Last weekend AJ and I went on a long weekend to Tasmania. I had always wanted a weekend in Tassie and bought the cheap flights to Launceston on impulse one day while I was bored at work. For those that don't know, Tassie is a small island off the south of Australia, and just a short plane trip from Melbourne. It is known for it's amazing scenery and fantastic food and wine-- what is not to like?!
We had the most amazing weekend and can quite honestly say I was grinning from ear-to-ear every moment of every day. I loved every second of our trip away, so please indulge me while I bore your with travel photos and stories!
Flying over the Tasman to Launceston
The obligatory in-flight photo that AJ always takes and that always brings out my lazy eye!
After we arrived we had breakfast at a lovely cafe called Stillwater and then walked along the river in Launceston
So pretty here, I wish we had time to walk along this gorge, but there were wineries to be seen!
Visiting the wineries of the Tamar Valley
Stopping in the charming town of Beaconsfield (yes, the place were the miners were trapped)
AJ in Beaconsfield
Me in Georgetown
Me trying to take an artistic photo of drain pipes in Georgetown
AJ excited to be posing in front of some monument to celebrate the settlement (invasion) of Europeans in Australia
Me excited to be eating lots of cheese and drinking wine!
Next winery was Janz for lots of bubbles
On the way to Swansea and stopping off in the bush somewhere so I could go to the bathroom (no I don't have a photo of that!)
The park I violated by using it as a bathroom
Arriving at our accommodation in Swansea and jumping into the spa fully clothed
Hiking through Freycinet early the next morning
So freaking steep!
Stopping for a photo opportunity... and to get our breath back...
Finally at the top of one hill where I collapse
The view kept us going...
Finally we made it to Wineglass Bay... where the fuck is the wine?
Wineglass Bay, I only wish I had a good camera and knew stuff about photography because this was the most amazing beach I have ever seen
AJ refueling on a muesli bar before we hiked back
Watching the waves crash on Wineglass Bay
It's freezing cold in Tassie and I am getting my sweat on climbing up those rocks
The views over the beach at the Lighthouse where we took a picnic lunch
Watching the waves crash on the rocks
Me feeling that bitter cold wind off the water while eating lunch
Walking along Friendly Beaches
Our terrible attempt at an Inukshuk on the beach
Our even worse attempt at drawing a map of Tassie on the beach
Back to the cottage at the Piermont in Swansea
Walking along the beach in front of our cottage
AJ pretending he can hear the ocean in a shell
The restaurant at the hotel
The view from our balcony
The lounge area and the view in our cottage
The view of the water from the spa
Me getting ready for dinner
AJ pretending to know stuff about wine at dinner
Me drinking wine by the fire
The delicious dessert, well I think it was delicious, I was probably a bit drunk by the time it came out
AJ: "Are your as drunk as me?"
ME: "Even drunker!!!"
Watching the sunrise on the balcony
The view of the frost and sunrise from the balcony
The seagulls on the pier in Swansea
Walking along the beach in Swansea
The beach in Swansea before we froze and had to leave
Kate's Berry Farm
Scones with jam and cream for breakfast
Me enjoying breakfast in the sun
Stopping for a break on the way to Cradle Mountain
Beautiful Campbell Town
AJ in front of the river at Campbell Town
Stopping for lunch in Westbury
AJ pretending to be in shackles in the Village Green of Westbury
The Village Green of Westbury
A cute cafe in Deloraine
A 50's cafe in Deloraine
Me enjoying a milkshake in the 50's cafe. I only wish I was hungry enough for a burger too!
AJ trying to work out where the hell we are
Stopping to admire the view while on the road to Cradle Mountain
A cute little paddymelon at our lodge in Cradle Mountain
Me excited to see snow at Cradle Mountain
Me at Cradle Mountain
Enchanted walk at Cradle Mountain
Enchanted Walk at Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Me playing with a paddymelon
Enjoying a hot chocolate (with a shot of Bailey's) at the lodge
Cute wombat outside our cabin
Wombat playing in the snow
Warming up in front of the fire of our cabin
AJ drinking wine at the restaurant of the lodge
Me enjoying the amazing Tassie seafood
I always have room for dessert!
A night isn't complete without wine by the fire!
Shaking off the hangover with a bowl of porridge
The lovely view from our breakfast table
Our hike for the morning, Dove Lake Canyon
AJ on our hike
Me thinking this was funny, little did I know how hairy this icy walk would get!
Me on the track around Dove Lake, this isn't so funny anymore...
Trying to enjoy the view, but mostly petrified of slipping on the ice!
Me falling as I walk on the track, please just let this be over soon...
Finally the icy walk is over and we are eating delicious cheese at Ashgrove
Me with my cheese to take home and the local cow
I need an apron with the slogan on it!
Belgian hot chocolate at House of Anvers chocolate house
The grounds of the chocolate house, just a beautiful place to sit... and eat salted caramels...
More sweets at Christmas Hills Raspberry farm
Very much enjoying my raspberry and golden syrup dumplings
Back in Launceston for a walk around the park
City park in Launceston
The sun setting and time to get to the airport and fly back to Melbourne
Bye Tassie, I can't wait to come back!!!