Looking for a day out from Hobart or elsewhere in the South? Then the Bream Creek Farmers Market might be for you and its well worth a try especially when mixed with other fun things in the area.
The market is easily found by turning left at the Copping Service Station which is just past the Colonial Convict Museum and cafe. The well known Bream Creek show grounds are also the market on the first Sunday of every month about an hour out of Hobart.
Now this may not be the largest market but it’s very local in style and produce and also a good opportunity to natter with real people. There is plenty of home produce in the way of jams, pickles and sauces, local hot foods and good coffee and cakes, tastings from Bream Creek and Cape Bernier Vineyards, fresh vegetables and locally grown seedlings. Plenty to buy for an easy weekend dinner!
Don’t miss the Colonial Convict Museum and cafe which also serves good coffee and cafe food from local produce and even if you are not on the way to the market makes a good reviver stop on the way to Port Arthur. The museum itself consists of a huge and extraordinary array of all sorts and is unique in its own way. The cafe is also the tasting room for the nearby Yaxley wines.
You can use the market and museum as one feature of a full day trip and after enjoying these continue past the market site until you get to a right angle turn at the end of a short but good dirt section. This will lead you to Marion Bay with its peninsula like wild life reserve and super bird life. Walk to the end of this then cross the dunes onto the Marion Bay beach and return along the kilometres of white squeaky sand until you get to the mouth of the Bream Creek, then over the dunes to your car.
Of course if you bring a rod the Creek’s namesake hides many a thumping fish if your skills are up to the challenge and of course there are also beach fishing opportunities. Non fishers could just lie back and enjoy the often deserted beach with its busy bird life and the breakers as far as the eye can see and after trough weather there are many shells to keep the kids amused.
You’ll now have an appetite so turn left at the bridge and follow the road past Boomer Bay to Dunalley and Bruce’s famous fish and chips at the fish market. This is traditional service where you can enjoy finger food straight out of the paper wrapping
Having had your fill continue along past Bruce’s and enjoy the more than scenic drive through rolling farmlands stretching to ocean views. After crossing the Carlton River turn left to along Carlton River Road to Dodges Ferry and then through the village of Lewisham with its views of the expanse of Pittwater and Five Mile Beach. This will take you back to the highway close to Sorell and your return well satisfied with a fill of country air and scenery and perhaps market Cornish Pasties and Eccles Cakes washed down with a fragrant local Riesling.
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