Summary of our trip – 4 adults, 12 days March 2nd – March 13th 2014
Flew with Jetstar ADL-MEL, MEL – Launceston
Returned Jetstar Launceston – MEL and Tiger MEL-ADL
All flights were on time.
Day 1 ADL-Launceston and o/night at Grand Chancellor Launceston. Dinner at Fermented Evenings as recommended by Luigi (thanks Luigi – it was great)
Day 2-5 Bay of Fires walk with Life’s an Adventure ( more about that later)
Day 5 o/night at Grand Chancellor again and dinner at Navarro’s (Italian and wonderful!)
Day 6 Picked up car from Eropcar and drove to Coles Bay. Looked around the Freycinet NP for a couple of hours before checking into Nautica but Nice (more later)
Day 7 Walked the Wineglass Bay Hazards Beach walk (14kms by our GPS). Beautiful walk though last part is a bit rough and it was quite a hot day.
Day 8 Drove to Mole Creek. Arrived too early to book into Blackwood Park Cottages (more later) so visited Marakoopa Cave. Nice but not exceptional. Self catered for dinner as pub was booked out with a huge family reunion
Day 9 Up early to walk to Walls of Jerusalem – fantastic walk but pushing it a bit for 2 60 pluses to do in one day. Very tired coming back. Dinner at the Mole Creek Pub.
Day 10 Drove to Corinna in the Tarkine to commence our 3 day package which included all meals, a day cruise on the Pieman River and another boat trip to Lovers Falls.
This is a fabulous beautiful wilderness area and we loved it to bits. We did a couple of short walks through the rainforest and took some amazing photos.
Day 12 back to Launceston to catch our flight home.
Comments on Accommodation
We nicknamed the Grand Chancellor the “semi Grand” because it was just that bit run down in our unrefurbed rooms. Breakfast was extremely good though and the beds were comfortable kings.
Nautica but Nice at Coles Bay was a small beach side cabin set up with 2 double rooms. Very comfortable, bright and clean with lots of quirky nautical touches.
Blackwood Park Cottages were outstanding – set on a picturesque farm and including every facility one could want (breakfast was included) Two double rooms and 2 bathrooms.
Our accommodation at Corinna was basic but large and comfortable.
I found the 3 day Bay of Fires walk a bit “samey”. Three days of beach walking was a bit much for me especially as the last day was both very hot and very windy and walking through deep sand. Our 2 young guides/cooks were lovely and very professional and the food was plentiful and good. I was however horrified by the toilets we were expected to use on the first day (filthy, smelly long drops with no hand washing facilities) and our first night was in a very basic tent with no shower facilities. NP Tasmania really needs to lift its game here. The second night was in a comfortable beach shack with a proper bed. The 3 hour drive to and from Launceston was in a very uncomfortable mini bus.
Coles Bay is a community divided. Most of the businesses are owned by one person who tried a very dodgy rip off over our drinks at the pub – and subsequently lost our business totally. We were told later he doesn’t like tourists. This person also owns the fish and chip shop where we bought dinner on the first night paying $10 for a box of chips and for me 3 pieces of fish no bigger than 2 inches square. This person also charges $2.00 per litre for fuel. Most expensive fuel in Tasmania we were told. Tip: when in Coles Bay shop at the Post Office shop up the hill. Much better all round
All together a wonderful holiday but a bit tainted by poor service and facilities on occasions.