5 Essential Foodie Experiences In Freycinet
Heading to Tassie? Put Freycinet on your travel radar. This slice of paradise along Tasmania’s eastern coast is not only home to stunning mountains and white sandy beaches, it’s also a food-lover’s retreat. As the ‘go-to’ destination for fresh seafood, amazing wines and fresh local produce, you’re likely to still be thinking about ‘that’ meal long after you’ve come home. While there’s so much on offer to get your appetite going, here are five foodie experiences not to miss.
1. Stay overnight at Brockley Estate
Whether you’ve taken the Spirit of Tasmania and are driving down from Devonport, or simply driving up from Hobart, you’ll need a place to call home for the night (especially once that food coma kicks in). Brockley Estate is a 170-year old sandstone homestead in the Tasmanian countryside that feels a world away from Hobart and Launceston.
The best bit about Brockley Estate is its focus on fine local food. Breakfast is included in your room rate and offers some of the freshest locally sourced fare you’ll find. However, it’s the dinner option you’ll want to make time for. The co-owners of the estate hail from Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, and as a result the menu features traditional Spanish dishes made using ingredients from the surrounding area.
2. Eat at Piermont
Recently refurbished, Piermont Homestead Restaurant is a destination in itself. Located on the coast, the views from the dining room overlooking Oyster Bay are more than spectacular. Also a historic destination, Piermont was built in 1830 and is one of the oldest settlements in Australia.
The menu here is inspired by the seasonal produce, including fresh seafood such as Tasmanian snapper, lobster, salmon, abalone and oysters as well as Cape Grim beef and local poultry. There’s also a pantry of goodies to create your own picnic basket if you’d like to head out and explore, or instead stock up for your return to mainland Australia.
3. Sample food and whisky at Freycinet Lodge
Book in advance and make a stop at Freycinet Lodge for either (or both) of their Tasmanian food and wine experience or their whisky tasting. Each 60-90 mins tasting (which varies depending on which type you book) takes place overlooking Great Oyster Bay and its surrounding mountains.
Alternatively you can taste test three of the area’s locally made whisky, which are served alongside three Scottish whiskeys for comparison. Before you leave, make sure to stop in at Providore Wineglass inside the Lodge, a retail space celebrating all produce locally made.
4. Visit the Freycinet Marine Farm.
Seafood lovers – this one’s for you. Stop in for a meal or grab some takeaway and enjoy some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever have, brought in daily. Located on Coles Bay Road in Coles Bay, you can enjoy some local wine paired up with mussels, oysters, scallops, rock lobster, abalone, whatever you fancy. That said, Pacific Oysters and Tasmania Blue Mussels are their speciality.
5. Try the ice cream at The Pondering Frog
This takeaway shop located along the Tasman Highway near Coles Bay is the perfect little iconic roadside stop for an ice cream break. Their popular homemade berry ice cream is a hit with locals and visitors. It’s also a great place to stop for afternoon tea and scones (with plenty of fresh berries and cream) or grab some homemade jams, liquors and cherry wine too.
Cover image by Tourism Australia & Hugh Stewart.
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