Yes you heard right, it is doable or at least half of the East coast of Tassie is. We covered over 800km of insanely beautiful countryside, with beautiful sunsets and beautiful people!
We set off from Melbourne in a KEA 6 berth luxury campervan on our day sail to Tassie on the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’, arriving in Devonport a
fter a smooth sail. At dusk we had a rather scary drive to St Helens — do pay attention to the road signs, there really are kangaroos roaming across the road, from dusk until dawn, and you will find yourself not only mastering the winding roads but dodging the wildlife too :- from roos to wombats and even sheep.
This was our first trip ‘glamping’ and once we mastered driving our tank we started to relax and breathe in the warm salt air in the morning we only had a 30 min drive to the spectacular ‘Bay of Fires.’ The orange hues embedded in the rocks stretch as far as the eye can see.
Day 2 Freycinet National Park was a must see, a walk to the Lookout point of Wineglass Bay is such a picturesque spot, and
for those that are very fit then do the hard walk down to the bay and have a dip. We opted for the moderate walk to the lookout point – this in itself was enough for us with the multitude of steps, steps and yet more steps. The national park yearly run a summer ballot to draw who will be lucky enough to stay in the park. Our alternative was Triabunna where we met with a few crew left over from the recent Sydney to Hobart yacht race and with a small donation behind the bar we camped in the hotel’s grounds. The hosts were full of interesting travel information and created a superb evening.
Day 3 Port Arthur was our last leg prior to ditching the campervan at the airport. We overnighted in the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart which is centrally located (we did have a huge issue trying to get the aircon to a breathable level and couldn’t contact the operator but we tried not to let it spoil our trip). Earlier we had a great walk around Salamanca Place (a tribute to the battle of Salamanca) we came across a Nant whisky lounge bar (Nant Distillery) and enjoyed a flight of whisky which was incredibly smooth their hot Tasmanian salmon with whisky Chilli Jam was extremely good.
Day 4 We opted for our schmantzy ‘Posh Pit’ Ferry which kicked off our day with lots of fizz and canapés across to MONA (this is an absolute must) this modern art museum is unabashed to show statement art – such as the extraordinary ‘Gilbert and George’ exhibition. MONA is far more than a gallery (for adults) they showcase Moorilla wines and Edith and the team are extremely knowledgeable to assist you with your cellar door tasting and show around the winery. Plus in their gardens they have superb bands and great bistro food.
Transparency: All items below were paid for by http://www.holdtheprosecco.com
24 hour national park passes = $ 24
1 month national park passes = $ 60
Entrance to MONA = $25 pp (includes headset, band on the lawn, Moorilla cellar door and introduction tour)
MONA café = $ 31 (Ocean trout rillets + 1 croissant)
Camp sites = $ 38 approx
Posh PIT ferry = $100 pp return inc cellar door tasting and winery talk and tour
Port Arthur entry = $50 which includes an informative headset
Nant distillery = $106 (inc whisky tasting flight with hot smoked salmon platter)