I definitely enjoyed my visit in Tasmania, Australia. And if I will have another opportunity to visit the country, I will visit again the island for the other parts that I haven’t seen yet.
Since I finished featuring Tasmania, here’s my top list itinerary that I had when I traveled the island.
TOP 1 – CRADLE MOUNTAIN
For me, it was the best in all itinerary that we had in Tasmania because we had a trek and a 360-degree view experience in the national park, for me it was like hiking a mountain summit in a much easier way. And the best of it at the top in Marions Lookout is seeing the places around it like you are witnessing a paradise in front of your eyes.
TOP 2 – DONAGHYS HILL
We had a bit of hiking here as well so we can reach the Donaghys Lookout where I had a 360-degree scenery of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.
TOP 3 – MONTEZUMA FALLS
I really enjoyed visiting Montezuma Falls as we had to trekked or hiked the rain-forest before we reach the highest waterfalls in the island.
TOP 4 – MOUNT FIELD
I enjoyed a lot in Mount Field National Park, such as Russell Falls, Pademelon Tasmania and Eucalyptus Regnans.
TOP 5 – LAKE ST CLAIR
The calmness of the lake is one of the reason I fall in love with this lake and this is the Australia’s deepest fresh water lake.
TOP 6 – HENTY (SAND) DUNES
Sand dunes has an appeal to me because it made me feel a different outlook when it comes to nature and it showcase a unique beauty of the land.
TOP 7 – STRAHAN
One of the Loneliest Places On Earth and the Most Isolated Outpost in Australia with beautiful harbour at end of the world.
TOP 8 – SHEFFIELD
Sheffield has titled as Town of Murals where it boast its beautiful murals all visible around the town.
TOP 9 – DELORAINE / RED HILLS
A place where we enjoyed Salmon for free. A salmon farm that you can enjoy and nature that surrounds it.
TOP 10 – TARRALEAH
The lookout is overlooking of Tarraleah Power Station including the huge pipes (penstocks) down to it.
TOP 11 – QUEENSTOWN
A quick visit to one of the remote town exist in Tasmania which developed during the mining glory days in the island.
TOP 12 – LAKE ROSEBERY
A misty lake that I enjoyed during the quick stop we had near Murchison Bridge.
I flew to Hobart from Melbourne at Sunday evening, June 16, 2013. I booked 3-Days tour from 17 to 19 and will return to Melbourne at 20th of the same month. I was booked for overnight stay at Edinburgh Gallery Bed & Breakfast for the next day’s start of adventure.
Monday, I woke-up early and had a quick breakfast in my accommodation which was a self-service at that time. Then, I checked-out by just dropping my room key into the drop box. I left the hotel early in the morning to go to the Pickled Frog hostel where the tour will pick-up the rest that will join the tour.
I was glad that my accommodation that I stayed in the city was not far from the pick-up point and just 5 minutes walk. When I arrived at the front of the hostel, there were few people earlier than myself and already waiting. We waited in few more minutes until the vehicle for the tour arrived. The tour guide named Greg Price starts asking us for the tours and checks the names in his list, then we hopped on to the van.
Though it was drizzling cold Monday morning in Hobart, I was hoping to have a nice weather as I wanted to enjoy the few days adventure that I planned in Tasmania. From Hobart we drove to the north and as we were getting far from the city the weather was clearing which was a good sign.
Our first stop was Mount Field National Park. The tour that I signed up were more into nature adventure, therefore walking and trekking were not a surprising activity to do.
We walked into the forest and Greg started discussing tidbits about national park and the giant or tallest trees. Then along the way we found a Tasmanian Pademelon. Though we were not so close to it, I had a chance to observed the cute nocturnal animal even from a distance, I even got a bonus since I was able to capture a snapshot of it (though photos are not so clear). It was one of the animals that I found in the notification board that we passed when we started the walk in the woods.
After watching Tasmanian Pademelon for a couple of minutes, walks continued and we stopped a bit when we reach the Tallest Trees or Giant Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) remains in the ground. What we saw were parts of the trees remains for years, one part still standing on the ground and one was fallen to the ground. Both remnants shows the hollow portion of the trees.
Tallest Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) at the ground
When we were done with Tallest Trees, we walk towards Russell Falls. At that time of our visit, there at least portion of the water flows in the falls. It was one of the scenic falls that I discovered in my travel because it has layers, like stairs of falls that makes the water flows amazingly beautiful.
Along the walks, we found swamp, Tallest Tress and scarlet robin bird. Below were snapshots that I had:
Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus Regnans)
Tasmanian Pademelon wood carved
Before we head for our lunch, we had a quick visit at Tarraleah Penstocks Lookout. The lookout is overlooking of Tarraleah Power Station including the huge pipes (penstocks) down to it. Looking at the photos of Hydro Tasmania, it reminded me the largest environmental movement occurred in Australia. As I see it, the company still somewhat able to push the project in another way.
Tarraleah Penstock Lookout
Next thing happened, we went for the lunch, a restaurant near Lake St Clair. After lunch we went to the lake side. And there, I witnessed how the lake was so calm at that time, a very serene scenery.
At Lake St Clair Lodge Restaurant
Lake St Clair
After enjoying the lake, our last stop was a trek to Donaghys Hill Lookout. After a while of walking and trekking we reached the lookout. We climbed the stairs to reached its viewing platform and the next thing happened was enjoying a 360 degrees view of wonderful wilderness. I was thrilled of what I had seen at the lookout, a scenery worth to see.
Tasmania (Day 1) : From Mount Field to Lake St Clair to Donaghys Hill
Scenery at Donaghys Hill Lookout
After the first and jam-pack itinerary tour, we drove to Tullah where our dormitory accommodation is located.
Before we reached our designated accommodation, the group did some groceries in a small town called Queenstown. A historic town rose during the mining glory days in the island.
The first night that we stayed in our accommodation, we just chilled out to the pool bar restaurant nearby and had fun, since I don’t drink, juice and water were already enough for me during the dinner. Since I don’t play the pool games, I just watched my group playing it until the group decided it to call it a day. That’s how we ended the first day adventure in Tasmania.
The tour that I joined involves nature adventure, it includes a bit of walking and trekking. When the tour started, our first stop after reaching Mount Field National Park was Russell Falls which said to be Tasmania’s prettiest waterfall. The water flows in layer which makes it really a fascinating falls. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.
Eucalyptus Regnans, the tallest Flowering Trees in Earth that can be found in Mount Field National Park in Tasmania. It is second tallest to the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). The photos are showing the remnants of the Eucalyptus Regnans where the middle of it is hollow. And another photo for the live trees. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.
Fallen Tallest / Giant Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans)
Alive Tall Trees / Giant Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans)
Aside from Tasmanian Pademelon, we saw Scarlet Robin while continuing the walks around Russell Falls. Thinking that it will fly away from us, I took the snapshot from a distance. I was fascinated because I saw this kind of birds on their natural habitat and not in the cages. The photo is part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.
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
Tall Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) at Mount Field National Park
Lake St Clair
Day 2: Montezuma Falls, Strahan & Henty Dunes
Day 3: Cradle Mountain & Sheffield
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
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.
During the first day tour in Tasmania, while we were exploring Mount Field National Park, we found a Tasmanian Pademelon, one of the species of pademelon or marsupials that are solitary and nocturnal. That is the reason why they commonly found in thick vegetation and forests. They are like wallaby and kangaroos, the difference are Tasmanian Pademelon are stocky animals with relatively has short tails and legs to support them in dense vegetation. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.