We left the beautiful Lake Brady – although it was 12 degrees and raining so made leaving a little easier!
We were off east with the area south of Hobart in mind. Huonville was the winner!
Huonville Caravan Park was our base for four days while we explored the beautiful Huon Valley! We loved our stay here, kids are extremely well catered for. Check out this post for more pics and information.
We did a few day trips to explore the Huon Valley.
One of the stand outs was the TAHUNE FOREST AIRWALK at Geeveston! If you don’t like heights, this is quite the challenge!
We did the three walks and really enjoy the views and scenery.
🌿 The Swinging Bridge Walk is a 3km track and the two swinging bridges cross the Huon and Picton Rivers!
🌿 The Tahune AirWalk had us walking in the treetops and the 600m walk ends at a cantilevered platform that is 50m above the river!!
🌿 The Huon Pine Walk is a short 15-20 min return loop at ground level.
HUONVILLE TO COCKLE CREEK DAY TRIP
All the way to the END OF THE ROAD! We set off from Huonville and drove as far south as we could and stopped for lunch with some pretty amazing views!
The Whale Sculpture is also around further on the point.
HUON VALLEY EAST DAY TRIP
This was a pretty coastal drive through lots of small townships. We stopped at a few bays to walk along the beach, had lunch at Kettering and tasted and bought some delicious local produce!
A sign said Eggs and Bacon Bay so we just had to pop down to see that town! Apparently the small town was actually named after the “Eggs & Bacon Pea” wildflowers that grow in the area not the good old breakfast feast!
A short 15 minute ferry ride (after a 1.5 hour wait) and a $70 return ticket had us over to Bruny Island.
We liked the look of Cloudy Corner Campground right down in the far south of the island. The only access to the campsite is via a 3 kilometre stretch of beach. We loved our stay here – check out the pics here.
HELLO BRUNY ISLAND and your delicious food!! Our two days on the Island were taken up with sightseeing and eating!!
Bruny Island Chocolate Company – of course we stopped here and stocked up our supplies!
Bruny Island Cheese & Beer Co. – wood fired pizza, ploughman’s lunch, beer and wine all made for a delicious lunch!
The Neck Lookout – a short walk up to the Neck Lookout provided stunning views of the area!
Get Shucked Oysters – you have to check out this place! You can get oysters at the “drive-thru” window, you don’t even have to get out of the car!!!
We were lucky enough to be contacted by some fellow Bushtracker owners who lived near Richmond and they invited us to stay on their property.
The property was only 40 minutes from Hobart so it was a great base to explore the area. It was beautiful and we are very grateful for their hospitality.
HOBART AREA – ATTRACTIONS
WOW this place was crazy busy, we were jammed in like sardines! Lots on offer though if that’s your thing – it’s a big market!! Fresh food, produce, handmade goodies…
Constitution Dock – we didn’t quite make it here for the end of the Sydney to Hobart!
MONA – Museum of Old and New Art
I’ve been trying to work out how to explain this place ….strange, surprising, great, interesting – all that rolled into one big architectural designed building!
There is a huge variety of weird and wonderful artwork! From drawings and sculptures, to a fat bubble car and a water droplet display that showed words as the water fell to the ground!
The Museum doesn’t have information boards on each piece of art, instead, you are given an iPod with headphones. The devices contain the information you need for a self paced walk through the museum. The kids also had iPods which kept them amused throughout the displays.
There is a warning about a few pieces of explicit material for kids. You do get a warning message on the iPods though so it’s up to you whether you go into those rooms or not!
A few things…
- they have a couple of cafes onsite
- you can’t take your backpacks in but they have lockers available
- no food/drinks allowed in museum but they do have free water at the bars/cafes
- under 18 – FREE admission
RICHMOND AREA – ATTRACTIONS
We really enjoyed the Richmond area – full of historic charm with lots of things to see and do!
The Historic Richmond Bridge – Australia’s Oldest Bridge, constructed by convict labour between 1823-1825.
Old Hobart Town – is a historic model village of Hobart back in the early 1800’s. So much work has gone into this display – it is worth a visit!
Richmond Gaol – we had an interesting and informative self guided tour through the old gaol.
Puddleduck Vineyard – this place got the tick of approval in our eyes and assuming in many others too! The vineyard has an outdoor dining area, complete with children’s playground! Reverse BYO is encouraged – that is, you bring your picnic lunch and they’ll supply the wine!!
Wicked Cheese – delicious coffee, cheese and ice cream here!! WIcked Cheese has a huge selection of produce to taste and purchase. Out the front they look after the kids as well with sporting equipment for use on their lawn area.
Coal River Farm
- Handmade chocolates, marshmallows and honeycomb.
- You can pick your own fresh fruit and berries from the farm.
- Enjoy a meal at their restaurant.
Port Arthur was another place we were very interested in visiting. We set sail from Richmond and travelled a very brief 40 minutes further east and set up camp at Sunset Beach Holiday Spot. Great little spot on the beach.
TASMAN PENINSULA ATTRACTIONS
PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE
What an amazing place to visit – a must do!
The history is so fascinating and you get a real feel for what life was like for the convicts.
For $95 (family of 4) we had a full day of exploring – it is actually a two day consecutive pass.
A 25 minute harbour cruise, 40 minute guided walking tour and access to over 30 historic buildings was included in the price. We thought this was great value and really needed the full day!
You can do separate tours out to the two islands – The Isle of the Dead Cemetery and Point Puer Boys’ Prison.
Our kids (5 & 9) really enjoyed it and were engaged and asked LOTS of questions throughout the whole day!
Highly recommend a visit to Port Arthur!
FOSSIL BAY LOOKOUT
All the attractions above that we visited in the Tasman Peninsula are well worth visiting!