Last week I was lucky enough to have five days off work and hop aboard a plane to Tasmania.
Window seats ensued so I could take in the view and catch my first glance of a new destination from the sky. Upon arrival I picked up my hire car and drove to my accommodation; Aspect Tamar Valley Resort in Grindelwald. I stayed about 15km out of Launceston and the views were breath taking. I’m so glad that I chose to hire a car, it made the trip so much better than it would have been if I hadn’t.
My first full day was spent driving around to various National Trust buildings and peering in op shops on the way (after a detour to the Tamar Valley Wetlands). There’s something magical about standing in rooms where people used to carry on their lives decades before. I visited Franklin House, Clarendon, Brickendon Convict Village and Woolmer’s Estate (the full tour which includes a guided tour inside the homestead is perfect for those who are interested in the history of the estate and to see the rooms as they were).
Day two comprised of a 50 minute cruise of the Cataract Gorge operated by the local cruise company. There was only myself and another tourist on the cruise which made the experience enjoyable and personal, the tour guide gave great recommendations of places to visit- I always love getting a local perspective on places of interest and attractions, it saves research time and you get to find out the best kept secrets. I also visited the tram museum and Queen Victoria museum. If you’re looking for an affordable and delicious pit stop for lunch, the cafe at the museum is divine, the staff are friendly and the food is delicious!
Day three comprised of a long drive to Bridestowe Lavender Farm which to my dismay was not in bloom. Their shop smelt heavenly and there’s a wonderful range of soaps and food products to choose from. Next was a drive to The Berry Farm in Hillwood, a place where you can pick either a bucket or small punnet and pick your own strawberries. I was lazy and chose to wine and dine for lunch instead. Their strawberries are divine, I indulged in their pancakes with strawberries and cream- it did not disappoint! Back in the car, I took a spontaneous turn down a scenic route which turned into several stops to wind down the window and take photos- like a true tourist. The afternoon was spent walking around Cataract Gorge Reserve, over the bridge and up to the scenic lookout platforms- the landscape is absolutely beautiful. It’s like existing in a real life postcard. I also ventured into the Queen Victoria Art Gallery which was small but had some lovely paintings on display.
The final morning is always sad, realizing that you have to go back to reality and your anonymity and ability to watch others live their everyday lives, the wonders of sonder will soon be over. I took the chance to stroll up to the lookout located at the resort and took in the view, the natural landscape is glorious. I also had the pleasure of encountering a bunny! 3 states in one day and I found myself back home, greeted by my parents. 🙂
So now I’m back home, compiling a photobook online to look at over coffees and wondering where my wanderlust will take me next time. Until then, it’s back to reality and life as an ordinary person.