I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published February 20th 2018
The G8 group of friends were at it again visiting Tasmania to see what else we could see and do while down there for a few days. Previously we had stayed at the Lenna of Hobart and used this as our base to discover what Hobart and its surrounds had on offer.
Our accommodation at the Oyster Cove Chalet for 3 nights. Image by Gary Brown
This time we decided to stay three nights at the Oyster Cove Chalet, with our final night back at the Lenna of Hobart. This would give us around a four-minute drive from Oyster Bay to Kettering, the jumping off point to Bruny Island, where we would spend a day exploring as much as we could. Finally, we could spend a night, plus a day and a half back in Hobart before we flew back to Sydney.
Our transport for the few days in Tassie. Image by Gary Brown
To help us get around we hired a Kia Carnival from Thrifty Hire at the airport. The car had plenty of room for the seven of us plus our luggage and it was quite easy to drive once you got used to the couple of blind spots.
One word of advice is that if you are an NRMA member make sure that you mention you can get 15% of the car hire, plus the cost for the additional driver is free.
Our first port of call was our accommodation at the Oyster Cove Chalet where we were greeted by our hosts Guy and Anna. Set on seven acres and just 4 minutes from Kettering Ferry Terminal, the 4 self-contained rooms are nestled among the natural garden of gum trees, wattle trees, eucalyptus, banksia and much more.
The verandah at the Oyster Cove Chalet was a quite place to chill out and look for the wildlife. Image by Gary Brown
Our time here was spent walking various trails on the property, sitting on the deck spotting the wild life, having a drink and nibbles before going out, and just generally chilling out. Whether you are a couple or a group of friends I would recommend that you check out their website as they spoilt us rotten with local tasting plates and freshly homemade bread.
The main reason we went back to Tasmania was to visit the Fat Pig Farm for the Friday Feast. The farm is about an hour south of Hobart in the Huon Valley, not far from Cygnet and Huonville. The Fat Pig Farm is a working family farm, which is only open on most weeks for Friday Feasts and cooking workshops run by Matthew Evans and Sadie Chrestman.
Matthew getting ready for our long lunch at the Fat Pig Farm. Image by Gary Brown
You can't just rock up to The Fat Pig. You need to check out their website to see when their next lunch will be running: we had to book two months ahead. 85% of the food is produced on the farm and the lunch we had was great. You also get a tour of the farm to see how it operates.
It doesn't take long to get over and back to Bruny Island on the ferry. Image by Gary Brown
While down that way we took the ferry over toBruny Island and went on a 3-hour cruise on the Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise along the spectacular coastline of the South Bruny National Park. This was simply amazing and the weather and sea conditions were perfect. If you are ever in Tassie it would be one that you would put on your bucket list of things to do.
The Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise is a must. Image by Gary Brown
If you are after a very good country meal with a great view I would suggest that you check out theOyster Cove Inn and the café at the Bruny Island Ferry. The food was brilliant and the service was excellent.
Check out the view from the Oyster Cove Inn at Kettering.Image by Gary Brown
Having a bit of time up our hand before we had to fly back to Sydney we took a drive out to the historic township of Richmond to check out the many shops, cafes, pubs and the bridge. There was so much to see and do here we needed more than a few hours to see everything.
Take a horse and cart ride around Richmond. Image by Gary Brown.