I shot out of bed as the alarm sounded, The sun was not even up! Matt looked at me and frowned, as I prodded him to get out of bed. I went downstairs, made us a coffee and raced up to finish getting ready. (and to make sure Matt hadn’t gone back to sleep) The Taxi rocked up and in a matter of door shutting we were of catch a plane and started our HONEYMOON!
****WARNING the following images may convince you to jump on a plane and go to Tasmania!
LAUNCESTON: We flew in over farming pastures and rolling hills, landed at the airport, as we entered the departures lounge I discovered it was full of retired couples and golfing enthusiasts. We took our youthful selves straight to the rental car (PS thanks Matt for booking the Audi over the Getz, later we realise we needed the extra power for all those rolling hills!)
The Quadrant was such a cute place to browse for anything “ye old time” and ultimately Tasmanian in the way of fresh flowers, produce, local confectionary and deli.
|With what we ate last night you would think we’d need to jog it off the next morning… but No. Here we go to “Stillwater” (one of Australia’s best restaurants) for breakfast! www.stillwater.net.au We later returned that night for dessert!|
|Brady’s lookout over the Tamar Valley. Great Wine country! We stopped in at Rosevears and snapped up an amazing Pinot Noir and Resiling. Would have been great to stay all day and sip wines but we had to make our way to Cradle Mountain via Devonport.|
DEVONPORT: Don’t waste too much time making the trip up…. Yes yes the sights are nice while driving and Yes it does have a nice look out but if you’re on your way to Cradle mountain from Launceston I don’t really think its worth the detour.
We drove around the main area, saw the Spirit of Tasmania, Stopped off at the lighthouse and look out, grabbed a pie from Banjo’s and left. I don’t really think we missed much.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN: The drive to Cradle Mountain was great. Winding roads along hilly farming land with occasional wineries along the way. We made a pit stop along the way and I took this photo. Little did I realise this would be nearly the best view of Cradle mountain before we made it to Peppers Cradle Mountain lodge.
|We managed to get out and go for a walk the next day. Matt wasn’t feeling very well so we didn’t do any hard core overnight walks but we did get to appreciate the wilderness around us on some of the shorter boardwalks.|
HOBART: We arrived after about 5 hours drive from Cradle Mountain. Yes 5 hours seems like a long time for a couple to be in a car together, but it was a really good drive with plenty of hairpins through the mountains, rainforest, national parks, wildlife spotting, pasture land. We simply just took it all in. We booked straight in to the Hotel Grand Chancellor (thanks for the champagne on arrival!) and set about exploring our new traps!
|Thirsty? stop in at the Mona wine bar on the lower level for a shaken not stirred cocktail!|
|After a night of super indulgence in the Palate restaurant last night with a world class degustation paired with wines I chose to have a sleep in. Who wouldn’t want to stay in bed with this view.|
|Breakfast before we head out on a couple of tours.|
|We head out at 9ish on a 1300hp cruiser to navigate around Schouten Island on the way we learn about the whaling and fisheries and coal/tin mining history. This is the lichen that grows on the clif faces of part of the island.|
|Around the corner from this place we spotted a colony of seals chilling out. we then stopped for refreshments of hot brewed coffee and fresh made cakes.|
|The tour finished up just before lunch, we invited another couple to join us as we sipped wine, ate another amazing course of food and soon after ducked out to check out the oyster farm.|
|images courtesy of saffire website|
|Very sadly our time here has come to an end. I filled out a complements card and expressed what an amazing place this is. With stellar staff who seemed to know our names and know what we had planned for the day. The attention to detail was incredible. All those little things were actually the big things! Back to work for me tomorrow. I don’t know how I’m meant to focus on Christmas trade in peak season at work after being here! www.saffire-freycinet.com.au|