When the Victorian government declared a public holiday for the Footy Grand Final Parade last month, we very quickly booked tickets back to Tasmania for the long weekend. We had been wanting to explore the North East region of the state and figured that was the perfect opportunity to do so.
We flew in to Launceston on Friday morning and headed straight to some wineries along the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Some were new to us, some we had been to before, and we excitedly stocked up to ship some back home. It was a rare warm(ish) October day - two of our previous trips to Tassie had also been during the month of October and we were snowed on during both of those adventures.
|Josef Cromy Winery|
|The adorable dog at Moors Hill Wines|
|The resident pot belly pig at Holm Oak Winery|
After lunch we started the drive over to the East Coast, taking crazy country dirt roads along the way. It wasn't exactly intentional, but we seem to always end up on dirt roads somehow so it wasn't really that surprising. We did solve the mystery of what's in the North East corner of Tassie - not much!
|Pretty sure it's my genetics that always leads me to dirt roads. Thanks dad!|
We stayed at the Ironhouse Brewery right on the coast. We had stopped there for beers with my parents a few years back and had thought it looked like a nice, quiet place to stay. It was, except that 100+km/hour winds rolled in and that had everything blowing around for the duration of our trip. Luckily we brought earplugs.
We then drove north to check out more of Bay of Fires. Unfortunately we soon discovered that the main road was closed due to repairs. That didn't stop us though, and we found a dirt road that looked like it eventually met back up with the main road. The road was in decent shape, and we drove right along until it quickly dipped down into a creek. A this point we figured we better have a look around before we kept driving - and good thing, because the creek was quite deep and the only way to get out the other side was a very steep incline. There was no way our little rental car was going to make it.
|The end of the road for us|
We went back to the main road and found a nice quiet bay to stop at for lunch. Luckily it was sheltered from the wind. We just sat there for awhile, soaking in the sun and the beautiful scenery.
|Time for a nap|
|St Columba Falls|
|Along the way to St Columba Falls|
|The deck at our accommodation|
|Farewell Tassie, until next time!|