Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Exploring Tasmania! Day 1.





As you may have gathered from the barrage of Instagrams, I went to Tasmania a few weekends ago. Inspector Climate had a conference to attend and so I went down when it was over to explore one of our favourite regions (and hopefully our future home).

Our base for the weekend was in Cygnet. We picked a beautiful bed and breakfast for two reasons, it had an amazing bath tub and I'd been jonesing for a bath AND the name of it was "Green Gables Bed and Breakfast" and we all know how much I love Anne. SO MUCH. If you're travelling to Tassie - check 'em out! It was a truly fantastic place to stay.

I flew in on a Friday night after work and then we drove to Cygnet. On Saturday morning we began our adventuring. First up? The Tahune Airwalk.


The airwalk allows you to walk amongst the tree canopy and out over a river. It's pretty spectacular. But what is MORE spectacular was the Huon Pine walk. On this short walk, you are close to the river's edge where the famous, and now rare, Huon Pine likes to grow. We saw trees that were 450 years old. Trees soothe my soul. (The tree below is not 450 years old. I have no idea how hold it is. It is just beautiful)


Our last trip to Tassie we'd driven by the Apple Museum but had been unable to visit due to timing difficulties. And this time we made it a priority. It was not quite how I expected. But we did learn a bit about the apple farming that went on in Tasmania. And Inspector Climate got to eat some, from what I could tell, delicious apple pie.


Next, we stopped on a farm stand on the side of the road and bought a kilo (2.2 lbs) of cherries for $6. Divine.


By then, I was starving so we stopped at the Lotus Eaters Cafe in Cygnet for lunch. I had, what is possibly the world's biggest salad. And it was fabulous.


After lunch we returned to our bed and breakfast for a bath - with a Lush bathbomb (you guys I've fallen in love with all things lush. It's a problem, I'm ok with it) I was gifted for Christmas, and a nap. After a refreshing snooze, we went to dinner at the Red Velvet Lounge. I had such high hopes for this restaurant. I'd heard such amazing things about the chef and the food and the atmosphere. But I was a bit disappointed. There was nothing on the menu that was gluten free and vegetarian. And although the service was good when I asked what they could do for me, in the end all I got was a salad without the meat on it - and they charged me full price. NOT impressed.


And that was our first action packed day in Tassie.

13 comments:

  1. I hope to visit Tasmania while I'm living in Australia! 1) it looks beautiful 2) I want that pie

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  2. That pie looks so flaky... mmmm. And those cherries bursting out of the bag look amazing. I haven't had cherries in such a long time. Clearly we are in different climates.

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  3. Such natural beauty there. Too bad about the vegetarian, etc..problem. Recently, I went with a vegan friend to a German cafe. All she could have was a very vinegary salad and a little mug of apple juice. I wished we'd gone to McFosters like she'd wanted. It has to be the best organic vegetarian/vegan place we have in our area.

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  4. All I got from that post was- OMG that apple pie looks AMAZING! LOL. Looks like you guys a good trip!

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  5. I really want to do that part of Tassie next time we visit. I love trees too.

    Boo to the "gluten free" meal. Poor form.

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  6. I too am so addicted to LUSH and you smell so fantastic when you're done with one of those baths... mmmm must buy more!

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  7. oooh... another place to add to my "must- visit" list!

    XO Lourdes

    PS... those cherries are yummy

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  8. The airwalk looks so incredible! I have always wanted to do something like that.

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  9. Deidre....
    It was called "Green Gables Bed and Breakfast"?! Awesome!! I love Anne, as well!! We are Kindred Spirits!! In more ways than one!! ;)
    "The airwalk allows you to walk amongst the tree canopy and out over a river. It's pretty spectacular. But what is MORE spectacular was the Huon Pine walk. On this short walk, you are close to the river's edge where the famous, and now rare, Huon Pine likes to grow. We saw trees that were 450 years old. Trees soothe my soul. (The tree below is not 450 years old. I have no idea how old it is. It is just beautiful)". That sounds breathtaking!! ;-D
    That apple pie has nothing next to my Mom's homemade apple pie!! Just sayin'. ;)
    Strange. Many--if not most--restaurants serve gluten-free foods.... :-(
    --Raelyn


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  10. I love forest explorations and the fruits looks delicious! Yum!

    P.S. Congrats on the job! I've been meaning to comment but this past month or so have been crazy. I hope it turns into something permanent (and awesome).

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  11. A salad without the meat for full price...oh how many times have I ended up with that! I've never, however, ended up with such a luscious bag of cherries and I'm totally envious!!

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  12. All of it looks amazing! I'm on a huge grape kick right now so I'm totally jealous of that bag of grapes. Looks like it was a great time together!

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