Short breaks and weekend getaways from Hobart

The city of Hobart.

You have to love Hobart. This vibrant city has the best of all worlds – a tangible history mixed with scenic surrounds; a rich cultural vein intertwined with a wealth of gastronomic delights; a bursting social calendar coupled with proud, passionate locals.

What more could Hobartians want? Well, when the desire to get out and explore more of Tasmania beckons, it’s a hassle-free task.

There is so much to see and do right on the doorstop of the Tasmanian capital. It’s time for exploration…

Tasmania is gifted with abundant diverse scenery, and so much of it is easily accessible from Hobart. Location: Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet National Park.

Credit: Lisa Kuilenburg

BIG4 parks 2-2.5 hours from Hobart (all times approximate)

Coles Bay

Want a break far removed from city life? Head to Coles Bay. This idyllic seaside village exudes a relaxing vibe that’s so strong it will hit you in an instant. Its positioning on the edge of calm and colourful Oyster Bay, complete with a backdrop of granite mountains, is simply irresistible.

Best outdoor attraction: It’s hard to top Freycinet National Park, home to a wealth of natural beauty that’s led by famous Wineglass Bay.

Best rainy-day attraction: Swap raindrops for drops of the good stuff at Freycinet Vineyard.

Underrated attraction: Get your fill of fresh and tasty seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm. Delicious!

Budget tip: A walk along inviting Muirs Beach won’t disappoint.

Book now: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park is a gem.

Launceston

A host of options are served up to visitors on a short break to Launceston. Tasmania’s second-largest city has top-shelf attractions to suit all, no matter their tastes or age, or the weather conditions. The ease of getting around Launceston adds to the appeal.

Best outdoor attraction: Cataract Gorge. This area provides a wilderness escape just a stone’s throw from the CBD and is a great place for a stroll.

Best rainy-day attraction: You could spend all day wandering around Queen Victoria Museum. Visit even if the sun is shining!

Underrated attraction: The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania has an excellent collection.

Budget tip: Picnic in one of Launceston’s many inviting parks. City Park is top pick thanks to its Japanese macaque enclosure.

Book now: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

Cataract Gorge is a must-visit, and getting here is so easy from BIG4 Launceston or the CBD.

Or extend the drive, and extend the stay...

If you're prepared to spend a bit longer on the road, a handful of exciting destinations with BIG4 parks await. The following places are all roughly 3.5 hours from Hobart.

St Helens

Set on glorious Georges Bay, this vibrant fishing port turns on the charm. Its easy access to brilliant beaches and other natural beauty makes it perfect for a weekend away from Hobart. And as the largest town in the region, there are still plenty of amenities for those who crave creature comforts.

Essential attraction: A short drive takes you to the famous Bay of Fires where colourful granite rocks, white sand beaches, and beautiful waters await.

Book now: BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park.

Bay of Fires is simply sensational

Tamar Valley

Tasmania's prized wine region creates the perfect setting for a much-needed short break. Spotted in the north-east of the state, the sub-region features a superb selection of wineries that is dotted on either side of the picturesque Tamar River. This is an area where the feeling of being on a break is induced instantaneously.

Essential experience: Cellar-door hopping, of course. Pipers Brook and neighbouring Jansz make a handy quinella. Wine aside, the Glengarry Bush Maze is a fantastic attraction.

Book now: BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Native Wildlife Park.

Visiting wineries in the Tamar Valley is ideal for a short break.

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett

Ulverstone

Found within the North West region, Ulverstone enjoys a wonderful setting. It is spotted at the mouth of the Leven River, so water vistas abound. Endless coastal outlooks and riverside views help create an ambience that's perfect for a short getaway. Better yet, this alluring town is within easy reach of amazing, variable attractions.

Essential experiences: Venturing to Gunns Plains Cave, witnessing breathtaking views from Leven Canyon, or seeing little penguins at Lillico Beach.

Book now: BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park.

Leven Canyon gifts glorious views.

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Brian Dullaghan

BIG4 in Hobart

If you need accommodation in the Tassie capital, stay at BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

If you're a visitor to Hobart, it's best to dedicate at least a couple of days to this alluring city.

Credit: Stuart Gibson

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