Saturday 13 June 2020

A weekend away on the east coast

Given that restrictions were lifted in Tasmania last week so that Tasmanians can now travel around the state, we decided that the long weekend would be the perfect time to escape to Tassie's east coast for a few days. We managed to find a beautiful, dog-friendly house on Air Bnb that was located in Dolphin Sands, a small town near Swansea.

We left on Friday afternoon and arrived at Dolphin Sands in just under 2 hours. The house we had booked was right on the beachfront at Nine Mile Beach, and had an open fireplace which was perfect for the chilly, rainy afternoon and evening ahead of us. After lighting the fire, opening a bottle of red wine and ordering a pizza from Barkmill Tavern in Swansea, we were very happy with our decision to escape to the coast for the weekend.

I woke early on Saturday (thanks to an excited labrador who could hear the nearby waves crashing), so took Moose for a sunrise run along the beach. Despite it being 2 degrees celcius (with plenty of frost leading from the house to the beach) we had a great time running along the secluded beach, watching the sunrise in the distance. We returned back to the house and made some pancakes for breakfast then headed into Swansea to pick up a couple of takeaway coffees from Saltshaker Restaurant.
We decided to head to Bicheno for the day, so drove about 30 minutes north to the beautiful coastal down that we had visited once before for a weekend away last year. After taking Moose for a run on Redbill Beach (one of Tassie's most beautiful beaches in my opinion), we picked up a couple of slices of chocolate caramel tart from Little Bay Patisserie and drove over to the Lobster Shack for lunch. Unfortunately they weren't doing dine in meals so we couldn't get their amazing half lobsters that we enjoyed last year, but we did grab a couple of takeaway lobster rolls which were delicious.

We then headed back south to our Air Bnb, lit the fire, and had a relaxing afternoon walking along the beach and lazing by the fireplace. Given the chilly weather, we thought that some cheese fondue would make for a cozy Saturday night dinner, so having picked up some cheeses and wine in Bicheno, we enjoyed the fondue in front of Netflix.

Moose and I woke early again on Sunday and went for another early beach run, before returning to pack up our belongings for our return to Hobart.
After many weeks of not being able to go very far from home, it was so lovely being able to escape to the east coast for the weekend and make the most of Tasmania's beautiful beaches and nature. Given that it's looking like it will be some time before we travel anywhere further than Tassie, we'll definitely be looking to explore more of this state's amazing natural beauty in the coming months.

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