#jazzdbelltravels - Tasmania - Itinerary
Travelling Melbourne to Hobart.
Landing in Hobart, I took a $60 approx taxi to the hotel, Wrest Point. A little nostalgic as I used to stay in this hotel when I was a flight attendant. A shabby exterior, it has had a small facelift since then. I like that you can open the window and let the fresh Tassie air in. I booked directly through their website as they had Winter Warmer specials on, and utilised the $75 F&B credit with Pints and Parmas at the Bistro. The views and the sunset/sunrise were incredible, even from the first floor.
* The Salamanca Market - The Gillespie's Ginger Beer stand is my favourite, make sure you try the Ginger tea and don't forget your KeepCup because you should all have one by now. There's also the elusive German sausage man. It's Rhys' favourite, we did two hot laps trying to find him, but alas he was missing, possibly due to Covid. If you go and you find him, please let me know.
* Sonny - A must visit. A quaint wine bar, with a minimalist menu and wine selection written on a blackboard on the wall, there's bar seating, with a front row seat to the chef whipping up your snacks. We slowly made our way through the whole menu and paired beverage selections from Billy. We arrived right on opening and watched it fill up quickly, it's worth the wait and if you don't want to wait, be the first one there.
* The Moss Hotel - If gorgeous Instagrammable boutique hotels are your thing, you won't be disappointed, it's conveniently nestled in Salamanca. I enjoyed a Contra stay in the Grove Room and posted all about here.
* Born in Brunswick Cafe
* State Bookstore
Driving Hobart to Binalong Bay.
We hired a car from Hertz (Melbourne Football Club members get a discount). It ended up costing just over $100 a day and was so worth it.
The drive was picturesque, the fresh air gave me a buzz. There's a reel in my gram of the drive. We came across escapee sheep on the road during our drive, with the farmer and sheep dogs then running to the gate and rounding them up. It was truly entertaining (for us city folk).
The weather wasn't amazing on the second half of the drive but it meant great viewing at the Bicheno Blow hole. We made a short pit stop to check it out.
I almost don't want to share where we stayed so I can keep it a secret and stay whenever I want to, it was the perfect beach shack. We stopped at the IGA for supplies in town before arriving at the Binalong Beach Cottage. Located just far enough out of town that we lost phone reception (the cottage has wifi, if needed). The cottage is directly opposite Binalong Beach. I swam both days, incredibly refreshing, the water was clear and the bay was sheltered enough that there weren't too many waves.
Rhys planned our exploring day itinerary before we were back at the cottage with local ciders, beers and cheese watching the sunset from the verandah.
Binalong Bay & surrounds highlights
* Binalong Beach
* Bay of Fires Garden
* Beer Barrel Beach walk
Binalong Bay to Swansea
We drove back through Bicheno to stop at the legendary Lobster Shack. Now, if you are in the vicinity of this place and you don't stop to try a lobster roll you're well and truly missing out on one of the yummiest things I've tasted in my life. They've 100% perfected this lobster roll!
The Burrows, Swansea needs a blog post of it's own. If you're looking for a cosy home where you can switch off this is the place to stay. After stopping for supplies in town on the way, we literally didn't leave once we'd arrived. Another very Instagrammable abode, decked out for absolute comfort and relaxation. Rhys cooked and made coffees, I read and took a bath in the incredible bath house. Even if my trip was only two days here, it would have been worth it.
* The Lobster Shack
* Milton Wines
* Springvale Wines (wish I'd bought some Sparkling)
Swansea to Maria Island
The most stressful part of our whole trip was trying to check into the ferry for Maria Island. Credit given that you need to take everything with you as there are no shops, no power, ect. The check in system needs some work, alas we made it onto the ferry, bags and food in check. I always opt for the outside, fresh air seating option, regardless of the fact I couldn't feel my face or my hands. Cold and windy but the best views. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but I think I said "Wow" about a million times. Crystal clear waters, wombats and wildlife everywhere, this remote island was an experience and a half. We stayed in old convict penitentiary accomodation with bunk beds and a fire, we took sleeping bags and made make shift pillows. My only gripe would be the ignorant and badly behaved children getting around but a quick walk away from the cabins and we were back in serenity again. I of course swam in the icy waters here. I couldn't resist. On the ferry back, I'm guessing because it was quiet, we ended up being the only people on the ferry home. If you're going to check it out, let me know. I have MANY tips and highly recommend.
* The Burrows
* The Painted Rocks
Maria Island to Hobart
We drove back to Hobart feeling calm and light and grateful for the wonderful 8 days we had in Tasmania. Our senses hightened after being in lockdown, I've never been more aware of how lucky I am to be able to experience this. With a lockdown starting in Melbourne we contemplated extending our trip, but felt we'd had an incredible 8 days in Tasmania, which we could hold onto during lockdown.
Our last night, albeit a cancelled flight later was at the Grand Chancellor, a night of footy and room service to finish our getaway. We will cherish this trip, it has been one of our favourites.