During the Winter months, our aim is to get out and about to familiarise ourselves with our beautiful state. For this trip we were lucky enough to be heading to the north west coast of Tasmania and were very much looking forward to experiencing the areas natural scenery, breathtaking views and of course the local food trail. We made our first stop at Devonport where we stayed overnight at the Quality Hotel Gateway. Debbie the Hotel Manager made us feel very welcome by showing us what the property has to offer including the onsite cider bar and restaurant, onsite parking and comfortable rooms. We then headed to Mrs Jones for dinner where we relished in fresh local produce by the beachside.
On the Saturday morning after breakfast we travelled along the coast, stopping at a number of our partner accommodation properties located in Devonport, Ulverstone, Burnie, Wynyard and Stanley. The area has an assortment of accommodation options with fantastic hospitality, clean and comfortable rooms and great facilities. During the day we made a lunch stop at Boat Harbour Beach which was voted one of Australia’s top 10 beaches. The café located right next to the beach offers a great range of dine in and takeaway meals.
We finally made our way to Tall Timbers Tasmania located in Smithton, which offers guests a number of facilities including indoor pool and gym, bottle shop, sports bar and on-site restaurant 'Kauri Bistro'. After dinner we headed back to our hotel rooms which were well equipped for the Winter weather including wall heaters and electric blankets. Car parking is also located right outside your room.
On the last day of our travels we made the most of the north west food trail with stops at House of Anvers chocolate factory, Ashgrove Cheese and a lunch stop at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, which offers a mixture of savoury and sweet dishes. All were highly recommended by the entire team who stocked up on local treats!
Overall the north west coast is a must see with its amazing local produce, breathtaking scenery (including ‘The Nut' at Stanley) and easy to drive roads.View Accommodation In Tasmania's North West View Attractions In Tasmania's North West
Making the most of the June long weekend myself and my partner headed to Tahune Airwalk located an hour south of Hobart’s CBD. Tahune Airwalk is famous for its elevated walkway which is 30m above the forest floor with the final section of the airwalk sitting 50m above the Huon River.
There are two other walks at Tahune – Swinging Bridges Walk (allow one hour return) and the Huon Pine Walk (20 minute return) both are fairly easy walks for anyone with a moderate fitness level. If you were to do both walks including the Airwalk itself this would take around 2 hours to complete.
If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous Tahune also offers Eagle Hang Gliding – Thrill Seekers definitely shouldn’t miss this. Another option is the Twin River Adventure including a 2.5 hour trip with 4kms of fun mixed between excitement and laid back enjoyment. These 2 tours are available at an additional cost above your entry fee.
There is also a café located onsite which offers local produce, wines, ciders and beer with dine in and takeaway options available.Find Out More About Tahune Airwalk
A 30 minute drive from the Hobart CBD, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary offers guests the opportunity to see local Tasmanian wildlife and other Australian species up close.
Upon our arrival at Bonorong we were given a complimentary bag of Kangaroo food to use in “Kanga Land” and information regarding the inclusive daily tours which run at 11.30am, 2:00pm and 3:30pm. We were met by our friendly and enthusiastic guide Melissa and provided with an informative talk including Wombats, Tasmanian Devils and Koalas. After our guided tour we were then able to explore the sanctuary at our own leisure.
Bonorong is a 24/7 wildlife sanctuary with their main focus being to rehabilitate injured animals and orphans back to health before releasing them back into their natural habitat. Bonorong have recently opened their own Wildlife Hospital on site where you are able to view what is going on inside with the sick or injured animals from a special viewing deck inside the sanctuary, fitted with one-way glass.
Departing Bonorong we took the 20 minute drive to the historic town of Richmond for some morning tea at the Richmond Bakery, famous for its pastries and treats. We then headed to Riversdale Estate located a short drive from Richmond in Cambridge. The estate is the largest Tasmanian privately owned vineyard in the Coal River Valley and embraces the magnificent views from its cellar door, French restaurant and onsite cottages. Onsite there is also a Peter Rabbit Garden and an amazing area within the restaurant to enjoy high tea.Find Out More About Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Find Out More About Riversdale Estate
Making the most of the beautiful weather in Hobart I decided to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens with my family. Located close to Hobart’s City Centre the 14 hectare gardens include a Subantarctic House, Tasmanian section, Herb Garden, Japanese Garden and much more. The newly renovated Lily Pond platform is a must see. There is also a visitors centre, restaurant and takeaway area onsite. The gardens are a great attraction for all ages and the staff at the main gate are happy to provide a map on arrival to help you navigate your way around. Entry is a gold coin donation.
If you are looking for a day filled with fun, food and wine/whisky then look no further than the Bruny Island Traveller day tour.
Zuleika and myself had the pleasure of spending the day on Bruny Island and experiencing the delicious local produce the Island has to offer.
After a leisurely bus ride from Hobart to Kettering we made our way to Bruny Island via a short 15 minute ferry ride.
During the day we stopped at Bruny Island Cheese, Get Shucked Oysters, Bruny Island Berry Farm (morning tea stop), Bruny Island Premium Wines (lunch stop), Bruny Island Chocolate Company, Bruny Island Honey and finished at Bruny Island House of Whisky.
We were fortunate enough to see some of the famous and rare White Wallabies, a unique species of wallaby that can be seen around the Adventure Bay area. During the day we also got to see the best view of Bruny Island at The Neck, a narrow strip of land which connects North and South Bruny Island (climbing 279 stairs to the top is the best way to make sure you work up an appetite for lunch!).
Our day was filled with so much food and fun thanks to our tour guide Tim who was extremely friendly, very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions asked.
Whilst in Tasmania make sure you put aside a day to do this tour, with the lovely scenery you see and the gourmet food and wine you will taste, you wont be disappointed!Find Out More About Bruny Island Traveller
With an early morning start from Hobart’s Franklin Wharf we headed for the Bruny Island ferry located in Kettering, a 40 minute drive south of the city. After the short ferry ride across the channel we headed to Adventure Bay where we arrived at the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre for morning tea which included a delicious Blueberry Muffin with a tea/coffee or cold drink.
After morning tea had settled it was time to board the three hour Eco Cruise with the lovely and enthusiastic tour guides.
We happily sat at the front of the boat taking in the view of the beautiful tall sea cliffs, powerful blowholes and even baby seals!
Three hours later we stepped foot on shore and sat down to an amazing pumpkin soup and salad roll in the café located at Adventure Bay.
A quick stop at Get Shucked Oysters drive through, it was then full steam ahead back to Hobart City.
All in all, this tour is one of the Must Do’s whilst in Hobart.Find Out More About Bruny Island Cruises
In March I had the opportunity to join the Blue Derby Pods Ride based around the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails on Tasmania’s North East Coast. Whether you are an avid bike rider or haven’t been on a bike for years the guides will cater to your needs.
A 90 minute beginners lesson is on offer the night before the tour departure giving you the chance to get to know the bike you will be riding throughout your tour as well as shake any nerves you may have. This lesson also gives you the chance to learn the basic do’s and don’ts while riding through the Blue Derby Mountains.
Perfectly built and maintained trails are not the only thing you experience while on this tour - the fresh Tasmanian produce and luxurious accommodation is like nothing I’ve experienced before.
By the end of the Blue Derby Pods Ride I am almost certain you would have felt the “flow”.Find Out More About The Blue Derby Pods Ride