Lin & Sam, Jessie & Paul and Alice & Tony experienced a little of what Tasmania has to offer over 2 days while on a cruise from Sydney.
Day one of their cruise ship shore tour began with the drive to the summit of Mt Wellington. It was clear as we started the climb but when we reached the summit the clouds had descended with very low visibility, sleet, and a wind chill factor that had the Tasmanian born tour guide heading for cover. They loved it. “This is something we don’t get in Singapore!” they said. We next enjoyed a tour of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary with some great photo opportunities with our Tasmanian devil. Then off to Richmond for a look through some of the eclectic mix of shops, a photo of the bridge, and lunch.
The group then enjoyed a wine tasting at Frogmore Creek Winery followed by oysters at Barilla Bay and honey at the Tasmania Honey Centre. On the return journey we took in the view from the Rosny Point lookout and drove though Sandy Bay and Battery Point on the way back to the ship.
The second day’s touring began with collecting the group from Port Arthur where the ship was moored. Our first stop was Remarkable Cave followed by the Coal Mines Historic Site. We then drove to the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed for some seafood washed down with some Tassie wine. We then headed back toward Eaglehawk Neck and stops at the Pirates Bay lookout, Tessellated Pavement, Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch. We lunched on fish & chips at the Blowhole fish & chip van before heading for the Port Arthur Lavender Farm.
Our final stop was back at the Port Arthur Historic Site where we joined an introductory walking tour. A wander around the site following the talk with some final photos and it was all over.
They said they had all had a good time and were talking about moving here to live!