The planets aligned and we're lucky that hubby managed to co-ordinate and have these two weeks leave from work too. Working for an airline means that he normally has to work when everyone else wants to travel... ie school holidays
We've made the most of it and are enjoying a lovely little holiday in Tasmania. This beautiful state holds a special place in my heart. It was ten years ago that we got married and came here for our honeymoon and then again five years ago (before school) when the kids were 3 and 4 years old.
We have certainly enjoyed revisiting some of the places we enjoyed on our previous visits, but more importantly, we've visited new places and made some new memories.
We drove down to Melbourne, and crossed the Bass Strait on the new Spirit of Tasmania II. Both of the ships have been refurbished and are looking really lovely and fresh. There is so much to see and do onboard, and I can just imagine how much fun it would be on a day sail during the warmer months.
We came across on a night sale and stayed in a 4 berth cabin. The cabins are compact, but well appointed. My only piece of advice is don't bring more than you need for the night and definitely BYO pillow.
An early morning announcement (5:15am) through the ships speaker system had us all waking up and preparing to depart. We arrived in Devonport just before 6am. We headed down to our car, which was parked in the lower levels of ship and by chance, were the 3rd car off the ship (out of 100's of cars, Utes, caravans, trucks etc) and were on the road at 6am.
A quick coffee/breakfast stop and we were making our way south east towards Launceston, which is the second largest city in Tasmania.
It's a beautiful drive through lush farmland with mountains in the distance. We stopped in a gorgeous village called Deloraine for a leg stretch. We found a park, which entertained the kids, right beside a river. It was like a postcard.
We were there before the village woke up, so left before any of the stores were open.
We continued on our journey and arrived in Launceston by 8:30. I'd booked our accommodation online, and even with an early check-in request, we still had hours before we could settle in.
It's a good thing we slept on the boat, because we had exploring to do... but I won't bore you with all of that today. More about our Launceston adventures, next time.