G & I recently went for a short trip to Tasmania for his birthday. In hindsight, I can’t believe that I have lived in Australia since 2002 & not have once thought about going to Tasmania until recently. We have always heard people rave about how great Tassie food & views were (especially the seafood) that we started fantasizing about going & trying it for ourselves.
This is a small guide of what we got up to in case you guys are interested to check out Tasmania Coles Bays as well!
Taking advice from a Tassie colleague of mine, instead of Hobart, I organised accommodation in the beautiful Coles Bay which is about 2 & half hours drive away from Hobart Airport.
Since we only had 2 nights/ 3 days stay & wanted to maximise our experience of Tasmania, we chose not to go with the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ option (perhaps we will in the future) I had also organised some ‘surprise’ activities for G, so to keep to schedule, flying seemed the best option.
As soon as we touched down, our first stop was Barilla Bay Oyster farm which was located about 5 minutes away, to have a taste of fresh Tasmanian Oysters & for once rumours were true!
Next stop, Island Markets for some fresh produce for dinner, but I was quite disappointed with the turnout as it was not like the ‘markets’ I imagined. I thought it will be like the Victorian or South Melbourne markets here in Melbourne, but far from. We then drove up toward Salamanca Place to have brunch. Salamanca Place is also the area where the bigger markets are held on the weekends. We also visited the Wursthouse Kitchen for some Tasmanian wine, steak & cheeses.
We then drove back toward Coles Bay & took in all of its picturesque views, occasionally stopping over to take pictures of the beaches, blue ocean & increasing view of the Hazards mountains.
The place we stayed at is a small beach house located perfectly atop a little hill & it had the perfect view of the Swan River and expansive views of Nine Mile Beach- as well as the magnificent Sunsets. Mind you, just down the road from us is Saffire resort, which costs minimum of $1800 a night to stay. (Woah)
I had also organised for G & I to go on an ATV/Quad Bike tour of the Freycinet area with All4Adventure. Because G is an adrenaline junkie, this was the perfect option for him. The tour takes about 2 & a half hours & you work your way up towards Friendly Beach & have a nice cup of hot drink & a cookie at the end with our tour guide & fellow tourists.
The next day, I had organised a ‘Long Lunch Tour’. We were picked up from our accommodation at 11AM & taken to a half day Wine & Food tour. We were extremely lucky as it only turned out to be only the 2 of us on the tour. We learnt a lot from our tour guide & owner, Brad who had deep knowledge about wineries & Coles Bay. Our first stop was at the ‘Freycinet Marine Farm’ where we tasted Fresh Oysters, Scallops & Mussels with some wine. We ended up buying half a crayfish & oysters for home. 2nd stop was at the pretty & rustic Gala Estate, and at 3rd stop, we stopped at Spring Vale Winery where they had this crate of Pinot Noirs I was trying to find reasons to buy. 4th stop, we went to Milton Estate & had our lunch there sitting by the deck, overlooking the estate. We also got a glass of the wine of our choice to go with our lunch (or should I say feast?) that Brad prepared for us. Last but not least, we headed to Kate’s Berry Farm for desserts.
Our last day was spent again at the Freycinet Marine Farm. We then moved on to trekking up the mountain towards the infamous Wineglass Bay lookout (though we only went to the halfway spot) Then moving on to MONA – the Museum of Old & New Art. Sadly we wished we could have stayed a little bit longer to properly enjoy the MONA.
Overall, this was the perfect & much needed short weekend getaway for us two & we hope you’ll like it too! 🙂