My Journey to discover the State of Tasmania started at 6am on a Monday, which may not sound like the good time for starting a successful trip. But I was very excited, as the destination of my 2.5 hour flight from Brisbane was Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. I’ve heard many opinions from fellow travellers about the island, and they all were about the diversified landscape, the fresh seafood and the good wine. What could go wrong?
After picking up the car (a 4wd SUV, my friends told me that’s what is needed for Tasmania’s different roads and regions) and checking into our accomodation we decided to do a Big Bus City tour to discover the 200,000 population state-capital with its botanical garden, its monumental Tasman Bridge and great views across the whole bay area. After the bus tour me and my travelmate drove up the 1.271 m high Mount Wellington. The view we experienced up there was breathtaking, some say with perfect weather conditions it is possible to see over half the island from up there. We finished the day off in the hip part of the city called Salamanca, with the famous Salamanca market. Multiple Restaurants and Bars next to each other invite locals and visitors to finish off the day in a relaxed atmosphere.
Highlight of the Day: Views from Mount Wellington
We had an early start on Day 2 as our plan was to arrive in Launceston, on the other side of Tasmania. On our way up the east coast were many attractions that we have heard of before our journey like the wineglass bay on Freycinet, Bay of Fires or Binalong Bay. Our first stop, Wineglass Bay, was a 3 hour drive up the beautiful east coast of “Tassy” (Slang for Tasmania). The hike up to the lookout was definitely worth it and a Must-Do. The next stop was Binalong Bay, a 2 hour drive further up the coast. Known around the island for its turquoise water and white beach, Binalong Bay was just a quick stop for our next highlight of the day, the Bay of Fires, just 20 minutes northern of Binalong Bay. Its striking name has its origin from the remarkable red colour on the big and small rocks in the bay. This paired with a similar surrounding like Binalong Bay created a mindblowing atmosphere. After enjoying the spectacular views it was time for us to finish of the day with a 3 hour drive to our place for the night, Launceston.
Highlight of the Day: Red rocks at Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires
Day 3 started with a walk in the Cataract Gorge in the Suburbs of “Lonny” (Launceston). Having done many Gorge walks in Australia before, I did not expect too much of it, but it definitely was a surprise. The biggest surprise was the olympic sized swimming pool at the end of the walk, which offered a cool refreshment after the 90 minute walk in the sun. After a 1 hour drive north we had a self-prepared salmon sandwich (Tasmanian Salmon is known all around Australia) at the northern coast in Tasmania’s third biggest city, Devonport. The rest program for our day was to drive into the national park of Cradle Mountain to our accomodation for the night and have a wine tasting there. The 90 minute drive to our place for the night was fantastic and so much different from the coastline landscape that we had seen so far. It really reminded me of the rural landscape of central European countries with cowherds and wheatfields. As mentioned in the beginning, Tasmania is also very famous for excellent wine, so a wine tasting was very high on our priority list. We received a combination of red and white wine with matching cheeses. It was delicious and I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a passion for wine.
Highlight of the Day: Wine & Cheese Tasting
After a great sleep in the mountains our 4th day started off with a short board walk to different waterfalls in the Cradle Mountain region. The weather was still amazing, sun was shining so we decided to visit a Beach Town on the West Coast of Tasmania. A 2 hour drive down from the Highlands in the national parks brought us to the laid back beach town of Strahan, where we had a stunning view on an endless seeming beach. We left there at around 1pm and had a 4.5 hour drive back to Hobart in front of us. On our way back, after 1 hour, we passed the mountain city Queenstown, which was founded by miners. Around Queenstown the landscape reminded me of big mountain areas like the swiss Alps. We also found a Lookout straight after Queenstown, called the “Iron Blow Lookout”. Because we did not expect this, it was even more impressive. We arrived in Hobart at around 6pm and enjoyed our last evening in Tasmania in Hobart’s lovely Harbour district.
Highlight of the Day: Landscape around Queenstown and the Iron Blow
Our last day in Tassy started with a morning trip to the MONA – Museum of Old and New Art. The museum was really exciting and found new ways to enable younger generations an access to art. As our flight was already at 1:30 pm, it was time to give back our beloved car to the car rental and to check our bags in. We arrived in Brisbane at 5pm and noticed that the temperature was not really noticeable. Tassy is Lit.
Highlight of the Day: MONA