November 17, 2015 Susie Rutz

Susie – Tasmania – October 2015

Concorde Agency Network , Winners Circle  Trip

Freycinet N.P & Launceston, October 2015.


As our office was in the top 16 in the country in the Concorde Agency Network  ( go us! ) we were invited to take a long weekend to Tassie!

I must say after being to Tasmania when I was about 20 I was much more impressed this time around! Not sure if it is my age or if my eyes were opened a little more this time…

We arrived in Launceston with Virgin ( I hate to say it but i am definitely a Qantas girl over Virgin… there is nothing wrong Virgin but i think Qantas just have that “something” for me)

Anyway, typical Travel Agent style we are taken to the nearest winery for brunch! What a treat, the beautiful Joseph Cromy Winery is a spectacular place. Beautiful views, food and of course the wine. Joseph’s story is a long an interesting one, quite inspiring and now he is in his 80’s he is still working hard!

We were treated to a winery tour, tastings and a delicious brunch, i highly recommend it as a stop or even something to do on the way to the airport as its not far away/

Next we were off to the beautiful Freycinet National Park where we stayed at Freycinet Lodge for 2 nights. The cabins themselves are large and very well equipped and mine had a beautiful big spa bath under the window… shame I didn’t get to use it!  The Lodge itself really needs a big injection of cash to put the shine back on the place. The setting truly is beautiful and having wallaby s outside your cabin door is just special, only in Australia hey?  We found the food to just be lacking a little, or maybe its because we are from Melbourne? I think the RACT manages the resort now and they really haven’t done anything to it. I really hope someone can take the time and money to just put the sheen back on it.

I took the walk up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, a great hike close to the lodge. The view was worth it that’s for sure! Again wallaby s lead the way as you go, too cute…. well they are cute after they give you a small heart attack from jumping out of the bushes in front of you! .

Back to the lodge for a casual BBQ dinner on the decking of the main lodge. Again such a beautiful setting and a spectacular sunset! Guests included about 4 massive possums who have definitely  eaten too much BBQ food in their time!

The following day was a full day inside listening and learning to key suppliers and other business owners before we were swept off to the very exclusive Saffire Lodge for a glass of bubbles… oh and a site inspection of course. What a place, if you can afford it ( around $2k a night, all inclusive) I recommend an indulgent long weekend here!

Monday came and we were back to Launceston, via the James Boags brewery for a tour of the factory. We were put up in the Sebel Launceston (highly recommended) and treated to a delicious dinner with matching wines in the restaurant.

Tuesday we were free to roam (shop & eat !) and back on home in the afternoon.

I am more inspired than ever to head back to Tassie, such a beautiful, quiet state with lovely people and delicious food & wine 🙂



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