We decided to take an extra long weekend to check out Tasmania. We were very lucky with the weather as the sky stayed so blue for the entire trip! Bit chillier than Sydney-side but still about 20 degrees so not too shabby.
We flew in and out of Launceston. Started the trip with a quick lunch on Friday at the Milkbar Cafe and Workshop which was very cute. Followed this with a coffee in Velocci on Balfour Street. We checked out Cataract Gorge and took a drive up around the beautiful houses overlooking Launceston.
Next on the agenda was Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm in Elizabeth Town. I had read about it in a number of reviews but it wasn’t the most amazing spot to be honest. Where was awesome though was the Melita Honey Farm in a tiny little village called Chudleigh. Definitely worth a visit – they have a little museum at the back of the shop and SO many different types of honey to taste. Great ice-cream stop too!!
We drove around the Highland Lakes area for a few hours before making our way to Hobart for our stay at the Amberley Guest House. Really cute guesthouse in the Sandy Bay suburb of Hobart. We had dinner and drinks in Smolt in Salamanca Place. Seriously tasty.
Saturday morning started with the Salamanca Market which happens every Saturday morning rain or shine down in Salamanca Place. Hundreds of stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and flowers to vintage tea sets. Really great market.
We pottered around the historic Battery Point for a while after the market. It’s quite similar to the Rocks in Sydney but probably a little bit bigger. Some beautiful sandstone cottages nestled around the area with amazing views out over the River Derwent.
On to the most important part of Battery Point – the food…
Jam Jar has apparently got the best coffee that John has tasted in quite a while. Shame I knocked that out of his hand…funny though!!! I had a Chai Latte at the Pollen Tea Room which is a tiny little cafe – they make their own chai in there – really good. Hot drinks followed by AMAZING goodies from the Jackman & McRoss Bakery.
Started on the road to Port Arthur which is a former convict settlement about an hour and a half drive from Hobart. We went with the Bronze Pass which was $35 per person. Close by we checked out the Tasman Arch and Blowhole in the area.
We stayed at the Piermont Retreat which is 3km from Swansea for 2 nights. Pretty remote but absolutely beautiful. We had breakfast at Kate’s Berry Farm which was literally across the road from the Piermont on Sunday morning – crépes and scones. Yum! Continued on to Freycinet National Park for the day. We started off by getting some H2O supplies in Coles Bay (which is another tiny little village) for the hike to see Wineglass Bay. It’s only about a 30 minute hike each way but it is uphill so quite strenuous. Totally worth it though as it’s an absolutely beautiful view. Our next stop was Cape Tourville Lighthouse just to check it out. Pretty. We then stopped at Richardsons Beach for a lovely walk along the beach. The beaches are so long in Tasmania – absolutely beautiful. We went to Freycinet Lodge overlooking the beach for a bite to eat.
We ended the day with a trip to the Friendly Beaches – one of THE BEST beaches I’ve ever been on. The sand was white and the water crystal clear. Just beautiful.
Funny place-names we came across: Bust Me Gall Hill and Break Me Neck Hill. Also a gn for the Wye River had a sign under it saying ‘coz it’s bigger than a creek. HA!! Oh ya, and we passed through the Walls of Jerusalem and Baghdad…