At Christmas 2011 Sonia and I travelled to Tasmania for the first time.  We were followers of the Gourmet Farmer TV show on SBS and after a couple of glasses of red watching one night I said ‘lets go there, lets go to Tassie!’.  We did the road trip thing from Christmas afternoon until new years eve when we returned to Sydney – we loved it.  Before we had left we said ‘we’ll be back’ and before 2012 rolled  around we had booked to come back again Christmas 2012 – this time with Zoe, my daughter – who is 14 and a city girl….

The scenery is amazing, the produce is so amazingly fresh, the people are friendly and there are some real characters.  Oysters for sale on the side of the road, flower buckets, small art galleries, intimate wineries.  Tasmania really does have it all.

This year we stayed on Bruny Island, a ferry ride from the mainland of Tasmania.  We booked the beach house almost 12 months ago on our return and we were not disappointed.  Fresh berries & croissants delivered to our door each morning by our very hospitable inn keepers as well as sleep in’s, walks, reading, boat trips, visited cheese factories and more wineries.

It is with a heavy heart that I watch the coverage on TV of the devastation the fires have caused.  Just so sad and am trying to think of something to do to help.  For the moment I would like to post up some photos that I took whilst in Tasmania – a combination of both the trips we did.  There is no doubt we will go back.

Beautiful flowers all along the side of the road.

Wood for the winter.

Cradle Mountain.

Store sign in ‘everything’ shop in Sheffield. The owner had had a couple of lives I think.

Petrol Pump. The yellow is amazing.

Cherries by the kilo. The only way to go.

Wineglass Bay. The walk was worth it.

Get Shucked sell oysters on the side of the road on Bruny Island. We saw them again at the Taste Festival in Hobart.

The best ice cream ever. Valhalla.

Bruny Island.

Jetty on Bruny Island.

Port Arthur.

Port Arthur.