In January this year, my boyfriend and I spent 11 days travelling around Tasmania. Having never been to Tasmania before, I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful landscape, fresh food and friendly people. We drove through a picturesque countryside and along beautiful coastlines. We hiked through beautiful national parks with amazing views and encountered wallabies. We strolled along pristine, untouched beaches where we were the only two people for miles. We were spoiled with a choice of fresh seafood, cheeses, breads, meats and ginger beer. We felt comfortable everywhere we went because of the lovely and genuine staff in the hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Here’s what we did…
We began our journey in Hobart, a quiet and peaceful city (or town?) similar to Canberra with no high rise buildings or sky scrapers. It was also similar to the Rocks area in Sydney with its many heritage buildings.
Stayed: We stayed at The Henry Jones Art Hotel, a converted jam factory. Our room was dark and small and had an ‘old-world’ feel with exposed timber ceilings. But it was very well appointed with modern furniture, a big bathroom with two showers and expensive paintings on the walls (which you could buy).
- Sweet poached stone fruits topped with creamy yogurt and almond flakes at The Henry Jones Art Hotel.
- A home style yet fancy dinner at Monty’s on Montpelier (courtesy of my boyfriend’s brother).
- Deep fried potato cakes and scallops from Flippers on the water at Constitution Dock. My boyfriend enjoyed most of this box but I helped with the potato cakes.
- Delicious fresh fish from Fish Frenzy at Constitution Dock.
Day trips: We spent a day at Port Arthur but it was a little underwhelming. The walking tour was less than 10 minutes and we walked no more than 1 kilometre. The boat ride was good to pass the time, but there wasn’t that much to do. Might be worth giving a miss and going to MONA instead (which we, unfortunately, didn’t get to see).
We also drove to Mount Wellington but there wasn’t much of a view because the mist started to rise. It was beautiful and peaceful in an eerie sort of way though.
We also strolled around Battery Point and admired the pretty houses and quaint streets.
Freycinet is best known for it’s stunning National Park and beautiful beaches. It was full of tourists but it was still relatively quiet and peaceful everywhere we went.
Stayed: Edge of the Bay Resort in a small apartment right next to the ocean. We fell asleep listening to the ocean. The area is filled with wallabies who hung around our balcony during the day. They didn’t serve breakfast however deliver a continental breakfast basket for an additional $15 in the evening to enjoy the next morning. It was a gorgeous basket filled to the brim with too many goodies to eat in one morning.
Richardson’s Bistro was a hidden gem. We decided to try this bistro at the last minute and were blown away by this view from the balcony. The menu is also excellent and reasonably priced with all kinds of dishes from roasts to pastas, pizzas and curries. I would happily eat there every night of the week with this stunning view if I could!
Tombola Freycinet was also great for gourmet pizzas which we took back to our apartment to enjoy while looking at the ocean.
We did the Wine Glass Bay walk inside Freycinet National Park. This is a tough but enjoyable 2.5 to 3 hour round trip. It’s a steep hike for an hour from the car park to the Wine Glass Bay lookout followed by an easier descent for about an hour to the Wine Glass Bay beach which is only accessible by foot and boat. The water was freezing cold though so we didn’t get much of a swim. The hike back to the car park involves a steep uphill climb back to the Wine Glass Bay lookout followed by a downhill walk. It was great exercise but it’s not an easy walk. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to my parents.
My boyfriend also enjoyed a kayaking tour around Coles Bay (while I enjoyed blogging and reading at our apartment with the best backyard!).
Stayed: at Barnbougle Lost Farm in a lovely room with a small balcony overlooking the golf course. It was very busy when we stayed because they had their annual polo event, but I would imagine it’s usually fairly quiet.
Eat: We ate all our meals at Barnbougle because it was convenient. The food was great but the service was slower than we had experienced elsewhere in Tasmania. But the main drawcard was the exceptional views from the restaurant.
Activities: Of course my boyfriend enjoyed playing golf.
I drove to Bridport and walked along the walking track by the beach. Afterwards I treated myself to a magnesium salt spa with a stunning view. I felt very lucky.
There was also this beautiful, pristine and untouched beach accessible from the restaurant at Barnbougle. We were the only two people on the beach for miles. It was so peaceful and relaxing.
Stayed: at Quamby Estate, a large country manor set in a beautiful, peaceful estate. The house was beautiful with antique décor and furniture, low handles on the doors and old keys to get into the rooms. Inside the room there was wifi, a TV, iPod dock and a modern bathroom.
Eat: We ate a beautiful 3 course dinner that night and a delicious cooked breakfast the next morning before heading to the airport.
Activities: There is plenty to do here but we just didn’t have enough time. We did, however, enjoy the lovely little wine and cheese pack from our mini bar outside on the lawns.
After our cooked breakfast we drove for half an hour to the small airport, bought a ton of items such as lavender tea, lavender soaps, Tasmanian honey and dukkah for our families and hopped on the plane back to Sydney. We felt relaxed, recharged and happy after our trip and definitely want to go back to Tasmania again for more.