In what is becoming an annual event, Wayne and Julie Cartwright have shared their 2013 Tassie Adventure with us. They are truly dedicated followers of Think Tasmania, and we can’t thank them enough for their contribution to our community of readers. We love to see tourists making the most of the information we publish. We’re sure this additional story will help others in the future, when planning their own trips.
by Wayne and Julie Cartwright
What was going to be a leisurely drive to Bicheno turned out to be quite an adventurous journey. Our first stop was Scottsdale where we grabbed some drinks and had a look around. We then decided to go to Bridport where we had lunch at the park near the beach. We found Bridport to be quite a nice seaside town in which to relax. Leaving Bridport our next stop was Legerwood to have a closer look at the magnificent tree carvings.
We decided we would then head to Ralph Falls which took us up a very steep road, barely wide enough for two cars and not in the best condition. We arrived at the Ralph Falls car park and started heading to the falls look-out, where the view was breathtaking and worth the drive up. We came across a local couple who explained to us that due to lack of money the road could not be maintained as well as it should be.
Leaving Ralph Falls and heading for Bicheno, to our surprise we found ourselves close to St. Columba Falls. After a short walk we arrived at the viewing platform and the view was again magnificent. After taking heaps of pictures it was getting late in the day, so we reluctantly had to leave. On the way to Bicheno we passed the Pub in the Paddock and the Pyengana Cheese Factory but time would not allow us to stop. We finally arrived at the Beachfront Bicheno Hotel where we settled in for a well-deserved hot meal and a great night’s sleep.
After breakfast we started heading for Wineglass Bay but our first stop was at the Blowhole in Bicheno. We tried to get some nice close-up photos without getting drenched and then it was off to Wineglass Bay.
We arrived at Freycinet National Park and headed to Cape Tourville to take in more great views. Later that day we were asked if we’d seen the whales, but unfortunately we had not. Arriving at the car park before heading up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout we were met by one of the local wallabies. He wanted to have his photo taken!
It was then time to head up the track to the lookout and once we had arrived the view that greeted us was spectacular. The first time we went there (on a previous trip) it was fogged in, so to see it so clearly was amazing. Arriving back at the car we headed for home-base via Coles Bay for quick look and another photo opportunity.
Leaving Bicheno, we stopped off for a look at the Douglas Aspley Waterhole which I found to be so peaceful. It would be a great place to sit and ponder the meaning of life. Laying in the middle of the road back out to the highway was a black snake. We stopped to let it get off the road and took a photo once it was out the way.
St Helens and Binalong Bay were our next stops. What is said about Binalong Bay is true, but words or photos don’t really do it justice. We only wish we’d had our bathers to have a swim in the crystal blue water, and the squeaky sand also took us by surprise. We’ve never seen sand so white and water so blue; but I guess that’s just one secret of any Tassie adventure.
Leaving Binalong Bay it was back to St Helens for a quick lunch and then on to Pyengana for a closer look at the Pub in the Paddock. We had an ice cream from Pyengana Dairy. I must say, they have the most relaxed cows there waiting for their turn to be milked. I guess that’s why they win awards for their products.
As time was running out, we began to head back to Launceston. I realised that Mt Paris Dam was on the way, so we tried to find it. As luck would have it, we found the road but not the dam. I guess we went past the turn-off… just another reason to come back to Tasmania.
We headed up to Burnie, Ridgley and Waratah where we stopped off at Guide Falls. The picnic facilities were first class. The falls are just so beautiful, there’s little wonder it’s Carol Haberle’s favourite waterfall in Tasmania! We were then on our way to Waratah to see another waterfall, which we found to be outstanding. On the way back to Launceston we just had to stop at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for Julie’s favourite treat: chocolate raspberries.
We went to Liffey Falls which is our favourite waterfall (but there are now a couple more contenders). We enjoyed morning tea while taking in the remarkable scenery. From Liffey Falls we headed to Evandale to collect sauces from the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company and had a snack in one of the local cafes.
We spent the day relaxing at Cataract Gorge which is always a must when visiting Launceston before tackling the dreaded task of packing to head back home the next morning. The good thing about going home is that we can then start planning our 2014 Tassie adventure!
We still have additional photos from Wayne and Julie’s 2013 Tassie adventure to share. It was very difficult to choose the pictures to be published here; they were all very good quality. We’ll make an album on Facebook and share more images via social media for everyone to enjoy.