Brothers Bjorn and Dirk, with their partners Anne and Kerstin, were treated to fabulous weather on a 4-night tour of some of Tasmania’s most iconic locations.
We first met on the day prior to the commencement of the tour when a larger group consisting of seven, which included friends Christian and Joe, and Joe’s mum, Bridget, accompanied me on a day tour to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site.
With my group of 4 on board we headed straight from Hobart to Somercotes Farm for some cherries before driving through Ross taking in the splendid architecture of the 1836 Ross Bridge. After passing through Deloraine we stopped in at 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm for a tasting and some take-away lunch as we headed to Trowunna Wildlife Park. The girls, especially, loved the kangaroos and enjoyed hand feeding them enormously. We spent time learning more about some more of our marsupials including wombats and Tasmanian devils.
I collected them from their accommodation at Cradle Mountain on the second morning and we made our way to Dove Lake to walk around the lake. The weather was perfect and offered great photo opportunities of Cradle Mountain. Following the trek, we set off for Launceston via a late lunch at Sheffield. After taking a stroll amongst the many outdoor murals we stopped in at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Ashgrove Cheese for tastings on our way.
Day three began with a stroll around Launceston’s number one attraction, Cataract Gorge, followed by a visit to the macaque monkeys in City Park. We then began the long drive to the east coast via Avoca, Fingal and St Marys. We stopped for a light lunch at Avoca Berry Delights with its distinctive cow-like black and white paint job. The girls were after another chance to mingle with the kangaroos so we stopped at East Coast Natureworld to oblige. We then drove past The Gulch and Blowhole, at Bicheno, on our way to their final destination for the day, Edge of the Bay Resort at Coles Bay.
After a good breakfast at Freycinet Lodge the group joined Wineglass Bay Cruises for the trip to Wineglass Bay onboard their fabulous catamaran on what was another perfect day. They saw many seabirds and common dolphins, as well as the iconic beach. On their return we did a wine tasting at Craigie Knowe, Devil’s Corner and Freycinet vineyards, before returning for a short walk at Cape Tourville in the National Park to complete the day.
Day five saw us breakfasting at The Pondering Frog Café before heading straight to Hobart Airport for their flight to Sydney. The Germans were great company and the great weather and great locations certainly made for a great trip!