What better way to spend a wet and gloomy Saturday than on a road trip? Especially one that takes our little Fiat500C to places I’m pretty sure Fiat never intended it to go. This trip took us back into Tasmania’s Far South, through the Southern Forests to the D’Entrecasteaux River and Recherche Bay.
Tasmania has no shortage of amazing places to stay. However, there are are a handful that are truly spectacular. The Peninsula Experience in Dover is one of those. To start with you get a beautiful house, complete with wood fire, and outdoor spa. But on top of that you get an entire peninsula to yourself, complete with 4km of walking tracks, and an army of birds and wildlife.
As I’ve mentioned before, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel region is one of my favourite parts of Tasmania. Here are a few highlights of a weekend adventure from Hobart down to Conningham.
Last weekend I took my new toy out for it’s first spin. It’s been far too long since I’ve been on a bike, but living in Tasmania is the perfect time to get back in the saddle. Life looks different from on a bike – it’s one of a handful of ways that I can really live in the moment without a care for my day to day life, and I love it. I’m expecting lots of our future adventures to involve these little beauties, especially with all the effort that’s going into developing places to ride in Tassie.
Last weekend found us at the Bream Creek Show, an iconic event in the Tasmanian calendar.
Attendance averages about 7000 people, which is about 16 times the usual population of the surrounding Kellevie district. Highlights include the giant pumpkin competition, the Blunnie (or Blundstone boot for those of you from outside Tasmania) toss, local musicians, and wood chopping competitions.
While I’d say the Show is an event more suited to families with young children than grown-up explorers like us, it was still a fun day out.
This weekend’s adventure took us to the Taste of the Huon festival. The festival is focused on food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley, D’entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island regions of Tasmania (which all lie just south of Hobart). We lived in the D’entrecasteaux Channel region during our last stint in Tassie and it’s still where my heart is, even though this time around the place we call home is much closer to town.
Obviously there was no shortage of lovely food to try, but our highlights were:
- Manuka and Blackberry/Clover Mead from the Mountain View Meadery.
- Kentish Cherry Jam from Sleeping Beauty’s Pantry (the reference is to the mountain known locally as Sleeping Beauty rather than the fairytale character).
- Fish sausage hotdogs from Silver Hill Fisch
- And all the tarts from Bakery on Huntingfield (who sadly don’t appear to have a website).