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I ♥ Tassie - trip report

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I ♥ Tassie - trip report


• Picked up Thrifty rental car.

• CHRISTMAS HILLS RASPBERRY FARM & CAFE, 9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town. 7a-5p daily. Bought chocolate-coated raspberries – not bad but still prefer chocolate strawberries.

• ASHGROVE CHEESE, 6173 Bass Hwy, Elizabeth Town. 7.30a-6p for cheese tasting. (NOTE: If I’d known that we would have to deviate from our original itinerary because of the weather, I would have visited this on DAY 4 to avoid having to backtrack to the turnoff to Railton).

• RAILTON – town of topiaries. Saw a few topiaries. Sadly, there were a few that were not maintained and were overgrown.

• Lunch at TEA ROOM TOPIARY, 33 Foster St. Tried its fresh rabbit pies.

• FIBRE OPTIC LIGHING AND GIFT SHOP, corner Foster and Crockers Sts. Although small, it was still a magical place.

• Checked in at SHEFFIELD MOTOR INN – 49-53 Main St.

• KENTISH VISITOR CENTRE – 5 Pioneer Crescent, Sheffield. 9a-5p. Right beside the Tourist Information Centre (which also has murals inside) is a small park which has been set up with huge mural boards, where artists can exhibit their work.

• SHEFFIELD MURALS WALK – beautiful large scale murals around the city.

• CHERRY TREATS, bought fresh cherries and cherry sundaes.

• WORLD OF MARBLES, 34 Main St. Fascinating!

• IGA Supermarket to shop for Cradle Mtn supplies. There were 2 IGA’s in town, the other one was an IGA Express, much smaller and limited stock.

• Bought takeaway dinner at Moo Choo. The only shop to apply a surcharge when paying by credit card during this trip.


• Stopped for petrol in Sheffield. There were 2 petrol stations (a Caltex and an independent).

• TASMAZIA & VILLAGE OF LOWER CRACKPOT, 500 Staverton Road, Promised Land, www.tasmazia.com.au, 9a-5p in summer, 10a in winter. Most enjoyable fun day walking through the quirky village and the different mazes. Had a ball! Corrie at the reception/gift shop was friendly and helpful. After our visit, we were fortunate to have a personalised tour by the owner, Brian, of the soon to be opened ‘Embassy’ section.

• Lunch was at TASMAZIA PANCAKE PARLOUR with a beautiful view of Mt. Roland. Lunch was delicious!

• 2.30pm - Departed for Cradle Mountain, 45 min drive to Discovery Holiday Park. NOTE: Last petrol station we passed by was at Moina. Very small and appeared deserted.

• Checked in at DISCOVERY HOLIDAY PARK, 3832 Cradle Mountain Hwy.

• Visited CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITORS CENTRE across from the Discovery Holiday Park, 8.30a-4.30p. Bought park pass.

• Took the shuttle bus to Cradle Mountain Rangers Station and Interpretation Centre, located just inside the national park entrance. The Pencil Pine Falls Walk, other short walks and the Cradle Valley Boardwalk commence near the Rangers Station. We watched the 20 min. video in the centre.

• PENCIL PINE FALLS WALK – easy walk to the falls.

• ENCHANTED FOREST WALK – passed a cascading river, wombat burrows & old-growth forest. The bridge midway was closed for restoration so had to backtrack and walk via the Lodge to do the other half of the loop.

• Saw a huge wombat in the visitors centre carpark as we were driving back to our cabin.


• It was a wet and cloudy morning when we walked the DOVE LAKE CIRCUIT but this didn’t deter us. We had our waterproof jackets. We travelled to the lake via shuttle from the visitors centre (road was narrow). Took us 3.15 hours to walk the Dove Lake circuit clockwise (with frequent stops). The trail got more rugged and steeper after The Ballroom Forest. Will do the walk anticlockwise on my next trip.

• Took the shuttle back to the visitors centre café to have lunch - excellent toasted chicken and salad baguettes.

• Took the shuttle bus and got off at Ronny Creek. Walked to WALDHEIM CHALET via the boardwalk. Saw a couple of wombats. There was heaps of wombat poo all along and on the sides of the boardwalk. Admired the beautiful scenery while trying not to step on wombat poo, but it was a long walk. Found out that there was a much shorter route if you walk from Ronny Creek stop to the Waldheim Chalet carpark, a short uphill walk via the road.

• Overnight at DISCOVERY HOLIDAY PARK CRADLE MTN – self-contained cabin.


• Stopped by the highway not far from Cradle Mtn at a lookout on top of a hill. Forgot the name of the lookout. It was signposted.

• BURNIE via the Cradle Mtn turnoff through Murchison Highway to Ridgely Hwy and B18 to Burnie. This route is apparently a bit longer than others but was good as it avoided the windy, narrow roads. 1hr33min. drive from Cradle Mountain.

• CREATIVE PAPER TASMANIA, Maker’s Workshop, 2 Bass Highway, Burnie. 9a-5p. Life-sized papier-mâché people sculpture, woodmakers, jewellery designers, and more. Worth the little detour before the turnoff to Penguin.

• Stopped by THE BIG PENGUIN at Main Rd. Penguin for photos. Bought souvenir from the visitors centre.

• LUNCH was at Bizzi Bee Café, 91 Percy St. Devonport, in a residential area. Takeaway only. Fish and chips very fresh.

• Picnic lunch at MERSEY BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE, Devonport. Ended up having lunch in the car because of strong, cold winds along the beach.

• HOUSE OF ANVERS CHOCOLATE FACTORY, 9025 Bass Hwy, La Trobe. Open 7am daily. Chocolate tasting, a small museum, chocolate factory. Ordered hot chocolates – very rich, the genuine stuff.

• THE CHERRY SHED, 243 Gilbert St. La Trobe. 9.30a-5p. You see two giant cherries on the right hand side of the road along Bass Highway. Entry and parking is on Gilbert Street. Tried cherry ice cream. Bought more fresh cherries.

• Checked in at Balmoral on York, 19 York St, Launceston

• Walked to Me Wah Chinese Restaurant for dinner but reservation was required so walked back to CBD and ended up at TOONG THONG THAI, Shop 19 Yorktown Square.


• Woke up to a gloomy, rainy day. Crossing our fingers that the weather would clear up in the afternoon, we changed our original plan to drive to the Bridestowe lavender farm and drove to Bicheno instead.

• Stopped by RED BRIDGE CAFÉ & PROVIDORE for morning tea, 137 High Street Campbell Town. 7.30a-4pm. Few parking spaces in front of the café, more parking behind the café. There was a small park by the café with views of Victoria Bridge. Also 3 tree carvings if you walked across the bridge.

• Heavy rain and fog as we drove through B34, very poor visibility at one stage. The skies cleared up as we approached Cranbrook. We stopped by a lookout of Great Oyster Bay. Passed by a few vineyards/vwineries before arriving at the idyllic town of Bicheno.

• Afternoon tea at Pork’s Place, Burgess St. Loved their homemade scallop pies. Bought pastries at the award winning Blue Edge Café.

• Bicheno Blowhole. A rock shaped like a diamond marks the spot.

• Bicheno Penguin tour pick-up from hotel at 9.15p. About 3 min. drive from hotel. We were the last to be picked up but the first group to be dropped off after the tour. Unforgettable experience, up close and personal with the little penguins. Lots of information about penguins provided by the guide. Quite different experience from Phillip Island, both excellent in their own way.


• FREYCINET VISITOR CENTRE - Windy and narrow road to Wineglass Bay lookout parking.

• WINEGLASS BAY LOOKOUT WALK - Rugged, steep, uphill and lots of rough stone steps. Had to stop and rest several times. We took an alternative route (signposted) back to the carpark. The path was an easier walk and you got to see a different view. It was a strenuous walk for me, tried to imagine doing it on a hot day, would be more challenging. We were fortunate that we visited on an ideal day, not too hot and not too cold.

• CAPE TOURVILLE LIGHTHOUSE - The 6.4 kilometre sealed road to Cape Tourville leaves from the main road just after the Freycinet Lodge. From the carpark, we took the 500m boardwalked track around the cliffline to the lighthouse.

• Continued to COLES BAY PIER for views of The Hazards mountain range and a break from the driving.

• LATE LUNCH - FREYCINET MARINE FARM, 1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, 9a-5p. Fresh oysters and seafood for takeaway or dine-in (al-fresco and a couple of tables and benches in the shade).

• Back to Bicheno.


• 7.15AM – departed for Bay of Fires.

• Comfort stop at St. Helens Wharf (council-maintained carpark and public toilets).

• BAY OF FIRES - The road to “The Gardens” runs along the Bay of Fires Beach and is sealed and narrow. It terminates at “The Gardens”. We were the only people there early in the morning. More people started to arrive as we were leaving. We followed the track from the small carpark and walked around the rocks on the headland. A lovely spot to savour the views and breathe in the fresh sea air.

• Stopped by north COSY CORNER beach (has 2 separate entrances – North & South).

• Morning tea at BINALONG BAY CAFÉ, 64A Main Road. 9a-8p daily. Delicious food with a magnificent view of the coastline.

• It was a long drive with a few twisting roads from St. Helens to Scottsdale (A3). NOTE: First petrol station after St. Helens on this route was in Dorset.

• BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER FARM, 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla. (9a-5p). Stunning fields of lavender flowers in bloom as far as the eyes could see.

• Stopped by LILYDALE, “home of the painted poles”. Afternoon tea at LILYDALE TAVERN BAKERY CAFÉ for Cornish pasties. 1983 Main Road, Lilydale, friendly staff. Right hand side of the road coming into town.

• Drove to Cataract Gorge Reserve carpark via Trevallyn to start the CATARACT GORGE WALK. Also climbed to Cataract lookout (very steep and rocky).

• Checked in at Balmoral on York, Launceston.

• Dinner was Chinese at BUNTALK, 138 Charles St.


• 8am – walked to CITY PARK, 8a-4.30p. Entrances on Tamar St or the corner of Cimitiere & Lawrence Sts. Visited the Japanese macaque monkey enclosure and the Conservatory.

• 9.30a – Checked out from hotel and left for airport (approx. 15 min from hotel to airport).

We had an idyllic holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Loved everything about Tassie, except the numerous roadkill we came across in the course of our drive. :(

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11. Re: I ♥ Tassie - trip report

Great trip report, thanks for posting!

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12. Re: I ♥ Tassie - trip report

Awesome trip report, great read. Just wondering where the Coles Bay Pier is (sorry of this is a silly question, its just that google maps doesn't seem to know :P )

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13. Re: I ♥ Tassie - trip report

Hi M A, see link beklow for Coles Bay jetty location.



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14. Re: I ♥ Tassie - trip report

Great read leisure2go.

We are in Tas from Monday for 12 days and looking forward to doing some of the stops you commented on. Strahan is the one I am looking forward to mostly.

Thank you for the report and hopefully I can give a report on our return.

Cheers Darcy

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