#2022wotylinkparty Over 50s Lifestyle Tasmania Travel WOTY 2022 - BE

BE-ing in Tasmania

October 28, 2022

Tasmania, Tassie, The Apple Isle – this State in Australia might be small but it certainly punches above it’s weight for scenery, wilderness, food and history. A visit has been on my bucket list for years and finally at 65 I can now tick it off the list.

Mike and I spent a delightful three weeks BE-ing together and enjoying BE-ing in Tasmania and discovering it’s treasures. Tassie has it all and you feel like you are in Switzerland with the mountains, English villages, rugged coastlines, wilderness and wildlife. Not to mention the delicious produce – it certainly has become a ‘foodie’ hotspot.

I was so grateful that despite the bad weather and flooding the skies cleared for all of our planned visits and we only had one day where we stayed in. We thought we would have to change our plans and were constantly watching the weather alerts. BE-ing flexbile was certainly required but fortunately our plans didn’t have to be changed.

My heart goes out to all in Tasmania and Victoria who have been devasted by the floods and need to rebuild their lives.

I will be writing specific posts on areas that were extra special over the coming months because I want to share this special place with you and also to keep the memories alive. You know how it is, you travel and have a wonderful time and then you come home to the same routine and the travel memories quickly fade.

We were told that three weeks was ‘overkill’ and we could see Tasmania in two weeks. You can certainly do that as many places of interest are only a short drive from each other. However, we wanted to take our time driving around and soaking in each place we visited.

Our itinerary

6 nights Hobart – Flight from Brisbane to Hobart via Melbourne. We stayed in Hobart and explored the City, visited Mt Wellington and had a day trip to Bruny Island (which is a must do). We visited MONA – Museum of Old and New Art. I was told by several people that ‘you must visit MONA but keep an open mind’. It certainly is different and at times confronting but I’m glad we visited.
2 nights Strahan – We drove from Hobart to Strahan via Queenstown for two nights. Another ‘must do’ is the Gordon River Cruise which takes you through the pristine wilderness of Tasmania’s Western Wilderness. I can see why the protestors were so vocal in stopping the logging of this area.
1 night- Queenstown for one night
3 nights – Cradle Mountain. We stayed in a delightful cottage about 10kms from Cradle Mountain information centre. Another must do is to walk all or part of Dove Lake Circuit. I walked it all which was about 6km and despite showers and the cooler temperatures, I was dressed for it and enjoyed the natural beauty surrounding me.
1 night – Stanley in the North West was a surprise packet and a place I would throughly recommend especially taking the ski lift to the top of The Nut and taking in the 360° views. The Seafood Platter we shared at Hursheys was delicious and one of the best I’ve eaten.
1 night – Launceston was a quick stay to catch up with a good friend.
3 nights – St Helens – the beautiful Bay of Fires is a must see and we took the Bay of Fires Eco Tour Cruise. We also took the opportunity to drive down to the Freychinet Peninsular a day earlier as the weather was perfect. I walked to the top of the Wineglass Bay Lookout and although it is a challenging climb with numerous steps it was so worth it for the view.
3 nights – Swansea – a beachside town. On our second day we drove to the Midlands about 1 hour away to visit Ross an historic village.
1 night – Richmond another historic town which I would totally recommend and wished we could have stayed another few days. We stayed in the Garden Cottage at Mulberry Cottage B&B and I could certainly live there! Maureen our host was so welcoming and the cottage was beautiful – cosy yet so well appointed. A highlight was a visit to the Christmas Shop at LaFayette on Bridge – if you love Christmas you will be in your element as I was.

A quick overview in photos

As I mentioned above, I’ve decided to write a series on some of the more special places we visited. Here are some highlights to start with….

Booking Accommodation

I booked our accommodation through Booking.com which always has options for free cancellations in case plans change. All of the accommodation lived up to expectations except one.

Booking a Hire Car

Hiring a car was the way to go for us. We could take our time and follow our own schedule. We hired a medium sized vehicle which was roomy although hire cars are not permitted on unsealed roads so we couldn’t drive too far ‘off road’. In saying that, we still saw everything we wanted to and the roads were well maintained and easy to drive.

Mobile Phone Reception

The only negative for us was the non-existent mobile phone reception for those of us who are not with Telstra. I hadn’t given this a thought when planning our holiday as we were still in Australia, I assumed our reception would be good. Fortunately, all our accommodation and public places had free wi-fi but we couldn’t make phone calls. I will be checking this in future travels

BE-ing in Tasmania

  • quality time with my darling
  • experiencing natural beauty, history and wildlife
  • eating fresh and delicious food
  • grateful that we had no problems and the trip when smoothly.

I would highly recommend a visit to this beautiful State in Australia.

Sue Loncaric

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30 Comments

  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 28, 2022 at 11:17

    Hi, Sue – What wonderful photos. This looks like such a fantastic trip. I can’t wait to hear more details. So well deserved!
    BTW – I also usually reserve accommodations with Booking.Com. With the loyalty discount that I get it almost always makes it cheaper than booking any other way — and their Customer Service is excellent and hassle-free.
    Looking forward to catching up soon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:40

      We had the best time, Donna and Tasmania has so much to offer. x

  • Reply Christine Blundell October 28, 2022 at 12:43

    Sue you certainly had a fantastic tour of our beautiful state! I think it was a great decision to take 3 weeks to take your time and spend a few days in some places. I absolutely love Richmond with its amazing history and gorgeous little shops to wander in and that adorable B and B is somewhere I would love to spend a few days.
    It was so wonderful to catch up with you and Mike. Xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:41

      It was so lovely to catch up with you, Chris and yes, you would love the B&B we stayed in. I didn’t want to leave. x

  • Reply Janine October 28, 2022 at 14:37

    Your trip sounds very well planned and looked absolutely stunning. Tassie is on my bucket list and your trip has certainly inspired me to get on and book it!
    Thank you for sharing your adventures

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:42

      Hi Janine, we have had this trip planned since before COVID but with that and also my MIL dying we couldn’t proceed. We loved every part of the trip and Tassie really is a must see. I can help if you have any questions when planning but my advice is if you have the time,take it slowly and linger rather than trying to rush and only see a small part of the State.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs October 28, 2022 at 17:44

    What a delight it was to follow your trip on line too Sue. So much I had heard about but have never visited. You are doing well to plan a few posts about it as you’d be hard pressed to get it all done in one. You were both BE-ing with each other and there is nothing more special. Thank you for the link up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:43

      Yes BE-ing with each other was certainly the best, Denyse. After the last couple of years it was wonderful to pack up and escape for a while. We both enjoyed every part of our trip and Tassie is so beautiful with so much to offer.

  • Reply Debbie October 28, 2022 at 18:59

    It was so good to follow your trip via social media Sue and I really enjoyed your post summarising your trip. It may be a small island but as you say there’s so much to see and do 3 weeks is a good amount of time to take. Your itinerary sounded great ! We have been to all of these places over the years and understand the history and beautiful scenery on hand. Can’t wait to catch up soon and to read more of your highlights. I think the Gordon River cruise and Sarah Island was a highlight for me too and Stanley as well! A fabulous post for this month’s WOTY – I’m so pleased it all went well for you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:45

      Social media is great for travellers, isn’t it Deb? I love seeing photos of others who are travelling and thoroughly enjoyed your UK trip as well as following Jo’s recent trip. We were so lucky that everything just fell into place. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones October 28, 2022 at 19:26

    Your holiday in Tassie sounds perfect Sue. Stanley and The Nut are always a highlight for me. I love a holiday in Tassie, so we are going, in January, but just to Hobart.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:45

      Hi Jen, you have obviously been before but Tassie is somewhere you can easily visit several times and still find something new. x

  • Reply leannelc October 28, 2022 at 19:55

    Hi Sue – I enjoyed following your trip on Facebook and it certainly looked like you both had a fabulous time. Tasmania is on my bucket list – it holds more appeal than an international trip for us and I imagine we’ll get there sometime in the next few years.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:47

      Hi Leanne I like Social Media for the opportunity to share my travels but also follow other travellers. I loved Jo’s photos and yes, Tassie is easy to get to plus you feel sometimes like you are visiting England or Switzerland. So much to see and do and the food is amazing. x

  • Reply Natalie October 28, 2022 at 23:27

    Hi Sue, What a wonderful trip and beautiful photos. I look forward to hearing more. I have also used booking.com for some of my trips. Thank you for co-hosting the link party with Donna, Deb and Jo. I added my link. Have a great weekend!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2022 at 09:47

      Hi Natalie, we had a wonderful time and are now planning our next trip. Thanks for linking up with us and I finally made it to one of your #weekendcoffeeshare link ups. Have a lovely November and enjoy the Fall colours. x

      • Reply Natalie October 30, 2022 at 09:32

        Thank you, Sue, for your weekend coffee share. Have a great week!

  • Reply Toni Pike October 29, 2022 at 19:10

    What a wonderful holiday, Sue – and I’m glad you also enjoyed so much gorgeous food. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2022 at 06:01

      We did have a wonderful time, Toni. After being unable to travel for so long it was such a thrill to discover a place we have wanted to visit for some time. Now I have itchy feet! x

  • Reply Susanne October 29, 2022 at 21:57

    How lovely for you to get away on this trip! I’ve really enjoyed following your activities on Instagram and I’m looking forward to your future posts about it. Your photo collection here is lovely, you’ve been to some beautiful places! I especially like the one with the dry tree on the beach with the angry sky above. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2022 at 06:03

      Thanks Susanne, I enjoyed posting my photos and sharing our travels. We have wanted to visit Tasmania for quite some time. I loved the dry tree on the beach photo also. The sky was ominous and grey but the atmosphere on the beach was exhilerating. x

  • Reply Writing Sparkle October 29, 2022 at 23:59

    I haven’t travelled since pre-COVID. I have the itch, but my husband has enjoyed not spending the money that travelling can cost so we haven’t picked up and gone (YET). Hahaha. Great post. Loved the pictures.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2022 at 06:04

      I know what you mean regarding the cost so we started closer to home rather than a European holiday which would be quite expensive. I was surprisingly nervous about travelling again but once we were on our way excitement took over. Thank you for visiting and have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis October 30, 2022 at 14:06

    Tasmania is on our list of places to visit so your blog has provided inspiration on where we should go.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 31, 2022 at 06:38

      Tasmania was such a surprise packet. For a small State there is such a diversity in landscapes, from rugged wilderness to rolling hills with sheep and cattle to beaches, history and of course food. You would love it. It actually is quite similar to NZ.

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues October 31, 2022 at 22:00

    Sounds like a truly wonderful trip. Glad you and Mike enjoyed this, Sue. You always inspire me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 1, 2022 at 08:11

      Thanks Corinne for your lovely words x

  • Reply Kirstin November 4, 2022 at 00:18

    What a wonderful trip. I wish our trip the NE states could’ve been that long. 10 days was great but 2 or 3 weeks would”e been awesome. I can’t wait for specific updates. I’m working on some posts from our trip. Those photos are all so awesome. One thing I did on our trip was try and find foods that were common to the areas and give them a try. THat was fun.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:23

      Hi Kirstin, we are fortunate to be retired so have the opportunity to take our time. I always wanted to do 3 weeks in Tassie even though everyone said that was too long. It gave us the opportunity to take our time and enjoy each place we stayed at. It’s good to document your trips. I haven’t really in the past and I regret that now. Writing about Tassie is keeping the memories alive for me. I look forward to your posts. xx

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