Esther and Charlie from Georgia, USA and Australian relative, Ros, from Melbourne, enjoyed a short tour of Tasmania on three Day Tours provided by Tasmania i-Drive.
Day One – Mt Field National Park
The first day it was just Esther and Charlie with our first destination Mt Field National Park. We walked to Russell Falls and then continued on past the steps to the top of the falls to the Tall Tree Circuit. Here we saw the giant swamp gums and enjoyed a close encounter with one of the parks’ pademelons. After leaving we enjoyed a nice lunch at The Possum Shed at Westerway before heading for Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We got some great photos of the koalas and echidnas, in particular, with the only animal a little shy being the Tasmanian Devil due to the heat of the day. Esther was very impressed with the vocal display of the male koala as he gave full voice to his mating call! She also loved hand feeding the kangaroos.
Day Two – Bruny Island
On our second day we were joined by Ros for a day on Bruny Island. We drove through Salamanca, Battery Point, Sandy Bay and Kingston on the long way down to the ferry terminal at Kettering. Once on Bruny Island we drove the loop on the north island with a stop at the Dennes Point café for coffee. Next stop was Get Shucked for oysters washed down with some good Tasmanian wine. Following a cheese tasting we headed for Bruny Island Premium Wines for a long lunch. Our next stop was the Cook Monument, at Captain Cook’s landing place in Adventure Bay, followed by a short rain forest walk.
On our way back we climbed the steps to the Truganini Lookout at The Neck which was well worth the effort for fabulous views. A quick call in to the Bruny Island House of Whisky for a tasting and it was onto the end of the queue for the ferry back to Kettering.
Day Three – Freycinet National Park
Our third, and last, day together involved quite a bit of driving. First stop on the way was the historic township of Richmond. We visited the 1823 built bridge and the Old Richmond Gaol for a taste of convict life. We then headed for Tasmania’s east coast with a stop at Kate’s Berry Farm at Swansea. After a quick coffee we continued to our destination, the Freycinet National Park. The climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout was strenuous but well worth the effort. It was a perfect day with the azure water making for some great pictures. After descending we then drove to Cape Tourville with the view back to The Hazards and the proximity to the sea cliffs being enjoyed by all.
Our final stop for the day was Freycinet Marine Farm. We had a relaxing casual lunch of fresh seafood with some wine and cider, and in my case, ginger beer, washing down the delicious food. It was then back to Hobart airport for Esther and Charlie to continue their journey and Ros to return home.