I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website skedaddlecarhire.com.au to make more moolah for my trips.
Published February 3rd 2015
Having a busy work life and a love to travel doesn't go hand in hand. Especially when you are like me and don't always have your weekends off. However, when you do, as I did, there is nothing better than planning a quick weekend getaway to a place you've never been to before. The moment I found out that I wasn't working on the weekend, I planned a weekend getaway to Tasmania and booked my seat on the Spirit of Tasmania.
Starting from Melbourne, the water just made everything exciting and lively as I landed in Devonport. At the ferry terminal, car rental facilities were aplenty, though I chose the most affordable option beforehand by looking at researching all of the car rental agencies here. Finally, I decided to leave my stuff at the hotel so that I could explore the place to my heart's content.
These are the amazing places I saw around Devonport and in Tassie.
Tasmanian Arboretum – I wanted to start off with some peace and quiet, and there was no better place than this one. The botanic park is sprawled across 66 acres and has a variety of beautiful trees. I took to one of the nature trails and filled up my camera with amazing pictures of Tasmania's beauty. I wanted to enjoy the platypus and waterbirds till sunset but time was ticking so I moved on to my next destination.
Antique Emporium – When I was looking up on 'things to do in Devonport Tasmania', I came across this place and knew this was one shop I wanted to visit. The souvenirs I got from this place were affordable but unique. The staff was pretty nice and courteous too. Honestly, I wanted to spend all my money here but had to control myself.
Simon Martin Leathercraft – This is actually a store but a friend recommended I visit this place which is why I did. The collection of Australian leathercraft was amazing. I actually saw a live demonstration of how forty eight leather strands were painted at a single time by the workers. They also gave me a whipcracking demo and I have it on video.
Don River Railway – This is the railway museum of Tasmania and brought out the child in me as I looked at the passenger carriages and steam locomotives. The vintage trains were exquisite, to say the least. It was quite late for me and I went back to my hotel, tired but pretty satisfied.
The Tamar Valley – This valley is located in Launceston which is near Devonport. It was beautiful to drive around the place in my rental car. I came across a few waterfalls and decided to have a quick bite to eat at the Swiss village nearby.
Auldkirk - Tamar Valley
Queen Victoria Museum – I am a big art fanatic and couldn't face myself if I came to Tasmania and omitted to visit this glorious art gallery. The building is so ancient and full of character that I had to take a few pictures before I went in. Around the time when I was in the gallery, they had a WW1 exhibition which was amazing in its richness and detail.
Finally, I traveled back to the ferry terminal in my car rental and caught the boat back home to Melbourne. I had dinner on the Spirit of Tasmania's, where they had a lot of different dining options for such a small trip.