THE UNIQUE ISLAND OF TASMANIA

THE UNIQUE ISLAND OF TASMANIA

Tasmania is just off the coast from Melbourne and has been a bucket list item for me for a long time. This stunning place has some of the most amazing landscapes, food, and beaches that you will ever see in your life! Much to my surprise, it is full of a lot of lush bush area and mountains, incredible blue beaches and lots of funky, hip little shops? I’m not quite sure why, but all this time I thought Tasmania was going to be much like Uluru – brown on brown on brown…. what was I thinking Dol! lol!

At this time in life, I am extremely excited as this Saturday I will be flying down under- under(get it?) to Tasmania from Sydney for a 5-day getaway mini break!!! hallelujah! Come at me Tassie! 😉

So in today’s post, I will be sharing a bunch of must-see sights that I hope to see or that you can also look into if you are planning on a trip to Tassie soon. I also have a load of information about this little island listed below in case you are traveling from overseas and need a little help. I hope you enjoy this post! and don’t worry I, of course, will be inundating you all with incredible pics from my trip via Instagram, Twitter and in future blog posts so don’t forget to follow my accounts so that you don’t miss out wink wink!

BASIC INFORMATION 

Tasmania is Australia’s most southern, and only island state. It is separated from mainland Australia by a 240 kilometer stretch of water called “The Bass Strait”.

Tasmania is, of course, most famous for its nature: separated from the mainland, it has many species found nowhere else on earth and more than 40 percent of the state is protected in national parks and reserves. YASSSSS! protect these gorgeous animals!

Size | 68,401 km²
Population | 515,000 (Sep 2014)
Slogan or nickname | The Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle – TASSIE!!!
Languages | English 
Currency | $ AUD 
Weather | The summer months of December, January and February are peak season in Tasmania. The prolific peaks rarely see ‘peak’ seasons, however, with wilderness to roam, crowds free, just about everywhere. The autumn months of March, April and May are quieter – hence why I am going haha!

MY PLANS 

After working high season in Australia it is finally time for another mini-break for me YAY! When this goes online I will be in Tasmania, enjoying a 5-day mini-break ahhhhhh.

I have been preparing for my trip and I thought I would show you what my plans are and what you could also see and do in this trip, as well as give you some additional sights that you could stop at if you have a bit more time and a car… It turned into an extensive travel guide for all must-see sights on the island.

I am going to Hobart for several reasons. The main one is that I need a break because I have been going through a pretty stressful period in my life. I love doing walks, nature, and photography and this place is brilliant for all of that.

Of course, I will be taking loads of pictures and I will be writing a few blog posts on this place (so stay tuned if you are thinking of going as well) For now I have the followings activities planned:

  • Mount Nelson
  • Mount Wellington
  • Possibly Port Arthur
  • The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Underneath is a long list with amazing sights you could see when traveling to this bloody cool island.

MUST-SEE SIGHTS 

MT NELSON SIGNAL STATION AND LOOKOUT | The smaller sister of Mount Wellington, but still very impressive. This mountain a signal station ( build in 1811) a picnic area and lookout with panoramic views over Hobart and Bruny Island. It is easily accessible by public transport from the city…. now just look at that picture below. (huge gasp – loss of breath, so damn pretty!)

MT WELLINGTON | This mountains stands as a majestic 1270 meters and provides a sturdy backdrop to the city, guarding it against the elements.  A perfect mountain to either climb or walk down from. I will be booking a one-way transfer to the top of the mountains and I will try (with a capital T) to walk down (I can always roll down if I am too exhausted haha) very excited about this one.

THE ROTAL TASMANIAN BOTANIC GARDENS | HOBART |  The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is Australia’s second-oldest established in 1818. These gardens are home to the largest collection of mature conifers in the Southern Hemisphere and it also has the only subantarctic plant house in the world.

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY | since so much of the island is a national park, there are many amazing places to practice your astrophotography skills. I will be going to Seven Mills beach in Hobart, depending on the weather (That is where the picture above has been taken as well)

PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE | The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world. It has won many awards and has been called one of Australia’s great tourism destinations. The Site combines rich history and scenic beauty to tell the stories of the harsh discipline and determined industry of the settlement. It is a place to discover Australian history and connect with the origins of Australian culture. – Side note: In 1996 Australia’s worst massacre happened at Port Arthur, changing our country and its laws dramatically, so I ask if you are to visit Port Arthur to please remember to be respectful at all times, it is an incredible historic site but for so many people in this country it is also a painful reminder of the terrible events that happened not so long ago.

BRUNY ISLAND | Bruny Island is accessed via a 20-min crossing on a vehicular ferry from Kettering, around a 35-min drive south of Hobart. The Island is filled with stunning vistas and contrasts; from hay bales and cattle to windswept beaches and arctic wildlife. I mean what more could you actually want? Farm and beach life combined! HEAVEN

Roughly 100 km in length Bruny Island is made up of a north and south island, which are separated by a narrow isthmus known as “The Neck”. It was discovered by Abel Tasman in 1642 and is rich in both British and Aboriginal history.

WINEGLASS BAY | FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK | Scenic white-sand beach & turquoise bay with a path to a rocky lookout offering iconic views.

BINALONG BAY |  This is a small coastal town, a 15-minute drive from St Helens and a 2.5 hours drive from Launceston. A popular place to visit and a holiday destination. Just look at that gorgeous water! I could jump in threw my screen haha!

Additionally, you can find Cosy Corner Beach (North of Binalong Bay) is also a must see. The Bay of Fires area on the Northern East coast of Tasmania is a delightful area of beautiful beaches and rocky headlands.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN | Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state’s most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.

LOW HEAD LIGHTHOUSE |  LOW HEAD | Well maintained and historic complex, lots of historical plaques and points of reference. An accessible historic location even after the gates close at 5 pm. Once that happens you have an easy walk up the embankment along pathways and through some gateways, if your lucky enough you may even encounter a baby penguin hiding amongst the bushes, patiently waiting to feed.

SALAMANCA MARKET | HOBART |  This is one of Australia’s most vibrant and loved outdoor markets, located on Hobart’s waterfront and open every Saturday of the year – rain, hail, or shine. The market offers some delicious local produce, handicrafts, and some local talented artists.

SEE THE SOUTHERN AURORA AUSTRALIS | A similar phenomenon to the Northern lights, the Aurora Australis is a natural light phenomena native to Australia is a shimmering, shifting light show. It’s caused by electrically charged protons being diverted harmlessly by Earth’s magnetic field.

Although auroras happen all year round, the best time to see them in Tassie is during the winter months (March to September). The widest part of the aurora is when the sun is on the opposite side of the Earth to where you are, so around midnight is best.

LAVENDER FIELDS | BRIDESTOWE ESTATE |  If you’re visiting Tassie at the beginning of the year, be sure not to miss some of the most stunning lavender fields you have ever seen! The fields can be found in the North of Tasmania at Bridestowe Estate. While the fields usually bloom in February, the season can sometimes be brought forward to late January – be sure to check out their website to stay up to date!

BAYS OF FIRE | ST HELENS | Stunning clean white beaches, blue water, and granite rocks splashed with orange lichen is what you can find at the Bays of Fire.  It’s not surprising that Lonely Planet named the Bay of Fires as one of the world’s hottest travel destinations. An absolute must-see.

Bay of Fires is only a short drive from the township of St Helens, on the East Coast of Tasmania. A great itinerary is to drive from Hobart through the East Coast and onwards to Launceston to end your trip.

SPOT A TASMANIAN DEVIL | They might look cute (a la Taz the cartoon), but these little devils are just that – Devils! See them at one of the many wildlife parks around the island: in the North and in the South. (Image by JJ Harrison via Wikicommons).

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