Tuesday, July 29, 2014

tasmania photo diary 2014


So many photos of scenery this time around. Tasmania is just too beautiful, though, to withhold from taking an excessive amount of photos of the same view, in order to not miss a single angle. 
We spent the majority of the week in Hobart, but ventured out to Huon Valley, Bruny Island and Launceston for day trips in between, visiting sites like Cataract Gorge, Adventure Bay, lavender farms and the Tahune Air Walk. 

The view from The Neck at Bruny Island was pretty stunning. Essentially, it was 360 degrees of raw beauty. Also at Bruny Island were the freshest oysters (I broke a personal record for number of oysters consumed this trip), before a fun but tiring 4 hour walk along the Fluted Cape and Grass Point tracks at Adventure Bay. While the view at the top of the circuit was beautiful, I'm personally not sure it was worth the 4 hours' time it took to see it. However, we were rewarded for our efforts afterwards with dinner at Hotel Bruny, facing a breathtaking sunset.

Huon Valley was home to the best apple pie, the apple museum, selections of apple ciders, wineries, alpacas, and the Tahune Air Walk. Our day trip to Launceston involved walks along the Cataract Gorge Reserve and riding on the chairlift, after a three-course lunch at the Gorge Restaurant accompanied by peacocks and wallabies. Back in Hobart, we visited Mt Wellington, the Cascade Brewery, had more oysters, bought lots of honey, visited the Salamanca markets, had breakfast at the Botanic Gardens, visited MONA, sampled the famous scallop pies, watched the sunrise and sunset, finally tried haloumi, and consumed lots and lots of coffee. 

Because of the early sunsets and subsequent early arrival of dark, we often retired to our resorts right after dinner and played board games until late into the night. These nights were probably one of the highlights of the trip, actually. So many laughs, jokes and secrets were shared and revealed. Overall, despite missing out on the snow and experiencing days of unfortunate weather, the trip was relaxing, fun and definitely memorable. Now, if only we could go back for another week...