I have wanted to travel to Tasmania for such a long time and a trip here has been on my bucket list seemingly forever. Why did I want to go to Tassie so much? I had seen pictures of the serene nature, the crystal clear water and the white sandy beaches and thought that it all looked like heaven. But, in all the years of owning my travel agency, I never once sold a trip to Tasmania. Australia yes, but never Tasmania. It seemed so far away, and almost secret. So, when James and I had the chance to visit Tasmania, it was clear that it wouldn’t be for just a couple of weeks!
After traveling Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territories, and a short stop in South Australia, we finally made it to Tasmania! Departing from Melbourne, we booked our ferry tickets with the Spirit of Tasmania, which is the only way to get to Tassie with our campervan. After a rocky 9-hour overnight ferry ride, we arrived in Devonport, where we immediately drove to a coffee shop in an attempt to recover from the sleepless night. We made it to Tasmania, mates!!
First days in Tasmania
Our route was a bit of a zig zag:
Devonport – Launceston – Hobart – Port Arthur – back to Hobart – Huon Valley.
The reason was our two house sits we had. First in Hobart with lovely Daisy, who was so affectionate and adorable that we stayed with her the complete four days, enjoying all the love she gave us. We explored the city before and after our housesit with her, and put together the Best Things to do in Hobart for you.
Then we spent the Christmas holidays in Launceston, where we fell in love with cute Casey, a beautiful English Staffy that we looked after. With her we did a few daytrips. One day we went to Greens Beach. Another day we went to downtown Launceston for a coffee. But the most fun day was our trip to the Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Can you tell that we had lots of fun?
Tip: the best time to visit the Lavender Farm is from about mid-December until mid-January, when the flowers are in full bloom.
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After our house sits, we were ready to set off on our road trip throughout Tasmania.
To be continued…
Great Eastern Drive
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