#whatsonyourplateblogchallenge Over 50s Lifestyle Tasmania

Tasmania – a foodies delight

November 2, 2022

We’ve just returned from a three-week driving holiday in Tasmania. I wrote a summary of our trip and itinerary in my last post for my WOTY update (which you can read HERE), and also mentioned that I would be writing a series of posts about our travels to this small, but beautiful State in Australia. There was so much to see that I couldn’t fit it all in one post.

My first post is about food and fits nicely into this month’s What’s On Your Plate? Blog Challenge link up co-hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and DebThe Widow Badass.

Why not pop over to see what was on their plates during October?

Tasmania – a foodies delight

Morning Tea choices

I don’t often have morning tea, but holidays and cooler temperatures are perfect for a leisurely coffee or hot chocolate. The weather had been showery whilst driving so comfort food was the order of the day.

We enjoyed a delicious devonshire tea at Tracks Cafe in Queenstown. The Blue Edge Bakery, Bicheno was the perfect stop for morning tea on our drive from St Helens to Swansea. We enjoyed a delicious Blueberry Muffin and coffee although there was so many baked goods to choose from. Hot Chocolate with Marshallows and Coffee with Shortbread was another morning tea stop at Tullah Lakeside Lodge in Tullah which was on the way from Queenstown to Cradle Mountain.

The World Famous Vanilla Slice!

Well, that is what the Ross Village Bakery in Church Street, declares and by the number of people lining up to buy one or three, they could be right! My Mum used to love French Vanilla Slices so I bought one in her honour and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful! I did go for a big walk afterwards.


The famous Tasmanian Scallop Pie is a must to try when visiting Tasmania. It comes in a curry or mornay sauce filling full of tasty Tasmanian scallops.

Lunch & Dinner Options

Tasmania has great seafood so when in Rome….. it helps that both Mike and I love seafood so we were both in our element.

We enjoyed a delicious Tasmanian Salmon & Salad Roll with Spiced Pumpkin soup for a lunch stop on the Full-Day Bruny Island Boat Tour with Pennicott Wilderness Tours. They also have a Bruny Island Traveller Day tour which is perfect if you are a foodie.

The Potato and Leek Soup hit the spot at the Tracks Cafe in Queenstown on a cold, showery day. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is right at the Station so you can hop onto the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway Steam Train from Queenstown to Strahan return or vice versa.

Lunch on the pier

On our last day in Hobart we decided to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch. You are spoilt for choice and we finally chose Pearl & Co Oyster Bar and Restaurant located on Hobart Wharf. The menu was varied but Mike chose the oysters and a bowl of Chowder for Entree. I selected the Octopus for Entree. For mains I had the panko crumbed scallops and Mike had panko crumbed fish with chips. Both were delicious and unfortunately no room for dessert.

Panko is a type of breadcrumb used in Asian dishes mainly. ‘Pan’ is the Japanese word for ‘bread’ and ‘ko’ means ‘flour’. The result is lighter, crispier and airier compared to normal breadcrumbs.

After our visit to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), we stopped off at the Franklin Wharf Restaurant and Bar and enjoyed a Crayfish Roll with Chips and Aioli.

One of the best seafood platters for two!

A big call but the Seafood platter for two at Stanley’s Hursey Seafood Restaurant was superb and one of the best we’ve had and we’ve had a few in our time. The platter was generous yet reasonably priced. A lovely way to spend an afternoon after a ride on the ski lift to the top of The Nut.

Dessert Treats

I love ice cream and Tassie certainly makes deliciously, creamy icecream especially made by the Van Diemens Land Creamery. I enjoyed the Lavendar & White Chocolate, a very rich Peanut Butter and Chocolate and an unusual but delicious Pepperberry & Leatherwood Honey flavour. The VDL website describes this as :

‘A perfect balance of two of Tasmania’s most unique tastes; smooth and creamy with earthy, sweet aromatic balsamic scents and fresh notes of citrus fruits.’

Tasmanian Produce & Sweets

Tasmania has an abundance of produce with award winning wines, cheese , jams, preserves, sauces, chocolates, fudge and of course old fashioned lollies. We stopped at Bakery 31 in Ross and also the Sweet &Treats in Richmond for some goodies.

Have you visited Tasmania? If you get a chance to visit you won’t be disappointed.

Okay, that is what was on my plate for October. What was on your plate?

I’m also joining Denyse for her Wednesday Words & Pics link up.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 2, 2022 at 10:13

    Hi, Sue – Seafood, icecream, pastries and morning tea!! Yummmm!!! Your post left me drooling all over my keyboard! Your trip sounds wonderful (and very, very well deserved). Your photos are brilliant!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at WOYP. I can’t wait to catch up and hear more!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:04

      Hi Donna, the food was amazing and I didn’t deny myself in anyway – I enjoyed every mouthful! x

      • Reply Retirement Reflections November 3, 2022 at 07:18

        Awesome!! You deserved it. So glad that you both had such a great time!

  • Reply leannelc November 2, 2022 at 11:15

    What a fantastic array of food Sue – it all looks delicious and healthy – even with a few chips and some pastries thrown into the mix…..moderation in everything 🙂 It looks like the trip ticked all the boxes foodwise.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:06

      Hi Leanne, I didn’t set out to eat healthy, I just knew I wanted to try all the delicious food that Tassie offers and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. x

  • Reply Janine November 2, 2022 at 14:38

    Oh yum – everything you have listed in this post sounds delicious. I’m feeling very hungry now. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:07

      Hi Janine, yes it was all delicious and I savoured every mouthful. Tassie has so much fresh produce and cooked superbly. I’ve calmed down a little since I returned home and back into routine LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 2, 2022 at 18:37

    I Sue. I love this post. I always enjoy a driving holiday. What’s not to enjoy with all that gorgeous food. You look so relaxed. I can see you’ve had a great holiday.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:08

      Thank you Jen, we had a fabulouse time and a great way to start our travels again. Tassie has so much to offer and yes, ‘what’s not to enjoy?’

  • Reply Jo November 2, 2022 at 20:57

    That all looks SO good. I love seafood & I’d love to try a scallop pie. We last went to Tassie before Sarah was born – judging by your pics a trip is well overdue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:09

      Hi Jo, the scallop pies are amazing and chock full of juicy scallops. You and Grant need to you put Tassie back on the list for sure! x

  • Reply Susanne November 2, 2022 at 20:59

    All this food looks amazing, Sue! Except so much is breadcrumbed and I wouldn’t be able to eat it. I love seafood though. We get some good seafood from a local company and my husband prepares it with garlic and parsley and then on the barbecue. Perfect for a summer lunch.
    And there’s nothing like tea and a scone on a rainy day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:10

      Hi Susanne, I don’t usually eat crumbed seafood either but the Panko crumbing is much lighter. I don’t often have scones (a favourite with jam and cream) so it was lovely and delicious to indulge. x

  • Reply rawsonjl November 2, 2022 at 23:15

    That all looks so delicious! My husband and I enjoy seafood too and tend to eat it a lot whenever we are near the shore.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 07:11

      The food was delicious and Tasmania has so much fresh produce to try. We had a wonderful ‘tasting’ trip. xx

  • Reply The Widow Badass November 3, 2022 at 08:25

    WOW! What an amazing collection of food photos! I love a vanilla slice – I think just about every place has a version of this pastry – in the Netherlands it is called a tompoes (don’t ask me why…to my ear, it translates to Tom Cat as a poes is a cat in Dutch). And the seafood – oh yes please!!!!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 09:34

      Tasmania has certainly so much fresh produce and has become the foodie capital of Australia, Deb. Sometimes names just don’t work in translation though do they? LOL 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 3, 2022 at 08:41

    I adore Tassie – I’d never been until last year and now I’ve been twice and very keen to go again! #WWandP

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2022 at 09:35

      Hi Lydia, it took me until my 60s to go and we loved it. I can understand people wanting to revisit. Apparently, I also have family history on my Mum’s side dating back several generations in Deloraine, Ross and Maria Island which is fascinating. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs November 3, 2022 at 18:04

    Honestly between yours and Jo’s trips with a LOT of food in focus it was very hard not to be hungry!! I am so glad you and M got to Tasmania and enjoyed so much of it. Great to see you join in for Wednesday’s Words and Pics. Next week it will be the 10th one! I am enjoying our connections via blogging each week and hope you are too. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:22

      Hi Denyse, I enjoyed Jo’s photos too. Tasmania has been on our bucket list for some time and we have such a wonderful time together. 10th week of WWW&P that time has flow. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 4, 2022 at 06:45

    They all looked wonderful, Sue, but the seafood platter…amazing! It seems like you had a lovely trip. I might have to add Tasmania to the list of places I want to visit.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:24

      Hi Christie, the seafood platter was by far the best we have ever tasted. I’m pleased we have been able to tick Tassie off our bucket list. It has been on there for way too long. x

  • Reply Toni Pike November 4, 2022 at 07:51

    I’m so glad you had those wonderful weeks to enjoy yourself, Sue. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:24

      Thank you Toni, it was certainly the tonic we needed after the last few years. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle November 4, 2022 at 10:17

    Hi Sue, so glad to see you’ve enjoyed a lovely long holiday at Tassie. Rob and I went in 2015 – 11 days of driving around Tassie and we loved it. Not long enough though. I have a series of posts I wrote about our trip on the blog. It was a bit of a whirlwind and there are places we didn’t get to. We will have to go back. A favourite place was Stanley – so beautiful – but loved everything over there really. Oh – I loved Strahan too and the Gordon River cruise. Did you do that? This is a lovely post looking at all the gorgeous food you’ve experienced over there. I look forward to reading your next Tassie posts. I’m sorry I haven’t kept up with your travels (or other people’s travels) on social media. Life for me of late has been very sad and stressful so I’ve not quite been my old self with keeping up with everything. So glad you enjoyed Tassie as I did. It’s a beautiful place. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:25

      Stanley was one of our favourites too Min. That is where we had that fabulous seafood platter. I really enjoyed everywhere we visited as it was all so different. I hope you are going okay and sending love and hugs to you xx

  • Reply Deborah November 4, 2022 at 10:57

    It all looks delicious Sue. I’ve been to Tassie just once (to Hobart) about 14 or so years ago for a few days. I really enjoyed it and considered it as an option for my recent short break away but the weather looked pretty dire for the week so gave it a miss.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:26

      Hi Deb, Mike had only been to Hobart for a conference too. We both had such a great time and were so very lucky with the weather and dodging flooded areas. Our itinerary wasn’t affected at all. So grateful x

  • Reply Natalie November 5, 2022 at 11:39

    Hi Sue, Everything looks delicious and beautiful. I’m glad that you and Mike had a wonderful holiday, well deserved! Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:27

      It was beautiful, Natalie. I’m sure you would enjoy the wilderness and rugged coastlines of Tasmania. x

  • Reply Debbie November 6, 2022 at 13:22

    I thoroughly enjoyed your post Sue and all the yummy foods. On holidays is the best time to sample things and you sound like you both enjoyed it. We always enjoy a trip to Tassie and have been to most of the places you visited so it was great to see them again through your eyes. I’m so glad you both enjoyed your trip, well deserved!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2022 at 11:27

      You are lucky to be a bit closer to Tassie than us and I’m not sure we will get back for a while as there are still places on our list to see. I loved it though and both Mike and I had a wonderful time. xx

  • Reply Kirstin November 10, 2022 at 16:11

    Wow. That all looks amazing. I’ve never heard of vanilla slice but it sounds wonderful.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2022 at 16:25

      Thanks so much Kirstin. The food was amazing. Vanilla slices are so delicious. They have a firm custard in the midst of light flaky pastry. Yum! x

  • Reply Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog November 12, 2022 at 00:00

    I think I would need to do a lot of exercise if I visited Tasmania. It all looks delicious. We have vanilla slices but we just call them custard slices and don’t think of them as French. The French call custard La sauce anglaise.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 12, 2022 at 04:59

      Hi Anne, the French Vanilla Slice has lighter pastry – is that to make us feel less guilty about eating them? Indulging in Tassie is fine as there is a lot of walking, hiking and climbing (if you desire) to work off the calories. That’s my excuse anyway LOL 🙂

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