In the past weeks, hubby and I went on a bit of a holiday spree. Within less than 24 horus of returning from Maldives, we were aboard the Spirit of Tasmania for a trip with the family. We were there for five full days, excluding the time spent on the ship. As we had gone in our cars we were able to see quite a fair bit.
On the way from Devonport to Cradle Mountain, we stopped by 41 Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm. Our visit started with free tastings of their produce such as smoked salmon, salmon rillettes, ginseng spice and ginseng honey. For $25 we did the farm tour where we fed the fish, enjoyed the nature and learnt how they grew their salmon and ginseng. We ended our visit by buying a few products from their store which we are currently enjoying!
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, a short distance from the information centre and starting points of several walks. It was very close to nature, late at night and in the early morning we saw a Tasmanian Devil (!) and several wallabies. We walked the Dove Lake Circuit and were treated to beautiful views of Cradle Mountain. Halfway through the walk it started to rain and even though we were tired, we had a lot of fun goofing around. We were also very proud of ourselves for completing a 6km walk given that we seldom exercise!
The next day we drove to Launceston, where we checked into The Lido. We stayed in a three bedroom apartment that was beautifully decorated and equipped with more than just your basic facilities. There were two bathrooms, self-contained kitchen, washing machine, dryer, TV, DVD library, all this for a very affordable price. When I woke up in the morning, I rolled over to an amazing hilly scenery of Launceston out the window. Great feeling!
In Launceston, we visited the Cataract Gorge. It is famous for its chairlift but we thought it would be too hot, plus the ride seemed very far. We had lunch at the Basin Cafe, and took a walk around afterwards. That afternoon, we drove along the Tamar Valley Wine Route. We were quite short on time so we only stopped at one winery, Goaty Hill Wines. Ever since my trip to Rutherglen I have been quite interested in wine tasting. My brother and I tried a variety of wines and I ended up buying my second bottle of wine ever, Gewürtzramier.
The next day we had the crazy idea to stop by Freycinet Peninsula before heading off to Hobart. This resulted in more than 5 hours of driving in a day but it was so worth it! Look at that view. This was taken from the lookout point at Wineglass Bay. It was a relatively short but steep walk to the lookout point, and it was so hot and tiring but we eventually made it. It was then time to drive to Hobart.
We stayed at Salamanca Inn which, sad to say, was the most disappointing accommodation of all. While it had a great location, the apartment was tiny with furniture that was falling apart. The boom gate at the car park didn't work, only four towels were prepared and only one puny bottle of shampoo and conditioner were supplied to share amongst the five of us. The bed frame was so shaky that it hit the wall with every toss and turn. Despite all this, we did have a very good stay in Hobart. We visited Mona which I found bizarre yet intriguing. I didn't think I was going to like it but surprisingly I really enjoyed my time there. It just amazed me how human minds can be so creative and different.
We also took a scary drive to the top of Mount Wellington for panoramic views of the city. It was so cold we quickly took a lot of photos and headed back to the car, which wouldn't unlock for a while. The scenery was so unreal it reminded of Sim City.