It was freezing when we woke up and I didn’t want to leave the cosiness of my bed to get to the bathroom. But we had a long drive today so I braved the chill, packed up and persuaded the almost naked chef to cook us an ‘Early’ breakfast which of course he did to perfection
As it was our last full day in Tasmania we wanted to make the most of it and Earl was keen on seeing the West Coast town of Strahn. Everybody had told us that the West side of the island was boring and not to bother with it. But we were blown away. The mountain passes were spectacular and once again we passed through tiny and interesting villages, eateries in remote places, rivers, lakes, trees, interesting vegetation and of course the occasional interesting bird! We also drove through the copper mining town of Queenstown and over the incredibly scary mountain pass but the spectacular views made the journey all the more entertaining.
We left at 8:30 in the morning and did an average speed of 45km per hour arriving in Hobart at 7:00 pm. We stopped frequently and now that the road trip is over feel we’ve really taken in almost the whole of Tasmania!
Originally we were to fly from Hobart to Melbourne and then get a connecting flight to New Castle on the same day. Before we left Discover Australia changed this as the flight to New Castle was cancelled so we were booked on a flight the next morning necessitating a stay in a hotel in Melbourne. At the last minute we decided to ditch those bookings, get a flight to Sydney and then hire a car and drive to Cardiff. Now that I am sitting comfortably with a glass of excellent Australian Sauvignon Blanc in my aunt’s home I am delighted that we made that choice. It was a fabulous trip but another day of travelling would just have spoilt it all.
I am posting the photographs which I fear will not do justice to the amazing experience we had while taking them. But I shall let them do their best to give you an idea of what Tasmania has to offer.
Today was spent travelling so not much to report other than it was great to get back to Aunt’s home where Colette had prepared a lovely supper for us and we could just relax and let the past two weeks sink in. What a privilege to have taken that amazing road trip.