If you like your scenery stunning, but without the crowds, the northern coast of Tasmania in summer can’t be beaten!
We drove directly north from Launceston airport, enjoying the fresh air after the humidity of Sydney. And of course just had to sample the coffee at one the winery restaurants on the way. Time to start relaxing!
Heading towards Devonport, we called in to Hawley Beach at the top of Port Sorell, and were introduced to the stunning blues that the combination of the white sand and water offer all along the north coast.
A picnic day trip to Boat Harbour required supplies, so it was down to the Sunday food market at Ulverstone wharf to pick up some unusual cheeses, fig and apricot bread, salads and other nibblies – all of it local produce and absolutely delicious.
I can recommend the Tasmanian Buffalo available there, which we had on the bar-b-que that evening.
If you take the seaside roads as much as possible on the drive west from Ulverstone you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views, as well as calling in to quaint towns such as Penguin.
Doing this will start to prepare you for the unforgettable beauty of Boat Harbour.
Notice the crowds? And no, those dark patches are not dangerous sea creatures – just a few rocks. Anyway, there’s no need to worry, the lifesavers are on the job.
There’s a headland walk at the northern end of the beach. The oxide on the rocks adds a great splash of additional colour.
Just a little way back from Boat Harbour, towards Wynyard, is Table Cape with a view that invoked images in my mind of the French and Italian Riviera’s (hence the blog title!).
Wynyard’s buildings give the town great character, but we decided to stay with the water theme and end the day with a cup of tea (and Ulverstone market cake!) next to the Inglis River at the Wynyard Wharf.
On this trip we stayed west of the Tamar River, but without doubt can recommend George Town and Low Head on the eastern side (see Tassie’s North and East Pt 1 – George Town).
This post is the first in a series of four about our trip to Tasmania in February, 2014. In the next post we head south across the “roof of Tasmania” to spend time on Bruny Island and in the Huon Valley.
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