CRUISIN’ ULTIMATE ROMANTIC ESCAPE BY CHRIS PATCH

What a surprise it was when I checked my Facebook
page back in March and discovered I was the winner of a 7 Day Cruisin’
Ultimate Romantic Escape in Tasmania touring in a Cruisin’ Motorhome!
The offer also included a fine selection of cool climate wine from
Frogmore Creek Winery as well as a Bruny Island Cruise courtesy of
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. I sat in disbelief… What! No way!

A quick phone call to Rosie at Cruisin’ Motorhomes confirmed it was true.

After some tears, I briefly wondered who to take before
deciding to take my husband, Rob! We have been happily married for 32
years.

The next thing I knew we had booked airline tickets to
arrive in Hobart on the 5th of May, which just happens to be my
birthday. We also extended our motorhome rental for another 3 days to
make the most of our Tasmanian adventure!

We arrived at the Crusin’ Depot where we were greeted by Rosie and the rest of the friendly staff.

After a run down on our fabulous 6 berth VW Motorhome (the
Cruisin’ Discovery) which we chose to take around Tassie, Rosie escorted
us to Frogmore Creek Winery.

What a stunning place to visit and the wine, especially their port, was just fabulous!
With a few tastings under my belt I chose their 2012 FGR Riesling and
also their Ruby Pinot Noir; the perfect start to our Cruisin’ getaway
and my birthday.


Frogmore Creek Winery, Coal River Valley


Frogmore Creek Winery, Coal River Valley

Now, we thought, where to go first?  We headed towards Bruny
Island of course to enjoy the highly anticipated cruise with Pennicott
Wilderness Tours. Our captain and co-pilot of the Pennicott tour were
simply amazing; humorous, skilled and full of local knowledge about
Bruny Island. The cliffs, blow holes, scenery and seals were just
stunning! Bruny Island Pennicott Wilderness Journey is a must for anyone
exploring Tasmania.

We were all delivered back to shore safe and sound albeit a
little cold.  However the pumpkin soup at their restaurant warmed us up
immediately. Thanks guys for an awesome time!


Bruny Island Cruise, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys


Bruny Island Cruise, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys


Bruny Island Cruise, Pennicott Wilderness Journey


Bruny Island Cruise, Pennicott Wilderness Journey 


The Cruisin’ Discovery, Bruny Island

Afterwards we ventured onward to Strahan on the North West
coast of Tasmania. On the way we experienced absolutely stunning
countryside, over rivers and through forestry plantations. Everywhere I
looked was picture perfect, and yes I took heaps of pictures! Some a
little blurry as I took most of them from the comfy seat of our Cruisin’
motorhome.


En Route to Strahan, Tasmania’s West Coast


En Route to Strahan, Tasmania’s West Coast

The Gordon River Cruise in Strahan was magical!  This World
Heritage listed cruise was pure luxury and glided through beautiful
water and past amazing fish farms. We particularly enjoyed the Sarah
Island tour; all the history just soaked straight into our hearts.


Gordon River Cruise, Strahan 


Gordon River Cruise, Strahan 


Gordon River Cruise, Strahan 

We farewelled Strahan and moved forward to experience more
amazing Tasmanian scenery.  We enjoyed an awesome lunch in Penguin on
the North West Coast, got up close and personal with a Tasmanian Devil
and penguin at Tasmania Zoo (I could have spent all day there!) and rode
the chairlift over magnificent Cataract Gorge in Launceston.


Tasmania Zoo, Launceston

Then we ventured on to another piece of heaven: Swansea on
the East Coast of Tasmania. We spent 2 nights here just to catch our
breath and enjoy a magnificent sunset before heading towards historic
Port Arthur with some stops on the way.  We stayed at beautiful White
Beach and enjoyed many mesmerising views on our journey all in the
comfort of our Cruisin Motorhome.


Sunset in Swansea, East Coast of Tasmania


Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula 


White Beach, Port Arthur 


Devils Kitchen, Tasmania

My husband Rob said the VW motorhome was as good to drive as
our car, but with all the comforts of home including a fridge, toilet
and shower, 3 double beds, air con, cook top, cutlery, crockery, towels
linen and a walk-through area from the driver’s cabin to the main cabin.
It might just be better than home!

Finally I would highly recommend a holiday in Tasmania with
Cruisin’ Motorhomes, and don’t hesitate to visit Frogmore Creek Winery
and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys along the way. There are so many
things to see and do in Tasmania!

All this simply because I liked and shared!