Most of you know I recently took a week-long break from everything social media, but only a handful of you know I took off to Tasmania, the island state of Australia.
I thought it was about time I shared a few of my photos!
Working for yourself is not what it looks like in the movies (I know, I’ve said that 100 times), which is why this trip, as my first real break in 18 months, was so so important to me. I’m pretty private here and on social media as I aspire to be a food photographer, rather than a recognisable blogger or personality, so I don’t share much of my personal life and didn’t tell anyone where I was going (or that I was going) before I went. Big love to all the gorgeous humans that contacted me to check if I was OK while I was away! And also, if you’re a big social media/digital person, please take the chance next time you’re away to leave your phone off and your laptop at home. It is the BEST.
I won’t talk too much about Tassie and what we got up to but as someone who wasn’t sure she’d like it (despite my parents LOVING it and everyone telling me over and over how beautiful it was), I was so, so impressed and had to share a couple of snaps. From the landscapes, to the beaches, to the food (oh the food…), Tassie truly is special…
We started our trip in Launceston, before heading up to Australia’s best public golf course, Barnbougle…
A light house in George Town on the (elongated) drive to Barnbougle in Bridport…
The view from our room once we got there. It truly was beautiful.
M having a read.
The next day we drove across to Binalong Bay, picking up cheese and spotting cows on the way, where we stayed at the most gorgeous B&B ever, Bed in the Treetops (you can see the view from the rom below). I can’t speak highly enough of this B&B – run by a couple, Mark & Paula, who were the loveliest, warmest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying with (and we’ve had some great ones). They cooked as the most generous, beautiful breakfast in the morning, including bread Paula made herself! And M & I kind of wanted to hang about all day, wandering around their property and chatting to them. We will be back there and definitely for more than one night this time.
Staying at Treetops and chatting to Mark & Paula about their lives and the changes they’ve made to run the B&B was the turning point for me in realising I’ve lost sight of what my priorities were when I left my full time work to start my own business (which is why I’m consciously making more time for myself and friends now). Nothing like a break to get you thinking…
Bay of Fires was a 15 minute drive away so as one of the most celebrated beaches in Australia, we had to check it out.
And there was NO ONE there, but not only was there no one there, there was nothing there – no tourist info centre, no one trying to sell anything, nothing. It was natural, quiet and perfect with no one taking advantage of it’s fame. This was by far my favourite, favourite thing.
(Apart from maybe the fresh oysters we picked up from the oyster farm a 3 minute drive from our accommodation which we ate alongside beautiful Tassie sparkling. A close second, for sure).
M at Bay of Fires.
After this? Freycinet.
I have no words for the beauty of this place. I mean, Tasmania is beautiful as a whole but this was next level.
Actually surreal. The building is the main building of where we stayed – Freycinet Lodge.
Freycinet is where Wineglass Bay is so of course, we had to check it out. You can get around to it on a half day boat trip or you can hike. There’s a shorter walk up the the lookout point (where I took the below photo), which we did before M decided we should definitely walk down to Wineglass Bay and get on the beach.
Take water people. I did not have enough water.
But it was worth it.
Seafood from Freycinet Marine Farm.
Post-Freycinet, we headed to Hobart for 3 nights.
People, I loved Hobart. It is beautiful – old buildings, great food, great people and the best bit? You could live 15 minutes out of the CBD and live on either the beach, or in a mountain, or in the bush, or in the country. It really is very pretty and lovely.
Hobart highlights were meeting a food photographer I really admire (and a friend!) – Dearna of To Her Core.
Eating at one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time, Fico Fico (and chatting to our gorgeous waitress Francesca).
I did like MONA, but I recommend trying to do it over 2 or 3 days. Information overload for one day – by the 3rd of 4th hour I couldn’t handle it anymore and had to get out.
Visiting the home of M’s favourite Whiskies, Sullivan’s Cove, was also fun and look out for Jules at the Richmond Tasting House (in Richmond, about 20 minutes out of Hobart from memory) who blew our minds with her knowledge of whiskey (and she sold all sorts of local spirits and wines and was such a friendly, warm gem of a human).
Hobart Botanical Gardens.
Of course, on our final day, we visited Salamanca Market.
I was worried about the super-touristy levels it might have and potential random paraphernalia and although there was a lot of that, it wasn’t half as bad as some of the other famous market’s I’ve visited around Australia.
I came away with an art print by a local artist and his wife – I wish I got their names, they were super talented.
If I lived in Hobart, I’d do all my groceries here. The produce was gorgeous (although Tassie was kind of like that full stop).
So the verdict? I want to go back to Tassie next year. Short flight (from me in Melbourne), not overpriced, relaxing, the best food ever with such a huge focus on presenting amazing local produce, simply, and just overall relaxed.
But one week is not enough to do the East Coast. There were things I would have liked to get to and didn’t, and people I would have liked to see but just didn’t have the time. 2 weeks would be ideal – more time in Bridport, more time in Binalong Bay, more time in Freycinet and more time in Hobart and exploring it’s surrounds.
Tassie is a definite win. If you’re visiting Australia from overseas I definitely recommend adding it to the list if you have the time.
I wish I hadn’t dismissed it for so long in favour of anywhere with hot weather!