Home stretch from Tasmania’s second largest to city to the capital city, covering some of the most popular spots along the East Coast including Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay. Personally I didn’t find it as interesting, I missed the isolation and history of the West Coast, though the patchy weather probably didn’t give me the best impression.
Puengana is famous for their cheese, nationally award winning for the past four years. It’s a good spot for cheese tasting and some ice cream, plus they appear to be a Fonterra supplier based on the farm signage, hard to avoid them even outside of New Zealand.
Bay of Fires would be absolutely stunning on a good day, with gorgeous white sand, turquoise blue seas, and red lichen covered rocks. Even on a pretty miserable wet and windy day it was still quite a sight, though I wasn’t as brave / immune to the cold as my fellow travellers who braved the waves.
Bicheno was home for the night, and home to a rather dull blowhole, great views from Whalers Lookout, and a fun foreshore path alternating between bush and rocks, which made for an interesting run as the sun started to set.
Thankfully the sun returned for the final day, first stop Freycinet National Park, the second most popular in Tasmania after Cradle Mountain. Did the challenging Mt Amos walk, pretty hard work on the thighs up, very hard work on the knees down. Thankfully it was dry and from the top rather nice views of Wineglass Bay.
Kate’s Berry Farm had the most amazing lavender ice cream, but unfortunately my camera decided at this point to finally die. Switched to iPhone backup for a few shots of the outside. Not really as exciting as flower flavoured ice cream…
Returned to the metropolis of Hobart and back to Auckland the following, which took pretty much the entire day, leaving hostel at 9.30am and getting home by 10pm. Joys of lack of international flights into Hobart (only really Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane direct) and two hour time difference with NZ. Had time in the morning for a final run around Hobart though, past The World and the huge Golden Princess cruise liners, and out to the Tasman Bridge for views back toward the city centre.