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…

The Bicheno Blowhole.

Credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

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


A small town big on appeal best sums up Bicheno. While brilliant beaches and a nearby penguin colony are signatures of this East Coast wonder, a diverse selection of first-rate visitor activities and experiences make it the ideal short break destination.

Best outdoor attraction: East Coast Natureworld. What’s more, the regular Tassie devil feeding times will thrill out-of-towners who might be travelling with you.

Best rainy day attraction: Admire the assorted works within Waubs Bay Gallery.

Underrated attraction: Nearby treasure-packed Douglas-Apsley National Park. Deserves more recognition for its many outstanding features.

Budget tip: Visit the Bicheno Blowhole and watch in awe as Mother Nature puts on a free show. Also check out Rocking Rock, another natural phenomenon.

Stay at: Bicheno Cabin Park.

Wineglass Bay, in Freycinet National Park.

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.

Stay at: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Meet the team at BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park in this video.

Kings Bridge in Cataract Gorge, near 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: You may have been shielded by this previously but take note now – the Old Umbrella Shop is a quirky, historical attraction deserving of a look.

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

Stay at: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

BIG4 parks in Hobart

If you want the feeling of being on holiday without travelling far from your front door, check out these BIG4 parks in Hobart.

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