Six good friends from Singapore enjoyed a five-day tour of some of Tasmania’s highlights. Krys, Cherlyn, Rachel, Shirlen, Grace and TS were collected from Hobart airport late on a Sunday afternoon and following a short tour of the city taken to their self-contained accommodation in Battery Point.
The Tassie tour began the following morning with a drive to the summit of Mt Wellington to experience some very chilly wind along with the great views on offer. We stopped by the Cascade Brewery on our way out to MONA. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic mix of artworks on display. Our final destination for the day was Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. A good sighting of the spotted tail quoll and seeing the tawny frogmouths being fed were bonuses along with hand feeding the kangaroos and getting up close with devils, koalas and wombats.
Our second day saw us heading for the Tasman Peninsula and the Port Arthur Historic Site. Along the way we stopped in at the Sorell Fruit Farm where a couple of punnets of strawberries were picked before we continued to Eaglehawk Neck. Visits to the Pirates Bay Lookout, Tessellated Pavement, Devils Kitchen and Tasman Arch followed, with a fish & chip lunch at the Blowhole. A highlight for the day was the very entertaining introductory talking tour given at the Port Arthur Historic Site. The short boat trip out to the Isle of the Dead completed our time at the site before heading back to Hobart via a chocolate tasting at the Federation Chocolate Factory at Taranna.
Day three and we set off for Maydena where the girls had booked the Maydena Mountain Cabins for the night to spend some time with the farm’s alpacas. We stopped at a supermarket at New Norfolk to purchase supplies for a BBQ feast planned for the evening meal. There was no chance of seeing a platypus at Westerway as the Tyenna River was moving very fast due to recent rain. The rain meant that Russell Falls was spectacular and we spotted a pademelon and the secretive pink-breasted robin on our return walk from the Falls. After lunch we drove to the nearby carpark for the Tall Trees Circuit. A huge gust of wind while we were here had a small tree nearby fall without warning and this certainly had a few people jumping! Neither dinner nor the alpacas disappointed on what was a great day out.
It was a late start this morning to allow the group to get involved with the morning feeding of the alpacas. We had a long drive ahead crossing Lake Meadowbank and passing through Hamilton and Bothwell with a brief stop at Ross to view the magnificent 1836 built bridge. We continued on toward the east coast along the Lake Leake Road before finally stopping at Bicheno for a late lunch at Tasmanian Coastal Seafoods at The Gulch. Our next stop was the Blowhole followed by a wine tasting at the recently opened Overtime Vineyard. The girls had a stroll on the beach at Friendly Beaches on our way to their accommodation for their last night in Tasmania, at Coles Bay.
The sun shone on our last day together as we climbed the steps to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. The obligatory photos were taken and we then made our way to Cape Tourville for a final short walk. An early lunch at Freycinet Marine Farm followed by dessert at Kate’s Berry Farm at Swansea had the group ready for the trip home. We were back at Hobart airport by mid-afternoon for them to begin their return journey.
All agreed we could have done with a little more sunshine but a great time was had by all just the same.