To the south of Australia is the island Tasmania. A wonder of nature less known and visited by tourism.
With a total population of about 500,000 inhabitants, nature makes its way between them.
To visit the island you can do it by plane or boat. A 1-hour plane from Melbourne took me to the island on October 31st, 2017.
A 6 days road route to explore the island was not enough, despite it being such a small island, it has a lot of nature to discover.
If you keep reading I will tell you the route that allowed us to visit the places that most interested us all.
The tour began in a southeasterly direction to visit the Tasman Peninsula, and from there to the north along the entire east coast. Once in the northwest we enter the center through Cradle Mountain to go to Hobart.
The Tasman Peninsula extends to the Tasmanian Sea in the southeast corner of Tasmania.
The east coast of the peninsula has several wonders, including the Eaglehawk Neck Viewpoint from which to observe the majesty of its cliffs.
After a pause at the viewpoint we continue south to see the Tasman Arch, a huge arch carved by the force of the sea in the rock.
Keep going south to the Remarkable cave and the viewpoint, from which natural towers are observed in the distance reminiscent of some landscape of The Lord of the Rings. From here, stairs guide you to the cave, through which the ocean water crosses to a secret beach.
FREYCINET PENINSULA & COLES BAY
We change the route to the north to go to the Freycinet peninsula.
Known for its pink granite mountain range, The Hazards, and its white-sand protected beaches, the peninsula is the location of Freycinet National Park, the first national park to be declared in Tasmania.
Before entering the national park, we visited the Dolphin Sand; A 9 mile beach overlooking The Hazards.
Once at the national park you have many hiking options, but don't miss the Wineglass bay viewpoint.
North of Freycinet is Coles Bay, a beautiful bay that takes us to Friendly Beaches, a wonder.
The Blowhole in Bicheno is possibly the best in Tasmania. Be patient and wait to see the moment when the waves create their enormous dew through the beautiful orange rocks.
From Whalers Hill you can have stunning views from the observation post and, in the migration season, maybe you can even see a whale.
Diamond Island is a granite island, with an area of 16.7 acres, near the city of Bicheno.
In addition to its beauty, its limited access and what is hidden in it makes this place so special.
You can reach the island by walking on a sandspit of white sand that can be seen when the crystalline water that normally covers it opens its way at low tide.
When you arrive on the island and see that you also have a penguin community, you realize that it cannot be more unique.
THE BAY OF FIRE BINALONG BAY
Tiny coastal town with a simply amazing view: the turquoise ocean that visits an impressive white beach lined with huge rocks covered in orange lichen.
Halls Falls is a small but beautiful waterfall that flows along the Groom River. This is a beautiful 1-hour walk through the forest that introduces you to the fauna and flora of the island; So much so, that we saw a platypus!
Launceston is the second most important city in Tasmania and well known for its beautiful ancient villages, excellent food, wine and beautiful landscapes.
I have to confess that this city conquered me.
It is one of the oldest cities in Australia, and also one of the best preserved.
I advise you to spend at least one day in the city. Walk and delight yourself with its colonial and Victorian architecture, its centennial parks and enjoy its gastronomy.
*P.S. I lost the photos on my old phone.
NARAWNTAPU NATIONAL PARK
Narawntapu National Park is a coastal refuge, with inlets, small islands, wetlands, sand dunes, lagoons and an incredible variety of plants and animals. Located on the north central coast of Tasmania, the park has a rich variety of animals such as kangaroos, wallabies and wombats. And if you are very lucky you can see a Tasmanian devil, who are practically impossible to see in nature.
BOAT HARBOUR BEACH
We follow our route through the north and stop for a beer on this beautiful beach. One more beach among all the wonders of Tasmania, but that we especially enjoy in solitude.
STANLEY (THE NUT)
The Nut is the remains of an ancient volcano with a large flat surface.
In my opinion, I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this location, but if it fits your route, I would recommend it.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Part of the wild Tasmanian World Heritage area, this national park is home to tropical forests and ancient plants such as King Billy Pine and the native 'fagus' or beech deciduous.
The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including the Tasmanian demons, the wombats - which we were lucky to see - the platypus, the echidna and several species of birds.
It is a spectacular place to spend at least one day. Make sure you don't miss the route that leads to Dove Lake!
You can not miss this town where its landscape transports you to the moon and its city, to the wild west -In the past it was the richest mining city in the world.
Declared a World Heritage Site, the city is surrounded by lakes, hills and imposing mountains. The journey by car is spectacular, through a road with more than 90 curves.
A man-made reservoir, the Dam deserves a visit since, apart from being quite impressive due to its height and greatness, there are many things to see along the way.
Take a walk on the wall that closes the reservoir.
STYX TALL TREES
Deep in the heart of the lush Styx Valley, there is a centuries-old forest that houses some of the tallest trees in the world.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tasmania, Russel Falls has two vertical falls that give it a unique look!
Not only is the waterfall a 'must', but it is also surrounded by a rainforest to lose yourself in for a while.
I could describe the capital of Tasmania as the island itself, tiny but very interesting.
We could only spend one day in the city but it captivated us.
We were able to enjoy the Farm Market held every Sunday in Bathurst Street, with local and international food stalls, local products and music.
After a walk in the surroundings we went to the MoNa (Museum of Old and New Art). Its founder defined it as the Disney version for adults and everything around the museum revolves around the themes “love, sex and death”.
We end the day visiting Mt Wellington, a 'must' if you go to Hobart.