Goodbye Spirit of Tasmania
Goodbye Spirit of Tasmania

Goodbye Spirit of Tasmania

Goodbye Spirit of Tasmania, goodbye Tassie!

Boarding Spirit of Tasmania

Boarding Spirit of Tasmania

Nothing beats cruising! The lure of the ocean is obviously in my blood.  Just boarding Spirit of Tasmania I felt a wave of relaxation wash over my body.  Our holiday had begun.

Deluxe Suite Spirit of Tasmania

Deluxe Suite Spirit of Tasmania

The luxury of our romantic suite signaled the commencement of our Tasmanian holiday.

The Leatherwood Restaurant

The Leatherwood Restaurant

The Tasmanian experience was further emphasized in the menus onboard SOT. The use of local produce and the great selection of Tasmanian wines were all highlighted in our passage across the Strait.

Tasting Plate Leatherwood Restaurant

Tasting Plate Leatherwood Restaurant

A gorgeous fine dining experience at the Leatherwood Restaurant.

Leatherwood Restaurant - Goaty Hill Wine

Leatherwood Restaurant – Goaty Hill Wine

After a restful nights sleep it was time to see how many delicious gourmet and scenic experiences we could fit into our time on this beautiful island.

Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake

Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake

Traveling with our vehicle on Spirit of Tasmania meant we were ready to explore as soon as we docked. Using the Cradle to Coast touring app we sampled, cheeses, chocolate, raspberry, wine and salmon.

Guide Falls Tamar Valley

Guide Falls Tamar Valley

All the time enjoying the beautiful scenery which is Tasmania.

Chocolate and Raspberry Jam French Toast

Chocolate and Raspberry Jam French Toast

We stayed overnight in Hobart, the states capital, enjoying the modern, self contained loft style apartment at Salamanca Wharf Hotel,

Salamanca Wharf Hotel

Salamanca Wharf Hotel

then breakfasting at Castray Food & Wine just downstairs.

Castray Logo HR

An early ferry to the unspoiled Bruny Island meant we had time for a full day sampling the local produce.

Bruny Island Berry Farm

Bruny Island Berry Farm

We stayed in the islands most gorgeous accommodation at Adventure Bay Retreat.

Adventure Bay Retreat Lodge

Adventure Bay Retreat Lodge

What better way to get to know the locals than to get a bite to eat at Hotel Bruny.

Hotel Bruny Drinks

Hotel Bruny Drinks

Another day touring and we are back on the Tasmanian mainland in need of another delicious Salamanca caffeine experience.  We chose to breakfast at the very quaint Retro Cafe to keep the hunger pains at bay.

Hobart's Retro Cafe

Hobart’s Retro Cafe

Next on the itinerary was one of Tasmania’s premier wine producing regions,  and a Tamar Valley Wine Tour.

Goaty Hill Wine Tasting - Tamar Valley Wines

Goaty Hill Wine Tasting – Tamar Valley Wines

So much to do and see in a weekend.  Wearily we made our way back to Spirit of Tasmania for our final night.

We came, we saw, and we experienced all the finer things that Tasmania has to offer.

Spirit of Tasmania – Sea the Difference, we certainly have…

Gourmet Getaways traveled courtesy of Spirit of Tasmania. 

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Comments

  1. What a nice trip – thanks for sharing it with us and I love the photos!

  2. Tasmania has always been on my list of places to visit. What a beautiful holiday you had. Gorgeous photos.

  3. Hi Julie, your site and pictures are gorgeous, Tasmania looks like a lovely place to visit. What fun! Added your blog to my blogroll!

  4. Love Tassie, loved your wrap up!

  5. Such a lovely place is Tasmania! I am heading back there next week after 12 years. Last time I took the Spirit of Tasmania back and reading this post brought back memories!

  6. Alesah Villalon :

    What a holiday blast you had in Tasmania, Julie! Seems like you really had fun, being able to savor the food, the view, take gorgeous photos and manage to write and review. Thanks for touring for us! Keep ’em coming!

  7. I’ve always wanted to go on the Spirit of Tasmania. It looks like a really comfortable ship with spacious accommodation. And that signature restaurant looks excellent. I love the look of the berry farm xx

  8. I went on the Spirit of Tasmania many years ago, it was when they were trialling a service from Sydney down to Tassie. Sadly the service only lasted a few months. It was a fantastic trip, a mini cruise really. Though our accommodation on board wasn’t as lovely as yours.

  9. Love that I could do basically the same trip as you. Lots of lovely memories <3

  10. Does seem to be the best of all worlds – a pampered cruise yet the freedom of your own car. Looks like that app served you very well, Julie. Love that French toast with chocolate and raspberry jam!

  11. Ouauhh, it’s just like a dream! I love the river’s picture ! I think, i need the holidays like that, gorgeous 😉 Enyoy 🙂

  12. Heavenly!
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  13. Oh my goodness… gorgeous photos, gorgeous place, gorgeous food!!! This post makes me want to go there and eat everything (particularly the French toast!!!) xx

  14. A picturesque summary of your Tasmanian cruising experience Julie! 😀

  15. Beautiful photos!
    Now I am going to need some French toast!

  16. We haven’t been on a cruise for a while, and are thinking we need to again. Great post! Such a fun time.

  17. Oh, my gosh, what a splendid trip! Your suite looks pretty darn roomy for a cruise and the site and food also look incredible!!!

  18. Sigh – so much beauty and deliciousness. 🙂 I’ve been watching Gourmet Farmer and am aching to visit Tassie very soon. 🙂

  19. I have not been on a cruise in years and your experience looks blissful. Of course the food looks fabulous and lots of nice places to chill out. Take care, BAM

  20. I would love to do that trip by boat, love a sea crossing. I think I got the bug doing the Channel ferries and being so thrilled to be travelling when I was 17 first time. Anyway, a lovely trip and great to have a roundup of all your posts. Will read about the wine next.

    • Lol I did the channel crossing to Paris when I was 18 and loved the ocean and being an independent traveller too. Spirit is much more beautiful 😉

  21. Everything is just so perfect about this holiday. The photos are gorgeous!

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