Dad and I are old hands at travelling in Tasmania but Sam has never been so we were kind of showing him around and just enjoying being in the land of our ancestors. They came out on sailing ships, one of them in chains but that’s a blog all of its own. We took the quick way and went by jet plane. Read on to find out where we went and what we did.
Dad, Sam and I caught a plane to Hobart and picked up our hire care. I thought we were going to get a Camry but it was a Mitsubishi SUV with more body roll than I’m used to. Sam said he wanted to look around and would prefer if I drove. So, I nervously ferried us to Wrest Point Casino. I opted for Valet parking so I didn’t have to try and work out where to park. It only cost $10. So hey, why not?
I took quite a few shots of the view of Hobart from our room in the tower. After that, we were pooped from our day of travel and rested before going upstairs to dinner in The Point revolving restaurant. They asked us several times if we were celebrating a special occasion. I started to wonder if we looked overdressed but I only had a top and pants on. Either that or we looked a bit country bumpkin and unused to dining out. Made us laugh anyway. Had quite a few drinks so had to watch I didn’t laugh too loud. I know how I can get, (she grins mischievously).
The next morning we drove around looking at Battery Point then stopped for a stroll along Salamanca Place. I found a cute fairy shop and posted pictures to my Instagram and Facebook accounts. Sam was excited to find an old style telephone booth and an antique book shop.
We headed off on a four and a half hour drive to Strahan. We stayed at the Village Inn on top of the hill and had amazing views from our rooms and the dining room. Being a coeliac I was very pleased with how many of the delicious dishes on the buffet were okay for me to eat. Sam was over the moon with fresh oysters and cooked prawns. Dad was happy he didn’t have to try and eat too much food. He hates wasting food and restaurant main meals are too big.
A wet day and we didn’t fancy spending six hours inside a boat so we skipped the river cruise this trip and toured all the local craft and gift shops and the wood mill. I bought a round of Huon Pine. The smell is amazing.
In the afternoon we went for a drive to Zeehan and back.
Another long drive through beautiful west coast bush and farmland to Somerset. My Dad was born there and he showed Sam and I the house he lived in until they moved onto a mixed farm at Lileah. We took the scenic Bass Hwy up to Smithton and checked in at Tall Timbers resort.
We toured the local area, including Lileah and Redpa and Marrawah. Dad pointed out areas of bush that he used to work, logging when only sixteen years old.
We visited historic Stanley. We looked in the tourist shops and galleries before having lunch in a cute cafe with a sailing ship in the window. The pictured hotel was across the road.
We drove back along the scenic Bass Hwy to Devonport and stayed at the Gateway Inn. It suited us perfectly.
Flew home to Melbourne from Devonport Airport but we were already talking about our next trip to Tasmania.
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