Last October a long awaited holiday arrived. We travelled to Tasmania where we set on our first road trip! I heard a lot about the greenest state of Australia before: its remote beaches, lonely mountaintops, its untouched wilderness and hearty food. I remember thinking about the fact that we would approximately be the same distance to Antarctica then to the Equator, that we will be almost at the end of the world – of course, it depends from which angle you look at it. I researched points of interests, read a lot about its history and landmarks and constantly checked the weather forecast. But until I set foot on its land I could not quite imagine what was waiting for me. Tasmania is mysterious. On its surface it might seem rough, harsh, even dangerous sometimes. But once you are ready to experience it for its true values you realise what a magical and heart-warming place it is. As if God decided to reward those, who travelled at such a far end of the world, by giving them a small corner of Paradise.
I am planning to write more stories and travel tips of our trip, but at first I thought of putting together a list of highlights, AKA my TOP8 must-do’s of Tasmania.
Getting amazed by nature – although I have been living in Australia for some time now the variety of flowers, trees and other plants we can find even in the most ordinary places still amazes me. And Tasmania is no exception! It offered beauties wherever we went, I could hardly keep up taking photos of them. Unfortunately in most cases I have no clue of the names of the flowers, but if you do please feel free to add it in the comment section.
Seeing native animals in the wild was one of the most unique experiences I have ever had. Although I knew that almost half of the state is a national park I was still surprised by the number of animals we saw in their natural surroundings. During our hike in the Cradle Mountains I was like a kid trying to spot a wombat, and was so thrilled when finally I did! Then while driving near the Great Lake we met so many wallabies, that we called it the ’wallaby road’. But maybe the biggest surprise was seeing five dolphins at Wineglass Bay when we sat down in the sand to have our packed lunch.
Hiking in the Cradle Mountains – was a true happy pill, and one of my favourite parts of our trip. Feeling the sunshine, wind, rain and snow on our faces on the same day; enjoying some wonderful views and hard climbs near the Dove Lake, getting super tired but super content at the end of the day. Just loved it!
Visiting Wineglass Bay – and hiking in the Freycinet National Park was just a pure energy boost while being on the East Coast of the island. The blues of the sea, the redness of the rocks, the whites of the sand and the greens of the forest just melt in perfect harmony.
Enjoying some hearty food and delicious wine – fresh, local, quality and honest, these are the words, which describe the best most of the food experiences we had in Tasmania. It was so nice to find small and family businesses and people, who are really passionate about what they do. One of the signature dish of the state is a steak made of the famous black cow, which you do not only find on the menu, but in almost every green paddock near the roads.
Having a dazzling view of Hobart – be prepared that the capital of Tasmania wins its visitors over with its true character and friendliness straight away. We only spent one day in the city but its charming buildings, old port, and friendly locals made our stay really memorable. I am already making a list of things what I wish to do on my next visit.
Watching the river running under you – while visiting Launceston we spent half a day discovering the Cataract Gorge. There are some beautiful walks, most of them are pretty easy, so kids or grandparents can enjoy them too; a sweet café, where you can grab a delicious scone; and you will also find the longest single chairlift span in the world, which is great fun for everyone.
Being on the road – Although the distances are not so big in Tasmania you find many remote areas, to where there is no or very limited public transport. So our best bet was hiring a car and going on a road trip.
It is amazing how flexible you can be with your schedule and how many different types of scenery and places you get to explore once you have the freedom of a car. You can truly follow your instinct and go wherever it takes you!
PS: The next post will be about our food trail in Tasmania, prepare your taste buds!