On Saturday, we walked to the Salamanca Market, which attracts thousands of visitors every Saturday and enjoys a reputation that extends well beyond Tasmania. Salamanca Market, only operates on every Saturday from 8am – 3pm. I started my day in Salamanca by tasting some great local delicacies such as Salmon sausage, crepes and bagels. I wanted to taste the scallop pie, but it was sold out when I reached the food truck selling the scallop pie. Next, I checked on the local arts and crafts and bought a wooden craft bird and echidna. I bought some fresh fruits and apple juice as well.
On Sunday, I joined a 7 Day Tasmania tour
Day 1 Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula
First, we went to Richmond, a beautiful historic village, which is home to many historic architecture gems including the oldest bridge and oldest Catholic Church of Australia. We missed the opportunity to visit the Church due to Sunday service.
From there, we went to Port Arthur, one of Australia's most significant heritage areas and an open-air museum.
Then we go to the Tasman Peninsula. The Tasman Peninsula is well known for its rugged eastern coastline, and much of it is now the Tasman National Park. At Eaglehawk Neck are many strange rock formations, including The Devils Kitchen, Tasman's Arch, Blow Hole and the Tessellated Pavement. I was totally blown away by the sheer beauty of these natural phenomenal.
Day 2 Mt Field, Russell Fall & Lake St Clair
In the morning, we took a 30 minute return walk in the Mount Field National Park to see the beautiful Russell Falls. We saw few Pademelons, best described as small wallabies during our walk. It was a disappointment to me that we did not see other wild animals, however, I enjoyed very much breathing in the fresh crisp air of the lovely rainforest. Afternoon, we had lunch at the deepest yet peaceful Lake St Clair. We saw plenty of birds including the Black Currawongs near the lake.
Day 3 Montezuma Falls, Strahan & Henty Dunes
An adventurous day. We walked thru lush rainforest along the path of an old railway to Tasmania’s highest waterfall- Montezuma Falls. It was a long hike, as I took about 3 hours to complete that. The air was so fresh that I was not tired at the end of the hike. Again, I was disappointed that we did not see any wildlife during our entire track, except a wallaby that swiftly hopped away, when our coach was approaching the entrance of the rainforest.
In the afternoon, we went to Henty Dunes and had an exciting, fun and awesome jumping experience in the desert.
Day 4 Cradle Mountain & Sheffield & Launceston
Today, we explored Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and is one of the most famous destinations in Tasmania, thanks to its natural
Recommendation suggests it took about 2 hours to complete the Dove Lake track. Amazingly, for us we took 3.5 hours to complete the 6km track. We have many breaks along the track to take photographs and admiring the flora and fauna and the beautiful sceneries.
In the afternoon, we went to Sheffield, the “Town of Murals” for lunch.
We arrived Launceston at the evening. After hotel checked-in, we walked straight to the Cataract Gorge, a gorgeous natural valley, situated at the heart of the city.
Day 5 Bay of Fires, Bicheno & East Coast
In the morning, we went to admire the amazing memorial carvings at Legerwood. In the afternoon, we went to the stunning Bay of Fires. It was a rainy day, so we missed the chance to stroll in the beautiful beach of Bay of Fires. Fortunately, we were lucky to find a sheltered area to have a simple lunch picnic to fill our stomach. After that, we headed straight to our accommodation in the seaside town of Bicheno.
At dusk, we walked to the beach to view the fairy penguins returning to nest. It was beyond words how I felt when I first set sight of penguins floating ashore. We sighted a dolphin as well in the ocean swimming along with the penguins.
Day 6 Wineglass Bay, Freycinet & Kate’s Berry Farm
We see another Tassie icon – the gorgeous sparkling water of Wineglass Bay in Freycinent National Park. We did not hike the Mount Amos, instead went up to the look out point.
We travel back to Hobart in the afternoon. We stopped at the famous Kate’s Berry Farm at Swansea to have a great afternoon tea.
Day 7 Bruny Island
We took a ferry ride from the Tasmanian mainland to Bruny Island. We walked up to the Neck Lookout at the centre of the island. The view from the Lookout point was incredible. I saw a Tiger snake when walked down from the Neck Lookout. I understand that Tiger snake is venomous and also predator of fairy penguins which live in the burrows of the bushes.
Then, we went to Adventure Bay to have a beautiful Fluted Cape walk. Seeing an Echidna on our way down from Fluted Cape walk was an exciting encounter for me. We have another excitement when we saw a baby Echidna on our way to wine and cheese tasting along the road side.
On our way to Hobart, before we took the ferry, we had a chance to purchase and taste the fresh farmed oysters of Bruny Island.
Day 8 Rob Pennycott Bruny Island Cruise
Today, I joined the highly acclaimed Pennycott yellow boat cruise. This was a fantastic cruise, which took us into viewing some dramatic deep sea caves scattered along the coastline and right up close to the towering Jurassic Dolerite cliffs and natural rock formations.
I saw fur seals, seabirds including albatross, Cormorants and Sea Eagles but I didn’t get to see whales and dolphins.
If you’re visiting Hobart, I highly recommend the Bruny Island cruise experience. The whole experience was incredible from the scenery, to the wildlife spotting as well as the breakfast and lunch served, and I can’t speak highly enough of how professional and infectious the staff were.
Day 9 Hobart and Melbourne
We have half day to explore Hobart in the morning before depart for Melbourne. After a very sumptuous Breakfast at the Mures in the morning, we spent the rest of the lovely morning admiring the beautiful Hobart Waterfront. I went to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, but found out that it was closed to public as it was a Monday. Arrived Melbourne in the afternoon. After Hotel checked in, walked few minutes to have early dinner. After that I met with my Mum and sister’s family who happened to be in Melbourne for holidays. We took a free train ride to street and have some light walk and took a great picture in front of the Southern Cross Station.
I was so glad to discover there are free tram and Wi-Fi zone within the inner city of Melbourne.
Day 10 Mornington Peninsula
Today, we travelled out of the metro bustle of Melbourne to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
First stop was at the Arthurs Seat. We had a magnificent views of Port Phillip Bay and the unique landscape of the peninsula. Then we went to Sorrento Back Beach to have a short hike. Next, we went to historic Point Napean National Park and we had a morning tea break.
Then we went to Mornington beach to have a glimpse the iconic bathing boxes painted in colourful hues. Although the dimensions of each box along the beach are fairly similar, the decorative paintings have helped each individual box develop a distinct identity. Together, the rows of bathing boxes provide a beautiful backdrop to the beach. The boxes themselves are fairly simple in design and they possess no running water or electricity. They are most sought after for the convenience they provide. The houses were originally built at the end of the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century for the purpose of providing women with a changing room on the beach. These days, the boxes are used as a great space to hang out at the beach with friends or family.
Next, we had lunch at a traditional local eatery, where we had a complimentary wine tasting after our lunch.
In the afternoon, we went to the Enchanted Adventure Garden, to see the beautiful landscaped garden, the 4 mazes and having some fun at the largest Tube Slide Park. On our way back, we went to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to pick strawberry at our own expense.
Day 11 Great Ocean Road
In the morning, we went to the famous Victoria Market, the Melbourne’s No 1 tourist attraction to have breakfast and bought some fresh fruits and salad. At 11.30 am we were picked to join a Great Ocean Sunset tour.
The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 km along the stunning south-eastern coast between Torquay and Warrnambool. It was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. The road winds through gorgeous terrain along the coast and leads you to many significant landmarks and natural wonders.
We have a few stops along the coastal drives, including a stop to have a walk surrounds of Otway Ranges rainforest and some of Australia’s tallest eucalyptus trees.
The highlights of the tour were looking at koalas and native birds in the wild at Kennett River, a stroll along the historic beach of Loch Ard Gorge.
It was a pity that due to some timing issue, I missed to step down to the beach at Gibson Steps, gateway to the 12 Apostles.
Day 12 Melbourne
Today, we explored Melbourne City. We went to the Bourke and Collins Streets, the major shopping roads and also looking at the landmark buildings such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and ACMI, a cultural centre dedicated to film, television and gaming. Then, we went to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium to see stingray and penguins.
In the evening, we went up to the Eureka Skydeck, the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere to have a panoramic view of Melbourne. As it was a rainy day, we missed the chance to have a nice sunset view.
Day 13 Home sweet Home
In the morning, we went to Victoria Market again. We had a very nice breakfast and bought some crafts for souvenir. I also bought some organic food and titbits such as chips, chocolate and dry raisins. The stall owner was so kind and she offered to pack our food in a box for carrying home. Before leaving the stall, I took a photo with the friendly stall owner for memory.
That was a fantastic holidays. I have seen a lot and enjoy the local food very much. I shall be back again in the near future to Tasmania and Melbourne as there are still a lot more to explore and see !!!