If there’s one thing I’d recommend more than anything people do when visiting Tasmania, it’s a Pennicott Wilderness Journey. Having previously been on the Bruny Island version of their boat trips, I was excited to see what their Tasman Island edition would be like. Gemma had previously mentioned that she’d never been on one, so I thought what better way to finish off an awesome weekend and celebrate her birthday.
We had to be down at their Hobart waterfront HQ by 7:30am and enjoyed a leisurely stroll down on what was a beautiful Sunday morning. We boarded the bus with a bunch of eager customers and made our way towards Port Arthur and the start of the boat trip at the rather lovely Stewarts Bay Lodge. After a quick shuffling around of people who were going off on various tours, we were making our way down to the water’s edge to board our chariots for the day. The Pennicott vessels are military grade pieces of hardware and feel as such. These things can take an absolute pounding but thankfully it was a calm day and we would be spared any major jolting (although that’s kinda fun so booooooo haha).
What followed over the next few hours was nothing short of truly epic. Humongous sea cliffs (the highest in the Southern hemisphere no less), fascinating wildlife straight out of an Attenborough documentary and fascinating stories both at sea and in the lands looming above.
As if all the above wasn’t epic enough, we still had a bit more sightseeing to do, on land. We visited Port Arthur Lavender farm, which I had visited before on an Instameet you can read about here. The lavender was growing nicely this time around and the cafe has some delicious looking treats. Next, we took a trip to Federation Chocolate where you can watch them make their yummy chocolate completely by hand. We finished the day with a quick stop at Remarkable Cave which was rather inundated with water this time around.
Well there you have it. Four wonderful days exploring some of Tasmania’s best sights. You can read about the previous three days here. I say this almost every blog post but this little island is something else. There’s just so much to see and so much variety in the scenery for such a small place. Add to that, the delectable delights being produced by talented people all over the State and you have a pretty damn good combo.