Jeanine & Daniel from Massachusetts, USA and their 6-year-old grandson, Paul, recently settled in Tasmania, enjoyed 3 separate Day Tours of Tasmania. This was mostly about giving young Paul a good feel for Tasmanian history, flora and fauna, or, as he might call them, plants and animals! None of the animals were going to compete with a boy’s love of dinosaurs but the special sighting of a platypus came pretty close!
Day Tour One
Our first day together we visited Carrunga Sheep Farm and saw sheep getting rounded-up by the working dogs and a shearing demonstration by farm owner, Tim. We also learnt about crops and visited some dry forest to view wallabies in the wild. Following some great scones and coffee we set off for Mt Field National Park. We stopped for lunch at The Possum Shed at Westerway and, following this, saw the platypus in the Tyenna River. At the National Park we did the full circuit including Russell Falls and the Tall Trees walk.
Day Tour Two
Day two started out a bit drizzly and we decided on a visit to Zoodoo Zoo near Richmond. We had a great time looking at the Tasmanian animals as well as the exotic. Paul hand fed kangaroos, wallabies, a deer, and a devil. The last one was closely supervised with safety a primary concern. He also had close encounters with so many animals I lost count! Following the zoo we set off for Richmond to view the bridge and visit the old gaol. Paul loved the convict history so it was decided to take him to Port Arthur for our last day together.
Day Tour Three
Our final day was a fabulous summer’s day.
We stopped at the Pirates Bay Lookout for fabulous views and stopped briefly to inspect the “dog-line” at Eaglehawk Neck.
Next stop was The Tessellated Pavement followed by Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch, in the same area.
We reached the Port Arthur Historic Site for an early lunch. We had a look around the very informative gallery before joining the 1.00pm walking tour. A look through the Separate Prison and Penitentiary buildings followed before boarding the 2.20pm boat cruise. We saw the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer and learned a little of their history. Our last stop was the magnificent church ruin before heading back to Hobart. We made a brief stop on the way for a chocolate tasting at the Federation Artisan Chocolate factory at Taranna.
We all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and I am sure we gave Paul some great stories to tell when the school year begins!