Stefanie and her parents, Phillip and Sany, from Hong Kong, experienced a 4-day tour of Tasmania’s beautiful east coast.
Upon pick-up from their Hobart hotel we headed for the Triabunna Ferry with stops at Buckland, to view the oldest colonial artefact in the State, the tryptic main leadlight window in the town’s church. We also took a short walk on Spring Beach before a snack at the Orford roadhouse.
We boarded the 12noon ferry to Maria Island and, once there, sighted our first wombat only metres from the jetty. We did the walk out to the painted rocks and saw many wombats and forester kangaroos along the way. The return journey was a little tricky with recent rain causing several parts of the walkway to be under water. A short walk around the historic village of Darlington saw us back on the return ferry at 3:30pm.
We drove to Bicheno with a great viewing of the Blowhole and fish & chips at the Gulch before booking into our hotel. We saw several little penguins after sunset which was the perfect finish to a great day.
Our second day we climbed to the Wineglass Bay lookout in the Freycinet National Park, stopped off at Honeymoon Beach and had an early lunch at Freycinet Marine Farm. We took a peak at some live southern rock lobster at the Lobster Shack at Bicheno on our way north to St Helens. Here we stocked up with food for our next two nights at remote Icena Farm, near Gladstone, on the far north east coast. We called in at the Pyengana Dairy and marvelled at the Little Blue Lake, just past Pioneer, on our way to Gladstone. A meal at the Gladstone Hotel was the end to another big day.
Day three saw us drive the Forester Way in the Mt William National Park spotting several kangaroos and wallabies along the way. We then did the 90-minute return walk to the Mt William summit offering great views. In the afternoon we drove to Little Musselroe Bay to view the wind farm and visit the Tebrakunna Visitors Centre for an insight into aboriginal culture and history. We then drove out to Eddystone Point and took a short walk to the northern end of the Bay of Fires. The day was completed with a BBQ cooked by owner of Tasmania i-Drive, Rob, followed by a torchlight wildlife walk.
Our last day involved a lot of driving with stops at Derby, for breakfast, Bridestowe Lavender Farm, for retail therapy, Launceston, for a stroll though city park and a look at the macaque monkeys, Ross, to visit the wool centre and visit the magnificent old bridge, Oatlands, to photograph Callington Mill, and Richmond, for a late lunch, to see the bridge and take a stroll through the town. We were back at the Hobart airport before 4:30pm for their scheduled flight home.
We sure did pack a lot into a short amount of time but the family all agreed the holiday had been everything they had wished for!