Day 5 was about exploring the Huon Valley, tasting local flavours, spotting exotic wildlife and enjoying amazing views.On our way back from dinner the previous night we’d managed to spot a couple of platypus in the river next to our guest house but it was dark and we were keen for more.
Regular readers might remember our trip to Bombala where we searched for but did not find platypuses. This time, not only did we spot them, we found two of them out on a full show!
Leaving Geeveston, we rode south, turning off at Police Point where we took the coast road to be treated to stunning views of the Huon River estuary and Bruny Island.
Reaching Dover, we looped back through Geeveston, bordering the Hartz Mountains National Park and upriver towards Franklin and the first bridge to the other bank.
Riding south again along the estuary edge, we enjoyed even more water views, this time from the other side, stopping for a break at a conveniently located table.
Through Cygnet (hello Fat Pig Farm) and some lovely buildings
we stopped briefly to check out the man selling ‘genuine Cornish Pasties’ but he had, sadly, run out. He claimed to be from Cornwall (as is my Mum), so that was a start, no judgment was able to be passed.
Our final stop for the day was Grandvewe cheese and distillery, where they, cleverly, have found a use for the leftover whey produced from their cheese making process – vodka and gin! I can confirm that both the cheese and gin are outstanding.
We arrived in Hobart around 4, staying with some wonderful friends and enjoying a day off the bikes. Motorbiking’s great but when you’re a wage slave like me, saddle soreness is a real hazard and my backside appreciated the break.
When we get back on, it’ll be the final legs back north and to the mainland.