You can find South Australian native, Elise Cook, on the road in her vintage Kombi van, Scout, with her wine maker husband, Dom.
Documenting her travels through her beautiful social media channels, Elise provides us with a serious case of wanderlust whilst also reminding us that the greatest discoveries may just be in our own backyard.
We spoke with Elise about the open roads of Tasmania, and what we can expect to see next.
Stay BAY OF FIRES, BUSH RETREAT
There are beautiful bell tents with the most comfortable mattresses I’ve ever slept on. The whole vibe there is amazing. Our other favourite stay was a big house right on the coast called Hampton’s on the Bay. The views were super specky, it had a private beach, and it would be perfect for a group. It was amazing.
Eat SPRINGVALE WINERY
We’ve done most of our own cooking, but the couple of times we have ventured out have been delight-fully delicious. We had a lunch at Springvale winery in the pop up summer restaurant. Don, the owner and chef, gives you two options; 1 - to order off the menu or 2 - to say “Don, just bring us stuff.” Go for number 2, trust me! We also loved the wood fire pizzas at Tombolo Cafe in Coles Bay. If you do Wineglass Bay one day this is perfect for afterwards. Their gluten free bases were also delish (Dom’s an unlucky Italian who is al-lergic to wheat, his Nonna still thinks it’s something I’ve done to him.
See WINEGLASS BAY
Wineglass Bay! We got up super early and did Mount Amos first, it’s a tough hike but totally worth it for the views, absolutely breathtaking. It takes about 2.5 hours and then afterwards we hiked into Wine-glass Bay and spent the whole day in the pristine water.
Do ATV (FOURWHEEL BIKES) AT FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
We explored Freycinet National Park, you can get to secret beaches that will make your eyes water they are so pretty!
HIDDEN SECRET BAY OF FIRES
In the Bay of Fires area (my favourite part of Tassie) there’s a stretch of road called The Gardens. The whole way along there are bays you can camp in for free, and they back straight onto the most in-credible stretch of empty beach. It is my idea of absolute paradise and it is always so quiet... maybe I shouldn’t have told you!