Weekend Getaway – Tasmania with Aden

Another week, another weekend getaway :) This weekend I jetted off to Tasmania to spend the weekend with Win Win and her in laws. That’s 8 adults and 2 kiddies hahaha I haven’t travelled in such a large group for a long time ~ it’s so hard to organise accommodation, transportation and most importantly meals!

Wrest Point Hotel

Wrest Point Hotel

They started their Aussie tour in Sydney and then came to Melbourne and now off to Tasmania. I wasn’t going to join but I couldn’t exactly turn down an all expense paid for holiday :) They arrived early Friday while I arrived after work ~ I’ve visited Hobart a few times so am quite familiar with it. We checked into the Wrest Point casino hotel in Sandy Bay.
Mewah Chinese Restaurant

Mewah Chinese Restaurant

Just like our parents, Win Win’s in laws only like Chinese food especially at night they need to eat rice 😂 so for our first meal we ended up at Me Wah one of the famous chinese restaurants.
I didn’t bring my camera but my Brother in Law who’s a much better photographer has done the honour of taking the photos for me. So once I get the photos I ll be able to blog about it in full. But to summarize, we quite liked the dishes especially the roast duck but found it to be rather overpriced.
Hotcakes - PB crumble, banana and chocolate with salted caramel and double cream $15.5AUD

Hotcakes – PB crumble, banana and chocolate with salted caramel and double cream $15.5AUD

Next morning we headed over to Salamanca Place. I have been told by many including BBFF (Shellie) and Colleague (Barry), that I have to go to Machine Laundry Cafe for brunch and have been warned about their long queues. Having 10 adults and 2 kids… I was not hopeful that we’ll get a table, but luck was on my side and after a short 10 minute waiting we scored the one and only large communal table.
The highlight for me was definitely this Banana and chocolate hotcake, with peanut butter crumble and salted caramel sauced finished off with double cream! Blog post to come :D
Salamanca market

Salamanca market

We then strolled around the Salamanca Markets, which only opens on Saturdays and is actually Australia’s largest outdoor markets. There was a variety of stalls there, ranging from art/craft, clothing, vegetables and fruit to honey and vintage antiques. I did end up getting a few props for the blog and something for Mr Bao as he didn’t come hehe
Smith's Specialty Pies

Smith’s Specialty Pies

I couldn’t leave without getting one of Smiths scallops pies! If you haven’t had scallop pie before and you like scallops I seriously urge to find one or make one yourself. The flavour and sweetness from the scallops it’s really something special!
Scallop Pie $6.5AUD

Scallop Pie $6.5AUD

It was then followed by a revisit to Doctor Coffee, one of the first places I actually blogged about ~ I really like their mocha, it’s more like a hot chocolate with cinnamon, so best way to describe it would be a hot chocolate chai! Whatever they want to call it, it’s delicious and am looking back to go back just to drink this and their other coffees!
Doctor Coffee Mocha $4AUD

Doctor Coffee Mocha $4AUD

It was now time to leave Hobart and start making our way to Launceston, but on the way there, we did stop by Richmond Bridge, that was built in 1843AD! Even though I’ve already visited a few times, I still think it’s gorgeous and feels like I’m in Europe and not Australia.

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge

Half-way to Launceston, we also stopped by a small town called Ross, not sure if you have heard of the Japanese Anime movie ‘Kiki’s Special Delivery’ by famous animator Hayao Miyazak, he actually visited Ross a few years ago and found inspiration for the movie at the local Ross Village Bakery!

Ross Village Bakery

Ross Village Bakery

They’re not only famous of the Anime, they also have what is described as the ‘best’ Vanilla slice ~ my brother-in-law who claims he doesn’t like sweets, was excited about trying. It’s the first time he’s tried one, and he really liked it! In fact he liked it so much, I didn’t even get the chance to have a bite and the whole slice disappeared :P So of course we had to order another one! It was a really nice slice, with an extra creamy not too sweet custard filling.

Vanilla slice $3.5AUD

Vanilla slice $3.5AUD

Finally we made it to Launceston in the evening, and immediately checked into our hotel, the Peppers Seaport Hotels. I was totally taken by surprise because I expected a tiny hotel room, but instead we got a huge self-contained apartment! And I got a whole Queen size bed to myself :D Thanks Win Win!

Pepper

Peppers Seaport Hotel

Dinner time…yup another Chinese Restaurant hahaha I don’t think I’ve had so much Chinese food since my parents left :P This time it was at the local Dynasty restaurant, when we drove past, we thought it was going to be a reasonably-priced, but nope, they were actually quite pricey at least $30 for a dish! They tasted alright, but we didn’t think it was very authentic so if you want Chinese food in Launceston, we suggest that you try somewhere else. Maybe Mewah as they have another branch there ~

Sheffield Mural Fest

Sheffield Mural Fest

Sunday morning we left bright and early at 8am to head up to Cradle Mountain, on the way there, we stopped at Sheffield a small town with a population of only 1000 people. But they’re quite famous of their mural wall paintings all around the town. The kiddies really liked the colour paintings and we were also blessed with blue skies!

Favourite mural

Favourite mural

This is my favourite mural ~ It’s so colourful and just looking at it makes me so happy!

Cradle Moutain

Cradle Moutain

That’s Cradle Mountain! It’s got lots of lakes and nice walks but unfortunately, the good weather gods decided it was time to rain…and began pouring as we got up to Cradle Mountain. So we couldn’t really see anything, which is a real shame! But hey people say ‘more reason to go back!’

Love him heaps!

Love him heaps!

I then had to rush from Cradle Mountain back to Launceston and to the airport to catch the 6:10pm flight back home. Turned out to be more like a 7:45pm flight as Jetstar decided to delay my flight again >_< even though it was another rushed weekend away. I really enjoyed spending time with this little man! They still have one week in Melbourne before they head back to Hong Kong, going to miss them so so so much, don’t get to spend this much time with them!

PS. Did you spot some of the pretty photos? They’re from my Brother-in-law, he’s recently picked up photography and I think he’s pretty good at it :D

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15 thoughts on “Weekend Getaway – Tasmania with Aden

  1. Choc Chip Uru August 27, 2013 at 5:49 am Reply

    Ooooh you bring back memories of when I went to Tasmania my friend :D
    I love Salamanca place and Cradle mountain!
    The food looks so fresh and delicious, especially those hotcakes :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 31, 2013 at 2:38 am Reply

      Yes I love Salamanca the most :) Love the markets the food and the whole vibe! You’e gotta make a trip back then! xox

  2. Sarah August 27, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

    Looks like a great trip! So great that you guys could spend such nice family time together. :) PS I went to Hobart the weekend before, and had the same pancakes at Machine Laundry Cafe – so delicious!

    Looking forward to reading the rest of your Tassie posts. :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 31, 2013 at 2:39 am Reply

      We had a great time and love spending it with family :) just wished we could do it more often hehe ~ I can’t believe we just missed each other! Thought you were going later than us hehe :) Will have to try and blog other Tassie posts but you know how the backlog keeps growing bigger and bigger lol

  3. Michelle @ The Bakeanista August 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Aden is such a cutie pie!!!

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm Reply

    Oh that vanilla slice looks like the fantastic Denheath custard slice from NZ! I wonder if it is the same or similar? :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 31, 2013 at 2:41 am Reply

      Damn I haven’t tried the one from NZ before so wouldn’t be able to tell you if it was similar but it’s the old fashioned type :) So good hehe!

  5. Hotly Spiced August 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

    You certainly do seem to be doing some jetting about this year. I’m very ashamed to say I have never been to Tasmania. I must do something about that. I love the look of the accommodation at Peppers xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 31, 2013 at 2:43 am Reply

      Yes I don’t seem to be staying in Melbourne very much lately hahaha but that’s good cuz I love travelling and even if it’s just a weekend away :) It’s ok Charlie I haven’t had the chance to visit Perth or that side of Australia either, we’ve got time and more excuse to go travel more :D xox

  6. grabyourfork August 29, 2013 at 3:14 am Reply

    Can’t believe I still haven’t made it to Tassie. I’m super keen to check out the Salamanca Markets, eat a scallop pie and have a vanilla slice – make that three!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 31, 2013 at 3:08 am Reply

      You’ve gotta go!!! It’s so much fun and I love love love those three things :D Let me know when you go so I can give you a list hehe ~

  7. Hannah August 29, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    It’s been far too long since I visited my family in Hobart, and gosh darnit I’m now on the wrong side of the world! Those hotcakes look amazing.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 31, 2013 at 3:09 am Reply

      Ohh you have family in Tassie? You’ve gotta find time to go back then! LOL maybe when you’re back on this side of the world :P

  8. myfairmelbourne September 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Ohhhh those hot cakes look amazing! I’m thinking of taking a trip to Tassie in Nov. I have never been! I must visit that place :)

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