Via Swansea, Triabunna, and Richmond
Trip Start Jan 31, 2014
24Trip End Feb 27, 2014
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Hobart Airport Tourist Park
The Pyengana milk tasted very good on our rice crispies cereal. When Mike opened the new bottle this morning, a blob of cream plopped out! Haven't seen that for many years. We read the bottle 'Real Milk - like it should taste. 100% Tasmanian. Nothing added and nothing taken out. 100% Natural pasteurised milk. This milk is not homogenised. It is pure and natural, fresh from the lush pastures of Pyengana. The cream is as it naturally comes and you can enjoy it with the milk or you can easily spoon it off the top if you wish. The real taste will still be there.' When we were growing up, this is just what our mother did and put the cream on top of our fruit salad!
At 9.30am, after a long chat to our Sunshine Coast neighbours, we headed out of Bicheno towards Swansea
After we passed the turn off to Freycinet, we were in unexplored territory! This area is the Freycinet coast, whereas yesterday we were on the Freycinet Peninsular. The vineyards around here are called Freycinet Vineyards - we just don't seem to be able to get away from that strange name! We continued to drive through areas with flocks of sheep in open pastureland and in the distance, a grove of olive trees came into view at the foot of the hills on the horizon. Then for the first time, here by the Wye River, we came across Walnut trees growing behind a sign 'Swansea Walnuts'. What a treat as in Perth we can only buy Californian Walnuts. Mike thought we had enough to take home in the plane with our small Huon pine boards and cheese.....but we found room for a few Swansea walnuts too!
We soon arrived in the lovely little town of Swansea located on the water's edge
Having had our fill of blackberries, we were back on the road enjoying the scenery as we crossed the numerous rivers, creeks and rivulets
A short while later, just before the town of Buckland, on the left side of the road, we saw a magnificent historic stone church so we pulled into the driveway
After the small town of Buckland, the road wound up a hill with a sign 'Break-Me-Neck Hill 336 metres' and into the forest, with great views of another forest below us. Once we were back down the hill, we were in the Southern Midlands Agriculture area - Tasmania has many helpful informative signs. When we turned off the road towards Richmond, we were greeted by another sign 'Welcome to Coal River Wine Region'. Besides the vineyards we also drove passed an Ingham Chicken Farm and Farm Campagnia with an olive grove, and before us lay a valley full of vegetable farms and fruit orchards. When we arrived at Richmond we were getting a bit weary so we just stopped briefly at a stone church with a tower and then drove to the famous 1825 Richmond Bridge built by convicts during the early years. The car parking area was full so Margaret got out to take a photo while Mike went up the road to turn the car around
From Richmond the road took us through Sorell and then we were soon driving down the familiar Arthur Highway past the Hobart Airport Runway before turning into the Hobart Airport Tourist Park to book into a cabin again. For the first time we were given a cabin with a small comfy separate lounge with both a sofa and an armchair, two bedrooms, one with a Queen bed and the other with two singles. Another good part about the configuration of this cabin was that the shower/toilet room was next to the bedroom so we didn't have to walk through the kitchen/dining area to get there as at many of the other cabins.
After a cup of tea, we unpacked the car completely for the first time since leaving this park a month before, and then set about re-packing our suitcases ready for the flight home the next day. For dinner we had the crab and salad rolls we had bought at Triabunna at lunch time and then we had a relaxing evening and good nights sleep in our last cabin for this lovely holiday in Tasmania.