After listening to everyones adventures in Tasmania and being extremely envious of their photos, it was finally my turn to travel to the little island. Libby had suggested going and the dates for in with Em’s wedding in Sydney and my trip to South America. As I hadn’t seen Kirsten in a while I convinced her to join us (plus I didn’t want to be a third wheel).
We decided to hire a car and turn it into a road trip. We were a little pushed for time as Libby had to get back for work but we managed to cram a lot in. Kirst and I got to Hobart a day earlier then Lib and Brad. We spent the morning exploring the very weird MONA. We prob should of had some drinks on the ferry ride over… All the “art” there was very weird and nothing you would really want in your house (except the wall of vaginas!!). You could spend forever here if you listened and read all the information on each piece. We took our time to begin with but then got hungry so rushed through a big section to find the fanciest resteraunt we ate at the whole trip. Our lunch at Pharos was expensive but worth it. It was a tapas place with views over the water. I felt a little out of place but it was fun to pretend to be fancy for an afternoon. We got the scallops, quail and octopus.
We then had to hussle through the rest of the museum as we were getting the ferry back at 3 to meet Brad and Lib to head up Mt. Wellington. Lib wanted to hike up it but thankfully let us drive. Halfway up I think she realised it was the right decision. The view from the top was pretty impressive! Def worth the drive (prob not the hike).
The next day we headed to Mount Field National park to check out some waterfalls. Libby obviously didn’t realise today was the hiking day as she was very nicely dressed in a cute summer dress and thongs. She still managed to do the hike around the waterfalls. The loop started at the very impressive Russell falls. Brad wanted to ditch us here but we convinced him to come to the next waterfall, horseshoe falls. After meandering through the tallest flowering trees in the world (Brad was not impressed) he decided he was done with the hike and headed back to the car but we continued on to the last waterfall Lady Barron falls. Russell falls was prob the most impressive but the walk was really nice. Sadly we didn’t see any platypuses.
Port Arthur was the first stop of our road trip. We had booked onto a cruise that started at 10am so we left early enough to take the scenic route and see afew places on the way. Besides the arch none of them were all that impressive. I think I would rather of had the sleep in. We rocked up to the tour company at 9:30 thinking we had loads of time till the tour. Apparently not. I hadn’t read the email saying we were supposed to be there at 9:15. We were suddenly in a rush as they thought we weren’t coming so had cancelled one of the boats. Thankfully they let us go on the tour and we didn’t hold everyone up too much. The tour was amazing!! While the cliffs were pretty spectacular the highlight was def the huge pod of dolphins, seals and albatross in a feeding frenzy. I have never seen so many dolphins before so close. I could have spent the whole tour watching them.
We then headed over to the Port Arthur historical sight. I didn’t really know much about it except there was the mass shooting there. So apparently it is one of the oldest penal settlements in Australia and was where all the worst and difficult criminals were sent. It sounded like a pretty horrible place to be as a criminal but I’m sure all prisons in those days were pretty awful. We had a quick tour around the place but we’re really rushed for time as we needed to get on the road to head to Coles bay. I wish we had a bit more time here as there was so much to see.
The drive to Coles bay was adventerous/terrifying. We took a short cutt that Brad’s friend and Google Maps had recommended. What they both failed to mention was it was on a rough dirt track through a national park. Thankfully we didn’t get a flat tyre and we washed the dirt off later so the car company never knew we went off road. I’m sure we must have broke some kind of record for fastest time between port Arthur to Coles bay. Brad had decided he was a rally driver and we were flying. Surprisingly the speed limits in tassie don’t seem to reflect the windyness of the roads so I don’t think we were ever actually speeding.
Our airbnb was amazing! It had an awesome deck with ocean views. Def called for lots of wine and cheese which we obliged with. After a surprisingly boozy night we were off to tackle the 12km hike around wineglass bay. Brad had opted out as he isn’t much of a hiker. Neither am I yet I seem to constantly go on hikes. The stairs up to the lookout were a bit rough but not too bad and thankfully not that far. After taking some amazing photos and trying to teach Libby how to take a photo, we wandered down to the beach. It really was beautiful but a little to cold to swim in except for lib who quickly jumped in and out. It was then a semi flat long loop across to the other beach, along the beach and then back to the car park. I was pretty pooped but was glad we did the whole loop. We decided to reward ourselves that night with even more wine and of course cheese!!
The next day saw us heading off to our second last stop, bay of fires. Sadly it was a pretty overcast and gloomy day so the water didn’t look quite as blue as it had in photos but it was still really pretty. Again it was a bit to cold for Kirst or I to jump in but Libby braved the waters again and had another extremely quick dip.
Our final stop was Launceston. No trip to tassie would be complete without a trip to a winery or two. Kirst, Lib and I had booked onto a tour of the Tamar valley which is mainly known for its sparkling and pinot noirs. I wasn’t the greatest fan of the pinots but loved the bubbles. For lunch we went to the fanciest wineries called Clover Hill. At first I thought we were just getting a cheese platter but then then just kept out bringing plate after plate. All of it was amazing and Lib and I were the only ones who liked blue cheese so I ate it all! While the tour was good fun and we got to go to a lot of wineries it was the most sober I had ever been after a wine tour coz of their stingy pours and low alcohol percentage I guess. It was our last night with Brad and Lib so we went out for a lovely steak dinner. Little heads up, places book out on a sat night so maybe make a booking if you really want to go to a certain place.
Kirst and I spent the last day together checking out some places around Launceston. We headed out to the insanely cute town called Evandale to go to the markets. The markets were your standard country town markets but the town was beautiful. I fell in love with it and wanted to move there! We then headed back into town and checked out cataract gorge. It was actually really surprising. I thought it was going to be a little park and a short walk but after a quick walk along the river it opened up to a pretty big park with a lake and a swimming pool. I wish I had brought my bathers! To top the day off we finished with a romantic dinner for 2 and then finally got to watch an episode of married at first sight! All in all it was a great trip with loads of wine and food and great company!! On to South America!!!