I am back to blogging after an amazing holiday in Tasmania. Mr Pickled Cumquat and I drove to Eden for the night then powered on through to Melbourne where we boarded the Spirit of Tasmania.
We departed at 9pm on a Sunday and arrived in Tasmania at 6am Monday morning, we had a four berth cabin with exclusive use – so we were the only ones in our cabin. We had the same on the way home.
We stayed in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart and based this on attractions to see, we ventured out each day and we found this worked really well.
From here our adventures began........
Rather than tire you with a recount of each day I posted a short description under a majority photos.
Fishing trawler in Eden
The Lakes Entrance, Victoria
On the way to Melbourne
Welcome to Melbourne!
St Kilda Beach
This is were we drove to board the Spirit of Tasmania I
Going up and on!
Arrival in Tasmania
Quarantine Centre, all vehicles were checked
On the way to Port Sorell
The beautiful scenery in Tasmania
Close up of the onions
The Cherry Shed, Latrobe, Tasmania This was our first food stop in Tasmania we also made it our last as we loved it so much, so the food you see below is from two visits!
Even the tables have the "Cherry" touch!
Mushrooms and Pesto Local mushrooms and spinach sautéed in basil pesto and served on a grilled cheese topped Legana bread.
Home style Pancakes, topped with cherry ice cream (made by The Cherry Shed), whipped cream and cherry compote
Cherry and Apple Pie A slice of old style pie, baked with homemade shortcrust pastry and served warm with cherry ice cream.
Cherry Ice cream
Black Buff Nature Recreation Area
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
Wombat Pool, Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain we were hiking for 5 hours Dove Lake Loop Walk, Crater Lake Circuit, Enchanted Walk, Pencil Pines Forest Walk, Cradle Valley Board Walk, Lake Lilla Walk and Marion's lookout Bush Walk
View from Marion's Lookout
Poppy Farm at Table Cape Geological Site
Poppy warning signs
Fresh Strawberries at Turners Beach Berry Patch, Blackburn Drive, Turners Beach, Tasmania
Strawberry Ice cream from Turners Beach Berry Patch
Strawberry Smoothie from Turners Beach Berry Patch
Chocolate coated strawberry, Strawberry jam and fresh strawberries from Turners Beach Berry Patch
Spreyton Fresh Farm - 289 Tarleton Road Spreyton, Tasmania
Fresh Arkane Apples on the tree
Spreyton Fresh Apple and Orange Juice
A friendly cow greets us at Ashgove Cheese, 6173 Bass Highway Elizabeth Town,Tasmania
The tasting area
The cheese selection at Ashgrove Cheese
Lots of awards!
Cheese maturing room at Ashgove Cheese
Producing Tasmanian cheese with local produce
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and café, 9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town
Fresh raspberry muffins
Chocolate coated raspberries
Fresh raspberries on the vine
Fresh blackberries and raspberry muffin from Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and café
Boags Brewery - 39 William St Launceston Tasmania
Trucks loading up for deliveries!
Cataract Gorge, Launceston
View from Fish 'n Chips - Seaport, Launceston
Beer Battered Trevalla with Chips
Grilled Tasmanian Salmon with Summer Salad
Launceston Shopping Mall
The Pantry - 64 Charles Street Launceston, Tasmania
Side service area at Pantry
Berry Bang Smoothie from Pantry Café
Eggs Benedict from Pantry Café on Charles Street, Launceston
Salmon Eggs Benedict from Pantry Café on Charles Street, Launceston
Tasmania Flour Mills - 36 William Street Launceston
Tamar Island Wetlands, Tamar
Tamar Island Wetlands, Tamar
Acorn tree - Tamar Island Wetlands, Tamar
Velo Wines - 755 West Tamar Highway Legana. Tasmania
French Barrels used to mature the wine, Velo Wines, Legana
Selection of Wines at the Cellar Door
Bottling the 2011 Cabernet Merlot, Velo Wines, Legana
Amazing colour in these grapes - Velo Wines
Bradys Lookout, where vineyard meets sea!
Dinner at Levee Food Co. Seaport, Launceston
Entrée Levee Taster Plate - Smoked salmon, oysters, prosciutto, olives, grilled artichoke, mushrooms & fetta, served with sourdough bread
Main - Tasmanian grass fed beef, all served with Levee hand cut natural wedges & seasonal steamed greens
Main - Crispy Skin Tasmanian Salmon served on a warm salad of roasted kipfler potatoes, green beans, hard boiled egg & olives
Chocolate Mint, Honeycomb and Strawberry & Cream Gelato made by the award winning Van Diemens Land Creamery at Deloraine, Tasmania
Salamanca Markets, Hobart The markets turn 40 this year!
First thing we encountered was a camera in the air..........
Then we figured out they were filimng MasterChef series 4
Gary and Matt getting ready to face the cameras (and the fans)
Very busy market
Fresh amazing produce! I wanted to buy so much, but did not have the facilities to cook!
Baby zucchini with flowers
Preserves and fruit cakes
Had to try the tempura mushrooms - AMAZING!!!!
Mustards, Tapenades and Jams
Lots pumpkin varieties
Fruit "leather" - the first time I have heard of this!
Lots of jams to taste
Lots of different varieties of vegetables
Great market atmosphere
Wood fired Tasmanian salmon, dill and caper pizza
Lolly shop in Battery Point, Hobart
Da Angelo - Battery Point
Pizza dough resting - Da Angelo - Battery Point
Jackman & McRoss -57-59 Hampden Road Battery Point, Hobart
Love the decorative items!
Caramalised onion, tomato, basil and goats cheese tart - delicious!
Pork, apple and sage roll from the outside
Pork, apple and sage roll from the inside!
Symphony under the Stars at Glenorchy!
Port Arthur, Hospital
Port Arthur, Senior Military Officers Quarters
Port Arthur, Guard Tower
Port Arthur, Commandant's House preserves in the open pantry
Port Arthur, Commandant's House
Port Arthur, Commandant's House Dining area
On the way to Mount Wellington
1270 metres above Hobart's harbour and the wide Derwent River
Fish art above diners at Mures, Hobart
Mures Upper Deck - Victoria Dock, Hobart
Serving Moo Brew Beer - Mr Pickled Cumquat tells me it was good!
Entrée Trout Salad - Smoked ocean trout, with a salad of wild rocket, avocado, tomato, pea tendrils and buffalo mozzarella, with char lemon aioli.
Dinner at Mures Upper Deck, Hobart - Entrée Crispy spiced calamari, with a haloumi, wild roquette, mint, tomato, crisp faro and roasted almond salad, with lemon vinaigrette.
Top of the platter
Bottom of the platter
Seafood Platter for two with Smoked trout pate, Pacific oysters, natural and kilpatrick. Thermidor gratin scallops, Spring Bay mussels with garlic butter. Crystal Bay prawns with aioli. Chilli pickled Tasmanian octopus, Mures Tasmanian oak smoked salmon, Deep fried panko crumbed Blue Eye, tiger prawns and squid with spiced Kingfish, tartare sauce and lemon.
Served with chips!
Some of the roads in Bruny Island are dirt roads
Bruny Island Premium Wines - Australia most Southern Winery
4391 Main Road, Lunawanna Bruny Island Tasmania
Bruny Island Premium Wines - Vines
Bruny Island Premium Wines -Pinot Noir
Bruny Island Premium Wines - Selection
Bruny Island Fudge
Bruny Island Berry Farm - 562 Adventure Bay Road, Bruny Island, Tasmania
View from Bruny Island Berry Farm to Adventure Bay
Chocolate Coated Strawberries
Glad I could take home yummy jams and sauces to share with family and friends
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Fresh Berries and Ice-cream - Bruny Island Berry Farm
Entrance to Bruny Island Berry Farm
Bruny Island Cheese Co.1807 Bruny Island Main Road,Great Bay, Tasmania
Bruny Island Cheese Co. - The menu!
Bruny Island Cheese Co. Tasting counter
Cheese ready to be purchased, the cheese wrapped in the vine leaves is OEN (from the word oenology) a washed-rind, cow's milk cheese, washed in Pinot Noir before being wrapped in vine leaves to be carefully matured. The vine leaves protect the cheese and create a moist surface which encourages the flavour development.
Making bread to accompany the cheese
Bruny Island make and bake their own bread
The finished product - Yum!
We ate so much in Bruny Island that we had to take the Cheese Makers Platter away with us! The cheese are - Saint, Raw milk C2, 1792, Oen, Smoked Truckle and Tom
Salvete -7 Salamanca Square Battery Point, Tasmania
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Breakfast at Salveté, Salamanca Place - Eggs Benedict 2 poached eggs coated with a hollandaise sauce served on toasted Vienna toast with smoked salmon
Breakfast at Salveté, Salamanca Place -2 poached eggs coated with a hollandaise sauce served on toasted Vienna toast with smoked bacon.
The bottom of The Spirit of Tasmania II
Cars ready to head back to Melbourne
Good night and good bye Tasmania
Good Morning Melbourne!
This is an amazing place to visit; it is a great drive from Sydney to Melbourne (Coastal route via Eden). Touring in Tasmania with your own vehicle is great (don’t need to worry about space for jams, wine etc!)
After 12 days, over 2,500 photos, 4125km driven and lots of food, Tasmania is highly recommended for those of you wanting to travel!