Mick let me know of any highlights I shouldn’t miss. I’m looking forward to Tassie. BTW I have secured another major client since we spoke so another door opens etc etc …another year of craziness…or lets hope several years. Have a safe journey…
Bit hard to recommend what to see as this time around I’m mainly spending time with my daughter and going on moto rides when she is at work. A few ones to think about:
http://thewalltasmania.com.au/ See what happens when obsession and talent coincide. A bloke with a talent for timber carving/bas relief sculpture and an obsessive personality has built a huge timber barn to house his work in progress, a timber relief carving illustrating some of Tassie’s history.
http://www.pagancider.com.au/ These blokes make small batches of interesting ciders, worth trip down to their cellar door. I especially like their cherry cider which sounds like it would be a terribly sweet alcopop but is a dry and complex drink, a bit like quaffing a good red.
Heading back towards Hobart from there you pass by the apple museum which is basically an old barn full of interesting stuff with a funky cafe/restaurant/bar with live music.
It’s worth driving up Mt Wellington to admire the views over Hobart.
We also went out to Bruny Island a couple of years back (drive plus car ferry), lots of great scenery and interesting foodie places plus we took a boat tour down to the southern tip of the island.
New Norfolk is interesting if you want some moody photographic opportunities. Has abandoned mental institutions scattered throughout.
Richmond is like stepping back into the Georgian era although I don’t think baristas played a big role back then.
Taraleah is an old Hydro construction town from the 40’s? which someone bought and restored and which is now used for weddings and other functions. We drove in in the middle of winter and it was like driving into an abandoned '50s US Sci-Fi movie set .
There’s places on the coast to watch penguins (including Bruny). You’ll need a torch with a red filter.
The place is chock full of interesting old places and stunning scenery. You need to be aware of the road conditions. Coming from Qld they are several steps below what I would normally encounter for secondary roads. The advisory speed postings for the twisty bits are not as comprehensive as you might be used to, ie not every tight corner is posted, sometimes just the first one in a series and often when the limit jumps back up to 100 it will advise “changing road conditions” meaning that while the limit is 100 there will be places you’ll need to drive considerably less but there may or may not be advisory signs in place. I’m not sure about statistics for motor cars, but Tassie is over represented in serous injuries and deaths for motorcycle accidents with interstate and overseas riders being over represented. I would assume that it would be much the same for drivers of cars.
Finally, they have “A”, “B” and “C” roads here. After extensive driving and riding I have concluded that “A” = “Alright”, “B” = “Bad” and “C” = “Crap”.
PS you probably should check out MONA as well, but I still haven’t made it there, next time.