You are picked up from your accommodation at 9:00am. Your first experience is a drive through two of Hobart’s southern suburbs, that are located immediately south of the central business district – Sandy Bay and Battery Point.
Sandy Bay is bounded on the east by the Derwent River and has several swimming beaches (with public access) – Nutgrove and Long Beach, being the two main beaches. Australia’s first legal casino was opened in 1973 at the site of the former Wrest Point Riviera Hotel.
Battery Point is one of Tasmania’s older established suburbs, the first home built there was in 1805 and many beautifully restored cottages adorn the streets today. Battery Point was named after the battery of guns which were established on the point in1818 as part of Hobart’s coastal defences (a park stands there today). The guns were only fired for ceremonial events. The main street of Hampden Road is home to some of Hobart’s best restaurants and cafes, art and gift shops.
Your next experience is to Hobart’s unique waterfront ‘wharf’ area. These areas are Victoria Dock (a working fishing harbour) and Constitution Dock (hosting fish punts and even the odd seal sighting)! Take in the picturesque row of three- and four-storey sandstone warehouses along Salamanca Place – a classic example of Australian colonial architecture, dating back to the whaling days of the 1830’s.
After leaving the water front we travel across the Tasman Bridge (which holds its own history of being re-built after its collapse during the early 1970’s), to the eastern shore of Hobart and continue on to experience the rich farming land as we head towards Richmond.
On to the next stop at the oldest bridge in Australia, the Richmond Bridge (Circa – 1823), then on to Richmond Village. This would be known as one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations…steeped in history. Nestled in the heart of the Coal River Valley, Richmond was established as an important military staging post and convict station that linked Hobart with Port Arthur. The elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings (dating back as early as the 1820’s), nowadays, housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums. Enjoy and experience 30 minutes of exploration in the village!
Your next destination is Nocton Vineyard – a dainty little cellar door that has a big view. Their staff take the time to guide you through exquisite wines, with guided tastings. Nothing is off limits and they include both their Estate and Reserve labels.
The next wine tastings to be truly enjoyed are at Frogmore Creek Winery. The highly acclaimed wines are from this local, cool climate of the Coal River Valley, including the Forty Two Degrees South range! Frogmore’s Full Range includes: Cabernet – Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon – Chardonnay – Cuvee – Gewürztraminer – Merlot – Petit Verdot – Pinot Grigio – Pinot Noir – Riesling – Rosé – Sauvignon Blanc – Shiraz and Sparkling.
By now you would be ready to start your oyster experience, this will be with a stop in at Barilla Bay for some mouth-watering oysters! They pride themselves on the quality of their farmed, fresh oysters and hospitality – they cover all your natural oyster needs!
Sit back and relax for your next stop at Tas Live Abalone. Tas Live Abalone is a boutique marketing company operating from a state-of-the-art processing facility, located in Mornington. They primarily export premium wild abalone to international markets around the world. You will be led on a tour of the working factory – they endeavour to allow the tour to be as interactive and free range as possible, covering workplace health and safety standards at all times. At the end of the tour you will be given the opportunity of purchasing a variety of abalone and other seasonal Tasmanian seafood!
After this unique experience you will be dropped back at your accommodation at approximately 4:30/5:00pm.