West Coast Tasmania & Tulips

West Coast, Tasmania

What a wonderful 8 days touring the West Coast and North West Tasmania.  We had a fabulous small group tour this month starting with a flight from Cambridge airport to Strahan with Par Avion and straight onto Macquarie Harbour and a Gordon River Cruise.

Our group enjoyed 2 nights in Queenstown, 2 nights in Corinna Wilderness Village (totally off grid), 2 nights in Burnie and the last night on a luxurious farm stay at Curringa Farm near Hamilton.

Travelling in a small group allows us to indulge in some optional experiences along the way. With beach and bushwalking, viewing Hogarth, Waratah and Guide waterfalls, shopping at Reliquaire Latrobe and enjoying a pot of tea at The Quilted Teapot to name but a few.

    

We enjoyed a fabulous cruise with Gordon River Cruises into the pristine UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, incorporating an informative stroll on Sarah Island.  Not to be outdone the Pieman River cruise introduced us to the remote Tarkine region and our off grid experience at Corinna Wilderness Village gave us the opportunity to listen to the birds and appreciate how life would have been when this village was in its heyday.  Exploring the Queenstown region in depth, we travelled to Dubbil Barril by West Coast Wilderness Railway and inspected an operating sawmill that specialises in Huon & King Billy Pine timbers.  Our adventures included gold panning, t morning tea in a genuine 1800’s tin mine, walking in the steps of early gold prospectors and hearing the stories of past residents of the Lake Margaret hydro village.

   

We made our way up through the Tarkine and Waratah to the colourful Table Cape Tulip Farm where we literally tip toed through the tulips.  The sun followed us north and we had a lovey afternoon with the tulips and Table Cape lighthouse.  Fish and chips was on the cards tonight in Burnie.  Sunday saw us taking in the magnificent Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens in all their colourful glory, and we were delighted to spot the resident platypus frolicking in the lake.  What followed was lunch at Guide Fall Farms and a trip to Penguin.  We finished the day with little penguin spotting by torchlight.

  

          
After enjoying the North West area we tasted our way through Anvers Chocolates and Ashgrove Cheese on our way south where we delighted in the clever artisans of Deloraine.  Heading up into the Central Plateau we rugged up to walk to Pine Lake and viewed the ancient and rare Pencil Pines of the area.  We arrived at Curringa Farm, Hamilton in the late afternoon to a warm country greeting and time to freshen up in our luxurious lodgings before a homestyle BBQ farewell dinner with our delightful hosts Jane and Tim Parsons.

After a morning stroll down by Meadowbank Dam and farm tour we headed off to New Norfolk to explore antique shops and local stores and reflect on the wonderful trip that we enjoyed together.