Yesterday, we took a little inspiration from the Tassie Comeback Tour campaign. The Tasmanian weather was at its fabulous best; all the housework was done, the lawns were trimmed and even the dog had been washed. With a welcome break in the hectic junior sporting fixtures that make up our usual weekend, we had time to kill. Our tour was to be just a day trip from Hobart; but hey… that’s better than nothing!
Tassie Comeback Tour: Bream Creek Farmers Market
Our first issue: which way to go? There’s so many places to choose from, and they all deserve a little boost. Our choice was made for us, when we realised the Bream Creek Farmers Market was scheduled for that very day. The Tasman Peninsula then, you’re the one! And of course, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy a lovely coffee at Vines and Designs at the Copping Museum on the way there.
We were very pleased to encounter a gentleman, dutifully decked out in a kilt, selling McHenry whisky at the Bream Creek Farmers Market. Interestingly, he was also selling gourmet, booze-infused ice-cream. Great combination there. The team from Sirocco South were on hand supporting the community event, despite what must have been a very busy weekend for them. They had zipped up to Launceston on Saturday to the Harvest Market for the first time and had a date with regulars at the Farm Gate Market in Hobart too.
We couldn’t go passed the Gillespies Ginger Beer stand, it’s been a firm favourite in our house since a tasting at Festivale a few years back. The Dunalley Primary School troops were also there, cooking up a storm for a crowd of customers to raise funds for their own Tassie comeback.
Lufra Hotel, Eaglehawk Neck
When leaving the Bream Creek Farmers Market, we tossed a coin and chose to eat lunch at the Lufra Hotel at Eaglehawk Neck with plans to have coffee and cake at the Dunalley Waterfront Cafe on the way home. We figured after an inspection of a couple of firm Think Tasmania favourites, the Tesselated Pavement and the Dog Line, we’d have worked up an appetite for dessert.
That plan went a little awry, because our meals from the Lufra Hotel were so huge, we couldn’t eat another bite. But there’s no drama. We’ve been to the Dunalley Waterfront Cafe before and totally loved it, so now we have an excuse (like we need one!) to undertake another Tassie Comeback Tour to the Tasman Peninsula.
Tessellated Pavement on the Tasman Peninsula
We decided there must have been plenty of others with a similar plan, out on their own Tassie Comeback mission. As we ate lunch in Eaglehawk Neck overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Pirates Bay, the traffic was unbelievable. There was hardly a spare car parking space at the Tessellated Pavement State Reserve.
The inaugural Port Arthur Tattoo was held the night before which could explain the bumper crowd; and Victorian school holidays may have been a contributing factor… there were motor-homes and camper-vans everywhere! But we’d like to think there were also many locals heeding the advice of Tourism Tasmania to conduct a Tassie Comeback Tour. Just like us!
Dunalley Hotel and Marion Bay
Aside from the disproportionate amount of motor-homes, we encountered many motorbikes on the road. Some riders were in such a hurry to see more of Tassie, they chose to overtake our car (and several others) on the left hand side. That was an unexpected shock as a passenger, I must say! There were more motorbikes and even some vintage cars at both the Dunalley Hotel and the Sorell park.
We drove home via Marion Bay (which has a beautiful beach as well as being home to the annual Falls Festival) and Midway Point. It was getting late by the time we got back to Barilla Bay Oysters… so there’s another place to visit next time. All in all… a great day was had by everyone on our very own Tassie Comeback Tour. We spent a few dollars in the community, and of course, we’re writing about it now. As we do!
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