My Hyundai ASX rental at a lookout with Freycinet in view across the water

Round 2 – Trip 3 – Tasmania

Itineraries

September 2018

Day 1 – Sydney to Hobart

Sydney to Hobart Flight – Qantas – Depart 10am, Arrive 12pm

Pick up Hire Car for 3 days rental – Budget – Mitsubishi ASX

Drive to hotel in Hobart, Henry Jones Art Hotel.

Walk around city of Hobart.

Visit Post Street Social bar looking out to Hobart Wharf for a Tasmanian Apple Cider.

Visit Sammy the Seal in the marina. He’s often found around the floating fish and chip shops!

Stock up on more Tasmanian Apple Cider from 9/11 Bottleshop around the corner from hotel.

Visit the IXL Long Bar in hotel foyer for Tasmanian Pear Cider (for variety).

Have fancy Fish & Chips at Mures Upper Deck for dinner.

Drink Apple Cider in spa bath at hotel before bed.

Day 2 – Hobart to Freycinet

Leave hotel around 9am to start journey up East Coast to Freycinet, which is a 200km and 2 hour 40min drive without stops.

Stop along the way to take photos of various vantage points as Freycinet comes into view across the water.

Stop at Spikey’s Bridge, a convict made bridge that looks quite sinister, followed by Spikey’s Beach which has some beautiful orange rocks and great views of Freycinet (15 mins each).

Eat lunch at Saltshaker restaurant in Swansea which has a beautiful view across the water and good food.

Stop at Milton Winery for a tasting.

Arrive at Freycinet National Park, buy 24 hour park pass. Do Wineglass Bay lookout walk. Lots of steep uphill and stairs, only 3km but average duration is 1.5 hours.

Arrive at Freycinet Lodge for the night.

Visit hotel’s ‘Meet the Maker’ wine tasting event in their conference room.

Have burger (very average burger) in hotel bar whilst planning the next day itinerary.

Relax drinking cider in hotel spa bath before bed.

Day 3 – Freycinent to Bay of Fires, to Launceston

Up early to head to Honeymoon Bay in Freycinet National Park, just a few minutes from the hotel. Too cold to swim, stay only 10-15 mins.

Still in Freycinet, visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Do seaside walk up to Lighthouse. Cannot go up Lighthouse. Took about 20mins.

Drive to Bicheno – 40kms, 40mins. Visit Blue Edge Bakery for croissant and coffee.

Visit Bicheno Blowhole. Lots of beautiful red rocks to explore. Blowhole is not huge, but occasionally gives a powerful burst so worth seeing. Stay 30mins. Sadly could not stay overnight to see the penguins.

Drive to Bay of Fires – 100kms, 1 hour 20 mins. Climb over all the rocks out to the water. STUNNING! Stayed about an hour.

Drive to Launceston – 160kms, 1 hour 50 mins. Lots of farms along the drive, not many food options so eat before leaving the town near Bay of Fires.

Arrive at Peppers Seaport Hotel for the night. Relax in room after all that driving.

Dinner at Brisbane St Bistro. Fancy, but pretentious. Ate entree and main.

Dessert at Mudbar at hotel. Spectacular.

Day 4 – Launceston to Tamar Valley, to Melbourne to Sydney

Up early to head for a drive through the Tamar Valley. It’s raining, but still beautifully scenic.

Stop at Beaconsfield and look at the mine museum from the outside. Not open to tour inside at that time.

Visit Moon Lily Kitchen and Cakes for coffee and a Nutella Scroll. Highly recommended!

Continue on to Beauty Point, which turns out to not be that beautiful. Don’t recommend.

Turn around and head back to the Tamar wine region and visit Tamar River vineyard. Stunning view of the river from their location high on a hill. I bought the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Head back to Launceston and visit Cataract Gorge. Rode the chair lift across the gorge and did the short walk to the bridge. It’s really just fast running brown water. Fun to visit only if you have time.

Then off to lunch at Josef Chromy winery. This is a MUST DO. The best food I had in Tasmania. Definitely have lunch there. Beautiful setting looking out to the vineyard, plus their Rose is amazing.

Drive to Launceston airport, return hire car. Take 5pm Virgin flight to Melbourne, then 6:30pm connecting flight home to Sydney.

Note you cannot get a direct flight from Launceston to Sydney in the afternoon on Sundays (maybe other days too). Last one leaves at 10am, but then you would waste all your day back home when you could be exploring Tas still and drinking wine. Cheers!!

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Peppers Seaport Hotel

Accommodation

Where: Launceston, Tasmania. Australia.

When: September 2018

Duration: 1 night stay

Room Type: River View Suite

Cost: $220

I booked the Peppers Seaport Hotel on Hotels.com a few weeks before my trip to Tasmania as there were Special Prices available and it seemed like a great deal. Once I had arrived in Tasmania I found out from some locals that the Peppers Silo Hotel was the new place to be and after I googled it I could see why. The rooms looked funky and modern, plus nice and new and clean.

I hadn’t come across the Silo in my search for Launceston accomodation up until then, but I called the Seaport a few days out to ask if I could transfer my booking to the Silo and pay the difference. The person I spoke to sounded old and grumpy and laughed at me saying they are totally different hotels. Okaaaaayyy….

I arrived at the Seaport about 4pm and waited in reception for about 15 mins whilst the sole check in attendant attended to another (high maintenance) guest. I was told my room was on the second floor, despite the card saying it was 10XX which I assumed would mean it was first floor. Upon exiting the lift on L2, annoyingly I found my assumption was correct and I returned to the lift.

The room being a suite was very spacious. It had a full kitchen, dining table, full living area with pull out sofa, balcony, a reasonable sized bathroom (no bath), a dressing room and a king sized bed.

The mini bar was well stocked and not stupendously expensive which was a pleasant change. I purchased the Ashgrove Cheese sampler pack with crackers for $10 which would have been a good amount of cheese for two people, but definitely didn’t have enough crackers for two. There was also a large bottle of complimentary still water on the table, which is always a nice touch.

The balcony furniture was looking a bit tired when I visited. The wicker of the chairs was worn and I’m not sure I would trust the chairs really! The view from the balcony was also a bit average being a marina and it overlooked a Bunnings, however the pink cotton candy sunset was spectacular.

Another thing that annoys the hell out of me with accomodation is mould in the shower. It wasn’t enough for me to feel like showering in my thongs, but mould is the easiest and cheapest thing to get rid of with a bit of bleach. I don’t understand why so many hotels let this happen?!?

Parking was an additional fee of $10 per 24 hours administered by buying a parking pass from reception to display on your dash. Wifi was free, but I can’t speak of the reliability of it as I hardly used it.

Location was pretty average. I had to walk 15 mins to nice restaurants on Brisbane St. I Ubered back to the hotel as the walk didn’t look safe alone in the dark. I did have dessert in the hotel restaurant Mudbar, which was quite lovely if you want to dine close to the hotel.

Would I stay there again? Probably not.

Would I recommend it to you? Probably not. I suggest you check out the Peppers Silo Hotel instead.