During the school gal pals’ Tasmanian holiday, we left Hobes for a couple of days. Here is the next series of tips, #11-15 when we went north then east.
1. A Tassie Festival
We’re never short of a festival in Tasmania and the second Fresh Hop Beer Festival coincided with the school gal pals’ visit. The festival was hosted by Launceston venue, Saint John Craft Beer, an alterno space, craft beer on tap and divided by precincts to suit your mood and group size. Note the Westminster lounge is a feature.
There were plenty of stalls serving tasters to help you decide what you liked and food to soak it up, at the sold out event. A quaint addition was the event catalogue with space for tasting notes for the ignorant and an essential resource for the aficionados.
Tip: hops are a flowering plant used to flavour and stabilise beer. It’s been considered the fourth ingredient of beer after malted barley, yeast and water, but in the increasingly popular world of craft beer, it’s become a focus for the beer palate.
Saint John is a very noice place to visit anytime for a bevvy from the tap, the bottle or choose something from the fridge for drinking in or taking home. They also can what’s on tap for takeaway if you fancy.
Keep updated on the Fresh Hops Festival.
Find Saint Johns at 133 St John Street, Launceston and on Facebook – @saintjohnbeer
2. Cataract Gorge
Launceston enjoys a tremendous outdoor space just minutes from the CBD. It comes with walking trails, a swimming pool, restaurant and café, suspension bridge, wildlife, and apparently, the world’s longest single span chairlift.
We took the scary chair lift across the gorge for a coffee and then walked the circuit over the scary suspension bridge and via the Cataract walk which meanders underneath the chair lift. It is an extremely popular location with locals and visitors and there’s plenty of space to throw down a blanket and enjoy a picnic, or do a longer walk if you want more exercise.
The Gorge is located at 74-90 Basin Rd, West Launceston. Check their webpage for opening hours – Cataract Gorge.
3. Explore the Suburbs
Launceston has some gorgeous circa-Federation homes and locals have spent a great deal of time ensuring they are preserved in all their glory. It is worth a short walk around the greater CBD area to admire the residences. We stayed in East Launceston which has many, many fine examples of refurbished old homes. Ms Go-Getter and I took to the streets, walking and running, exploring the area and getting some exercise.
4. Freycinet National Park
The iconic Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast is not to be missed if you’re in good health and fitness. It’s a steep walk up to the lookout, a return trip of around an hour. If your mobility is inhibited there are plenty of less arduous options. We visited Cape Tourville lookout which includes a largely level and boardwalk track around the cliff-face to the lighthouse. We picnicked at the beautiful Honeymoon Bay and Ms Go-with-the-Flow and I took to the April-waters. Brrr.
Tip: Don’t be a goose like me and miss the 60 signs saying bring your rego number in for your Park’s pass.
For more information on park activities – Freycinet National Park
5. Being part of the Sharing Economy
We chose accommodation from both Air BnB and Stayz. It’s relaxing staying in a home setting and both homes we had booked were well located. The house at Coles Bay looked directly across to the Hazards and Freycinet National Park was just a few minutes away. The house in Launceston was replete with fresh sourdough, Tasmanian butter and milk, fresh eggs and the most comfortable beds in the world. Each property was completely different and comfortable places we really enjoyed.
Tassie has so much to offer. These tips were taken from an itinerary that tried to include some icons and some new adventures for the Tassie newbie and a repeat offender. For more ideas check out Discover Tasmania.