Scenic views taken from near the cruise boat jetty. Freycinet National Park. Tasmania Holiday September 2015.

Tasmania Holiday 2015

Taking the car on the ferry was a wonderful new experience, and enjoying driving around Tasmania in our own car. 

Tasmania Bound

A trip to Tasmania beckoned and so we had our own car to drive it was decided to take the ferry, The Spirit of Tasmania. We did the day crossing for something different and it’s a long time on a ferry (more than ten hours).

There is a cinema but this is extra at full cinema prices. There is also an electronic games room and TV’s are everywhere plus many different lounges to explore. There are a number of eateries, but the best food is the main cafeteria. Other choices include a small grocery shop (sandwiches) and a handful of bars (mainly sandwiches).

On the Spirit of Tasmania.

The boys found “Disco Bingo” to be quite fun, and I found a few songs I’d never heard of. 

We got to Devonport at around 8pm. Then we drove to Launceston. One drawback of a day sail is that you miss out on the nearby scenery. Our return is an overnight run on the ferry.

Launceston

The first part of the holiday after Devonport is a drive at night to Launceston. This is one disadvantage of day sailing, you miss out on the scenery.

Walking down Cataract Gorge of the South Esk River

En Route to Bicheno

A quick stop at Launceston to look at the Tamar River and park, then onto Bicheno doing the sights and walks as they come along.

Weldborough Park Rainforest Walk.

Bicheno and Freycinet National Park

As we had missed the day’s cruise we had a look around Bicheno and Freycinet National Park.

Karen in Bicheno.
Wineglass Bay Lookout.
Honeymoon Bay. Freycinet National Park.

Freycinet National Park Cruise

Just loved this place. Beautiful scenery and Wineglass Bay is amazing. The lookout gives a great view of it, but also take a cruise. It’s well worth the money. Accommodation is scarce during school holidays and is mostly holiday house rental and not overnight. We ended up going back to Bicheno to stay. Not too far and it’s much cheaper.

Time for a cruise. We did walk up to the lookout to view Wineglass Bay the previous day but the cruise is much easier plus you get a lovely lunch provided.

Karen, Kyle and Glenn.
Rugged coastal scenery on the Tasman Sea side. Wineglass Bay cruise.

Port Arthur

Glenn, Kyle, Karen and Connor on the Tessellated Pavement.

Many changes since we were here in 1991, including the sad mass shooting in 1996. The memorial is a fitting tribute to the lives lost.

Broad Arrow Caf√© memorial. Port Arthur Historic Site. 

The penitentiary has had reinforcement done to prevent further decay, and there is now a large visitor centre along with a much larger admission cost. The added exhibits make it a worthwhile and interesting place to visit.

Kyle, Connor and Karen at the rear of the penitentiary. Port Arthur Historic Site. 

Richmond and Hobart

Staying a night at Richmond. I just love this town with its many beautiful heritage buildings and shops.

Ashmore on Bridge Street. Upmarket restaurant in Richmond.
“Old Hobart Town”, a model of how Hobart looked in the 1800’s makes for a very interesting visit.

Cadbury and Queenstown

No visit to Tasmania is complete without a stop at the Cadbury factory! Factory tours are no longer run unfortunately but there’s plenty of cheap chocolate. Must do plenty of walks later to work it off.

A chocolate block sofa. Claremont. 

West Coast Wilderness Railway

A beautiful ride from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril. Very steep grades for a railway the locomotive uses a rack to climb. Amazing views too.

ABT Locomotive Mt Lyell No 1. Preparing to leave Queenstown. West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Turning the loco at at Dubbil Barril, for the return trip to Queenstown . West Coast Wilderness Railway.

Cradle Mountain

A visit to the beautiful Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. With an overnight stay at Cradle Mountain Lodge with a delicious buffet breakfast, didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day!

Night falls at Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Walking the Dove Lake Circuit. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Connor, Kyle and Karen on the Overland Track. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Sheffield and Don River Railway

Our last day in Tasmania started with a beautiful morning at Cradle Mountain Lodge, sightseeing around Sheffield, and one last railway attraction, the Don River Railway.

Mural art at Sheffield, Tasmania.
Impressive locomotive line up at Don River Railway.
Kyle enjoying the short rail trip at the Don River Railway.

Homeward Bound

On the ferry home and ready to be rocked to sleep by the Spirit of Tasmania.

Neptune sculpture. Devonport.
The ferry at Devonport getting ready to depart for Melbourne.
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