We have just returned from our lightning trip to Tassie. Highlights:
Freycinet, Wine Glass Bay lookout - the weather cleared for long enough for us to do the 1 hour walk and experience the view exactly as it is depicted in the tourist photos. Unbelievable. I had big concerns over my ability to do the walk, which is rated moderate in the guidebooks. However, I managed it with lots of rests and positive thinking.
Battery Pt - lovely historic area with a great bakery, where my husband had an exceptional scallop pie. Bakery was called Jackman&McRoss. It's not far from here to the wharf area. We had excellent fish and chips at Fish Frenzy. We also bought some fantastic Bruny Island oysters at one of the floating vendors on the waterfront. Much cheaper than Mures.
We stayed at Wyndham Seven Mile Beach and Freycinet Lodge. For anyone who has access to the Wyndham resort, which is being redeveloped, I highly recommend it. The new units are amazing. The resort is across the road from the beach, and it has a brand new pool, gym, sauna and steam room area. We had a ball there. Freycinet Lodge was also great. The cabins are not luxurious, but are very comfortable (we were in an Oyster Bay cabin), in a bush setting (mostly with no water view BTW) and in harmony with the National Park setting of the lodge. The lodge building was very comfortable on a cold, rainy night, with big log fires. The lodge has a wonderful view, shared by the main restaurant and the bistro. The meal we had in the bistro was the best meal of the trip, IMHO way beyond the typical bistro standard.
We both noticed how relaxed and friendly everyone was. Since my husband is of Asian origin, we anticipated the possibility of small-town bigotry, but did not encounter it anywhere.
All in all, it was the perfect holiday, even though we only had 6 nights. I'll be spreading the word that Tasmania is the place to visit. We've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, and have enjoyed it, but this destination is right up there with the best.