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Friday 5 June 2015

A nice little bed and breakfast in a small town in Tasmania

Port Sorell is a small holiday town on the north-west coast of Tasmania.  

To call it sleepy would be fair and accurate. 

It is on the waterway of the same name, just off Bass Strait, 20 kilometres east of Devonport and close to Shearwater and Hawley Beach. It is popular with bird watchers because of the large numbers of wading birds, particularly pied oystercatchers.

It was not birds that drew me to Port Sorell, however, but the launch of the new Hundred Acres cooking school and tasting room at the hugely impressive Ghost Rock winery complex just a couple of clicks down the road. 

Port Sorell is close to several gourmet destinations including Anvers Chocolates at Latrobe, Seven Sheds Brewery at Railton, Ashgrove Cheese and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm at Elizabeth Town and Forty One Degrees South Salmon & Ginseng Farm.  

In addition to Ghost Rock (about which more in a later blog) there are also the Barringwood and Blue Penguin wineries. 
Port Sorell is also a good base for those catching the the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to or from the mainland from Devonport and for those doing the Cradle to Coast Gourmet Trail. 

It is also well within "day trip distance" of Leven Canyon, Gunns Plains, Penguin, Burnie, Boat Harbour, the "Nut" at Stanley, Cradle Mountain and the Tamar Valley. 

With Ghost Rock and the Tamar Valley Wine Route on my agenda, I found myself at Sails on Port Sorell, a lovely little bed and breakfast with well equipped apartments in a suburban street just a short stroll from the water. 

Travelling solo, I booked the colourfully-decorated Dolphin Suite, which ticked all my boxes when it comes to affordable accommodation.

There was a comfortable bed with electric blanket (necessary in Tasmania in winter), an effective heater, TV, free wifi, complimentary breakfast provisions, a kitchenette with hotplates, microwave and toaster, plunger coffee and chocolates, a DVD player and CD player (with a movie library at reception) and a barbecue area. 

The bathroom had plenty of hot water and big, if not huge, towels. 

Sails offers a choice between self-contained studio apartments such as the one I was in, and two-bedroom family villas. The owners are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about local attractions. The off-street parking is also a plus.  

I paid an internet rate of $125 per night which I felt extremely reasonable for quiet and comfortable lodgings.

Sails on Port Sorell, 54 Rice Street, Port Sorell, Tasmania. 
03 6248 7580. 

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