Tassie Local, Paul Flemming was recently paired with Matt Donovan on a photography travel adventure around Tasmania. We asked him what his highlights were, and this is what he had to say:
Favourite new FOOD DISCOVERY around Launceston, Binalong Bay or Freycinet: Although well known to locals, Moresco in Binalong Bay does a delicious breakfast, and satisfyingly smooth coffee too. I checked out their lunch and dinner and menu and wanted to go back for more! They also have the best view of any restaurant in Tasmania - straight out over the bright white sand and clear blue waters of Binalong Bay and further to the Bay of Fires.
Favourite all time Tassie DRINK: Although I grew up amongst award winning wineries in the Tamar Valley, lately I’ve been enjoying the crisp taste and refreshing resurgence of our famous Tassie apples - in cider form.
Favourite recommendation for where to STAY in Tasmania: I feel most chilled out when I’m wandering amongst ancient moss covered forests, gazing up to towering peaks and listening to cascading mountain streams in the Cradle Mountain area. Where to stay? The area offers diverse accommodation choices, from camper van sites to luxury cabins (I’ll take one with a spa, thanks!).
One Tassie DESTINATION you take all visitors: As I’m based in Hobart, it has to be Mount Wellington. The 25 minute drive from the CBD is scenic, but the views from the 1,270m summit are outstanding - and it could snow any time of the year. The sweeping views take in the city, valleys, islands and even deep into our World Heritage Area.
Your favourite MOMENT from your trip with Matt: Matt was genuinely enthusiastic about the places we visited, and watching him discover and explore each location through his lens was fantastic. He didn’t want to just see the scenery, he wanted to be part of it - be it wading through the Liffey River, dodging waves in the Bay of Fires or scaling Mt Amos in Freycinet National Park; all in the same of chasing light and enjoying his passion for photography.
What do you think is the most UNEXPECTED thing about Launceston, Binalong Bay or Freycinet NP? Clean white sandy beaches, azure water lapping at your feet, bright sun above - and not see another soul. That’s why we love the east coast.