Round 2 – Trip 3 – Tasmania

Itineraries

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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Saltshaker Swansea

Foodie Finds

Where: Saltshaker Restaurant, Swansea, Tasmania.

When: September 2018

Meal: Weekday Lunch

Cost: Approx $50 for one (including alcohol)

On my journey up the East Coast of Tasmania I stopped in the cute little town of Swansea do lunch. There looked to be a few a old school pubs in the area, but Saltshaker looked out over the water and it was a beautiful sunny day, so I headed inside.

Being still pretty much the off season, there were very few people inside and I was able to take my pic of tables with water views. The waitress was very attentive and when I selected the Prawn & Scallop Linguini – pan fried scallops and prawns with lemon chilli garlic butter ($29.90) as my main, she said it was their most popular dish. I understand why. It was plentiful and the garlic butter was decadent, but not too heavy, especially considering it was only lunchtime.

I also had the Shaker Bread – ciabatta bread with garlic butter and caramelised balsamic oil ($6.50) for entree (4 pieces) which was good, but not a must have, and enjoyed a Pagan’s Pear Cider on ice (approx $10).

Would I go back? Definitely. That pasta was beautiful.

Would I recommend it to you? Yes, the view is spectacular and the pasta worth stopping in for.

https://www.saltshakerrestaurant.com.au/menus

Airport Parking – Sydney

Travel Hacks

Where: Sydney Airport

When: November 2018

Duration: Four days, Friday to Monday

Cost: $79, prebooked online.

How do you get to the airport?

If you live on a train line you may use the Airport Link service that delivers you underground at either the Domestic or International Terminal without much trouble, but potentially with a lot of cost if there are a few of you travelling. Depending on where you live, it could be almost $20 per person, per leg of the journey.

I don’t live on a train line unfortunately and getting my luggage on a bus to get to the city, to then catch a train is just too much effort for me.

I live not too far out of the city, but a cab or Uber to the airport costs $60-$70 each way. Plus, the taxi rank queue when I’ve returned to Sydney Airport can seem never ending and erode all the R&R that I’ve just enjoyed on my holiday.

I always check out the parking offers on the Sydney Airport website https://prebook.sydneyairport.com.au/en/ before I decide how I will travel to the airport. There is always some form of discount available when you prebook and often you’ll save more when you book further in advance.

I do a lot of long weekend trips so I’ve booked the $79 Weekender offer available Fri-Mon many times. It’s only slightly more than one way to the airport in a cab for me and it’s handy that I can walk out of the airport and jump straight into my car (after a short walk) without having to wait.

Full disclosure, I used to work at Sydney Airport, but I still use this product now by choice.

Would I use it again? Yes, I’ve already booked parking for my next two trips.

Would I recommend it to you? Sure, but it might not be suited to your personal circumstances. If you live close to the airport it may be cheaper to cab. Or, if you’re travelling for an extended period, you may feel more comfort with your car locked away at home, but having said that, I feel it’s very safe.

12 Trips in 12 Months – Round 2

Itineraries, About

I came up with the idea of #12tripsin12months on my birthday in March 2017. I realised that I hadn’t travelled enough and that I really wanted to make it a priority.

In talking to friends and colleagues I also realised that most Australians don’t see all that much of Australia unless they do a caravanning round trip, but who has the time to do that before you’re old and grey?

Despite having so much beauty close to home, it’s often preferred to take a quick trip overseas to tropical resorts in Bali, Fiji or Thailand. With good reason too, as it’s sometimes cheaper to fly overseas to a resort than to your neighbouring state.

But to achieve my goal of 12 trips in just 12 months I needed to make the most of short trips and long weekends with a few longer stays along the way.

I loved the feeling of getting back to work and knowing that my next holiday was only three, four, or maybe five weeks away. I even enjoyed the planning process and the constant watch for sales and hotel offers.

I loved it so much, that when I concluded my 12 trips with the grand finale in Hawaii (yes I know what I said about Australia above, but it wasn’t specifically #12australiantripsin12months) I was left itching to go on holiday again.

So, #12tripsin12monthsround2 was created. Here’s how it’s playing out:

Trip 1 – May 2018 – Hamilton Island QLD

Trip 2 – August 2018 – Melbourne VIC

Trip 3 – September 2018 – Tasmania (East Coast)

Trip 4 – November 2018 – Townsville & Magnetic Island QLD

Trip 5 – November 2018 – Yarra Valley VIC

Trip 6 – November 2018 – Mudgee NSW

Trip 7 – TBC

Trip 8 – TBC

Trip 9 – TBC

Trip 10 – TBC

Trip 11 – April 2019 – Port Lincoln SA

Trip 12 – April 2019 – Kangaroo Island SA

If you have any suggestions for my TBC trips, please get in touch!

Paint & Sip Pop-Up Art Class

Adventure

Where: Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park, Sydney. Australia.

When: October 2018

Duration: 2 hour class

Cost: $60, which included a glass of wine, canapés from the market stalls and all art supplies

For a while now I’ve been seeing my Facebook friends doing art classes with wine. I didn’t really expect that I would be good at painting, but pretty much anything is better with wine right, so why not?!

When I saw an article on these pop-up classes at the Sydney Night Noodle markets it seemed like the right time to try it out it. On a beautiful warm night the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park are really fun. You grab some food, you find a table or a spot on the lawn and you listen to music underneath both the city lights and fairy lights, and soak up the atmosphere.

But Sydney was going through what felt like a flood. It has been raining for two weeks and Hyde Park was a swamp. Seriously, gumboots would have been the most appropriate outfit choice.

But, myself and two of my gal pals had booked the tickets weeks ago, so on the night we trudged through the park to find the Brands Laira wine marquee to get our creative juices flowing a.k.a get our wine.

Upon arrival we were shown to allocated seats in a very pretty little tent to the side of the Brands Laira tent. It was also a swamp inside, but there wasn’t much that could be done with the weather. Food was circulated as we awaited the full crew to arrive.

When the majority of the guests were there we were introduced to our host, an artist who would show us step by step how to create a specifically selected vineyard scene. She talked us through our equipment and how the session would progress. She also warned us that most people find placing the first bit of paint on the canvas the most nerve racking part. True, very true…

First we started with the sky, then we progressed to the grass, then added shadows where we would soon paint the vineyard trees. The initial stress of worrying about placing the horizon too high or low rapidly dissipated, perhaps aided by the wine, and we were soon relaxing and painting with ease whilst listening to a great retro playlist.

As I looked around the room I noticed that everyone’s work of art looked just a little bit different, including our teacher’s version versus the image we were shown when booking. Some look great, some probably only great at a distance, a far, far distance. But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?

After filling in the trees, adding a wine barrel and perhaps the most difficult part, painting the delicate wine glasses, we were almost finished. The only thing left to do was to sign our masterpieces.

The 2 hour class went quite quickly, but I felt like we had plenty of time to get the painting done. We were also given tips on how to make sure it dried quick, particularly important on a Friday night class when we were heading off to a bar afterwards. After a quick group photo we were all off on our way.

Cork & Chroma have studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for classes and you can check out the event calendar on their website http://www.corkandchroma.com.au.

Would I do it again? Yes, I’m actually looking forward to visiting their studio in Surry Hills where the lighting will no doubt be better and the wine is BYO!

Would I recommend it to you? Yes, it’s the perfect night out with friends. Relaxing, yet social, with the added advantage of being able to drink wine whilst getting creative.

Henry Jones Art Hotel

Accommodation

Where: Hobart, Tasmania. Australia.

When: September 2018

Duration: 1 night stay

Room Type: Deluxe Spa Room, Harbour View

Cost: $387

This was my second stay in Hobart within a year. Last visit I chose to stay at the Macq01 which I LOVED, but I was very curious about the Henry Jones in the beautiful old IXL Jam building, so this time I decided to try out the hotel across the road.

I checked in about 5pm and being September, still quite cool weather wise and off-season, the hotel was pretty quiet. My booking included valet parking, but there was plenty of free spaces out the front so I just pulled up, for my bags out and walked inside.

Check in was quick and easy considering I had already prepaid my booking with Hotels.com. My room was on the second floor and the check-in clerk who was a young girl much smaller than myself offered to help me with my luggage as there would be stairs to get to my room. I was lugging around a few bags so I happily accepted her assistance, but felt bad when she struggled with my 15kg suitcase!

The room was quite large with a modern, yet traditional feel. Let me explain that. The facilities, including a spa bath and giant walk in shower felt that of a modern hotel room. However the furnishings style were quite traditional and the balcony exposed the old historical factory facade of the building, so it felt quite old school. It worked for me.

There is art all over the hotel, as the name suggests. In my room I found art that I could purchase if I so desired and it was also all around the hotel in the hallways.

Wifi was included which was fast and plentiful for a one night stay. There was a pod coffee machine in my room and a well stocked mini-bar, which was quite expensive. There was also a turn down service which occurred whilst I was out at dinner, but this was just some T2 night time tea. You’ll win me over with chocolate thanks!

I had a drink at the bar in the foyer but didn’t dine at the restaurants at all. The location suited me. It’s quiet as it’s just off the wharf with minimal traffic, but close to the centre of town including the MONA Ferry terminal and Salamanca Markets.

Would I stay there again? No, it was a good experience, but I felt it was overpriced for what it was, particularly since it was off season.

Would I recommend it to you? No, my pick in Hobart is the Macq01.

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.

About Ms Lunchalot

About, Itineraries

Ms Lunchalot is a foodie from Sydney with a taste for travel and adventure. Her favourite foods include burgers, pizza, slightly salty slightly sweet popcorn, chocolate, and really any form of dessert!

Since March 2017, she has been embarking on quest to do #12tripsin12months travelling around Australia and beyond.

Trip 1 – March 17 – Canberra ACT

Trip 2 – April 17 – Cairns QLD

Trip 3 – May 17 – Noosa Heads QLD

Trip 4 – June 17 – Mornington Peninsula VIC

Trip 5 – July 17 – Castaways Beach QLD (Just out of Noosa)

Trip 6 – August 17 – Exmouth WA

Trip 7 – September 17 – Broome WA

Trip 8 – October 17 – Port Douglas QLD

Trip 9 – November 17 – Tasmania (South and West Coast

Trip 10 – December 17 – Byron Bay NSW

Trip 11 – February 18 – Kingscliff NSW & Gold Coast QLD

Trip 12 – March 18 – Hawaii USA

If you have ideas for future trips or places to visit, or want to know more about places I’ve visited, please get in touch!