Not long returned from yet another fabulous trip to Tasmania (my fifth time) and exploring different areas and scenery. Before embarking on our 2 day trip to Bruny Island we o/nighted at Kettering at Talundena Cottage. Lovely setting with a delightful cottage with a very large bathroom. Next day caught the Ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island ($28 per car - this is a return cost ) then drove(about 40 minutes) to the office of Adventure Cruises (Yellow Boat) to check in before cruise and had coffee and muffins. Fabulous cruise with very professional and friendly staff. Besides the fabulous scenery of enormous cliffs, deep blue sea and intriguing caves we saw heaps of seals, in and out of the water as well as many sea birds, and were fortunate to have a very large school of dolphins accompany us for about 15 minutes - riding the boat's wake, swimming under the boat, beside the boat and in front of it. The boat also takes you through a tight opening between a very tall rock column and the cliff - great fun. Thoroughly recommend this.......you can come to Bruny Is and do this and return back to Kettering on one of the afternoon ferries, so no need to o/night on Bruny if you don't wish to.
We chose to stay 2 nights and had good accommodation, but getting the key from the Managing Agent was an "interesting experience" I do not wish to repeat. First night had dinner at the Hot House Cafe - excellent food(Ocean Perch with Prawn Sauce followed by Hummingbird Cake with Caramel Sauce) and a v.friendly host. Next night had dinner at the Alonnah Pub - excellent Seafood Chowder, Lamb Shanks, Thai Curry (my husband was eating too!!) Also drove to Cloudy Bay - isolated, pretty and a great surfboard riding spot. Another good small walk is the Mavista Walk - about 30 min return thru a beautiful fern and tree ferns rainforest. Also another walk well worth it is 60 min return walk to Grass Point - very historic as well. We also climbed the 200 steps at The Neck near the Penguin Rookery(my legs felt it the next day!). Fantastic views and well worth the climb! One day we had home made gourmet pies for Lunch from the Lunawanna Link. If you are staying for a couple of days it is a good idea to take provisions as shops, and choice of items, very limited.
After return Ferry ride back to Kettering we had lunch at Peppermint Bay Restaurant - great views and good food. Then drove along coastline via Gordon, Cygnet - this is very pretty with lovely water views and beautiful countryside. Headed to Franklin, Geeveston and our destination for that night was Dover. Stayed at Driftwood Beach House....very good with beautiful waterviews. We had an outdoor spa which we bravely got into about 9.30pm(after dinner and a few glasses of wine!) and saw an outstanding array of stars! Not much selection to eat at in Dover (Pizza was renovating, Club was not doing dinner and Pub was not recommended!) So we asked a local who suggested the Southport Tavern - this is a 20min drive and it was well worth it - it was like an Oasis in the middle of nowhere and we had excellent food - Bacon and Scallop Skewers, Pumpkin Soup, Snapper in Tempura Batter. Next day drove to Geeveston then on to Tahune Air Walk - it was a fabulous feeling walking amongst the trees so high up. The air walk is about 29km from Geeveston. Then on to Franklin and called into an Antiques Shop - jam packed with lots of antiques.
Continued on to our accommodation at Crabtree River Cottages - fabulous!!!! Stayed in the Emily Cottage - beautifully appointed, classy, cosy and warm.(refer to Accmd Reviews). That night drove back to Franklin and had dinner at Petty Sessions - yet another excellent meal - Liguine with Scallops &Salmon, Duck Confit with Cherry Sauce, and Baileys Brulee. My husband had Abalone Soup and Coq au vin. Next day back to Hobart and on to Richmond to have a look at the lovely shops, before going to airport. Had a wonderful time, but now need to go on a diet!