Date of stay: June 2013
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Tasmania is an Island located off the coast of the mainland (bottom right of Australia). I decided to spend some time in Tasmania before heading to Europe on my working holiday and I'm so glad I did.
If you’re planning a visit to Tasmania then I’d recommend checking out the following things:
My first adventure was to Candle Mountain, it’s about 4 hours’ drive north of Hobart. We stayed at Peppers lodge and walked up to our exclusive cabin in the wilderness. it was so flash! Probably the nicest accommodation I've ever stayed in yet the most remote! After walking to the lake and the base of Cradle Mountain we walked through a tempered rainforest which was really cool and ended up overlooking some waterfalls. There is a lot of wildlife around this area, lots of wallabies and wombats just cruising around and all so friendly, you can even walk up close and pat them! I defiantly knew I was in Tasmania after that little mission and I highly recommend this in any itinerary.
BAY OF FIRES & WINEGLASS BAY
We hired a car and drove to St Helens which was about 3 hours from Hobart, we stayed there the night and were up early in the morning for an adventure filled day! First we drove to Binalong Bay and checked out the beach and all the big orange hued granite boulders. We drove all the way up to the Gardens and kept going until the road actually ended, it was well worth it as it overlooked some beautiful white beaches and landscape. On the way back we stopped off at some of the little coves and tracks and explored some hidden beaches. In a nut shell the Bay of Fires is a region of white beaches, blue water and orange-hued granite. I would love to go back and camp in this area, it was all so stunning and untouched. For the second half of the day we drove back down the east coast about 2 hours and ventured to the famous Freycinet National Park where a 45 minute uphill walk rewards you with breath taking views at the "Wineglass Bay lookout"- and that amazing photo opportunity which everyone knows. The walk down the other side to the bay is another 45 minutes. I think it’s worth doing as you walk through pink granite peaks and the parks dramatic backdrop, its so stunning and blissfully pure that it’s easy to feel as if you are an early French explorer first setting foot on Wineglass Bay.
Wineglass Bay, along with Cradle Mountain, is recognized across the world as one of "Tasmania’s iconic destinations". But, there is more to this east coast gem than simply capturing your perfect-postcard snap from the lookout.
We went to the Tasman peninsula which was an amazing day trip filled with lots of natural wonders and only an hour’s drive from Hobart. Have you heard of the Giants Causeway in Ireland well its exactly the same natural rock formation here but all square instead of hexagon, these are called the tessellated pavements, to get there we travelled through the “Denali Fires” area were those crazy bush fires destroyed 2 towns, you could see the devastation through miles of tress all burnt and where all the houses used to be with only the chimneys left standing. We then went to some crazy cliffs and land formations called the Devils kitchen and the Tasman Arch, there are some great viewing platforms of these enormous sheer cliffs and caves below. The Remarkable Caves are only about 10 minutes’ drive on and there is a platform right at the base, I stayed there listening to the sound of the rugged ocean wondering about the power of the sea and how erosion has formed this magnificent Tasmanian shaped door in the rock, they are truly remarkable! !
We went to the renowned Port Arthur- historical convict ruins, this is meant to be Tasmania’s top tourist attraction but for me it was just a slice of history and a major airy feeling when walking around, then I found out a few years ago there was a massacre right where I was standing , 35 people shot dead. That was a weird sad feeling. I was happy to leave.
If you go to Tasmania you must visit MONA!
Museum of Old and New Art. It takes a different approach to interpretation: there are no labels or wall texts. Instead, you are given an iphone, which is sensitive to the location in the museum – showing you works in your proximity.
It houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Some of the stuff is very left field and I thought it was a bit disturbing in some areas, but I guess you just take it with a grain of salt.. yet I was left thinking about some of the visuals for days after. Mona Museum Tasmania.
Overall we had an amazing time and would definitely plan a trip back, if you love the outdoors and seeing some amazing landscapes then a holiday in Tasmania is a great choice. Any questions feel free to comment below.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your hotel: Yes – Peppers lodge
Overall rating destination: 4 out of 5