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There are two ways of getting to Tasmania; you can fly over or you can get the Spirit of Tasmania which sails from Melbourne to Devonport. We arrived early in Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest city, and headed straight to the Cataract Gorge which is a mere 10 minute drive from the city centre. This gave us our first impression of what the island would be like, and it’s fair to say we were impressed. The area offered various walking and hiking tracks within a scenic natural environment, with peacocks and the worlds longest single span chairlift ($15 return). As we wandered through we passed the odd local walking through the pristine gardens, swimming in the free public swimming pool, or grabbing their daily coffee from the café before work. From here, we headed into the city and had lunch at City Park.laura-redmile
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You will also find many kiosk counters from different car rental agencies at the airport. The price starts from as low as $40/day. Most agencies also offer to pick up and drop off at different location. This would be the best option if you are traveling from north to south or vice versa. Car agencies will impose an extra charge for rental of GPS navigator, but you would probably need it if you are planning to travel out of Hobart and Launceston as most outs curd do not have cellular coverage for the phone GPS to work.Macadamia
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