Canadian Quartet Captivated by Tasmania

Sandra & Robert, and Gord & Wanda, were given an extended Tasmanian Icon Tour by Tasmania i-Drive.

An airport pick-up and short orientation tour of Hobart on the way to their accommodation got things underway. Our first full day together began with a drive to the summit of Mt Wellington. A couple of gaps in the cloud afforded us some great views over the city of Hobart. Following the drive back down we headed for Mt Field National Park. A bite of lunch at the Waterfalls Café and it was time to explore. We did the return walk taking in Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Tall Tree Loop. A lovely walk with some trout spotting along the way but the pademelons were staying hidden. We then returned to Hobart for the group’s second night in Tassie.

Day two began with a good breakfast at one of the many Salamanca precinct cafés followed by the group taking a look at the market. We then departed for the Port Arthur Historic Site and along the way stopped at the Pirates Bay Lookout, Tessellated Pavement, Devils Kitchen and Tasman Arch. Once at the PAHS we joined the introductory talk followed by the short cruise around the Isle of the Dead. By mid afternoon we were heading for the east coast and the Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park at Coles Bay. Dinner, and a drink or two, at the Iluka Tavern brought a close to the day.

Our third day commenced with breakfast at Freycinet Lodge before tackling the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk. The rain stayed away until we had reached the lookout, taken the required photos, and had begun our descent. A bonus was a close encounter with a Bennett’s wallaby on the way up. We were all a little damp by the time we got back to the vehicle and decided not to push our luck with another walk at Cape Tourville. We instead stopped off at the Pondering Frog for coffees and ice-creams followed by a wine tasting at Freycinet Vineyard! We then took the Lake Leake highway through to Campbell Town for lunch. The rain was still falling as we set-off for Sheffield. We took the secondary road through to Longford and then detoured through the township of Deloraine along the way. Dinner at the local hotel completed our day.

Day four and the weather was still a little damp! Following breakfast we set-off for Cradle Mountain National Park. We visited the Interpretation Centre and took the short walk to Pencil Pine Falls. Once again, we came face to face with a Bennett’s wallaby along the path. We then caught the shuttle bus to Dove Lake, chanced a quick walk out to the Boat Shed in the light drizzle, and caught the next shuttle back out. A quick bite at the visitor centre and then off to the 3.00pm tour at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary. The weather had improved somewhat and everyone had a great time learning about our Tasmanian Devils and feeding the Forrester kangaroos. We then headed for our final destination for the day, Launceston, and Peppers Seaport for the final night in Tassie.

Our last day together and the group were allowed a sleep-in with a 10.00am pick-up. We visited the Cataract Gorge on a pleasant morning and enjoyed the chairlift ride above the raging torrent of water heading toward the river Tamar. We then set-off for the groups luncheon appointment at Nadine’s Café at Pipers Brook Vineyard. Both couples thoroughly enjoyed their Tasmania grazing platters. It was the perfect finish to a whirlwind trip to Tassie! We were at Launceston airport with plenty of time for the group to catch their flight out.

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