Friends Lesley & Steve and Julie & Michael, From South Australia, and Wendy & Gerard from Queensland, had a cold but fun day tour visiting the Tasman Peninsula.
Our day was meant to begin with a drive to the summit of Mount Wellington but the unseasonal weather had the road up the mountain closed so we headed for the Mount Nelson Signal Station lookout instead. Great views over the Hobart CBD and beyond toward Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula, our destination for the day, were afforded us from this vantage point.
The next stop on our journey was the Bangor Vineyard Shed, at Dunalley, for a mid-morning wine tasting. The group enjoyed the range of wines and the informative and friendly staff assisting with the tasting. Following a couple of purchases, it was back on the road with our next stop the Pirates Bay lookout. The weather gods were helping out and we got some good shots of the rugged coastline out toward Cape Hauy. Down the road a little we took a stroll to view the tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck.
We then visited the geological features named Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch before heading for a lunch stop at the Fox & Hounds Inn at Port Arthur. The very English feel of the pub saw bangers & mash the order of the day for the majority of the crew. After lunch, it was onto the feature of the day, the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. We dodged a shower of rain prior to the entertaining walking tour and dodged another during the 20-minute boat cruise out to the Isle of the Dead.
A quick stop to pay our respects at the memorial before beginning the journey back to Hobart, arriving back just on nightfall at 6pm. The group made their appreciation known having enjoyed their big day out with Tasmania i-Drive.