How to travel Tasmania in 10 days - A Photographer's Edition

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This post contains A LOT of information and you will most likely want to read it all, so please allocate sufficient time and concentration.

Last December (2017), I visited the wonderful state of Tasmania with my husband, Jean, and friends Taylor & Nathan.

We had ten days, and a fairly strict schedule, staying at the most for two nights at any one place. In short it went a little bit like this:

 Stanley’s Nut and our tour group

Stanley’s Nut and our tour group

10 Days in Tassie

Hobart x 2 nights

Swansea x 2 nights

Launceston x 1 night

Stanley x 2 nights

Cradle Mountain x 2 nights

Richmond x 1 night

Visiting Tasmania with friends was so much fun, and we also got to split the costs of most accomodation and the car hire with them. Taylor is also a photographer, and so, we both did a lot of research prior to our holiday in order to make sure we visited some of the most highly photogenic places in Tasmania. Any photographs of me in this blog post are photographed by her.

Seeing as I am cramming 10 days worth of travel photographs into this one post, I am going to break it up into the towns we stayed in and what we did whilst staying there to make it easier for you to find what you are most interested in.

So let’s begin!

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HOBART

We arrived in Hobart on a Thursday, late in the morning. We picked up our car at the airport and drove straight to a Stefano Lubiana Wines for lunch… Insta-worthy restaurant #1.

It was a terribly hot day, but still we chose to sit outside to enjoy our lunch (and wine) while overlooking the picturesque view. The building and decor screamed as if we had somehow driven to the Italian countryside.

After our lunch, we headed back into Hobart to check into our Airbnb in Sandy Bay, which was totally gorgeous and so cosy.

Sandy Bay is a beautiful suburb and we enjoyed wandering the street in the afternoon, trying to make the most of the sunshine, as rain and wind was forecast for the next few days.

Friday was horrifyingly wet and rainy. However, we had been planning to visit MOMA, and so after one of the most amazing meals ever at Born in Brunswick for a late breakfast, we spent most of our day there. MOMA was amazing, and a must-see as most people will tell you.

That afternoon we walked around the streets of Hobart in the rain, had seafood chowder for dinner and ice cream for dessert at Van Dieman’s Ice Creamery.

And of course on our last morning, which was Saturday, we visited the Salamanca markets before we left. We ate the most amazing blueberry danishes, tasted lavender liqueur and bought some produce to take with us to Swansea.

We found it hard to buy Tasmanian cheeses in grocery stores, so my recommendation would be to try and pick some up at the markets if you can! I packed a cold bag in my suitcase for this reason.


SWANSEA

Our next destination was Swansea, and we stayed at Piermont, our accomodation splurge for the holiday. We couldn’t wait! However the weather that day was less than desirable... pouring rain, and gail-force winds.

So before leaving Hobart, I made an emergency stop at Country Road to buy something woollen and more socks as I had not packed for temperatures of 12 degrees.

Soon we were on our way and we didn’t let the rain stop us getting out of the car to pick wild daisies or to trek across the beach to check out a dilapidated shack.

We reached Piermont by early afternoon and were starving! So we checked into our cottage and quickly set off to the closest winery for lunch.

We booked a two bedroom cottage, with one room as the loft. There was a fireplace and kitchen where we made our breakfasts, and dinner one night. Unfortunately the crazy weather meant we couldn’t enjoy the balcony which overlooked the bay and Freycinet National Park.

To be honest with you, Swansea hasn't got heaps going on. There weren’t many great places to eat in town. Anywhere decent to eat was a either fair drive away, to a winery, or at the Piermont restaurant itself, and while it was beautiful and delicious we didn’t want to eat there several meals in a row.

We had booked to stay at Piermont because of its beauty, but also as a gateway to visit Freycinet National Park, which we planned to visit on the Sunday. Our plans had to change when the forecast was more wind and rain, and so we decided to do a drive inland to visit Cambell Town.

And so we spent part of our day wandering around looking at some of the antique shops, a book store and had lunch at Zeps Cafe (we weren’t sure where to eat, but this place turned out to be pretty good!).

The highlight of Campbell Town was this gorgeous old building (below) covered in roses, if you want to hunt it down, it is on King Street.

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The day we checked out of Piermont, the sky was turning blue again! It was still a bit windy, but not as bad as it had been, so we made the trip to Freycinet to walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout, and we were so glad we did!


HIGHFIELD HOUSE LAUNCESTON HANNAH PUECHMARIN

LAUNCESTON

We booked a night in Launceston as a break between driving from Swansea to Stanley. A “just to say we went there” kind of visit. But I was disappointed that we didn't stay two nights, as Launceston seems like a lovely city.

We drove from Freycinet NP straight to Launceston to check in to Highfield House. Located high on the hill in a beautiful suburb, I was thrilled with our choice upon arrival, so much so, I sent a quick photo to my parents as I thought they too would love it. My Dad replied saying that this was where they had stayed with me when I was 2 - visiting Tasmania for the first time!

After freshening up and changing outfits, we had organised with Bridestowe Lavender Estate for a sunset visit and had to drive an hour to get there. We were a little early in the season, but we did manage to find a patch of thick purple blooms.

In December, the sun sets in Tasmania at about 8.30pm at night! So we couldn’t stay until the end of sunset as we had to get back into town to have dinner.


The thing about Launceston was that many many restaurants were closed on a Monday night. We madly googled and flicked through brochures at the B&B for somewhere to eat.
Soon we found a restaurant that was open and sounded good, so we booked a table at Geronimo at 8.45. It was probably the BEST meal we had in Tasmania. I had a delicious quince tarte tartin for dessert that was amazing. We all still rave about it.

LAUNCESTON FAVOURITES


On the Road…

On the way to Stanley, from Launceston, we planned to stop at the Tasmanian Food & Wine conservatory.

We found this place via insta, and it certainly served up the goods. With food sourced only from Tasmania, the restaurant had beautiful decor, delicious food and my kind of values.

We ordered oysters and a large share plate of cheeses, meats and pickles, with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling of course.


STANLEY

We went to visit Stanley for just one reason. The Nut.

The Nut is a bit of an iconic land formation that once was a volcano, it sits above the town and spills out into the ocean.

Stanley turned out to be my favourite place of the whole trip. The town is super quaint, and had one of the most original looking main streets that I have seen in Australia. No wonder they used it in the movie “The Light between Oceans” as our Airbnb host Sam was happy to tell us.

And actually, Sam was a man of note. He gave us a hand drawn map of Stanley, and eggs from his backyard chickens for our breakfast and provided us with a red torch to see the Penguins with.

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We stayed two nights in Stanley. On the first night we had steaks for dinner at the local pub, as we kind of had to seeing as we were in the land of Cape Grim. And then we put on all our warmest clothing and went to see the penguins.

Seeing Penguins in Stanley is easy, as there is a viewing area down by the beach. Please read up on what to do when seeing Penguins though, as there were a few irresponsible tourists that scared the penguins while we were there, meaning we waited two hours to see any of them!

While staying in Stanley we drove to the Tarkine region to visit the forest there. However, we honestly didn't put enough research into this day and spent a long time driving without really knowing what we were going to see. Add to that, we were disorganised and didn’t bring lunch with us, and had to buy sandwiches from the dodgiest looking service station where the woman didn’t know how to use the EFTPOS machine.

On the plus side, we came across rampant foxgloves, growing through the forest. So of course we stopped and we took many photos!

On the way home from the Tarkine we stopped in Smithton and bought some meat at the butcher and did our grocery shopping for Cradle Mountain.

To end our day, the sun and sky really put on a show as we ate delicious local cheese and drank wine watching the view below. Bliss.

STANLEY FAVOURITES


CRADLE MOUNTAIN

Our next destination was Cradle Mountain for two nights. Armed with Cape Grim Beef Pies from the Stanley Bakery for our long drive we set off late morning. My advice is to fill up your tank before! We had a scary moment as we drove through the national park realising we were low on fuel - fortunately there is a fuel station at the tourist centre but I would choose to be careful next time!

It was still fairly gloomy weather, and so we were glad to be checking into a cosy cabin with a fireplace already lit for us.

We stayed at the Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages. There weren't many photos on their website, so I was a little unsure of how it would turn out. However it was clean and warm, quite quaint on the outside, with fairly basic furnishings on the inside. If I had the opportunity to splurge again we might have stayed at the Cradle Mountain Lodge instead.

After unpacking we set out to find some wombats, as late in the afternoon is the best time to see them waddling around and grazing.

Jean, in his element, helped us spot many of them! They were everywhere and we could barely contain our excitement.

Again we had drizzly weather for most of the day (some blue sky peeked through at times). But we rugged up and set out to the Dove Lake Circuit with sandwiches that we made from our leftover roast the night before.

We also did the walk between Ronny Creek and Snake hill, where we were very lucky to see a baby wombat out in the middle of the day.

We didn’t have the chance to do many other walks, so that is on the must-do list for next time.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN FAVOURITES


RICHMOND

Richmond is a small town just outside of Hobart, probably about a 30-40 minute drive. We decided to stay there upon a recommendation from my parents to visit. We timed our stay there poorly as most of the town had been taken over for a music festival.

However, we still enjoyed looking at some antique centres around Richmond and had a wonderful breakfast before heading to the airport at Stone and Barrow, where they had a lovely grassed outdoor seating area and a dog named Clyde.

To escape the music festival we drove into Hobart to see the Botanical Gardens as we missed them earlier in the holiday due to the weather. We were most excited to see the conservatory, and it was well worth the visit. We didn’t have much time to spend there, and I would have it on my list to do for next time.

We also snuck in an extra ice cream at Van Deiman’s Ice Creamery because it was the best ice cream I have had. I recommend the pepper berry and honey.. yum!!

RICHMOND FAVOURITES


You need to go to Tasmania!

I feel like I have said enough, but as a final word… I can’t wait to go back, as there are so many wonderful things we didn’t get to see.

I hope you found this useful and if you have any questions about my trip, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Happy Travelling!