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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