As I peered out of the window of the plane, it took approximately thirty seconds for me to fall in love with Tasmania. I could tell immediately that I was going to like this place. With the luscious greenery, rolling hills and deep blue waters it reminded me of my fond memories in Azores, Portugal. As we Brits say; “This was my cup of tea”
I was here to explore the Island Of Inspiration with Under Down Under. I had booked a guided five day tour of the island with complete strangers. A journey which turned out to be one of best experiences of my life so far.
I could write a million words on how beautiful Tasmania is and why you should definitely visit this wonderful place, however, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Here are a few places you should definitely visit on your journey around Tasmania.
Mount Field National Park, Russell Falls & Horseshoe Falls
Located within the beautiful Mt Field National Park and only an hours drive from Hobart, Russell Falls is Tasmania’s most popular waterfall. The waterfalls are accessed through the “Tall Tree’s Walk” which contain Earths tallest flowering plant, the Eucalyptus Regnans.
Lake St Claire
The beautiful Lake St Clair is the end point of the challenging 80km “Overland Track”. It’s also Australia’s deepest freshwater lake at 167m!
My personal favorite, Cradle Mountain. This place could easily be confused with the landscapes of New Zealand. During our visit we hiked up to Marions Lookout which is a picturesque three hour hike.
Ocean Beach (Hells Gate)
Maybe not the most beautiful beach in Tasmania, however, Ocean Beach is special. As you stare out across the ocean, you feel as if it’s the end of the world, especially when the next piece landmass is Argentina – an impressive 8,000km away.
Formed by an uninterrupted wind force that blows all the way from South America, these Sand Dunes are over 30m high and stretch along the coast for 15km. It was strange to explore these Mars-like dunes. Tasmania showing us how incredible nature can be once again.
Bay Of Fires
Arguably Tasmania’s most famous attraction. It was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 after he witnessed many Aboriginal fires along the coastline. The granite rocks get their famous colour from the Orange Lichen organism.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Run by a friendly and knowledgeable team of dedicated volunteers, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary looks after Kangaroos, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils and Koalas. Bonorong have Australia’s largest 24 hour rescue service which is funded purely by visitors entry fees! If you want to feed kangaroo’s and pet Koala’s make sure you visit this place!
Hopefully my pictures have given you an insight to what Tasmania is capable of offering. I do feel somewhat frustrated as the pictures DO NOT do Tasmania justice.
If you find yourself on this side of the planet I URGE you to make a stop in Tasmania, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for reading,