Nalin & Mina and Nita & Deepak from Fiji along with Ushi & Jas from New Zealand combined two customised day tours with Tasmania i-Drive. The first beginning in Hobart and finishing in Launceston and the second going the other way with a day to explore Launceston, independently, in between.
The Monday began with the drive through Sorell with first stop Spring Beach at Orford. After a quick photo on this beautiful beach it was off to Kate’s Berry Farm for morning-tea. Everyone was energised ready for the climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout at Freycinet National Park. The weather was warm and there was not a cloud in the sky. The view from the lookout was fabulous and the descent a little quicker than the ascent! We all enjoyed a sumptuous seafood lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm before stopping for a wine tasting at Devil’s Corner Vineyard. We then took the Lake Leake Highway across to Campbell Town before turning right and heading for Launceston.
The gang enjoyed walking around Cataract Gorge and doing a Tamar River Cruise on their own before being collected for our second day together on the Wednesday. We headed straight down the Heritage Highway with our first stop for the day at the original bakery at Ross. Following morning-tea we had a look at the ornate sandstone bridge, built in 1836, and still in use today. We then continued south before turning off the highway and heading inland to Bothwell. Some buildings, with family connections for me, were pointed out on our way to Nant Distillery for a whisky tasting and lunch. After what was reported to me as being an excellent lunch we drove through to Hamilton, across Meadowbank Lake, and on to Westerway.
We had a short stop at a fruit farm to eat a few blackberries before heading to what was to be the highlight for the day, Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls. The Falls were very pretty with good water flow even though it is our driest time of year. On our return walk we came across a couple of pademelons which was a bonus to see these shy animals in the wild.
Straight back to Hobart in time to catch the peak-hour traffic. Everyone agreed it had been a memorable couple of days.