Callum J. Jones recently went on an overnight trip to Triabunna.
Triabunna is the second largest township on Tasmania’s east coast. Surrounded by beaches and hills, it contains many historic buildings from the colonial era. It’s a popular place for fishing, sailing, surfing, diving, tennis, cricket, golf, football, and bushwalking. And of course it’s the ferry port for the Maria Island shuttle service.
Unfortunately it’s a long way to Triabunna with the road closure in Paradise Gorge. It’s still worth taking the long way around, and to stay and rest a while!
Friday, 21 May 2021
I left home early in the morning and drove up to Triabunna, stopping at the Wattlebanks Coastal Café and Providore in Orford to buy a wrap to eat at lunchtime.
I arrived at Triabunna at 9:45am and spent four hours walking around the town, visiting the local landmarks, taking photos, browsing the shelves of shops, and playing Pokémon Go.
I checked in at the Cabin and Caravan Park at 2pm. I’d booked a family cabin for the night. It had:
- an en-suite and two sleeping areas, one with a queen size bed and the other with two bunk beds;
- a covered veranda;
- electric heating;
- electric blankets; and
- full kitchen facilities, including cookware, crockery, and cutlery.
After unpacking, I spent a few hours relaxing before getting ready for the gala premiere of the Very Short Film Festival, which was taking place at the burgeoning Spring Bay Mill.
I arrived at the Mill at around 5:25pm. Tickets included a complimentary drink upon arrival, so after being checked off the guest list, I went up to the bar and chose a pale ale from their selection of local drinks. I also indulged in some delicious taco canapés, which were also complimentary courtesy of the nice people at Spring Bay Mill.
A new development – with still more to come – the Mill offers accommodation, food, function opportunities and is also developing a number of creative events and festivals through Artology.
The premiere began at 6pm. All the films were very well-made. It’s clear that the filmmakers put a lot of effort into them. My personal favourite was Sweet Dreams, which came first in the Junior Category.
One of the films (Complete and Utter Garbage by Thomas Herbert) unfortunately couldn’t be screened due to a synchronisation issue. The tech team eventually resolved the issue, however, so the film was showed after the ceremony.
You can catch up with all the festival films, for free on this page.
A lovely Thai curry meal was offered at 7:15pm. The Jay Jarome Trio provided live music once the ceremony was over.
I left the festival at 7:45pm and was in bed reading a book by 8:30pm.
Saturday, 22 May 2021
I woke up at 5:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and had breakfast (Sultana Bran and coffee). I read until 9am, when I got dressed and checked out of the caravan park.
I drove to Orford, where I bought a coffee and walked along the Old Convict Road, which leads to an old probation station that was destroyed by fire in 1856.
When I returned from the walk, I drove the rest of the way home to Hobart.
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/callums-trip-triabunna/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=callums-trip-triabunna