Friday, July 26

The Final State

We're off to Tasmania for Christmas.  This will be the first visit to Australia's island state for both Garry and I.  In fact, it's the last of the nation's states and territories we've yet to visit.  We've booked a two-week driving tour that will see us leisurely circumnavigate the entire island.

We'll be taking our beloved Saab with us to Melbourne, then crossing Bass Strait by ferry on December 22.  We'll take two days to reach Melbourne and another two while returning return home.  The drive south will include an overnight stop in the Snowy Mountains, while the return stopover has been booked in Eden on the New South Wales South Coast.  I've never driven the entire South Coast so I'm looking forward to the experience.

As a special tenth anniversary gift, I've booked us into the stunning Saffire Freycinet located int Coles Bay.  We arrive on Christmas Eve for two days of unadulerated luxury (that's it in the glorious photo above).  After a challening year of highs and lows we decided it was time to kick back and celebrate.  Even more so as our respective career transitions slowly settle into a more promising direction.  Garry's business has started to grow again and I'm about to start another full-time role after a year of freelance and interim consulting gigs.

We'll then head south to Hobart arriving in time to see the first boats complete the classic Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race.  Other highlights include two nights at Cradle Mountain, a night at Port Arthur and two days relaxing in the picturesque north coast village of Stanley.


rhonda said...

You've chosen all the good places to stay. We loved Stanley, Port Arthur and Cradle Mountain (even though we had to sleep in a "cupboard" there, as even though we'd booked 6 months previously, they didn't have a room for us). Have yet to visit the Freycinet Peninsular but we'll get there one day.

Swatch said...

We must pick your brains for the best things to do and see while in Tasmania before we go. I'm looking forward it. It's also great to see Garry so positive about the idea of decent break. He's been working VERY hard for the last year.