Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

A road trip down to Port Arthur was broken up by stopping to see some lovely coastal sites.

As quoted here by wikipedia:

The rugged coastline has been the scene of a number of shipwrecks. Two large seagoing steamers have sunk after hitting the Hyppolyte Rock off its east coast – theTasman in 1883 and the Nord in 1915. Munroe Bight to the north of Cape Pillar is named after the former American barque James Munroe wrecked there in 1850.

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 ArchBlow Hole and the Tessellated Pavement. Further south are the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, rising 300 m (980 ft) above the Tasman Sea at Cape Pillar. The peninsula is claimed to have some of Australia’s best surf spots at Cape RaoulRoaring Beach & Shipstern Bluff.

 

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Hunter Valley, NSW

Just an hour or so out of Sydney lies the Hunter Wine region, one of Australia’s premium grape growing areas that produce some of Australia’s best wine. Not that I am much of a wine drinker, sure I love a good Moscato, but I can’t really tell my Rieslings from my Chardonnays.

The limited wine knowledge may explain why I haven’t taken many trips to the Hunter, not even the mandatory weekend away with the new beau or the hire a bus for a hen’s weekend trip. It’s a great place to take tourists, and on my last visit I did see quite the busloads arriving.

The best way to see it is to organise some sort of mini bus tour, so someone else can drive you round allowing you to slosh wine in small glasses all you like, without having to worry about driving. There are plenty of accomodation options, from pubs, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and self contained units and cottages. There are also great foodie opportunities, from deluxe restaurants to local produce, perfect for the me types, more into eating that drinking.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

We had the best weather for our day hiking to the lookout and beach at Wineglass Bay. Sunny but not too hot. No chance of rain, perfect for photographs and a hour or so of incline.  The views as you climb to the lookout are divine, seeing all around Freycinet National Park; the beach below, the ocean, the bay, ‘the hazards’ mountains.

There are a lot of hikes you can do all around the peninsula as well as kayaking, fishing and other water activities.

Stay:  If you can afford it – Saffire Freycinet Or if you need to head to a cheaper option out of town in Swansea.

Eat:  Freycinet Lodge

Visit:  Freycinet National Park