We picked up our 12-seater van from Bargain Car Rental within the airport and set off towards Coles Bay. It was already lunch time so we made a stop at Sorell, a town 15 mins from the airport. Was looking forward to steak and mushroom pie at Penny’s Bakery & Cafe (permanently closed when I last check) but it closes on alternate Sundays. The only other cafe that was open was Three Peaks. It was pretty crowded and since most tables ordered the big breakfast, we did too.
Wanted to pick berries at Kate’s Berry Farm near Swansea but since it was a detour from the A3 highway, we decided to give it a miss. Swansea is the last big town before we hit Coles Bay, so we did grocery shopping at IGA Supermarket to stock up on food supplies for our 2-night stay.
On the way to our accommodation, we stopped by Freycinet Marine Farm for some oysters and mussels. They were not as big and succulent as those we ate at Albany, Western Australia. Nonetheless, still fresh and sweet.
It is always a challenge to find suitable accommodation, especially when my extended family of 8 travels together. After searching several websites, I finally decided on Alluvion Beach Cottage posted on Stayz. The surroundings was nice and quiet, with access to the beach via the garden. The only inconvenience was having only one toilet and one bathroom.
My husband and daughters were fascinated with the fire place, and had a blast lighting it up with logs from the shed outside.
Everyone was too tired to move, so my husband and I took a short drive from our cottage at Swanwick to Coles Bay Village Area to check if there was any take-away available.
We found a small supermarket with a take-away counter for burgers and fish and chips. That settled dinner for our first night in Tasmania.