Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Heaven on Earth! (Part One)

Steven and I have arrived back from our postponed 25th anniversary holiday to Tasmania
….. the most beautiful place in the world, we think!

We were blessed with perfect weather, magnificent accommodation and sumptuous food
– it’s hard to know what to leave out, so get a drink, relax and enjoy!

The photo above shows part of the track to Liffey Falls, a beautiful waterfall which is well worth visiting if you are in the area. We spent quite a while relaxing here, just soaking up the atmosphere.

The first night, we stayed at Lemonthyme Lodge, near Cradle Mountain. It is tucked away on a gravel road in western Tasmania. The lodge is surrounded by forest and has several walks you can undertake. The evening meal was inspirational….

Much to Lana’s disgust, I selected …
“Tender and succulent char-grilled wallaby rump dusted in Moroccan seasoning
and placed on a vegetable frittata, topped with Chef’s tomato relish
and seasoned with red wine vinegar and sumac dressed salad”
The photo doesn’t do the meal justice – it was mood lighting in the restaurant! Steven had Crispy skinned grilled Chicken Breast which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Dessert? We shared a cheese platter and a platter of mini sized desserts that were heavenly!

The next morning, after a relaxing walk to the fern glade on Lemonthyme, we headed for Cradle Mountain. We had managed a flying visit on our postponed honeymoon nearly 26 years ago, but had more time on this trip. Neither of us were sure how Steven would cope, but we chose the Dove Lake circuit, which was not in existence on our first trip. We walked about 8.5 km that day, but enjoyed every moment – this area is SOOO stunning, in so many ways!

We fell in love with this tree… it contained several beautiful burls, which Steven loves to work with…

After such strenuous activity, we desperately needed a rest…
this is what awaited us at Wheelhouse Apartments in Strahan..

This was one of the most stunning places you could ever hope to spend a few days.
After a luxurious spa bath, we settled in to watch the sunset with
fresh fish and chips and a bottle of Tassie bubbly… what more could you want?


Esther said...

Love your beautiful photos, lots of inspirations.

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Fran C said...

It must have been windy the day you went to Dove Lake that's the first time I've seen white caps on it. As Tasmania is my home state I am biased as to it being the best state and I have been to all of them.

Kate said...

Lovely photos

Jenny said...

Hi from New Zealand. We visited Tasmania some years ago and really loved it. It is very similar to the sort of countryside we have here in NZ. Your photos are beautiful.

Julie said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time. The photographs are magnificent, I am truly envious!

Paula... said...

Having traveled almost all of Australia - I can honestly say that Tassie is a top favourite. It's like a step back in time once you get off the main roads and the atmosphere is so relaxed and easy going.

Love your rainforest photos - just stunning :)

Harmony Hopes Studio said...

I have always wanted to go to Tasmania. You just proved how much. The pictures are wonderful.