Today we explored Hobart. Starting with the stunning Salamanca Markets. They seemed to go on forever. They had everything. I’m not going to lie Andrew and I started our Gin tastings a bit earlier than usual (9am).
Then Andrew and I went back to the room to let Millie have a sleep and let us have a bit of relaxing time. I fell asleep for a good hour. Then we took to the streets again for some more exploring.
We had a lobster lunch at the pier then a walk through the park. We met everyone at Lark for a drink and then back to the dock to grab some dinner from the boats along the water. They stuffed up our order but it was still a good night and the food was pretty good.
Heading to bed now for an early night before our big day tomorrow at Port Arthur. It should be amazing.
Today was a quiet day. We checked out of the cabin after breakfast and headed towards Strahan for Lunch with everyone. Stopping at a few small towns along the way and even checking out the Tasmanian Historic Museum in Zeehan. Millie loved the stairs and the trains the most.
We stopped at the local pub in Strahan for lunch with everyone then back in the car for another 2 hours. We popped in to check out the Wall at Derwent Bridge. It was a gallery, created by Greg Duncan, the contained the most amazing wooden carvings I have ever seen. It took both Andrews breath and mine away. I recommend it to anyone who is in the area. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.
Then back in the car and out to Bronte Park for the night. So much driving today. Not looking forward to having to get back in the car tomorrow but will be for half the amount of time, thank goodness.
After having spent the night at Devonport, we got on the road and headed to Cradle Mountain today. Can’t believe tomorrow is the big day. It has come up so quickly.
We stopped in at Tasmazia along the way. This cute little place was off the beaten track a little but was worth it. It consisted of a huge Maze that took you to all these different areas. There was a little village and the worldwide embassies in miniature form. Millie loved them the best. There was more lavender, a spook house, balance maze, cage maze all within the maze. Then at the very center was the teddy bears cottage. Millie had a ball walking around and spotting Paddymelons amongst the bushes.
Then back in the car for the last 30-minute drive to the mountain. Such a beautiful drive up. Before we checked into our Cabin we popped into the Devis @ Cradle to see the Tasmanian Devils. They were amazing to see.
Then we checked in to our cabin. It was beautiful. A 5-minute walk from the lodge itself. Surrounded by the most beautiful greenery I have seen. We even booked in for a little downtime in the spa just Andrew and I. We decided we were going to do a quick walk along the King Billy track to try and find the perfect place to say I do. The further I walked the more the beauty of this place took my breath away.
Andrew and I dropped Millie off with his parents and we headed to the spa. We had champagne and chocolate coated strawberries. We sat in the sauna, then the ice pool then the heated spa that was open to the elements and looked over the river and mountains. I even got a chance to lie on the bed and write my vows for tomorrow.
We met Andrews parents in the lodge for dinner. Then headed back to our cabin for our first night in true luxury. No WIFI. No reception. No TV. I could not be happier to be so isolated from technology for the next few days. It will let Andrew and I spend some quality time together before the big day.
Can not believe that we are getting married tomorrow. Now I have to try and sleep.
Yet another amazing day exploring beautiful Tasmania with our family.
After a quick and easy check out of our hotel, we started our day by exploring the beautiful Cataract Gorge (Andrew, Millie & myself).
Nothing but us, blue skies and new adventures.
The gorge was stunning. We did the short Suspension bridge walk, as Millie insisted on walking most of the way. We saw Pademelons (small wallabies) and peacocks. Millie loved the Pademelons so much. During our walk in the bottom of the gorge, we even found Scottish Thistles. I thought it was a sign. Andrew thought I was nuts. But our hotel in Launceston was DIRECTLY opposite a Bagpipe museum. If these aren’t signs that I am meant to marry my Andrew McIntyre then I don’t know what it. But to be completely honest (and kinda sappy) I’ve known with all my heart & soul that I was meant to marry him.
After the gorge, we headed to a beautiful little Swiss village called Grindelwald (yes, like the villain in Fantastic Beasts). It was stunning (as you can tell for the picture). Here we met up with both Andrew and my parents for a quick morning tea and look at a few of the little shops. Then we headed down the road to pick up some local roadside cherries before we headed out to Sheffield.
We decided (well our GPS decided) that today was the day for back roads. It was amazing to see a different side of this state than just the highways.
We were going to have lunch in Sheffield but no one was hungry so we so we had a look around at some of the shops. One of the antique shops had an old piano out the front that was meant to be played and Millie loved banging on it. She had so much fun. Just like her little one at home but bigger. We also had a look at the glass blowing and a marble maker. It was fascinating to watch.
Once we had done the rounds of Sheffield we got back in the car and headed out to Devon port for the night. We had dinner at a sushi restaurant and then took a little bit of a drive around town then called it for an early night.
Tomorrow we check in to Cradle Mountain Lodge for a few nights of luxury and our wedding. Can not believe how fast it has come up. Will keep you all posted as we draw in yet another day closer.
I thought yesterday day was full on today was so much worse.
Started with a short walk through town to grab a much-needed coffee then back to the car and on the road out to Bridestowe Lavender farms.
The only word I can think of to best describes it. Row upon row upon row of blossoming lavender. The sounds of bees buzzing all around. The rolling mountings. Such beauty can only be experienced. I can’t explain it in words and I don’t feel the pictures do it justice.
We also tried their Lavender ice cream. It tastes like vanilla with subtle Lavender but left a stronger Lavender aftertaste. Was so good.
After an hour or so of walking the fields, we got back in the car and headed out to a few vineyards (Pipers Brook & Jansz) for some wine tasting (we found the wine for our wedding). Pipers Brook had a free campground right next to the vineyard and out the front the had this little area where you could buy a glass or a bottle of wine and go sit and listen to music. They had tables and chairs and beanbags and picnic blankets. It was such a great idea. At Jansz, we sat in the open room with big windows and looked out over a little pond as we tasted our wines. They were both beautiful experiences but both completely different.
Then back in the car and out to Hillwood Berry farms. Millie loved walking through the rows of strawberries seeing how many she could fit in her mouth at one time. We picked our own Strawberries, Blueberries, and raspberries. So Millie will have lots to snack on over the next week.
When we got back to Launceston we had a bit of a relax before we took to the streets again to see the City Park and Gardens and then headed to dinner with Andrew’s parents.
Tomorrow we will be back in the car and out to see so many more new things that I can not wait to share with you all.
We are sitting in the heart of Launceston, the time is 7:51 and the sun is showing no signs of setting. I am so glad the Queensland doesn’t have daylight savings.
Today has just been go since we got out of bed. Ok, I’ll be honest it’s been all go, all week. What can I say I’m a mum of a toddler and had to pack for not only our first family holiday but our wedding. This week has been full of hair, nail, brow appointments. Making sure everything we could possibly need is packed and cleaning the house, so we can then go home to a clean house.
Today it all came together.
I was more nervous about flying with Millie than I was our wedding, but as usual, she was on her best behavior. Full of smiles for anyone who would give her a drop of attention and as always full of kisses for mummy and daddy. She even managed to get in a bit of a nap. I still have to pinch myself when it comes to Millie, how did we end up with such a well-behaved baby?
Once we landed we picked up our car and drop 20minutes down the road to Launceston. Andrew and I were both a little disappointed. We did expect it to be more green. In saying that we didn’t get to see much countryside before we arrived in the city. Once we had checked in we had a very late lunch and then had a bit of a walk around town. But to be honest we were a bit too tired to do any real exploring.
Tomorrow will be completely different. We will be heading out into the country to go and see Bridestow Lavender Farm and Hillwood Berry Farm. We will even be stopping in at Pipers Brook Vineyards, in Tamar Valley, for a sneaky little taste test (remember I have to drive), while we try and find the perfect wine for our wedding.
Time for bed for us now, even though the sun is still up.
We decided last week that we needed some time away before Andrew gets snowed under with University assignments, so we booked a weekend away in Brisbane. Now we don’t live far from Brisbane at all (only 1 hour), but we never really go down and just explore. We got an amazing deal through Hotel.com at the Ivy & Eve Appartments in South Brisbane, right beside South Bank, packed up the car and off we went.
We got there just after lunch, parked the car, and headed to South Bank for some exploration and more importantly some lunch. We went for a walk along the river, met up with a close family friend then headed to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). We sat in the River Room and watched the city go by. Then went for a walk to the Queensland State Library for a quick look.
We checked into the hotel, it was stunning with a city/river view. Had a little bit of downtime, got changed and then headed out to meet some friends and have dinner. We explored the Night Noodle Markets that were open at South Bank then headed to Bourbon Street for dinner with friends. Millie had her first taste of Mac & Cheese, mummy and daddy had a few drinks and then back to the hotel.
We headed home after breakfast the next day, not before checking out the local markets and picking up some things for Millie. It was a great weekend away with the family catching up with friends. We have agreed we need to do it on a more regular basis.
Our next family holiday will be Byron Bay in September when we attend my Brother’s wedding. Can not wait to do the lighthouse walk again, and watch my soon-to-be Sister-in-law walk down the aisle (beach) and join our family.