Tasmania (Day 2) : From Montezuma Falls to Strahan to Henty Dunes

I cannot forget my travel in Tasmania because it was one of my travel that I felt how its freezing cold the winter season is in Australia. I experienced winter in Melbourne, but I seldom stayed outside for too long and since I stayed in apartment-hotel, I can control the temperature in my room. It was different when I was in Tasmania. The island is located at the southernmost which geographically nearer in Antarctica or south pole than in Melbourne. We stayed in the dormitory house where the heater is available at the living room/kitchen, therefore we can feel in our bed rooms the cold breeze coming from the outside that  sneaks to the walls and open space of the house. At first I thought that I will never be able to pull it through but in the end I survived the winter in the island.

We woke-up early in the morning. Everyone immediately prepared for the second day adventure. While I was wondering what to see and what we will do for that day, I can still feel the excitement within myself as I know we are going to places to explore and discover something. From the accommodation in Tullah, we drove towards Montezuma Falls not really far from where we stayed during the first night. Along the road, I saw a beautiful lake and I was glad that Greg our guide, did stopped near Murchison Bridge so we had a chance to see up-close and appreciate Lake Rosebery which just around the corner. Since it was early in the morning, the mist in the lake and the surrounding areas  was visible, a uniquely captivating scenery.

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Lake Rosebery

After enjoying the lake and taking some photos, we went back to the van to continue our second day adventure. The first part of the itinerary was Montezuma Falls, the highest Falls in Tasmania. From the parking, we walked in the rain-forest, taking the old tramway track and even had a chance to cross a very narrow suspension bridge not far from the falls which gave us a shaky feeling while enjoying the great view of the falls. Along the hike, we saw some mining holes as the area is a historical place of mining industry in the island during its glory days.

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Inside the rain-forest

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Narrow suspension bridge

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Some photos inside the rain-forest around the falls

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Montezuma Falls

Our lunch stop happened in  a small town called Strahan. The place has been historic because it became access port both for Sarah Island (where penal punishment for convicts were sent) and for mining settlement areas in the island. We spent time to roam the area in a bit. While wandering, the group found pathways to one of the accommodations in the town that offers a great overlooking view of Long Bay. While I was looking on information about the town, I just discovered that the town is called as one of the Loneliest Places On Earth and the Most Isolated Outpost in Australia with beautiful harbour at end of the world.

Some photos captured while on our way to Strahan

Some photos at Strahan while inside the van

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Town of Strahan

At Strahan Wharf Centre

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Overlooking at Long Bay

The group’s last stop before going back to the same accommodation we had during first night in the tour was Henty Sand Dunes which not really far from Strahan. It is a vast sand dunes to be found in the island and not far from the coast. The group had a playful funny activities in the dunes and the inner childishness of the group outburst. In the same sand dunes, the group did the tour company’s jump signature.

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Henty Sand Dunes

For our last night together in the group, I cannot forget the experience I had with them. The group had a party after dinner, because I don’t drink and not a party person, I went inside the dormitory bed room while most of them stayed in the living room. I heard the group just talking at first, then they played some music and started dancing, I heard the laughter and jokes outside. Inside the room I was in, I felt quite shy and timid. I stayed in the room for at least half an hour and while I was contemplating if I will join the group outside, one of them went inside and talked to me in a bit, then I decided to join them since it was the last night of the group together. Even though I really don’t know how to dance, I just move with the music and had fun and laugh with group. We had been like that in hours until we get tired and we decided to end it with happy mood.

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Still Expression : Henty Dunes – Jumping

Still Expression (Post#7) : Henty Dunes – Jumping

The so-called Jump signature of the tour company that we joined in. Even though that is not the case, our group had a great time, having fun in the sands even its winter time. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.

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Panoramic View : Henty Sand Dunes

Panoramic View (Post#27) : Henty Sand Dunes

Our last itinerary during our second day tour around Tasmania was playing around at Henty Sand Dunes which still part of Strahan, this was the place where our group had the historic and memorable jump adventures which signifies the thematic name of the tour company. The photo is part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.

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3-Days Itinerary To Explore Tassie

Even though the season in Australia at that time was winter, the season cannot stop me from going somewhere. Because of the thoughts that I will be leaving Australia in August in that same year of 2013 and thinking that I will never be returning again during my first project, I really planned to see as much as I can while I am still in Australia. One of the plans that I made and put it into reality is to go to Tasmania or commonly called Tas or Tassie, the largest island following the mainland of Australia.

When I was planning to visit the island, I knew for myself, that if I wanted to see lot of places in Tasmania in just few days, the options available are either rent and drive a car then go to many places or join a multiple day tours available in the island. Driving is not an option to me since I don’t drive. My option left is to join a group tour. Because of that I searched if there are multiple days tour available for the island and after sometime of searching, I found a tour that fits my plan and I booked a 3-Days tour. Then, it followed by booking flights and accommodation.

The 3-Days tour that I booked was called Wild West Coast Tour of Jump Tours with the following itinerary:

Day 1: Mount Field, Russell Falls & Lake St Clair

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Tall Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) at Mount Field National Park

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Russell Falls

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Lake St Clair

Day 2: Montezuma Falls, Strahan & Henty Dunes

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Montezuma Falls

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Strahan

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Henty Dunes

Day 3: Cradle Mountain & Sheffield

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Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

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Sheffield

The tour that I booked starts from Hobart and ends at Launceston, two major cities in the island. So stay tune for the next post of my Tasmania adventure.