What should one do if you have a day to travel from Hobart to Freycinet - any good stopovers/diversions?
Just take your time. It takes a few hours if you go straight there but you can take a day.
Just pull off the road occasionally when you see a good view or need a break.
I would say start at Sorell Fruit Farm (fresh fruit that you can go and pick yourself). Richmond is a bit out of the way unless you head through the midlands which is boring in my opinion.
Kates Berry Farm if you want to continue the fruit trend is in Swansea.
Other good food places around Tassie can be found here
http://www.foodtourist.com/ftguide/Content/I2080.htm almost 11 years ago
Well said Nikko. Just take your time and enjoy the views.
It is possible to include both Richmond and the Sorrell fruit farm en route with little diversion. Heading out of Hobart, Richmond will take about 25-30 minutes with no stops. However, this is the Coal Valley wine region and is littered with cellar doors. In Richmond itself, there is a wine centre that many of the smaller vineyards distribute through. Eat here or at Ashmores. There are a few kitch things in Richmond, like the maze and some old antique shops etc, but there is also some great design stores and hidden gems. There is also a historic jail and bridge at Richmond. You will take plenty of photos.
Cross the Richmond Bridge and you are on the C351 road that connects to the Tasman Highway (A30 about 2km north of Sorrell. You will need to drive back into Sorrell and go through Sorrell to turn off to the fruit farm. It is clearly signposted. The beauty of this farm is that you can pick your own berries, cherries, and there are also ice creams, fruit wines etc.
There is not really a hell of a lot between Sorrell and Orford. This will take you about 45 mins to drive. Orford is the start of the east coast and that is where the scenery starts to improve. There are great beaches in that area. About 40 mins north of Orford, just south of Swansea, is Kate’s Berry Farm. So, if you don’t want to take the earlier diversion to the Sorrell farm as mentioned, this is also a good option. However, you cannot pick your own fruit at this farm. The view from the cafe is just superb, overlooking Freycinet.
Swansea is the prettiest town in Australia. So cute. As a matter of fact, many tourists have and moved right it and never gone home. As a result, there are new shops, cafes and restaurants springing up. North of Swansea is another fine wine region. The whites are brilliant. If there is a sign on the road that says scenic lookout, then stop at it! En route to Coles bay is the Freycinet Marine Farm. yum!. almost 11 years ago
Thank you all for your suggestions. I have just come back from the trip to Tasmania and it was fantastic. The weather was generally good. Tasmanian east coast is certainly one of the best places to go. We did stop at Richmond, browsed the historic buildings and shops, also stopped at Orford, Sorrell and Swansea but could not get to fruit picking.
Thanks again and I hope your suggestions will help other Travellr users in future. almost 11 years ago