12 Days in Tasmania, Part 1

by laur3xplores

Tasmania was a wonderful family trip with the Bell crew! Special thank you to Jenny for organising an adventurous and memorable time. I wanted to write about it to relive and savour these memories we got to share together.

We started off in Launceston, stayed at Air Bnb for two nights (The Penfold House)

– relaxed for the evening after our arrival and had a casual dinner at Plough Inn. I really enjoyed the Thai beef salad.

-roamed around and played at the local playground which was on the way walking back to our accommodation

-the family checked out the nearby car museum the next morning before wine tasting

-Tamar Valley Wine Day Tour- Iain was our guide, and drove us to Apogee Winery, where we were warmly greeted by their resident golden Labrador named Ollie. We had lunch at Nadine’s at Piper Brook, and continuing on to try sparking wine at Janz. We finished the day with a nice hearty meal at Burger Junkie.

The next three days and two nights were spent in Cradle Mountain.

On the way to Cradle Mountain, we stopped by Sheffield and met the alpaca Man, Ludo and his alpaca Pedro. They were sitting outside Bossimi’s where we had really tasty meat pies.

Sheffield is a town known for their murals, and Ludo and Pedro had their own

We saw many road kill, sadly. Tasmanian apparently has the world’s highest road kill rate.

We stayed at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village.

We encountered the elusive wombats during our time here- Jenny also saw pademelon.

Why did the wombat cross the road?

We had a full day before settling in at our chalets.

We completed a trek through the Overland track to Crater Lake; Crater Lake to Dove Lake via the Wombat Pool. That took a couple of hours or so. By the time we got to Dove Lake we opted to finish there and make our way to see some furry friends at Devils@Cradle which was KB’s clever suggestion! We got to pet a baby Tasmanian devil, a Quoll and a wombat!

Wombat in the distance along the Overland Track
Echidna along our walk toward Dove Lake

Our first night, we had dinner from “Van Tasty-C” a food truck located on site. Their kitchen was burnt down just after we booked it. We were disappointed because their restaurant was highly rated and had been looking forward to eating there. However their food truck was delicious!

The next day, five out of seven of us went to do canyoning at Dove Canyon. I will be honest, I was very scared to do it. It was exhilarating and strenuous. It was great to see the canyons from in between and below while we jump into pools of freezing water and swim and walk through it. By the end of it, it was a big physical task to make our way back up the steep trail atop from below…in all of our gear.

Jesus walks (such a great photo)!
Me Petrified!

Towards the end, everyone was doing flips into the water (except for me) so impressive!

We finished our day with a wonderful hearty meal at Peppers and a short leisurely stroll on the Enchanted walk.

This concludes Part 1.

Stay tuned for part 2.