Philippine Family Group Week Long Tour
Naty & Rick, now residing in Sydney, and Rick’s brother Mike & Lily, now residing in San Francisco, enjoyed a customised, week-long tour, focusing on photographing Tasmania.
After leaving the airport we made our way to the Tasman Peninsula for a late lunch of fish & chips. We then spent the remainder of the afternoon at the Port Arthur Historic Site before heading for our first night at Lufra Hotel, Eaglehawk Neck.
Day 2 began with a look at the amazing geological features of Tasman Arch, The Devil’s Kitchen and Tessellated Pavement. Our next stop was the Sorell Fruit Farm and some strawberry picking (and sampling). We stopped at Richmond to view the bridge, built in 1823, and spend a little time while the ladies had some retail therapy. We then drove through New Norfolk on our way to Mt Field National Park to view Russell Falls, Tasmania’s most photographed waterfall.
On our 3rd day we headed north to Sheffield via the Highland Lakes Road. We had a stroll on the boardwalk at Pine Lake to view the magnificent old pencil pines. We then passed through Deloraine on the way to 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm for a late lunch. We stopped off at Chudleigh Honey Farm for a tasting before a visit to Trowunna Wildlife Park. The group saw the famous Tasmanian devil, wombats, and hand fed kangaroos.
Day 4 we took a walk around the magnificent murals at Sheffield before heading to Cradle Mountain and a trip in the shuttle bus to Dove Lake. The weather gods were smiling and we had fabulous views of Cradle Mountain from the lake. We walked a short distance along the right bank of the lake to the Boat Shed for some photographs from this iconic location. After leaving the area and driving toward Launceston we stopped for tastings at Ashgrove Cheese and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm.
We began the 5th day of our tour with a stroll around Launceston City Park and a viewing of the park’s macaque monkeys. We then spent time exploring The Cataract Gorge, including a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift. We drove along the east side of the Tamar River with a visit to Bridestowe Lavender Farm on our way to the village of Derby for a late lunch. This town has a history of tin mining dating back to the nineteenth century but has recently undergone a rejuvenation thanks to mountain biking enthusiasts. We stopped at the Pyengana Cheese Factory for a tasting and fed Priscilla the pig a beer on our way to St Helens and our accommodation for the night.
On our 6th day we drove to a small place called The Gardens located at the southern end of the Bay of Fires and accessed via Binalong Bay. We then stopped at the Iron House Brewery at White Sands Resort, Falmouth, where the group sampled the local beer prior to a delicious lunch. We then continued to Bicheno where we visited the geological sites called The Gulch and Blowhole. The group went penguin watching and managed to see one, lone Fairy Penguin before calling it a night.
The 7th day we headed straight for Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park. We went to Cape Tourville with fabulous views of The Hazards and we called in at Honeymoon Bay. We then visited Friendly Beaches where some final photos of Tasmania’s pristine east coast were taken. Following lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm we set off for Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. We visited Kate’s Berry Farm and a had a quick stop at Buckland to view the leadlight window in the town’s church, which dates back to the fourteenth century, before reaching our destination.
Our final morning saw us heading down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel passing the Shot Tower at Taroona before calling in to the Channel Heritage Museum at Margate. We then continued south to Kettering for a look at the marina before turning back at Woodbridge and arriving at Hobart airport just before midday for the groups flight back to Sydney.
A very busy week with many great memories captured by camera.