We spent a enjoyable fortnight in Tasmania last month and enjoyed every single moment. All accommodation was pre-booked before leaving, and has been reviewed separately.
Arrived lunchtime after an early start from NZ via Melbourne. Room wasn’t ready at St Ives but we were able to leave our luggage. Headed to Salamanca, harbour area and Elizabeth Street mall for the afternoon. Had takeaway fish & chips from Flippers just soaking up the ambience of the harbour for our evening meal. The seagulls were eager for a feed of chips.
After a stop at Jackman & McRoss for coffee and ham croissant, we caught to 10 am Red Decker bus. It started to rain but we had our wet weather gear. Informative commentary. Got off at the botanical gardens. Despite the rain, we explored and in particular enjoyed the conservatory, Japanese gardens and watched filming around the ABC’s Veggie Patch – I wish our vege garden was that good. Intended to have a pie at the Kiosk but were too late – sold out, suspect due to the colder day. Walked back to CBD via atrium at Henry Jones Hotel for a coffee and cake, then on to the museum. Evening meal at Mezethes, a Greek restaurant in Salamanca – it was devine – we shared a platter for two as a starter, with mains of Souvlakia (scallop for me, and lamb for my partner). Unfortunately there was no room for dessert.
Up early as I needed to find a doctor as I was trying to shake off a chest infection which had been lurking before I left - was hoping I would just get better. After getting an appointment within an hour at a surgery near Salamanca, I was prescribed some antibiotics and a good cough medicine which did the trick. Caught the Mona ferry late morning which in itself was good. We aren’t fans of modern art but were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed Mona for a few hours, including lunch with a view. Ferry back to Hobart then caught the Red Decker 3.00 pm and got off at Cascades. We intended looking around their gardens but didn’t realise that it closes at 4.00 pm (same time as café / gift shop). Walked back to St Ives via the Hobart Rivulet walk – a track that is well used by many locals out for a walk. Evening meal Vietnamese Kitchen at Salamanca.
Picked up rental car at 8.30 am and went to Port Arthur with a few stops on the way - explored Richmond, lunch at Dunalley Waterfront Café, tessellated pavement, Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Blowhole. Managed to get to Port Arthur for the last boat cruise and guided tour of the day – only a handful on the guided tour as by now it was cold and wet – but we were prepared with our wet weather gear/ gloves / hat and scarves to keep us warm. Stayed at Stewarts Bay Lodge having a water view.
Checked out early to make the most of the 2 day ticket so was at Port Arthur just after 8.00 am – we felt like we had the place to ourselves and spent time exploring the ruins, taking many photos. Late morning we headed north to Coles Bay. Stayed at Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park in a cabin – I didn’t want to rent a house nor stay in a Resort, so a cabin at Big4 it was, since I couldn’t find motels at Coles Bay. Evening walk along the beach to watch the sunset. Saw our first wallaby on the side of the road feeding on the way back.
Packed a picnic lunch, then walked up to Wineglass Bay lookout for a spectacular view, down to the beach where we saw some delightful wallabies. Paddled in the sea – the water was too cold for a swim. Returned via the Hazards. Walk in total took us 5 hours which included plenty stops. Evening meal at the Iluka Tavern.
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