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Tasmania Day 7 & 8: Salamanca Market & Farm Gate Market

We left Bruny Island very early to make our way back to the airport so that we could return our camper van and get a rental car. I wanted to get to Salamanca Market as early as possible. Salamanca Market is a street market in Hobart and is held on Saturdays between 8.30 am and 3 pm. There’s so much to see, eat and buy!

I love how almost everything in Salamanca Market is grown or made in Tasmania. We bought some honey, magnets, baby bibs, and books. The author was there to autograph the books we bought! And I know I’ve said this in many of the Tasmania posts, but Salamanca Market is definitely a must-do when in Tasmania.

Another market we visited was Farm Gate Market. Farm Gate Market operates every Sunday on Bathurst St, from 8.30 am – 1 pm. I was delighted to see Get Shucked oysters from Bruny Island at the market and had half a dozen for a second breakfast.

If we are lucky enough to go to Tasmania again, we will make sure we visit Farm Gate Market to stock up before we embark on our camper van journey so that we can have lots of local vegetables, meat and bread for our trip.

Tasmania Day 6: Bruny Island

We said bye to Ratho Farm and drove to Kettering to catch the ferry to Bruny Island. Our first stop was Get Shucked where I promptly devoured 17 ridiculously fresh and delicious oysters (Adrian stole one). We then made our way to Bruny Island Cheese Company and bought some of their awesome cheeses. The Raw Milk C2 and Otto are to die for.

After a very windy climb up to the viewing platform at The Neck where we had a great view of the isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island, we took a rather long drive to Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in Australia.

Our last stop for the day was Captain Cook Holiday Park for our final night in the camper van. We walked along the beach and then Adrian cooked up some steak, potatoes and carrots for our dinner.

Tasmania Day 4 & Day 5: Tasmanian Devils, Cradle Mountain, Ratho Farm

We had quite a long drive from St Helens to Cradle Mountain on Day 4 and also stopped to buy more groceries for our meals in the camper van. By the time we got to Cradle Mountain, we had just about enough time to go to the visitor centre to familiarise ourselves with the route we were going to take the next day.

We spotted a wombat wandering around outside the visitor centre and some wallabies and echidnas here and there. We also managed to see some Tasmanian Devils and quolls being fed at Devils@Cradle before getting our own dinner.

It was really cold the next morning and even started to snow while we were walking the Dove Lake Circuit. We didn’t bring the tripod with us so I was very thankful that we managed to get a nice photo taken of the two of us by some random stranger. The Cradle Mountain area is simply gorgeous and a must-visit in Tasmania.

We were initially planning to stay at Cradle Mountain for two nights but decided that we were too cold so Adrian randomly booked accommodation somewhere in between Cradle Mountain and our next campsite.

Ratho Farm in Bothwell is home to the oldest golf course in Australia and is a charming property with luxurious rooms. I loved the heated floor tiles in the bathroom. Definitely the most comfortable we had been the entire trip!

When we arrived, they asked if we knew about the special event for the evening and it turned out that Matthew Evans (author and presenter of TV show Gourmet Farmer) was cooking dinner there that day and also filming an episode of the show. That was truly an interesting experience for us!

Tasmania Day 3 – Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires

We packed quite a bit of sightseeing and driving into Day 3. After breakfast (cooked by the husband using the grill on the side of our camper van), we walked up to see the breathtaking view of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. There are several walks of varying difficulties that can be attempted and ours was probably the easiest one.

We popped by Cape Tourville Lighthouse before driving to Bicheno for some lunch. I was starving and hoping to sit down to a proper seafood meal, but since we arrived after 2pm, most of the restaurants were no longer serving lunch so we got some fish & chips to go.

Finally, we made our way to St. Helens to explore the Bay of Fires which is famous for the dramatic orange-hued granite rocks.

Tasmania Day 2 – Port Arthur

On our second day in Tasmania, we headed to Jackman and McRoss for breakfast before driving by Cascade Brewery just to check out their impressive facade. We also made a quick stop at Sullivan’s Cove for some whisky-tasting. One of their French Oak casks was voted the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the 2014 World Whisky Awards.

After that, it was back to the airport to return our rental car and pick up our Maui camper van. We were going to stay in a not-so-little van for most of our time in Tasmania. To be honest, I was quite concerned about having to use the toilet in our campervan! We headed to Port Arthur and then drove to our first campsite.

Port Arthur is an amazing place to visit and there’s so much to see and explore there. It is one of 11 Australian convict sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Tasmania Day 1 – MONA

For our 10th Anniversary this year, we decided on a trip to Tasmania. I was really looking forward to the trip after such a busy time at work and with the kids.

We landed in Hobart, collected our rental, then headed straight for MONA. MONA is utterly provocative, somewhat disturbing, and completely fascinating. Definitely a must visit in Tasmania.

We took some photos outside MONA because it was such a gloriously beautiful day. And so lovely and cool too.

After MONA, we drove to Hadley’s Orient Hotel where we were going to stay for one night before collecting our camper van the next day. We walked down to Franklin Wharf for some dinner before heading back to the hotel for some well-deserved rest!

Halloween Brick-or Trick Party Nights at LEGOLAND Malaysia

We were in LEGOLAND Malaysia a couple of weekends ago and it was the start of their Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Since we were also staying at LEGOLAND hotel, the best part was the extended opening time. Every Friday and Saturday from now to 31 October, the Park will be open until 8.30pm so the kids can play for an even longer time.

Halloween at LEGOLAND

Halloween at LEGOLAND

adorable LEGO pumpkins

adorable LEGO pumpkins

The Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights take place at LEGO Kingdoms from 4pm to 8.30pm. You can start your Brick-or-Treat journey at Lord Vampyre’s Ballroom with a count-the-bats maze then explore the Brick-or-Treat trail and be rewarded with lots of fun and goodies along the way. At the end of the Brick-or-Treat trail, each participant will be rewarded with a special limited edition Halloween 2015 Commemorative DUPLO Brick.

love the spooky set-up

love the spooky set-up

castle all decked out

castle all decked out

the rides are more fun in the dark!

the rides are more fun in the dark!

Look out for the LEGO Giant Pumpkin and giant LEGO White Ghost at The Beginning (quite hard to miss!) and grab some scary pictures with the Halloween LEGO mascots, including the newest monster – Frankenstein! The kids were super excited to see the mascots and we managed to get pictures with Frankenstein, Green Witch and Lord Vampyre.

spot the kids!

spot the kids!

with Frankenstein

with Frankenstein

Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch

Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch

There are live shows at Castle stage at specific show times throughout the day as well as LEGO building activities. The kids loved the face-painting bit and there was a queue of eager children (and some adults) waiting for their turn to get their face or hand painted.

face-painting

face-painting

it's Batman!

it’s Batman!

showing off the pumpkin on her hand

showing off the pumpkin on her hand

Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is happening from 2 – 31 October and the park will open until 8:30 pm on Friday & Saturday, 7 pm on Sunday, and 6 pm from Monday to Thursday. Tickets for entry are priced at RM85 per person. Annual Pass holders can enjoy free entrance and bring a friend for just RM70. Time to head to LEGOLAND for a fun Halloween celebration if the exams are over!