Travel Guide: North Coast Tasmania

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by The Spirit of Tasmania

I have heard from friends and family how beautiful Tasmania is, however I never actually realised  how beautiful and picturesque it really is.  I think Tasmania is one of those destinations that you really need to experience to believe it.  I have seen many beautiful pictures, but I don’t think they do it complete justice.  Thanks to The Spirit of Tasmania we were able to enjoy a wonderfully relaxing holiday, driving around the simply stunning Tasmania.

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We knew we wanted to take our time and drive around at our leisure so we took a car.  We drove the car onto Spirit of Tasmania in Melbourne in the late afternoon, an experience the kids throughly enjoyed.

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I must tell you, this is such a coordinated effort by staff, they do a remarkable job of directing all the cars onto the ship and parking them in such an orderly manner. They were also really helpful the next day, helping to direct us how to back the car out so we can easily disembark.

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We were able to leave all our luggage for our trip to Tassie in the back of the car and only took up an overnight bag to the cabin.  This saved us a whole lot of backache!!  Plus it means you can bring all the fun things like fishing gear, golf clubs, board games, camping equipment etc. all in the back of your car.  Which you can’t do when flying down as you will be stuck with excess baggage fees.

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So Spirit of Tasmania isn’t just about ferrying you from one point to another, it has a full experience to go with it, with many different choices.  There is a games room for toddlers and another for the older kids, which is great to allow them to burn off some energy.

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Before dinner we spent some time outside taking in the beautiful ocean, watching Melbourne horizon in the distance and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

They have a few different dining options, snack meals at several of the bars, a hot and cold buffet style eatery at The Captains Table, a 3 course meal at The Leatherwood Restaurant, which is an experience in itself.  The food was a really great way to introduce us to Tasmania, with tasting plates, salmon entrees, steaks and more!  Each course was served promptly, plated so cleverly, fresh and absolutely delicious.

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We had an extremely long day so after dinner we were quite happy to head to bed, although they do have a cinema with 2 different screening times, earlier in the evening they show a movie for the kids and later on a movie for the adults (which speaking to another couple, they really enjoyed, saying it was a great way to pass them time). To my surprise we all slept so well, waking to our morning call that we have reached Tasmania, this then gives everybody half an hour to freshen up, pack bags and wait for our carpark level to be called.  Ooh I must add, we took TravelCalm tablets 30 minutes before the ship set off to help with any sea sickness, I think they helped as we all slept very soundly.

Tasmania Family Holiday 5We drove the car off Spirit of Tasmania and started our travels around the glorious country side.  I have to share with you, this is my first memorable moment, a field filled with Poppy’s, they use these to make perfumes. Fields similar to this were spotted all through our travels.

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Our first stop was Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe, this would have been the most recommended stop in our when visiting Tassie.  I am so pleased we stopped here the food was out of this world delicious.   Most of the breakfast and dessert menu has something raspberry in it, I was going to have simple jam on toast, but then I saw pancakes with caramelised banana, bacon, cheese, fresh raspberries and raspberry jam.  I was really intrigued and had to try it, ooh my belly danced it was amazingly delicious.  The others had waffles and/or pancakes with fresh raspberries.  The meal was so delicious we stopped back here for lunch before boarding back onto the ship to return home.

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Next stop was the award winning Ashgrove cheese, taking a tour around their factory to learn how they make all their cheese, milk, butter and cream in house, peaking through their viewing windows at the process and their storage area (which I must say is perfectly organised!!).  Surprisingly with today’s technology they still choose to use traditional methods, cutting the curd by hand and then delicately hand turn them regularly for over an hour. This is why their products are top quality!!

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I’m not really a lover of fancy cheese, but the fetta and cheddar varieties I tasted were so tasty and creamy. They have many tasting plates so you can try before you buy!

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Our next tasting destination was The House of Anvers, where they make all their chocolate inhouse and packing it all by hand, I’m starting to see a theme here, everything is so fresh in Tasmania.  I loved hearing the story about how Igor Van Gerwen started this business.  Igor trained and become patisserie at a very young age in Belgium. Moving to Australia in his early 20s and working alongside some a world-renowned confectioner he found his passion for handling chocolate and a few years later open The House of Anvers who are very well-known for their world’s finest chocolate, using locally made cream, butter, delicious liquors and natural flavours.  The House of Anvers allow you to taste their chocolate before you buy, which I love as you won’t go home disappointed.

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They have been in the current location for 10 years with some great plans on enhancing the property.  The gardens that surround the store and cafe are beautifully kept and boasting beautiful flowers.

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Stop in here for some chocolate to take home for yourself or give as a gift, but you can also stay for a coffee, breakfast or lunch.

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We left the House of Anvers to drive to Freycinet, it’s quite a drive away, but every single moment was worth it.  I have never been one to want to drive countryside for the scenery, but there was something different about this drive through Tasmania, I felt like everywhere you looked there was something different to see. Fields of flowers, mountains in the distance, water, forest, then cattle, horses, sheep and more.  It certainly kept us entertained.

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We stayed at Freycinet Lodge for the first two nights, and again this outlook didn’t disappoint.  After such a long day we just wanted to have a nice dinner and relax for the evening.  The Freycinet Lodge overlooks the glorious Oyster Bay which I could sit at for hours, which we did.  We ate our dinner in the bistro outside, then sat in their lounge to watch the sun set.  I never get time to do this at home, so I really enjoyed sitting and watching time pass by.  This is our first night, the water was really choppy.

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The second night was so calm, it’s it beautiful, I would have happily stayed at this hotel for more than just our planned 2 nights, just glorious.

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Freycinet Lodge is the hotel overlooking the bay and views of the mountains… such a beautiful place.

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We stayed in a two bedroom cabin, which suited our family of five. The cabins are self-contained with a little kitchenette and ample sized bathrooms and bedroom.

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Hiding behind Freycinet Lodge is Honeymoon Bay and I can understand why they named it this.  A secluded little inlet where you can splash in the water, or sit upon the rocks.

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It got a wee bit chilly

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The second day on our trip was action packed apart from the stunning outlook from our hotel, I must say the 3 hour drive to Freycinet absolutely worth it for this experience.  We started our morning with kayaking in the Moulting Lagoon, on the Freycinet Adventures 3 hour Oyster Paddle tour.  It was a truly unforgettable experience.  Sharing the kayak with my youngest daughter we leisurely paddled for an hour and a half before stopping along the side of the river for a morning tea.  It was so peaceful and serene out on the river watching the birds flutter above the water.  This paddle tour is a great adventure for all ages, there was a couple with a 7 year old and an elderly couple of 60 years enjoying the moment with their loved ones.  They give you a demonstration at the beginning of the tour on how to use the paddles correctly, so it’s open for all experience levels.  We learnt how oysters are harvested and got the opportunity to taste them, ooh so fresh and one would say delicious if they take your fancy.  Mr Organised Housewife didn’t mind them at all!

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So call us crazy but after our 3 hours kayakking we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Wineglass Bay, so we packed a picnic and headed on an hour and a half hike up the mountain.  Truth be told we did have about an hour rest between kayakking and hiking, but I feel this balanced our bodies out now working the lower half! I did huff and puff a little on my way up bit wow, it was absolutely worth it.  I had so many recommendations to visit wineglass Bay and I can see why, I would have been so disappointed to have missed this experience.  We can now say this is the most fanciest place we have ever eaten a sandwich… simply stunning!

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The next day we drove from Freycinet to Cradle Mountain, it was such a beautiful drive, the scenery around Tasmania is just gorgeous, just like a painted picture.

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It took us 5 hours of driving, stopping off for lunch.  However from Launceston it would usually be a 2 hour drive.  I had heard many great things about Cradle Mountain, in particular how peaceful and secluded it is, which is absolutely right. We stayed at Cradle Mountain Hotel which have over 60 rooms, each have heating and electric blankets (which were needed) as it was very cold.

cradle-mountain-hotel-1Kids kept warm in the middle of December with beanies, jackets, scarves and gloves.

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There are some lovely walks around the hotel, through the forests where we even came across a wombat, it scurried away before I could get a photo.

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It is easy to recognise why Cradle Mountain Hotel is so peaceful, surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife, it really is secluded and the perfect destination if you are wanting to switch off from work and just relax.

cradle-mountain-hotel-5 The hotel has many fireplaces throughout the hotel so you could stay warm.

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The hotel is only 5 minutes drive to the World Heritage National Park.  We drove down to Dove Lake – it was raining when we arrived so we weren’t able to walk around it, but still found the view magnificent.  We have been told the 6km track (which is boardwalked most of the way) around the lake is one of Tasmania’s best walks.

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The next day we headed back towards Devonport to drive back onboard Spirit of Tasmania, and I won’t lie I was really looking forward to dinner as it was so good on our first trip down.

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Coming home we stayed in a Deluxe Cabin, which has a queen size bed, TV and plenty of space to move around in.

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These two were tickled pink that the cabin the three kids were sharing was at the front of the ship, they happily sat and looked out the window as we sailed back to Melbourne.

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We had a truly magnificent trip.  Our days were packed with family fun activities, time to relax and just unwind from the busy-ness of every day life.  What I loved most was that we were able to drive around Tasmania and stop when and where we wanted.

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For more details about The Spirit of Tasmania, visit their website and facebook page, or follow them on instagram.  Their current special offer is:

Travel by Sea and KIDS GO FREE

Sail on Spirit of Tasmania and your kids can travel with you for free between 6 March and 13 September 2015. Hurry, offer ends 28 February unless sold out prior.

Visit here – kids go free to book.

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*Offer available to new bookings only from 25/1/15. Limited availability on selected PM sailings. Up to 3 children per paying adult. Red Hot Deal fare conditions apply. Not applicable to school/group bookings. $5 fee per person each way applies to non-internet bookings. See website for full conditions and to book.

giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

CONGRATULATIONS to our lucky winner: Brenda B

Thanks to the Spirit of Tasmania I have one $200 Spirit of Tasmania gift voucher to giveaway.  Simply tell me in the comments below:

Did you realise that Tasmania was so beautiful? Tell me from my story above where would you like to visit the most?

Giveaway ends 18th February 2015*

Please note this giveaway was originally set to end on 11th February 2015, however as the website has been down over the period of this giveaway I have extended it.

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GIVEAWAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This giveaway run in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below

1. Entries must be made on The Organised Housewife blog, entries in facebook comments are invalid.  2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Wednesday 18th February 2015.   3. One entry per household, open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  5. Total prize pool is valued at $200.00  6. One winner will receive a Spirit of Tasmania voucher valued at $200.00.  7. Winner will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address.  8. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best.  9.  The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners. 

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group

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141 comments

Julia K January 29, 2015 - 9:51 AM

What’s not to love about Tasmania ? DH and I have visited four times – twice as a couple, once with an 8 month old baby and once when the same “baby” was 7 years old. We have always done the FLY/DRIVE thing but as you pointed out – bringing a car makes it MUCH more family friendly. The “baby” is now almost 25 years old and we we now have another three school aged children that we would LOVE to introduce to the magic that is Tassie. I found your post to be really informative and would LOVE to visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm with my family.

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Averil January 29, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Tasmania is on our must visit list! We really want to go by boat and drive around, and show our 3 kids what a beautiful place it is. I would love to stay at the Cradle Mountain Hotel!

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Sue Stubbings January 29, 2015 - 10:09 AM

I really want to go to Cradle Mountain, we went there 36 years ago on our honeymoon and haven’t been back. Your photos show all of the natural beauty of the area. Last time we were there we only stayed overnight, next time I want to do some of the awesome walks around the area. I really like the idea of having my own car as you pointed out you can have your cake and eat it too,I would add some stitching and knitting which you can’t always take on a plane except in booked luggage.

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Kristie Visser January 29, 2015 - 11:58 AM

What a fun looking family holiday! I would love to head over and experience all of that beauty and nature!
The Freycinet region would be my pick so that we could enjoy those amazing beaches. What a great family adventure it would be!

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Natalie January 29, 2015 - 12:21 PM

I was Tassie born and breed and I miss it everyday. I live in Melbourne now but am desperate to get down to Hobart for Christmas with my Mum, Dad, Nan and other family. With my three kids in tow we really need to go on the Spirit so we can take the car. I want to take the kids to see the Russell Falls waterfall and show them all the wonderful nature trails that I loved to explore as a kid.
I am so glad that you loved Tassie. I feel so proud when I hear review like this as it truly is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Nat

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Mel Norris January 29, 2015 - 2:46 PM

Cradle Mountain looks spectacular! I must admit, I have been there before, but only when I was young. It’s always so different to see a place so beautiful as an adult. I’d love to take my little boy there too!

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Rachael Weston January 29, 2015 - 3:11 PM

My children have a goal to visit every state and have decided the Spirit of Tasmania is the way to go. I would love to help them on their way to ticking beautiful Tasmania off the list.

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Lilybett January 29, 2015 - 7:01 PM

My only personal views of Tasmania have been through books. Even in words, though, it’s always woven a spell on me.

As for where I’d love to visit: Wineglass bay, wineglass in hand (or at least the promise of one after the hike back).

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Judith Maunders January 30, 2015 - 12:32 AM

Hubby and I visited Wineglass Bay for his 40th birthday. That was more than 16 years ago, well before the arrival of our daughter (eight). I’d love to take our daughter to see beautiful Wineglass Bay and the other speccy sights around Freycinet. Although I know for my daughter the highlight of her trip would be the trip on the Spirit of Tasmania there and back. She’d be tickled pink to stay in a cabin, even if she may have to share it with a (sometimes) snoring parent (not me!)

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Kryshia SPEIRS January 30, 2015 - 6:32 AM

Cradle mountain would be one of my favourite places. I would love to take my two children to experience the natural beauty and to appreciate the amazing adventures we can have as a family.

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Sharyn guy January 30, 2015 - 6:41 AM

My fiancés father has a shack over there but we just haven’t been able to get over. With baby no. 5 on the way and some time off for the both of us, we would love to be able to take the children on a memorable family holiday.

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Clare Dorey January 30, 2015 - 6:42 AM

I first visited Tassie 20 years ago and adored it. I took my hubby there 10 years ago for the midwinter festival and now that we have children would love to return. The oyster bay paddle experience us one I’d like the family to enjoy.

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Tracy January 30, 2015 - 6:50 AM

We are really keen to visit Tassie, and the photo of Wineglass Bay looks like the ultimate picnic destination BUT I just can’t stop thinking about pancakes with raspberries now!!!

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Belinda January 30, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The Oyster Paddle tour looks like something my beautiful Foster Daughter would love to do with us! I’m inspired to see you in there paddling with your kids. My kids deserve me to be a more fun mum, and to try new things like this!

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Elizabeth January 30, 2015 - 7:32 AM

I was able to spend a week in Tassie a few years ago but your mention of Cradle Mountain (a place we didn’t go) has made me long to visit Tasmania again and see the park and mountain. We didn’t go to wineglass bay and someday I hope to go with my husband. Your pictures and discriptions make the state sound so wonderful and relaxing, even more than what I saw. It’s such a blessing to stop the rushing and slow down and enjoy the things around us. Thank you for sharing your family holiday with us. 🙂

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Karen January 30, 2015 - 7:48 AM

Hands Down!!!! Honeymoon Bay. How gorgeous does that look. I can just imagine sitting on the water’s edge just taking in all that beautiful scenery and feeling relaxed straight away.

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Monique January 30, 2015 - 7:51 AM

How amazing it would be to win this prize!!!!! It all looks gorgeous and fun! We’ve been wanting to go to Tassie for a few years now and have made a trip to Tassie a priority this year. It would be especially nice to be able to win this as one of our children (long term foster child) was born in Tassie and has a yearning to see the area and we’d love to take him. I would especially like for us all to experience going on the Spirit of Australia with our car and to see Freycinet, butI know the kids would love the cheese n chocolate type visits too!!! Lol. Money and time has been our hinderance but winning this would knock both of those on the head.

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Tracey Smidt January 30, 2015 - 8:15 AM

My girls (Emma 12 & Kate 10) dream holiday for 2015 is Tasmania. Tasmania’s looks so unique in your photos, we would love to visit Freycinet region.

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Renee January 30, 2015 - 8:21 AM

Mona, I keep hearing about how fantastic Mona is and I’m desperate to go (and visit Tasmania for the first time as well of course).

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Catherine Cadby January 30, 2015 - 8:46 AM

We love visiting Tasmania. We are off on our third trip there this June. With the free kids deal it is a much cheaper option for us than flying and staying in motels. We will take our caravan with us this time.
The only downside is they don’t have cabins to suit families of five so the dear hubby stays in the recliners while I have the three kids in a four birth cabin.

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Katelyn Meloni January 30, 2015 - 9:13 AM

I absolutely LOVE Tasmania. And I LOVE The House of Anvers also. I have been to Tassie a few times (twice by Spirit of Tasmania, and many times flying) and have been to The House of Anvers twice already. Their fudge is to die for (did you know that they have an online shop that you can order all the chocolate and fudge that you like and they will express post it to you, I have done this once before too, delicious!)
I must say that I love everything about Tasmania, especially that everything is so fresh and beautiful!

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Tracey-Lee January 30, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Loved all the pics! I had no idea Tasmania was so beautiful. I would definitely like to visit the Freycinet Lodge for a stay and that beautiful view of the bay! Especially that sunset!

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Cheryl January 30, 2015 - 10:07 AM

I have always wanted to travel to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania but after reading your story and looking at your beautiful photos I really had no idea just how beautiful it really was, now I cant wait to travel there.
The field of poppies was my favourite photo, just magic.
If I was lucky enough to win this fabulous prize, I would stay at the Freycinet Lodge, that view of the stunning sunset over Oyster Bay reminded me so much of the sunsets at Fiji where my husband and I spent our honeymoon so many many years ago.
After reading your story I think I would plan my itinerary the same as yours and travel to the same stops, nothing better than knowing before you go that you wont be disappointed when you get there. Thank you so much for the photos.

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Mascha January 30, 2015 - 1:42 PM

I would LOVE to visit Cradle Mountain! Do a hike up the mountain and see the Dove Lake. Tasmania is so green and beautiful, though I’d have to remember to take some warm clothes with me 😉

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howard smith July 23, 2015 - 2:24 PM

Come and do a tour with us. Bring your friends as well, Howard

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Lorraine Reynolds January 30, 2015 - 2:43 PM

I have been to Tassie four times now, and I can’t wait to go again at some time. There is just so much to see, as someone who is a keen amateur photographer, seriously I could just about stop at very bend in the road to take a photo; it is just that beautiful! From the list of places you mentioned, I think the Christmas hills Raspberry Farm is one place I need to go to! Raspberries are my fav and your breakfast sounds like it was amazing!

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Joni January 30, 2015 - 4:21 PM

We went to Tasmania for the first time last year but only the south – around Hobart. It IS amazing and stunning and I’d love to see the North and the poppy fields you described!

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Hayley January 30, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Talk about timing. I just said to my hubby yesterday, this is the year we need to go to Tassie. We have been talking about it for years and have just never been able to make it happen. I always though Cradle Mountain would be a highlight, but Honeymoon Bay looks spectacular also. And our 3 boys would love the magic of sleeping on the Spirit of Tasmania.

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Nicki January 30, 2015 - 4:55 PM

Cradle mountain sounds amazing. I have wanted to go for so long, and traveling via Spirit of Tasmania sounds like a great way to get there

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Sarah Fleming January 30, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Wow….just wow! I have, like you, heard of how beautiful Tasmania is and have seen photographs before but this post has really ignited a great interest in visiting Tasmania with my family….as soon as possible!

All of the locations you visited look amazingly beautiful and like places I can imagine creating lifelong memories at with my family, but if I had to pick just one location that has most appealed to me from your post, it would be Freycinet. The Freycinet Lodge looks like a beautiful place to stay, I really can picture myself sitting where you did eating my dinner….what a view! And the canoeing looks like great fun too.

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fiona venus January 30, 2015 - 5:17 PM

Tasmania is on our to do list but has just moved to the top! I thin e wound follow your route, and then stay an extra 2 weeks!! Hard to choose a favorite but could not go past rasberry farm – looks amazing.

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Cristil January 30, 2015 - 5:47 PM

What an awesome blog!!! Those pictures and descriptions make you want to skip ‘life’ and hop straight into the car and escape to Tassie! We have been to Tasmania 3 times, twice driving and once flying.. I love how there is so much to do and the history has been preserved so well. The beautiful scenery and amazing food! BUT I have not visited Christmas Hills Raspberry farm.. Or seen those beautiful poppies. From your blog, that would be where I’d be off to first!!! Delicious and spectacular! Thanks again organised housewife for sharing your experiences with us!!

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sonia January 30, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Wow What an adventure!!!

We are just soo looking forward to going on the BOAT!!

we would love to all you have done and more if time permitits.

Love your tips and blog.

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Leasa Reid January 30, 2015 - 5:56 PM

I loved reading your adventures & look forward to our trip in October this year. The lookout at Wineglass Bay is something I really look forward to exploring & hiking around Cradle Lake.

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Annie S January 30, 2015 - 6:54 PM

If we moved interstate, Tasmania would be where we would go, especially having had a new niece born over there last month. I love the beautiful nature that surrounds you at every turn. During our two previous visits, were unable to visit Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay – but you described them so beautifully that I want to go back already!

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Lucy January 30, 2015 - 7:12 PM

After stocking up on delicious supplies at Ashgrove Cheese, we would love to stay at Freycinet Lodge and explore the region. Everything we love in a holiday is there and it would be the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.

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Claire M January 30, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Oh the places to go, the things to see, back at school, oh no, Tasmania’s where I’d rather be. You asked for a choice of where to visit, to list them all just might not win it! Wineglass Bay would be the choice for me, the trip on the boat for my young three. The adventurous father would choose a paddle, so together we’d go all astraddle. To top it all the food looks neat, even my fussiest would find it a treat!

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Dashika Rajpaul January 30, 2015 - 7:43 PM

I never thought of Tasmania for our family getaways. But you have changed my mind. I would love to visit Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe as well as those other beautiful places.

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Helen Eronen January 30, 2015 - 7:51 PM

In 2012 we flew to Hobart when we were a family of 4. We explored all that we could in a campervan with a 3 and 1 year old in 6 days. Your family album brought to mind a picture of my Miss 1 at the time laying in the sand at Wineglass Bay blissed out, loving the experience. We know in our rush we missed some highlights. Now that we are a family of 5, we have been dreaming of a ferry ride and roam the northern end of Tassie, especially Cradle Mountain. Dreams will come true this year. Now how do I book those tickets?!!……

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Carol January 30, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Time for a holiday away for us is overdue. After nearly 35 years of marriage some time away together would be fantastic rekindling our love and friendship over such marvellous foods and vistas as you have describe would be such a feast to our senses. We love cheese so Ashgroves would be a must for us, then finding the perfect wine to match too.

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Ruth Barnes January 30, 2015 - 8:45 PM

My husband & I went to Tasmania for our honeymoon & always said we’d go back for our 10th anniversary. Unfortunately, circumstances prevented that. I would love to take my kids to show them all the places we loved. Especially Cradle Mountain. It is such an amazing & special place.

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Nicole January 30, 2015 - 9:49 PM

Even though I am from Tasmania, travel and holidays are rare. We visited Cradle Mountain once a couple of years back for our anniversary, but it rained the entire time so we didn’t get to see any of it, I’d love to go back with the kids.

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jo January 31, 2015 - 6:16 AM

You have certainly done Tasmania justice in your write up, it sounds stunning! I think that the hike up the mountain at Wineglass Bay is where I’d like to visit the most. It sounds like the effort put in getting up there is well and truly rewarded and a sandwich always tastes nice in beautiful places

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Julie Mosheev January 31, 2015 - 6:55 AM

We’d love a trip to Tassie. Didn’t realise the ferry was so well equipped sounds like an experience in itself. The fact you can take your car & get around is a big bonus. Looks like there’s something for everyone. Hard to choose 1 spot after seeing everywhere you went but for us it would have to be Moulting Lagoon for the Oyster paddle tour. We all love kayaking & for our two youngest nature buffs they would go crazy learning about oyster harvesting. Looks like there’s something for everyone though. I can see my husband enjoying the sunsets with a glass of wine & I might just enjoy the cooler evenings with a cup of tea & some of those must get chokkies 🙂

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Kat Ness January 31, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Thank you for this post! I’ve been wanting to visit Tasmania for a little while now and this has given me lots of ideas for a potential trip in the future!

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barb patullo January 31, 2015 - 2:09 PM

this is one my bucket list of to do one day see Tasmania and from reading all about you holiday l”d have to say it just makes me want to go even more an l”d have to say Cradle Mountain look Devine

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Leah January 31, 2015 - 4:50 PM

Cradle Mountain. We have been talking about a little family time away with my Dad and our kids this year, hoping to gat as far as Tassie. We love to be out in nature, enjoying it together. It looks wonderful there.

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Kasey E January 31, 2015 - 8:07 PM

I’ve been to gorgeous Tassie when I was a teen, I’ve always dreamed of going back….The House of Anvers would be amazing to visit as I’m a huge foodie!

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Liza D'Souza January 31, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Honeymoon Bay – to fall in love with my husband again on our 15th wedding anniversary this year.

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Tracy Garton January 31, 2015 - 10:43 PM

I have heard that Tasmania is stunning and similar to the UK (my birth country) in its countryside. I have always wanted to visit but have never got around to it. I would love to visit Cradle Mountain Hotel….it looks so peaceful x

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Janell Rawlins January 31, 2015 - 10:55 PM

My Husband and I have dreamed of experiencing the “spirit” of Tasmania for many years. So much so, that we have decided to relocate our little family of 5 at the end of this year. We are aiming to achieve a minimalist lifestyle and have visited The Organised Housewife blog regularly to inspire us to declutter and simplify our life. We hope to provide our family with many cultural, culinary and environmental experiences that Tasmania has to offer. My wish list is to visit the enchanted Forrest Cradle Mountain among many others! Winning a trip on the Spirit of Tasmania would help us to achieve our dream.

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Louise Stan-Bishop February 1, 2015 - 12:38 AM

I stumbled onto your blog looking for organising tips and the first thing I see is your story about Tasmania. Which is an amazing coincidence as I am just starting planning to go to Tasmania later in the year with a friend. Grandpa’s family settled on Flinders Island in the mid 1800s and I have always wanted to see it. After reading this I definitely want to go over on the ferry rather than fly. The list of places you visited sounds amazing but I think that my favourite has to be the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café. Fresh raspberries are so delicious.

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Anna Sim February 1, 2015 - 7:32 AM

I’ve been to Tasmania once on a brief work trip and I was taken aback with how beautiful it was. Since then, I’ve always planned to go back for a proper holiday and take the time to explore. This year I finally have the chance and am planning on taking my family on a driving holiday to Tasmania- so excited!! Visiting cradle mountain is a definite on our list- it just looks stunning.

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Matt February 1, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Our family is planning a six month trip around Australia later this year. While we know we can not see it all Tasmania is on the ‘like to do’ list but getting there will be expensive. After reading your article, touring Tasmania is rapidly moving to the ‘must do’ list. The scenery and landscape is simply spectacular. I particularly love Freycinet from your article with the balance of bush and coastline. It seems that even in summer Tassie can be cold!
Your article also gives a good a insight of The Spirit of Tasmania, something that seems an adventure all in itself; definitely an experience our three boys would love.
Thanks for you article,
Matt

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Lis February 1, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Cradle Mountain looks a great place…but all of it looks like a fab family friendly holiday 🙂 Adding it to our bucket list 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 2, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Its is a very pretty place, Lis! Yay for adding it to your bucket list!

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Kate Adams February 1, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Sounds like we wouldn’t want to leave the ship! We are planning an ‘Aussie Adventure’ for our family of five later in the year, my HB and I can’t wait to start showing our three how amazing our backyard is! Cradle mountain looks amazing, to see a wombat and be wearing a beanie in the middle of summer would blow my kids minds! Thanks for the great write up, Kate x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 2, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The ship was really lovely, Kate! Its was quite strange for us wearing beanie’s and scarves in summer.

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Mary-Anne Clark February 1, 2015 - 10:07 PM

I would love to take the family to the East Coast…. Freycinet! Our trip in 2013 was hampered by my 7 year old’s admission to hospital and the need to bolt from Hobart to Launceston without seeing the East Coast at all.We would so love to return, feel there is so much we missed out on. Spirit of Tasmania was a highlight…getting there is half the fun!!! Mind you we initially had to turn back near Adelaide (1/2 hour into our 2 week journey, as our caravan lost a wheel which ripped through the back of our van). At midnight we repacked our box trailer and made the quick trip to Melbourne the next morning. What an adventure. nothing was going to stop us visiting this Island Paradise. Would do it all again tomorrow!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 2, 2015 - 9:07 AM

Ooh Mary-Anne, it is just such a stunning place! We really had such a lovely time.:)

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Jen February 2, 2015 - 9:51 AM

I’d love to take my hubby & our girls to go kayaking at wineglass bay! Looks spectacular. Was great to hear your experience of using the spirit to get there! Thanks for sharing.

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Aleesha February 2, 2015 - 10:50 AM

I live in Tasmania, and was so excited to see you had visited and it feature on your site! We have driven in and around the Freycinet, but have never been to Wine Glass Bay or Cradle Mountain. Reading your post reminds me of the need to visit more of the holiday destinations within my own beautiful State. Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed your Tassie experience 🙂

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Monica February 2, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Ill be upfront from the start! I am a Tasmanian through and through. I read with interest and agreement your comments on each location. I’d love to see more of Tasmania, as it is often said the locals are often to last to explore their own back door step! So Freycinet I’d love to come your way someday soon????

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Kath R February 3, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Cradle Mountain is so blissfully peaceful. I toured around Tasmania at the end of year 12 (many many years ago) while everyone else was getting their schoolies on. Cradle Mountain was probably my favourite spot. I can still remember walking along the boardwalked paths in jeans and a jumper in December! We’ve been talking about a family trip later this year so hubby and the kids can explore the area too. I like the idea of taking our own car so we are free to bring what we want and do as we wish, as opposed to flying down then hiring a car. Plus the experience of sailing on a big ship would be really exciting for the kids (and Mum and Dad too) 🙂

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Tracey February 3, 2015 - 12:23 PM

I would love to take my daughter to Tasmania to visit her aunt and uncle and her cousin who she misses so much. Everyone who I know who has been to Tasmania says that it is so incredible and beautiful and I would love to spend days and weeks exploring it with her.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Tracey, it is absolutely stunning! It really is a lovely place to take the kids.

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Amanda February 4, 2015 - 4:48 AM

I love the poppy fields 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Ooh Amanda they were is pretty, i have never seen anything like it before.

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Kerry February 4, 2015 - 1:06 PM

I would love to go to Cradle Mountain we went there 24yrs ago for our honeymoon and just loved it so beautiful.We haven’t been since in fact we haven’t really been on much of a break since. Living on a farm holidays are few and far between. It would be fantastic to visit the heavenly spot again, for our 25th wedding Anniversary next year. :0)

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Chrissy Scarvell February 5, 2015 - 10:16 AM

You had me at the first mention of the Spirit of Tasmania! After a couple of trying years it is time to calm the soul and feed the spirit with a much longed for trip to Tasmania for My Good Man and myself. Your description has only enhanced the need!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 6, 2015 - 8:51 AM

Ooh that is wonderful, Chrissy! You will absolutely love it! We had an amazing time, just so very pretty there.

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Liesl Tozer February 6, 2015 - 9:42 AM

I can’t believe that we have never been to Tasmania – living in Melbourne that is almost criminal!
Having read your wonderful description I think we need to head over for great scenery and amazing food – The house of Anvers and Freycinet will be top of the list.
Thank you for the inspiring post!

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carol morgan February 6, 2015 - 10:10 AM

I would love to visit anywhere in Tasmania, from your beautiful description it sounds stunning I would like to take the time to get to know our amazing country a little better . It would be fantastic to have some family time and take in the scenery thanks for sharing your sensational trip to Tasmania

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Joanne Bemrose February 6, 2015 - 10:26 AM

What a post Kat- your photos are so beautiful! We visited the Cradle mountain area hiking with friends years ago and are hoping to visit with our 3 kids soon. Our 10 year old has a best friend who moved to Tassie last year and she still misses her so much- it breaks my heart sometimes. Last trip we said we’d love to come back to go to Freycinet and your sunset photos confirm it. Plus, we’d have to visit our friends 🙂 too. The boat is a great way to travel and would definitely be enjoyed by the kids, while allowing me to pack what we needed for an organised and fun holiday!

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Nickie February 6, 2015 - 11:11 AM

I live in Tasmania and I absolutely love everything about it! If I were to win I would use the voucher to get my Dad and brothers over to visit, I would take them to cradle mountain, play in the snow with my kids and brothers, stop at Anvers for lunch and chocolate tasting and take my dad on a tour of Helliers Road distillery in Burnie!

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Kate February 6, 2015 - 11:21 AM

I live in Tasmania and so I know of its beauty. When I was a kid my family did many bush walks around Tasmania together – my favourite an obscure one called Bird River. As an adult I have done a few walks recently, notably Hartz Mountain, and my brother bush walks every week for his work as a botanist. Tassie does offer a unique lifestyle with short commutes to work, and the beach and/or bush on your doorstep. We live in a beach side suburb 15 minutes drive to work and only a few minutes walk to the beach and we love it.
We also love travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania and always choose it when we go interstate. As a family of 6 with 4 kids under 9, and all the clobber and car seats plus needing a people mover, we find it less stressful and cheaper to take our own car, carseats and boot load of stuff. I’ve taken the kids to the cinema on the Spirit, which they loved, the buffet allowed them to choose food they would actually eat and there were also craft activities and face painting for them when we sailed last.
I would love to visit Freycinet again because of its beauty and seclusion. I have been there once on our very short honeymoon 11 years ago but we could only afford to stay three nights. I am planning to save up so we could spend a week there on our 15th anniversary, with the kids of course. Thanks for your post on Tassie, you have highlighted some of the great spots. Next time you pop down, check out Salamanca and the MONA gallery near Hobart. 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 6, 2015 - 11:27 AM

It truly is just magnificent, Kate. You live in a beautiful part of the world.:)

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Bec February 6, 2015 - 11:25 AM

Freycinet!! Is definitely on my to visit list…..along with all the beautiful ‘foodie’ places you stopped at. Ah, Tassie. So fresh and there to be explored

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Sooz Mann February 6, 2015 - 11:58 AM

I didn’t realise Tassie was so beautiful, but that’s just a bonus. I want to experience the Spirit of Tasmania and all IT has to offer. That’s my dream!

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Dawn February 6, 2015 - 12:27 PM

i have always wanted to go to Tassy especially the famous Cradle Mountain. Now I am more excited about going on the Spirit of Tassy, It looks fab!!

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Christina February 6, 2015 - 2:57 PM

Wow Katrina, I loved reading about your journey to Tassie. I would love to visit there one day but seeing my hubby went as a teenager he’s not too interested as he’s “been there, done that”. I’ve never heard of Freycinet before but that would certainly be on my list of places to visit. I just adore beautiful sunsets and your pic on your second evening that was calm was so stunning. Wish me luck 🙂

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Cath February 6, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Your holiday looks amazing!! My parents honeymooned in tassie 40 years ago! I’d love to go one day too. I would love to visit Freycinet Lodge. It looks so tranquil and beautiful.

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Lorraine February 6, 2015 - 4:19 PM

For many years we have had Tasmania on our plan to visit list but between grand children and elderly parents (all who we love dearly) we just seem to always pick up the brochures and go no further. This year we have made a promise to ourselves to go away on short breaks regularly and Tassie would be ideal for this. You make the whole island sound remarkable but I have to say Cradle Mountain has always appealed to me

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Tracey February 6, 2015 - 8:04 PM

Tasmania sounds incredibly beautiful. I think that going in winter would be great. I am a cheese fan and would definitely do the tour, you made it sound so yummy. Then I saw the chocolate place and I must confess, I am a big chocolate fan, (bigger than cheese!) So I could see some serious dollars being spent in these two places. My dilemma would be deciding which place to go to first, then of course there is the issue that they would expect me to leave at the end of the day (how rude!)

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Julie February 7, 2015 - 6:51 AM

From your blog, I would love to visit and explore Freycinet Lodge with my family. Our children are turning 9 and 8 this year and I think it would be the perfect time to take them to Tasmania and enjoy this beautiful, sometimes forgotten part of our country. So many people rave about going overseas.. Yes, it’s spectacular.. But we have our very own magical, peaceful and intoxicating part of Australia right over the Tasman Sea.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Julie, i couldn’t agree with you more! Truly amazing!

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Giselle February 8, 2015 - 4:03 PM

Tassie???? Such an amazing place. One of the most naturally beautiful places in the world with soooooo much to see and offer. Every place you went had a uniqueness about it and to Tasmania. Cradle Mountain and all those beautiful lakes are for me. *STUNNING*????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2015 - 9:08 AM

I absolutely agree with you 100%, Giselle! No better way to describe Tasmania.:)

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Tanya Clarke February 9, 2015 - 7:48 AM

These photos are great! I’d really love to go to Oyster bay and Freycinet Lodge. It looks incredibly beautiful. I’ve always wanted to visit Tassie!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2015 - 9:06 AM

Tanya, Oyster Bay is just stunning. We had such a lovely time there.

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Helen February 9, 2015 - 8:04 AM

We had our honeymoon, over forty years ago, at “The Chateau”, now replaced by Frecinet Lodge. Your photograph of the bay shows that it is exactly the same as I remember it. My beautiful husband took a photograph of me on the rock in bay, matching the one taken by his father of his mother on their honeymoon! Thank you for bringing back such happy memories.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Ooh sounds like you have beautiful memories!.:) It really is a magnificent place.

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Sandra Di Carlo February 9, 2015 - 8:18 AM

I would love to take my dear friend on a special girls trip by sailing on the stunning Spirit of Tasmania and then to drive to the House of Anvers with no schedule! My chocolate-mad friend is working hard and raising a young family on a tight budget and really deserves a personal timeout to relax and unwind. What a fanatastic way for us to tick off something on both our bucketlists than to travel to a chocolate haven in foodie fabulous Tasmania via the stunning Spirit of Tasmania. A shared moment of good life in Tasmania would give us a priceless memory to relive over coffee when the practicalities of day to day life challenge us.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Sounds just beautiful, Sandra!

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Adam February 9, 2015 - 10:37 PM

The House of Anvers sounds great for a sweet tooth like me but I think the Christmas Hill Raspberry Cafe would have to take the cake as an ideal place to stop by on the roadtrip from Perth I’m planning for next January with a few friends 🙂

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Kristy February 11, 2015 - 6:51 AM

My Family and I have just started planning our holiday to Tasmania and Cradle Mountain is top of the list of places i want to visit!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:22 AM

Fantastic Kristy! You and your family will have an amazing time x

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Catherine Cadby February 11, 2015 - 7:46 AM

We have been on the Spirit of Tasmania twice already and always eaten before getting on the ship, or in the buffet lounge. A cheaper option for a family of five! This next time, our trip is booked in for June holidays, I would love to experience the restaurant, particularly the salmon, my all time favourite seafood.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Catherine, i must say the experience we had on The Spirit of Tasmania was just fantastic! The restaurant was beautiful, really enjoyable.:)

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Leanne February 11, 2015 - 7:57 AM

I love magical Tassie, and I want to take my family there next Christmas. My sister lives in Stahan on the west coast and travels to us a lot, so it’s our turn to return the favour. Traveling by the Spirit of Tasmania would be perfect with all our luggage and the presents for Christmas for all the kids, my sisters and mine. I’ve always wanted to visit Freycinet, especially Wine Glass Bay. I’ve romanticised about that place for decades, and my husband and I did a puzzle of Wine Glass Bay over a cup of tea while we were ‘courting’ which makes it special for us.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:18 AM

So special, Leanne.:)

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Amelia February 11, 2015 - 9:21 AM

I love Tasmania, it has been one of my favourite places since visiting for 3 weeks on our honeymoon. I’d love to take our three young children to Freycinet and Cradle Mountain to see why it is so special.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Hi Amelia, i’m sure your kiddies would love it as much as what your kids did.:)

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Lucia Cooper February 11, 2015 - 1:42 PM

Freycinet Bay looks fantastic. I love the thought of kayaking across smooth water and throb hiking to catch a glimpse of Wineglass Bay, even more fantastic if the sun comes out to play on the day 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:12 AM

Lucia, i must say we all loved the kayaking and got to see some beautiful sceneries whilst doing it. I highly recommend it.:)

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Trina Hain February 11, 2015 - 2:26 PM

It is a really hard decision between wineglass bay and cradle mountain. They both offer fantastic hiking opportunities which I love to do.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:08 AM

They are both magnificent in their own special way, Trina. x

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me February 11, 2015 - 7:37 PM

My goodness Kat I have heard it’s stunning but haven’t seen heaps of photographic evidence, until now. I honestly thought that Tassie would be heaps like but NZ but I see that it also has it’s own beauty. I never knew about the Spirit of Tasmania, it’s on our to-do list! x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:07 AM

Fantastic Emily!.:) We had an amazing time and The Spirit of Tasmania was so lovely x

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Jane February 11, 2015 - 9:26 PM

Tasmania, the most beautiful place on earth right. Well for me anyway. I’ve only been once and I would love to go back and explore more. From your holiday desintations I think we would enjoy hiking around cradle mountain with our baby in the carrier. We love the outdoors and I can’t think of a better way to let our little boy enjoy what Tassie has to offer than by doing some hiking around cradle mountain. Then we could relax at night at the cradle mountain lodge. The less driving the better I say with a baby. Also I have never been on the spirit of Tasmania this looks like a must from your wonderful experience. Fingers crossed!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:05 AM

Jane, It is just beautiful and so family friendly.

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Danielle February 11, 2015 - 10:35 PM

OMG! How timely is this competition. My family have booked a holiday to Tassie in June but we’re yet to book the boat. I’m looking most forward to Wineglass Bay. My mum, who’s health isn’t the best, has been concerned she wouldn’t be able to do the hike but hopefully when I show her your blog and the beautiful pictures I’ll talk her into making it ????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Ooh Danielle, How perfect!! I am sure you and your family will love Tassie as much as what we did. Enjoy your trip way.:)

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Jenny Clarke February 11, 2015 - 11:28 PM

How magical is this beautiful place. So pristine, and one of the worlds best ever places to visit. The water views all over this island are unique, and everyone should take the time to go and visit Tasmania, at least once in their lifetime. Wine Glass Bay is so uniquely beautiful. We are so fortunate to have Tasmania as our own tourist heaven.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 8:57 AM

Ooh Jenny i totally agree with you!! It is just an absolutely stunning place and so glad we got to experience it.:)

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Jasmine February 12, 2015 - 5:38 AM

My mum has been to Tassie 3 times! She suggested the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory…my mission in life is to go there with my boys :)Also, there’s a lot of history down there, I’d love to learn more about the convicts.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Hi Jasmine, Yes the Cadbury factory would be a great place to visit. We didn’t get there this time. There is so much history, all of which is extremely interesting.

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Kristie February 12, 2015 - 9:38 PM

Wineglass bay without a doubt. I have always wanted to visit Tasmania and see this beautiful part of our country. Oh and also the cheese factory. My family are crazy for cheese and it looked Devine in your pictures.

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edwina February 13, 2015 - 3:13 AM

Dove lake, looks like a must to walk around, would be fantastic to show our kids what australia has to offer adventure wise

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Annette February 13, 2015 - 10:16 AM

I have family in Tasmania and have never been over to visit their home, the trip would be mean being able to visit for my mother in law’s 65th birthday.

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Shani February 13, 2015 - 12:27 PM

My partners’ family is from Tasmania but moved to Victoria a few years ago, I’d love to surprise him with this voucher to use himself or to give to his parents so they can visit their family. We went last September on the Spirit, my first time to Tassie, and lately all I can think about is going back to re-visit Cradle and do the Dove Lake walk (I’d actually love to do the Overland Track, too), we had a day like you did and weren’t able to leave the carpark. I’d love to see the top of the mountain without fog obscuring it and see the boat shed! But I’d also love to drive down the state again and see the things I missed before, right down the bottom and top left corner. I have a post from my time on the Spirit of Tasmania if you’d like to see, wouldn’t want to go for a holiday to Tassie any other way! http://lacemountains.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/the-best-way-to-see-tasmania.html

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Laetitia February 13, 2015 - 12:42 PM

No as I have lived all my life in QLD and moved to Melbourne the last few weeks but since having kids I have been preoccupied doing everything for them. So I’d live to take them to such a beautiful place.

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Michelle February 13, 2015 - 1:51 PM

What a great trip that sounds. My brother and sister-in-law I am sure have always dreamed of going to Tassie to meet relatives that they have not seen in 18years. He was hurt in an accident some 20years ago and had 3rd degree burns over most of his body. They have never been able to travel during this time. It justs sounds and looks marvellous.

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Caron February 13, 2015 - 8:41 PM

Freycinet Lodge looks so devine… Closing my eyes picturing our family staying at such a quiet tranquil place would be too good to be true !

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Yvonne February 15, 2015 - 9:20 AM

It sounds as though you had an amazing holiday, The Spirit of Tasmania is an experience on its own, Cradle mountain sound beautiful, Freycinet magical, the food spectacular, salmon, seafood, chocolate, cheese to die for, the forests and national parks pristine, the weather unpredictable, the fresh air and scenery breathtaking.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2015 - 9:07 AM

Ooh Yvonne, we had the most amazing time! It was just lovely and so breathtaking x

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Nomes Bowd February 15, 2015 - 12:37 PM

I have been to Tasmania twice, the second time with my husband on our extended honeymoon around parts of Australia. We love the natural beauty of Tasmania and of course the food and would love to take our three boys there. We would love to take them to cradle mountain as we didn’t get there last time.

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Tracey Ross February 15, 2015 - 4:04 PM

I do realise Tasmania is so beautiful – it’s my home state. From your pics I’d like to go back to Cradle Mountain again. A beautiful spot of the world.

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Anna Brown February 15, 2015 - 7:32 PM

I love Tasmania, we have friends who live there and to visit them would be wonderful as we have only done this once without the kids. I would love to take them next time. Our friends live in Launceston. I would love to see the poppy fields and also Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Lodge too and of course Cradle Mountain. It would be a perfect anniversary present too.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Anna, i have got to say the Poppy fields were spectacular, i have never seen anything so pretty. I just wanted to run through but unfortunately you can’t touch them. But they are a must see when you are there.:)

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Brenda Boothey February 15, 2015 - 9:49 PM

So funny that I should read this tonight and see the beautiful Honeymoon Bay. Yesterday was our 39th wedding anniversary and we had the worst honeymoon from a mix up in accommodation on our wedding night and having to drive from Whyalla to Adelaide to get accommodation. We had to pull over on the highway to get a couple of hours sleep (both dressed in our finery from our wedding). When we reached Adelaide we couldn’t book in until 10am so had anther snooze in the car outside the motel. We have always talked about visiting Tasmania but have never done it. Would love to stay at Freycinet Lodge and also visit Cradle Mountain

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2015 - 8:58 AM

Oh no Brenda! You poor thing! Yes Tasmania is highly recommended, perfect honeymoon/ anniversary holiday??

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Sami Veloso February 16, 2015 - 12:25 AM

I’ve always wanted to go to Tasmania, as I’ve seen wonderful pictures of the island.
Honeymoon Bay and the ferry trip would be my favourites for sure!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Sami, is it a stunning place with so much to see and do.:)

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Felicity February 17, 2015 - 7:29 AM

What a beautiful and fun holiday!
My husband and I would love to visit Freycinet and Wine Glass Bay to enjoy the beauty and peace and rest – prior to our first baby arriving later this year and after a very difficult 4.5 months of hyperemensis gravidum.

We would go course have to stop at Ashgrove Cheese and pick up some ‘essentials’ from the House of Anvers along the way and visit Cradle Mountain to admire the beauty and wonder of her and also reminisce and enjoy the fact our visit (thankfully) won’t be repeated we hiked the Overload Track through torrential rain and snow (one December!)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 17, 2015 - 8:45 AM

Ooh Felicity, that would be an amazing babymoon.

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[email protected] February 17, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Wow! Tassie looks amazing. I have seen so many beautiful photos of the breathtaking scenery there. I’ll have to visit one day. I would love to got to Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay would be a must see.

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Sharon bradford February 18, 2015 - 6:39 AM

My husband and I visitted Tasmania 25 years ago. We want to now show our beaughtiful daughter it. There are so many wonderful places that we didn’t see the first time around. Top of my list would be a kayak your and seeing wineglass bay, after seeing your pictures.

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Barbara February 18, 2015 - 11:11 AM

I would like to visit Freycinet next year withmy husband and five children as you could relax and take in the great views or take part in some family activities and explore the beautiful area.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2015 - 9:17 AM

So very pretty and such a great family holiday place to visit.:)

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Rebecca February 18, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Cradle mountain is where I’d love to take the kids! Especially if it has snow, I’ve heard it’s beautiful!! We’d love to take our car on the ship too 🙂 amazing experience!!

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