After rain, snow, hail and the occasional glimpse of sunshine, we were treated to a picture perfect blue sky when we arrived in Swansea, on Tasmania’s east coast.
The small coastal town offers views across the blue bay to the acclaimed Freycinet National Park. We briefly wandered the beach, taking in the sunshine and the blue skies.
Our main agenda for Swansea was to explore the wine region just out of town. Through the help of google I came across Swansea Cycle Tours, a small local company owned by the loveliest lady who was incredibly flexible and adjusted the tour to meet our needs. The bike tours are typically guided, but we enjoy the flexibility of going at our own pace, but the owner was more than happy to organise a self guided tour for us, which included bike hire, helmets, water, and being driven out to the nearby wine area.
We were dropped off near a country road about 15kms out of Swansea, and after a quick briefing we were pedaling down a dirt road towards our first stop – Craige Knowe Vineyard. Chris made some off hand comment about how we might see some cute dogs at the wineries, and then we arrived to this – a fluffy, adorable, tiny 12 week old puppy.
LOOK at this cutie. Many cuddles and pats were had.
The sweet views, delicious wine and local food platter for lunch also helped set up an excellent start to our wine trip.
Our next stop was a short ride up the road to Gala Estate, one of the oldest wineries in the area.
The best part about Gala was the cellar door, which was located in an eccentric old house that was, until recently, the home a farm hand who worked on the estate. The resident was using the above stove right up until he had to move out a few years ago!
The next winery, Springvale, was a slightly less leisurely ride down a major highway, but as per usual we were treated with stunning views and sunshine (and wine)
Our final stop was Milton Winery, which was a perfect place to unwind from our bike ride… well, the 5kms we probably covered anyway. It was easy riding!
It was such a wonderful day in the sunshine, exploring a beautiful slice of Tasmania. Even though we didn’t cover much distance on the bikes it was a convenient way to get around between the wineries at our own pace, though there are tours available.