We’re moving along quite nicely with these Tasmania Snapshots posts and next up is Freycinet National Park, Cole’s Bay, and a quick stop in Swansea on the way to Hobart. If you need to catch up, click the links to read about everything I did in Launceston and the Bay of Fires. Also, a selection of photos from these posts can be purchased as prints on my Society6!
Waking up with the sun, I started my day early at 8 a.m. knowing that I had a long day ahead of me. Blue Edge Bakery was right around the corner from where I spent the night, so that was my first stop of the day. It’s a family owned business that is quite popular with the locals and it’s easy to see why. The interior has a clean and modern look but still manages to make you feel like you’re at home. I kept it simple and ordered an egg and bacon roll and that did the job, but there are a ton of other sweet and savory options for you to choose from.
After that little morning snack, I headed further down the coast off to Friendly Beaches. There was a bit of time spent going down dirt roads until I finally make it to an entrance of the beach. Once I parked and got out of the car, I had my first encounter with a baby kangaroo, it was so cute but I could tell it was looking at me like what the f are you? I didn’t want to get too close but still managed to get a quick pic.
Once again, I had the whole beach to myself and it was great start to the morning. The water was crystal clear and there were a ton of dark gray rocks scattered along the shore creating a really nice contrast. I wish I would have been able to take a little dip in the water but the waves had no mercy and the water definitely would have been way too cold.
My next destination was Freycinet National Park which is a popular park to visit in Tasmania. I didn’t really know what to expect when it came to the structure of all the national parks but for this one, I was able to freely drive to all the spots and explore on my own. I’d recommend going to the visitors center first to get a map with all the different hikes you can take.
Depending on how much time you’ve got there’s a few different walks to choose from. I started off with Sleepy Bay which required a short 10-15 minute hike through the forest. The end destination looked like something out of a storybook that I ended up spending a good 30 minutes there. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but once again I had this whole experience to myself. The rocks were boasting a vibrant orange color and the water was so clear you could see all the rocks under the water. It was so calming to be in that space and it would be a dream to be able to access it anytime I wanted to just get away.
Moving along with my day, I went to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse and was greeted by another kangaroo as I began my walk. There was a family feeding this kangaroo and they asked me if I wanted to feed it too. There were these branches that it seemed to like so I held onto it as the little guy nibbled away.
The walk to the lighthouse was so breathtaking, the ocean looked so vast from that height and all the mountains in the backdrop made it look like a painting. I couldn’t imagine growing up with views like that right outside your backyard. Although the walk was short, I had to stop so frequently just to take in the views because each spot offered a different perspective.
Honeymoon Bay was the next spot that I checked out and by this point it was so cold outside so I bundled up and made my way to the bay. The weather must have deterred everyone away because there wasn’t a single person in sight for a majority of the time that I was there. I spent my time enjoying the views of the water from the rocks and making my way around the bay to see what it looks like from all viewpoints.
The last stop before making the drive to Hobart for the night was Cole’s Bay. There was quite a few boats on the water and the mountains in the distance actually looked fake. I swear I have to live somewhere with mountains when I’m older because it really adds so much to the mood. The road leading up to the dock had such a nice atmosphere with all the local stores and rental properties. Before heading out, I went into the convenience store and got a drink and some snacks for the 3 hour drive to Hobart.
By the time I left it was around 3 p.m. so the sun started to go down halfway through my journey. The only town that I stopped in was Swansea and it’s another cute little coastal town. It had the community vibe with a general store and a bunch of local businesses. The sunset painted the most gorgeous golden color on the buildings that really added something special to the photos.
The other place I stopped at while in Swansea was Kate’s Berry Farm. During the harvesting season you can pick your own berries but all year round there’s a cafe and shop where you can enjoy all the goodies. Unfortunately since the sun was setting, I ended up just taking home a jar of strawberry jam but hopefully next time I’ll be able to try something from their cafe.
A few hours were spent enjoying the sunset and driving on the windy ass road that is the Tasman Highway but I eventually made it to Hobart. Although my Airbnb was on the other side of the bridge, I made my way into the heart of the city just to get a peek. Since Dark Mofo was going on, the center was lit up with a bunch of people enjoying their Friday night. As much as I wanted to get out and join the fun, parking looked like a mess and I was pretty tired from the day so I checked into my Airbnb and called it a night.
I’m the kind of person that goes for aesthetic when booking an Airbnb but I ended up getting this one last minute so there weren’t many accommodation options left. Overall it did the job of giving me a place to rest my head for the night.
If you’ve been keeping up with my Tasmania Snapshots posts, which part of Tasmania is your favorite so far? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!