Last time we wrote about arriving and checking into our unit at the Wyndham Vacation Resort Seven Mile Beach.

After a refreshing night’s sleep, Greg and I woke up quite early and were surprised to see that it was still quite dark at 7 in the morning! We live on the Gold Coast and are used to the sun coming up much earlier than it does in Tassie.

Wyndham Resort Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Gorgeous SunriseSo Greg and I went out onto the balcony upstairs and were very blessed to see a gorgeous sunrise in the sky just above the tree-line.

The sky was full of a lovely range of pink, purple, yellow and orange in this delightful sunrise.

We were so happy to see such a gorgeous scene that we even set the camera up on the table on automatic timer mode and took some pictures of us in our pjs with the beautiful sky behind us! [It is not usual for us to take photos in our pajamas, but we couldn’t resist this time! 🙂 ]

Greg & Leanne Annett & Beautiful Sunrise, Wyndham Seven Mile BeachLater in the day, when we walked around the resort grounds we found a plaque in a rock that said that the Wyndham Vacation Resort at Seven Mile Beach was officially opened on 26th November 2009. This means that at the time of our visit in June-July 2011 it is less then two years old.

Wyndham Resort Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Officially OpenedThe gardeners at the resort have put so much effort into the landscape and presentation of the gardens. Literally hundreds of native plants of all colours, sizes and types have been planted around the units and throughout the whole resort grounds.

It is lovely and relaxing just strolling along, enjoying the Tasmanian Native Hens that wander around throughout the day, from dawn to dusk.

I have a special blog post for you next time. I have received a VIP Gourmet invitation to my local Noodle Box at Mermaid Waters to see Adam Liaw from Masterchef giving a cooking demonstration, as Noodle Box officially releases their new Gourmet range.

So get ready for this special article during this coming week!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life and Enjoy Your Family!

Leanne Annett <><

After enjoying our first day of our Family Tasmanian Holiday visiting historic Richmond, we started heading off to check into our accommodation at Wyndham, Worldmark Resort at Seven Mile Beach.

Wyndham Resort Seven Mile Beach, TasmaniaOn the way we stopped off at Sorell to grab some groceries for the next few days at Coles and Woolworths. It is great how Woolworths is just across the road from Coles in Cole Street, around the corner from Gordon St, Sorell. So you can have your pick of which supermarket you want to use for your shopping on your holiday.

We then drove from Sorell down the Tasman Hwy and across the Sorell Causeway, through Midway Point, across the second stretch of Sorell Causeway and then down Pittwater Rd towards Seven Mile Beach.

Wyndham Seven Mile Beach Resort, TasmaniaPittwater Road turns left into Surf Rd, which runs behind the back of the Hobart International Airport. We drove past the Westland Plant Nurseries, past Beaches Restaurant and then came to the entry to Wyndham Resort on the right.

After checking in, we drove to our unit for the next 8 nights. It was a three-bedroom unit, number 36.

We were really impressed with the unit when we arrived and saw the quality of the unit itself and the surrounds. In our 3-bedroom unit we had all three bedrooms on the ground floor.

Wyndham Resort Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, 3-Bedroom UnitThe main room that Greg and I were sleeping in had a lovely king-sized bed and large ensuite with combined bath and shower.

There was also another bathroom with a shower and bath combined and a separate toilet downstairs. The washing machine and clothes dryer are also easily located in the hallway downstairs.

Upstairs is a third toilet, which is very useful when dining or relaxing on the upper level.

A large dining table with seating for eight, the lounge-room with TV and kitchen are all of high quality.

The veranda on our unit looked out over the trees along the fence line of the resort complex.

It was lovely after our tiring and busy day to be able to kick back and relax in such a well-presented apartment.

We knew then that we were going to have a wonderful time on our Tasmania Family Holiday!

Our next article on the site will look at the gorgeous sunrise that we arose to the first morning in our holiday unit at Wyndham Seven Mile Beach.

Until then, Remember to Enjoy Life and Enjoy a Fun Family Holiday!

Leanne Annett <><

After our afternoon at the Old Hobart Town Model Village learning about life in Hobart during the 1820’s and our time in the Woodcraft Shop next door we drove the short distance through Richmond to the historic Richmond Bridge.

Historic Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, AustraliaRichmond is only a short drive from Hobart, around 30 minutes in the north-east direction. The countryside is lovely with many wineries along the way.

The bridge is such a beautiful structure. From the grassy bank of the Coal River the year that the foundation stone for the bridge was first laid in 1823 is clearly visible.

Historic Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, Built 1823It is interesting to me imagining the almost 2 years that it took to build the bridge from 11th December 1823 to the completion of construction in 1825. Imagine all of those convicts bringing the large, heavy sandstone from the quarry at Butchers Hill by hand-drawn carts.

There are tales of the bridge being haunted. For the brave you can even do a ghost tour by lantern light and see if any spooks appear!

Greg and I enjoyed examining the structure of the bridge and walking around and up onto the top of the bridge. Tehillah took some photos of us as we explored.

Leanne & Greg Annett on Historic Richmond Bridge, TasmaniaSt John's Catholic Church, Richmond, TasmaniaOn the other hand, Tehillah, who loves nature and animals, had a wonderful time feeding and photographing the diverse array of ducks, geese and other birds on the banks of the Coal River and swimming in the river itself.

Not far from the Richmond Bridge is the also historic St John’s Catholic Church, which was built in 1836. This is considered to be one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Australia.

Right across from the grass banks of the river is the old building of the St John’s School with the date 1925 clearly visible.

I enjoyed our time here. It was almost like I could feel the rich history of the bridge and surrounds.

Fifty years ago my mum visited Richmond and wanted to again see the historic bridge. Unfortunately she was unable to come with us as she has been in hospital for a couple of months now. So we will need to arrange another trip to Tasmania when mum is well and out of hospital again.

St John's Catholic School, Richmond, TasmaniaIn our next blog post we will take a look at our accommodation for our 8 nights in Tassie. We will go to Wyndham Resorts at Seven Mile Beach and have a look at the resort.

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life and Enjoy a Fun Holiday with family!

Leanne Annett <><

The Woodcraft Shop, Richmond, TasmaniaIn the main street of Richmond, right next door to the Old Hobart Town Model Village is a delightful store that sells all types of products and gifts made out of Tasmanian timbers. It is called The Woodcraft Shop and is well worth a visit.

Our daughter, Tehillah, was especially taken with everything in the shop. She ended up buying a lovely timber candle holder made out of Tasmanian Sassafras.

The variety of gifts and different items was amazing along with the diversity of different timbers, each with their unique colours and patterns.

You can find such items as bottle stoppers, bowls, delightful wall clocks, ornaments or many shapes and sizes, including many types of fruit.

There are also gorgeous, large burl bowls and other lovely timber sculptures that could be used as a feature in any home.

The Woodcraft Shop, Richmond, Tasmania Maps & Other GiftsAn Owl at The Woodcraft Shop, Richmond, TasmaniaThere are 2 rooms in this shop and you could easily spend quite a while wandering around taking in all of the delightful shapes, colours and patterns.

Why not drop in on your next trip to Richmond, near Hobart, in Tasmania?

In our next blog post we will go to the famous and historic Richmond Bridge and imagine what it was like back in the 1800’s when the convicts were constructing this well-known structure.

Until then, Remember to Enjoy Life and Enjoy an Educational Tassie Holiday!

Leanne Annett <><

On our way driving from the Hobart airport to Richmond we passed many vineyards and places that we could have stopped at, but we were headed for Richmond and wanted to keep going.

Pooley Wines, Richmond, TasmaniaThere was one place though that caught our eyes. It was Pooley wines just on the outskirts of Richmond on the Hobart side.

Our daughter’s surname is Poole and so we were interested in visiting Pooley wines.

Pooley Wines with Delightful Stone Work from Convict DaysThe brickwork of the buildings caught our attention, as we drove up the driveway. They were made of lovely old stones.

Pooley wines have different red and white wines that you can try for the low price of only $5 a person.

Tehillah really enjoys different cheeses and so when she saw that they sold a cheese and fruit platter for only $15 we decided to purchase a cheese platter.

We were very impressed with the quantity of food on the platter for this reasonable price. There were two large wedges of 2 different cheeses, lots of crackers, dates, apricots, nuts and quince paste all included.

We were able to sit outside under a sheltered area that was built by convicts back in 1832. They also had 2 large upright gas outdoor heaters to keep us warm.

It was a lovely sunny afternoon and it was very relaxing sitting, enjoying the yummy food, and looking out across the fields and hills.

Enjoying a Cheese Platter at Pooley Wines, TasmaniaWe also had fun taking photos beside the various stone walls and buildings on the property. I love old stone structures.

There are many vineyards and wine tasting sites through out Tasmania. Why not test some out and taste some local wines on your next trip to Tassie?

In our next blog post we will have a look inside The Wood Shop, which is located right next door to the Old Hobart Town Model Village in the main street of Richmond.

Until then, Remember to Enjoy Life and Enjoy a Relaxing Family Holiday!

Leanne Annett <><