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Weekend Getaway in Tassie

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website 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.

Spirit of Tasmania
Cruisey Ride over the Bass Strait

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.

Tasmanian Arboretum
Weir in Tasmanian Arboretum

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.

Don River Railway
The Railway Itself...

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.

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