Whenever anyone speaks about Tasmania they never have a bad thing to say. With a reputation for rugged landscapes and pure Australian beauty, I just couldn’t wait to get myself there. Lucky for me a flight sale saw deals too good to pass up and I booked!
My first taste of Tasmania was the East Coast and it did not disappoint. I really wanted to make sure on our first visit that we got to explore a few different areas. We therefore chose to drive ourselves around capturing as many sights as we could.
Flying into a (very) windy Hobart we were ready to embark on our 8 day exploration of Tasmania. The first thing we needed to do was pick up the hire car and head in search of food as it was lunchtime! The best way to see the state is via car as there is little to no public transport between towns, and over our week away we would travel 1224 km in total. Driving into Hobart City we were instantly surprised at just how laid back it was. For a capital city it was interesting to see how many shops were shut early on a Sunday.
After snagging a pretty centrally located street park we began our search for food and coffee. Just our luck, we stumbled upon the Farm Gate Market. This market is on every Sunday and showcases some of the amazing local produce from around Tasmania. First up was a boutique coffee which was absolutely delicious! While I was waiting for my coffee I spotted a bakery stall next door that had an oven in the back of the van! As soon as I saw the baker pull out some freshly baked pretzels I knew I had to have one. Fresh and still hot, this was the best pretzel I have ever eaten.
Satisfied and knowing we would have more time to explore Hobart at the end of the week, it was soon time for us to jump back in the car and begin the journey to Coles Bay where we would be spending the night.
The wind was still very strong on the journey from Hobart to Coles Bay. So windy in fact that we came across a power pole that had been blown onto the road. The Police had just arrived and we were instructed to drive around the power lines as we were in a small car and could just fit past. It was still a little bit scary trying not to drive too far off the edge of the road watching the wind blow what I assume was the still live the line towards us!
As we continued our journey I began to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape that opened up around us. As it was spring, fields were full of young lambs, and wildflowers lined the road adding pops of bright colour against the vibrant green of the fields. Everything just looked so fresh!
When we hit the coast line, I let out a gasp as I first laid eyes on the sparkling Tasman Sea. The colour of the water was an incredible mix of aqua, blue and green. We just had to pull the car over to take in some of the views of this epic coastline (and of course get a few photos!).
When we talked about this drive on the plane over, we decided it was an absolute necessity that we stopped along the way to sample some of the amazing Tasmanian wine. When we started to pass a few wineries we made the decision to stop at the next one we saw. Not 2 minutes later we pulled into a long dirt driveway that was Spring Vale Vineyard. After sampling some of the delicious Pinot Noir that they are known for (and purchasing a bottle for later), we continued along our way very satisfied with that little stop. There are so many vineyards along this road, I am glad we left the decision to chance as I don’t know how I could have made the choice any other way!
By the time we arrived in Coles Bay it was late afternoon and we were ready for a rest after a long day of travel. It was still a bit early for dinner and with sunset not until 8pm, we decided to go for a drive to the lighthouse within Freycinet National Park to check out some more of those amazing ocean views. And of course to get a closer look at the spectacular rocky mountains that are the backdrop for the town, The Hazards.
The next morning we headed back into the National Park ready to walk to the famous Wineglass Bay. The walk to the lookout is steep with quite a few steps so by the time we reached the top we were very much in need of a rest. Lucky the view is 100% worth it.
Everyone around shared the same feeling with ‘beautiful’ being the most used word to describe the view. Seeing how amazing the bay looked we decided to continue our walk down onto the beach. Walking down the steep and rocky path, we knew it was going to be a tough walk back up but stepping foot on the white sand with the deep blue, crystal clear ocean crashing on the rocks made me so glad we decided to do the full walk.
After the challenging walk back to the lookout it was all downhill back to the car, so we had time to recharge and reflect on how glad we were to do the full walk. It was then time to jump back in the car and move on to our next destination, St Helens.
Have you been to Tasmania or do you want to go? What is your favourite thing about road trips? Let me know in the comments!