After my initial dismay at the vegan food options on board the Dawn Princess, I was glad I came prepared for our first port excursion to the town of Burnie, on Tasmania’s northwest coast. I’d looked up vegan options for Burnie beforehand and the only result seemed to be a vegan-friendly cafe called Another Mother.
Arthur and I did a little sightseeing before my growling stomach got the better of me. We mercifully discovered our tour bus dropped us off around the corner from Another Mother. You couldn’t get me in there fast enough:
I really liked the decor you can see in the photos, though vegans be warned there are animal hides on the floor:
There was a menu board listing many non-vegan options but two looked vegan. A very friendly, helpful member of staff told me the risotto was vegan as they used Massel stock (don’t you love that level of knowledge?!) but the brown rice burger I wanted wasn’t available, though they had a pumpkin cashew pumpkin seed burger instead that was vegan. Yes please!
My burger was served on a bed of brown rice, currants, orange and some greens along with some chutney. It was a very welcome and delicious meal and incredibly filling too. I’m glad I got to stuff myself because all I had to look forward to on the ship was the salad bar:
I had a really good experience at Another Mother and would happily recommend it to people looking for a vegan friendly cafe. I didn’t ask about dessert so I don’t know what vegan options they have. If I’m ever in Burnie again, I’ll be going back!
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Our port day in Burnie saw us catching private shuttle buses in to town. The first stop on our tour was the Burnie Maker’s Workshop. What a brilliant place! Artists and craftspeople create their products there in front of you and you can purchase them as well:
I loved this beautiful handmade paper sculpture by Ruth Rees and Pam Thorne:
Arthur and I went on a paper making tour. Here we are watching some paper being made from kangaroo poo. We were fascinated with this tour, and Darren Simpson of Creative Paper explained how he makes paper from apple pulp, denim jean offcuts, wombat poo, seeds and more. He even makes paper with seeds in it, so that you can plant the paper when you no longer need it. The photo below is of a poo paper (though the brown stuff wasn’t all poo!):
Our next stop was the Burnie Regional Museum. Arthur and I really enjoyed this the ‘100 Years 100 Objects: World War 1‘ exhibition. Well, I’m not sure ‘enjoyed’ is the right word, given some of the information we were reading about experiences of World War 1. But the exhibition was very well put together. We saw people weaving and making lace, though Arthur loved the free ANZAC biscuits on offer:
We also looked at the Federation Street exhibit which shows life in Burnie around 1900:
Our second port day was in Port Arthur. Port Arthur is a former convict settlement in Tasmania. Arthur and I did a pretty quick tour as it was hot and we were both fairly tired. Lots of uphill walking and beautiful scenery:
Our final Tasmanian destination was the capital city of Hobart. I love Hobart and blogged about last year’s visit. I was a bit annoyed to arrive there on a Sunday, which meant missing out on the famous Salamanca market (held on Saturdays). I was double annoyed to learn that the two vegan places I wanted to visit were also closed on Sunday which meant a sorry trek back to the ship’s salad bar.
Arthur and I did get to go on one of those 90 minute hop on-hop off double decker bus tours, though we stayed on the bus the whole time. I took photos of the beautiful houses and streets through the back window of the very bumpy bus but they didn’t turn out that great, so here’s the best one:
I would have liked to visit these locations in more depth, especially Hobart as I’d love to walk around the hilly streets (on my own, without kids, taking my time!) Hopefully we’ll get to go back one day.