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This week I was lucky enough to participate in the Tasmania’s North West Instameet.
If you’re not familiar with an Instameet, it’s basically a group of photographers meeting up, taking photos and sharing them on Instagram. Often to promote a product or destination.
We headed out with TasmaniasNorthWest and Instagrammers from all around Tasmania. The aim was to highlight the best of Tasmania’s North West region along the Tarkine Drive.
Not only the stunning scenery and nature, but also the local produce and gourmet foods this region has to offer.
Stanley and Hursey Seafoods
The day started early in the town of Burnie. Myself and other Instagrammers jumped in the bus and began our road trip. An hours drive from Burnie brought us to the picturesque seaside town of Stanley.
The itinerary said our first stop in Stanley was sampling some seafood at Hursey Seafoods.
As it turns out, this wasn’t just any old sampling. Hursey Seafoods idea was a delicious, meaty and super sweet Southern Rock Lobster. Not a bad way to start your day right?
With our bellies full of delicious Lobster, it was time to explore the town of Stanley. Our group split up and headed to either the Nut or the historic Highfield House.
I headed to the Nut. Unfortunately some light rain arrived and stuck around for the brief time allotted us. But even a bit of rain can’t spoil the spectacular views from the Nut.
After a quick explore around Stanley, we headed for morning tea.
Our Morning Tea was hosted at the beautiful Stanley Seaview Inn. Nestled comfortably in the green hills, just minutes outside of Stanley.
The Inn sits in the perfect location to show off the views. Sitting in the dining room, the vista over the Stanley Township and the Nut are gorgeous.
Catering was provided by Providore 24. What a smorgasbord! A table full of the finest local Tasmanian produce. Delicious meats, cheeses, breads, dips and pates. Even some amazing vegan treats.
The food on offer was beautifully arrayed and displayed. It looked too nice to even eat! But to nice not to!
Our next stop was in the town of Smithton to pick up local tour guide Rob.
Rob was a fantastic guide, full of interesting stories and a vast knowledge of local history.
With Rob on board sharing his knowledge along the way, we made our way onto the Tarkine Drive.
Stop one on the Tarkine Drive was the impressive Sumac Lookout.
The lookout is only about 20 metres from the car park and provides lovely views over Arthur River and surrounding temperate rainforests.
Julius River was stop two on the Tarkine Drive and possibly my favourite.
It’s a lovely 20 minute walk through some stunning temperate rainforest. Fungi was everywhere in all types of weird shapes, sizes and colours.
Tasmania once again supplied some amazing local food for our rainforest lunch at Julius River.
Catering was supplied by the Bridge Hotel showcasing food from the Circular Head region. Fantastic smoked meats, fresh oysters, salads, dips and more lobsters. Even some cheeky chocolates to finish with.
The last stop on our Tarkine Drive was Trowutta Arch.
An easy 15 minute walk through more of Tasmania’s beautiful temperate rainforest. Emerging from the forest you see the large arching rock formation that gives Trowutta Arch its name.
The sun was starting to go down and it was time to head for the bus for the long ride home.
While the day was coming to an end. I’m sure we had a group of happy people. With bellies full of delicious food. And cameras full of beautiful photos.
Any questions about the Instameet? Or want to know more about Tasmania’s North West?
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