Tassie driving holiday - Leigh and Ruth
Day 3 itinerary
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Leigh and Ruth's top tips
1. What was your favourite Spirit of Tasmania onboard experience?
Ruth: We have been on Spirit of Tasmania before, but we have never had a cabin and having one this time was amazing! I loved watching the land disappear while I lounged on my comfy bed reading a book.
Leigh: Just warning you, there may be a bit of a food theme through these answers! My favourite onboard experience was the food at TMK. Often buffets sacrifice quality for quantity, but not this one! There is so much variety and, like all the food in Tasmania, it’s top quality.
2. What/where was your favourite place in Tasmania (on this trip)?
Ruth: It is so difficult to choose when there are so many places in Tasmania that are all ‘my favourite’ for different reasons. Hobart for its amazing architecture, history and waterfront views (from everywhere!); Bruny Island for its food; and all the incredible inland towns for allowing me to step back in time. Am I seriously meant to pick just one?
Leigh: Bruny Island for its incredible food and the businesses’ ingenuity to source locally. I did warn you it was all about the food!
3. What was your favourite activity and why? (Please feel free to include up to 3 activities/experiences from the trip)
Ruth: Again, it’s hard to choose! Bruny Island Cheese Company was definitely a highlight. I loved how every cheese had a story of how it was handcrafted and a special mention to Gwen who walked us through each of these stories and made it the most wonderful cheese tasting experience ever! Oh and did I mention it was a timber venue set into the bush and there was live music? It was the best. Another highlight was the historic tour in Oatlands. The whole town had beautiful buildings and a fascinating history and I loved having a guide walk us through it.
Leigh: I really enjoyed the double decker bus tour around Hobart. Hobart is just an incredibly beautiful place so it was great to feel like I actually got to see and experience it. I appreciated having someone to point out the various sights too. I also can’t resist mentioning that Tasmania is foodie heaven and I loved spending our days tasting local produce wherever we went!
4. Where was your favourite place to dine? And what meal would you recommend to others?
Ruth: I loved Laneway Café in Devonport and also the Pancake Train. What can I say – I like breakfast! Especially when it’s as amazing as it was at these places and who wouldn’t love eating breakfast in a restored train carriage?
Leigh: I have to say Rockwall Bar and Grill was a highlight for me. One of the best steaks I’ve had! Bruny Island Hotel deserves a special mention too though because it is on a tiny, relatively remote island, but is up there with the best hotels I have dined in.
5. Is there a Tassie hot tip or must-do that you would recommend?
Ruth: No matter where you go, if there is a historic tour – do it!
Leigh: Try the salmon sausages at the Salamanca Markets – yes it’s another food-related answer.