, you can sit down at the Pancake Parlour and enjoy a good meal. Click here for more information!