From Melbourne, a road trip to Tasmania is easy, accessible by an enjoyable overnight cruise on the Spirit of Tasmania. I’d been to Tasmania years ago when I joined a musician friend on his tour of the island. We had driven all around and stopped off in cute little pubs and villages, discovered local musicians … Continue reading Hiking Cradle Mountain, picnics in the sky + gingerbread.
We drove through the barren, craggy plains of the aptly named Tasmanian western wilderness to a small, unassuming fishing village that goes by the name of Strahan (pronounced Strawn). Underneath this quaint exterior however, were all the signs of a booming tourism empire. It seems that many aspects of the town are run by and … Continue reading Fine dining on the edge of the world.
Just over an hour from Cradle Mountain we found ourselves in sleepy Mole Creek. Home to the Mole Creek Karst National Park, it is worth stopping for the night to do the underground caves and glow worms tour. We drove up from Hobart through the Western Wilderness, a region so alien to this country. It … Continue reading Whisky in the Central Highlands, B&B’s with platypus + glowworm caves.
Hobart has, like many capitals, a thriving food scene. Where Hobart differs is that this food scene has easy access to beautiful, fresh Tasmanian produce. Wandering through the Salamanca Saturday Market, sandstone warehouses on one side and the water on the other, we tasted handmade ginger beers, gins, whiskies, fresh produce, candies, jams, jellies and … Continue reading Salamanca Markets, chipotle flatbreads + local designers.
Heading from the west of the island, from Mole Creek or Cradle Mountain, we stopped by The Honey Farm in Chudleigh for a true sweet education. A small museum at the back of the shop had us captivated for a good half an hour, discovering about the life cycle of a bee, their roles, hierarchy … Continue reading Raspberry Lattes, hot-smoked salmon, mango honey + wasabi cheddar.
Today after checking out the Callington Mill and touring the old flour mill, we drove down to Hobart straight to the Cadbury Factory. Built in Claremont, just outside of Hobart, in 1922, it is the home of many of Australia’s most loved chocolate brands such as Cherry Ripe, Freddo, Dream, Picnic and Roses. For AU$7.50, … Continue reading The Cadbury Chocolate Factory + David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art.
Launceston is a small, quaint and sleepy town in the north-east of Tasmania. One of my favourite places to visit in Tassie, it is the home of the beautiful Cataract Gorge, a must visit for nature lovers. We took a chairlift from one side of the gorge to the other, and then walked back around … Continue reading Chairlifts, James Boag brewery, chai milkshakes + flour mills.