Explore the Apple Isle – Limited Mobility Travelling Itinerary (571km)

Were you wanting to travel around Tassie but you or one of your travelling companions requires reduced or limited mobility access to accommodation? Then take a look at this BIG4 Holiday Parks travel itinerary and start planning your holiday today.

***When booking your reduced or limited mobility accommodation, please phone the individual Parks and discuss your requirements to make sure they have accommodation available that will suit your needs.***

Bay of Fires in Freycinet, Tasmania.
Bay of Fires in Freycinet, Tasmania.

Board the Spirit of Tasmania and explore the Apple Isle!

Tasmania’s small enough to get around easily but big enough to be filled with a million reasons to visit. The forests are greener than envy, the beaches bluer than blue and the mountain areas so wild and untamed you’d think you were in some surreal nature movie.  The coastlines are like nothing you’ve ever seen before and the rivers and waterways are just waiting to be swum in, dived into, ridden on and fished silly.

Engage with their wilderness and wildlife. Explore convict stories and their rich sandstone heritage at World Heritage Convict sites. Discover places that have remained unspoilt for thousands of years. See works of art that will challenge you. Find yourself amongst landscapes that are the most stunning in the world. Lose yourself in the delights of their small cities and towns. Play golf, fly-fish, walk along cloudy white beaches, relax in luxurious resort spas or relish our fine food, wines, beers and ciders renowned the world over.

Jump off the boat in Devonport on Tasmania’s north-west coast, which is the state’s third-largest city. Sitting on the banks of the Mersey River, it is surrounded by lush farmland, stunning coastline and attractions including the Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre, Devonport Art Gallery and Don River Railway. Discovery Holiday Parks – Devonport has a ‘Disabled Friendly Cottage’ (sleeps 4) which offers ramp access to the Cottage and has a large bathroom with wheelchair access.

Wheelchair ramp outside the Disabled Friendly Cottage at BIG4 Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport.
Wheelchair ramp outside the Disabled Friendly Cottage at BIG4 Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport.

Visit Launceston and immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene amongst the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes. The boutique riverside city is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens. You can stay in a ‘Standard Cabin-Disabled Friendly’ (sleeps 4) at Discovery Holiday Parks – Hadspen while exploring Launceston.

Ramp outside the Disabled Friendly Standard Cabin at BIG4 Discovery Holiday Parks Hadspen.
Ramp outside the Standard Cabin-Disabled Friendly at BIG4 Discovery Holiday Parks Hadspen.

St Helens is the largest town on the north-east coast, with a population of about 2,000.  It is known as the game-fishing capital of Tasmania and overlooks scenic Georges Bay.  From St Helens you can explore stunning Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires, which extend to Eddystone Point. The Bay of Fires (named by British Captain Tobias Furneaux, who only saw the smoke from the fires of the local Kunnara Kuna tribe) is a coast of white sandy beaches dotted with giant granite boulders. You can stay at BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park which has a ‘Valley View Unit’ (sleeps 6) with disables facilities.

Bathroom and ramp in the Valleyview Cabin at BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park.
Bathroom and ramp in the Valley View Unit at BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park.

Coles Bay in Tasmania sits at the foot of the Granite Mountains known as the Hazards and on the edge of the world-renowned Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay, about two and 1/2 hours’ drive from Hobart and Launceston on the east coast of Tasmania. Mention Coles Bay, Wineglass Bay, and Freycinet National Park to a Tasmanian and you’ll see eyes light up with thoughts of fishing and boating, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, sun and sand, and spectacular coastal scenery.

In the Freycinet National Park (which is located only 1km away from BIG4 Iluka), there is a wheelchair friendly boardwalk, that has sensational views of the Tasman Sea coastline (where you can view the Sydney to Hobart yachts in Summer) and a glimpse of the famous Wineglass Bay, without having to walk it! ‘The Disabled Access Cabin’ (sleeps 4) at BIG4 Iluka On Freycinet Holiday Park will be the perfect place to stay while in Coles Bay.

Bathroom and ramp outside the Disabled Cabin at BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.
Bathroom and ramp outside the Disabled Access Cabin at BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Hobart, Australia’s most distinctive city, and Tasmania’s capital combines heritage charm and cultural diversity in a setting of exceptional beauty in Southern Tasmania.  With the River Derwent at its heart and Mount Wellington rising above it, in Hobart the tranquillity of a city from a bygone era coexists with the vibrancy of a pocket-sized modern metropolis. Hobart’s European beginnings are evident everywhere, from quaint settlers’ cottages to the lofty porches of colonial mansions.

Once bustling with whalers and entrepreneurs, 19th-century sandstone warehouses now serve as dockside cafes, artist’s studios and restaurants, where you can enjoy excellent cuisine and fine wines. Discover Tasmania’s history in the nearby Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, be enthralled and even challenged by world leading MONA just a few minutes from the city.

Enjoy classical and modern music in atmospheric venues, or go to the theatre in one of Australia’s oldest. Hobart is a place of fishing boats, fish punts at the docks, an accessible harbour around historic Constitution Dock, coffee under the sun-umbrellas where the famous Salamanca Market is held every Saturday.

‘The Cremorne’ (sleeps 2) at BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park has one bedroom and is specifically designed to cater for guests requiring wheelchair accessible features.

* All accommodation mentioned in this itinerary has reduced or limited mobility access. Please contact the Parks directly to book your accommodation. This information is correct at time of publishing. 

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