Tasmania 2014

So in December 2014, my boyfriend and I went on a holiday in the lovely state of Tasmania, Australia. We traveled all around the island for about two weeks and this is why I’m planning on writing several posts as one would just be way too much with all the pictures we took and the things we did and saw. So be prepared!

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On the ferry leaving Melbourne towards Tasmania

 

Introduction:

Tasmania is an island state located 240 km (150 mi) south of the Australian main land separated by the Bass strait. It is also the 26th largest island in the world!
There are about 507500 people living on Tasmania with almost half of them in the Greater Hobart area which is also the state capital.
The area is 68401 square kilometres and the main island covers 64519 skm.
Around 45 % of the area of Tasmania is in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites and apparently the founding place of the first environmental party in the world.
(Thank you wikipedia for this.)

The start:

Because of all the national parks and the nature we actually picked Tasmania as our destination and so we started looking for a new tent and all the camping equipment one would need on a two week trip.
We decided to take our own car over hiring a campervan and taking the ferry over.

Itinerary:

To be honest, we only had some information from my old flatmate who grew up on Tassie and a few hiking and tourist books we got the day before leaving and most of the trip was planned as we were driving, reading the pages of the region we just were in, and it worked out fine. We have covered almost all of the island and know where to go next when ever we come back!

Day 1:
From arriving in Devonport and driving via Deloraine to Launceston, Scottsdale to Mount William National Park
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Day 2:
From Mount William National Park via St Helens to the Bay of fires Conservation Area
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Day 3:
Exploring of the area: Binalong Bay, Halls Falls, Saint Columba Falls, Pyengana, Lottah, Fresh Oysters and Seafood
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Day 4:
From Bay of Fires via Beaumaris, Bicheno, to Coles Bay and the Freycinet National Park

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Our campsite had its own access to the beach.

Day 5:
Hiking to Wineglass Bay, Sleepy Bay and Hazards Beach
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Day 6:
From Coles Bay via Swansea, Triabunna, Orford, Sorell Fruit Picking Farm to Marion Bay. Exploring of the Tasman National Park

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Day 7:
The day in Hobart, Visiting Cascade Brewery and more seafood from the harbour

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When you do a tour, you also get free beer.

 

Day 8:
MONA, and off to Bruny Island via Margate. Having Oysters and Island Cheese and fun with the possums.
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Day 9:
On Bruny Island. Hiking, visiting the lighthouse at Cape Bruny, trying to fish, searching for penguins at the Neck and a big dinner at Hotel Bruny.
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Day 10:
Driving to Mount Field National Park via Cygnegt, Huonville, Hobart and New Norfolk in really bad weather.

Day 11:
Exploring Mount Field National Park, waterfall, Giant Trees and the Styx River and the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail.
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Day 12:
From Mount Field to Cradle Mountain – Lake Saint Clair National Park

Day 13:
Hiking up Cradle Mountain and around Dove Lake, relaxing at the fire with red wine.
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Day 14:
Driving all the way to Stanley and stopping at Rocky Cape National Park, Burnie, Penguin and waiting for the ferry from Devonport back to Melbourne.

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Bye, bye Stanley.

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Early morning view of Melbourne.

 

As I go writing the posts, I’ll update here with the links to the days and hope to share a lot of pictures with you all.

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