It was all go on my latest personalised tour with a lovely family from Singapore. Dominic, Wei Wei, Zoe and Hazel. We combined the girls love of animals with mum and dad’s appreciation of food and wine and the whole family’s enjoyment of nature.
After a late morning pick-up from Launceston airport it was straight off to 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm for a lite lunch, short walk to Montana Falls, and fish feeding. Ice-cream at the Chudleigh Honey shop was followed by our attendance at Trowunna Wildlife Park’s guided tour featuring Tasmanian Devils and Wombats. The night was spent at Sheffield, the town of murals.
Cradle Mountain National Park
Our first full day began with the drive to Cradle Mountain National Park. We took the short walk out to the boat house and made the most of fabulous weather to take some great photos of Cradle Mountain on a clear day with a ribbon of snow on its upper reaches. We than made our way to Devonport to view the historic home of Australia’s only Tasmanian born Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, in Home Hill. We then drove, via tastings at Ashgrove Cheese and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, to the historic village of Ross for the night.
Freycinet National Park
The next day, after a quick look at the beautiful 1836 Ross bridge, we headed for the Freycinet National Park. The girls did a great job for their ages and managed the climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout largely unassisted! Another glorious day saw photos galore taken by all in attendance. After the descent, and a visit to Cape Tourville, it was off to Freycinet Marine Farm for a late seafood lunch. Wine tastings at Devils Corner and Milton, and a quick stop at Kate’s Berry Farm, preceded the drive to Hobart.
Port Arthur Historic Site
The third full day saw us at the Port Arthur Historic Site via the Pirates Bay Lookout and a short walk to see the Tessellated Pavement at Eagle-Hawk Neck. We spent about three hours here joining the introductory walking tour, the cruise around the Isle of the Dead, and lunch at the newly revamped visitor centre. On our return journey we had a chocolate tasting at Heritage Chocolates and viewed the geological features of Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and the Blowhole.
Early next morning it was straight off to Hobart airport after the whirlwind tour.