After an afternoon spent wandering the quaint old village of Richmond with its convict past and now home to delightful shops, and fortified with a delicious hot chocolate, we arrived at the resort for a three-night stay. Our plan was to explore some of the sights of southern Tasmania. We received a warm welcome and settled in to our comfortable, cosy room. The setting amid the native bushland is lovely and we saw birds and wallabies around. Congratulations to the company for preserving this precious area.
Next morning we headed off through Hobart towards the picturesque Huon Valley. The sailing boats were perfectly reflected in the river and a farm shop sold us the biggest nectarines, peaches and apples we’d ever seen. They were delicious too. Our next destination was Geeveston, a town on the cusp of the South West National Park. The town is driven by the timber industry and the Forest and Heritage Centre is well worth a visit. The old wood-working tools were a magnet for my husband whose hobby is wood-turning.
We’d been told we had to taste a scallop pie somewhere on our travels and we enjoyed a truly luscious one in an old-fashioned roadhouse in the town.
Next we headed through a pretty forest drive to the Tahune Air Walk. This structure is 597 metres long and 48 metres at its highest point, through and above the forest, and the walk is a great experience. The views were amazing, especially of the tannin-stained Huon River. This is one of the areas where Huon Pine logs are collected. The fine-grained, honey-coloured timber is prized by boat builders and woodworkers alike.
We arrived back at the resort for Owners’ drinks, which was a happy, friendly affair with a quiz to liven up proceedings.
The following day we headed down to the Tasman Peninsula to visit the former penal colony of Port Arthur. The tour was excellent and we learned so much about this disturbing place. It included a visit to the adjacent Puer Island, the detention centre for boys as young as nine, and the first such place in the world. The boys built the stone church at the main settlement. Many convicts learned trades which helped them after they were released but the punishments were brutal.
On our way home we stopped off to walk over the unusual rock forming the tessellated pavement. It looks like tiling and sea creatures live in the cracks. We also paid a visit the Devil’s Kitchen, a rock bridge that creates a swirling cauldron of water when the ocean is rough.
That evening we were spoilt with a beautiful dinner at the resort’s Beaches Restaurant, accompanied by Tasmanian wines. What did we eat? Scallops, of course!
We spent several more days touring the Apple Isle, enjoying all it has to offer.
Desleigh & John Byrne
Wyndham Timeshare Owners since 2001
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