Good morning everyone! So today marks the very last day of our little Tasmanian holiday guide. I hope you've enjoyed reading so far. I know the posts have been ultra-lengthy. But there was just so much to share! Too tough to squeeze into a short paragraph. Anyway here goes, our very last day in Terrific Tasmania! No surprises, we started off a little sad (SO not ready to leave!) and cheered ourselves up with yet another delicious breakfast at Jackman & Mcross. Haha. Told ya we loved that bakery! Needless to say, food was excellent once again. I'm starting to wonder if they even have mediocre stuff there. Before we left, we bought extra tarts and cookies for our long drive home. Our plan for the day was to spend our morning in Hobart, have an early lunch and slowly begin our drive up to Devonport where we would board the 7.30pm ferry and head home to Melbourne.
After breakfast, we decided to walk around Hobart city one very last time. We popped by The CWA Gift Shop and bought a carrot cake, along with a cute crochet hot water bottle pouch. The old ladies running the shop were so cute and wrap everything up super nicely. I asked if I could take some photos and one couldn't hear me. I had to repeat several times and when she finally heard me, we both had a little laugh. Cute old lady!
While in the area, we found an amazing Map shop. Darren and I, we've always wanted a giant map. So walking into the shop was pretty much an experience for us. Maps everywhere! Large maps, small maps,old school, new, laminated, framed, everything! If you're after a giant map, you now know where to find one. We spoke to the shop lady before we left and I vaguely remember her mentioning that they can ship interstate. Apart from cute CWA ladies and the amazing Map shop, we also found ourselves in a knife shop (how interesting!) and a funky gift shop where everything in there kind of cracked me up. Darren bought himself a 'Where's Wally' cup. Funny enough, he was totally decked out in his 'Where's Wally outfit' that day. It was totally coincidental. And yup, Darren loves Wheres Wally. I think he looks a little bit like Wally himself! Especially when he's wearing his glasses. Tall, skinny stripy!
For lunch, we drove back to the wharf for ...Fish and Chips! Yup! Our 6th or was it our 7th one throughout our trip. You see, by that time, we were pretty fished out from fish and chips. But then we told ourselves, it was a case of 'Now or never!', at least not until we returned to Hobart again. Hobart's seafood was tooo good, we just had to have it one last time. We bought ourselves a pack filled with scallops and prawns. Darren bought fresh oysters (he loves his oysters) and we pigged out in the car. Because we were so sick of battered seafood, we ended up stripping away all the batter, throwing out fries and just ate all the seafood. We wished they would sell grilled ones instead of heavily battered fish!
After our seafood binge, let me just say, I've truly well hit my quota for fish and chips and oysters for at least a year I think. We've been back in Melbourne about 4 weeks since, and I'v yet to touch Fish and Chips or oysters. Not for me, not now at least. Give me another month or so. Heh!
Driving off Hobart, we said our sad goodbyes to the cute little town. Fun times, fun memories. We promised to be back! We headed towards Richmond, which wasn't too far away so we arrived shortly after. There were some bits and pieces interesting about Richmond. We chose to visit the Old Hobart Town Model Village Museum. It was pretty small, and I wished it was ten times bigger. But I must say, it must be quite an amount of work that went into building those tiny little figurines. Lots of dedication and patience involved!
While we were at Richmond, we came across lots of other interesting gift shops filled full with bowls and boxes made from Tasmania's famous Huon Pine. There was also the lollie shop where we bought and shared an ice cream. Oh and I also discovered an Old time portrait shop, of which Darren had to drag me away from. It was a shop where you could put on vintage costumes and have your photo taken, vintage style! I know, it sounds so cheesy but I can't help it! Love these sort of wacky stuff. Haha. I almost talked Darren into taking a portrait but due to time constraints, we had to rush off, and head towards Devonport. Sigh! No funny portraits of us then. Maybe next time!
Back on the highway, we munched on our treats from Jackman and Mcross. It was a bad idea as it made us miss the bakery immediately! But well, we distracted ourselves by spotting Silhouette sculptures, interesting topiaries and several op shops. I really wanted us to stop over for photos but we just didn't have time. The sun was setting pretty quickly and we were just too worried we couldn't reach Devonport in time! On hindsight, we should have left Hobart in the morning just so we would have more time to explore Richmond and surrounds.
Anyway, one very last stop before we were back on the ferry in Devonport. We made it a point to drop by Callington Mill, which was featured on Masterchef weeks ago. It was just about to close for the day so we quickly bought some flour and off we went. I can't remember which flour we bought now. We got two different varieties. But man, they were so good and so fine. I've been baking breads with them and the breads just come out so nicely, unlike the ones where I've used just regular supermarket flour. If you live in Tassie and have access to their flours, please do try some! Sadly, I don't think Callington Mill Flours are stocked anywhere else outside of Tassie. So too bad for those of us, outside of Tassie.
So yup, nothing much really happened on the last Day. Unlike our previous days at Cradle Mountain and MONA. It was mostly driving on the road, rushing up to Devonport.
Before I end my final Terrific Tassie post, here's a few pictures onboard The Spirit Of Tasmania. Could not, not post these! The ferry trip was after all part of our adventure. Even though I got quite seasick!
Once again, thank you so super much for reading, emailing me and leaving useful comments and tips. Indeed, Tasmania has so much to offer and I loved every bit of it! Our 6 days were all jam-packed and filled to the brim with activities. There were lots of fun and laughter involved, a perfect getaway right smack in the middle of busy-ness. Darren and I are already looking forward to returning some day soon. We'd love to head to the West side this time round! We've never been there before but we're pretty sure it'll be as beautiful as what we've come across thus far. Thanks for reading once again and I hope you've enjoyed every single Tassie post! See you back here soon with all my art-making adventures.
THANK YOU TASMANIA FOR BEING SO AWESOME! XO!