From Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, it took us nearly 3 hours to drive to the laid back seaside town of Bicheno on the Freycinet Peninsula (including a slight detour to Freycinet National Park). We had originally intended to stop off at Tasmanian Coastal Seafoods for lunch. However, we timed our visit badly as a bus load of tourists (whom we had been trying to outrun at other attractions), showed up about 15 minutes before us, creating a huge queue and taking up all the tables. All this proved fortuitous as it forced us to drive on to the beautiful Coles Bay, where we enjoyed delicious wood-fired pizza at Geographe.
From lunch, it was then only 15 minutes to Freycinet National Park, situated on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. There are a number of hikes available, that take in the stunning scenery including Wineglass Bay. With Jetlag & Mayhem in tow, hours of hiking is not an option. We chose the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk, a 3km return hike which took us about 90 minutes. The hike is relatively straightforward, on a well constructed track with a bit of steep uphill towards the end. You are rewarded with beautiful views at Wineglass Bay Lookout, admiring what is indeed a bulbous wineglass shaped bay!
After our hike, we drove 45 minutes North to our home for the night, the Wintersun Gardens Motel. Nothing fancy but a clean, comfortable place to stay. We were in a family room so had a double bed and two single beds.
The pool looked a bit miserable so we decided to visit the famous Bicheno Blowhole instead. I wouldn’t say we were bowled over by the blowhole itself (picture several bursts of froth) but we had fun clambering over the surrounding rocks.
For dinner that night, we had the most delicious fish and chips at the Wharf Fish & Chips located at the Gulch. Order your fish & chips at the front and then wait for your food at the back, with beautiful views over the jetty out to sea.
The next morning, after a delicious breakfast at the Blue Edge Bakery, I recalled a sign I’d seen the previous night for Glass Bottom Boat Tours. We drove to the office by the Gulch and found ‘the boat captain’ who was luckily about to set sail for the day.
The next 40 minutes were magical, spotting rays, squid and fish swimming right in front of our eyes. The captain was extremely knowledgeable, sharing information from biology, to geography and even the history of the area.
After returning to the dock and spying the scene of last night’s delicious fish & chip dinner, we were sorely tempted to stay for lunch. Yet it was time to drive the two hours North to Launceston. Our Launceston Airbnb host had suggested we stop off enroute for lunch at Zeps. A great lunch menu and slightly less calorific than the fish & chips!