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We are off again exploring this wonderful country of ours – Australia! On this occasion we are heading to the little known (and sometimes forgotten) island state of Australia, Tasmania. During our trip around Australia we never got to visit this wonderful Southern state full of natural beauty.
Tasmania, or Tassie as we call it, is located off the south coast of Australia and is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves. It is also renowned as being one of Australia’s first penal colonies where the British sent their convicts in the early 1800s.
Apart from Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness, it also offers delectable food and wine, spectacular coastlines, an intriguing history with many convict sites, 17 National Parks, coastal islands, compact cities and clean air.
So here is the proposed route of our trip which we intend to undertake in a small campervan:
Fly into Hobart, pick up our Hertz campervan and drive to the historical town of Richmond in the Coal Valley wine region just north of Hobart. Richmond features more than 50 Georgian buildings, the oldest Gaol in Australia and the Richmond Bridge built by convicts in the 1820s.
World-Heritage Listed Port Arthur located on the Tasman Peninsula is Australia’s most well-preserved and poignant convict sites. The Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds.
Situated on Tasmania’s east coast is the Freycinet National Park which features amazing scenery with pink granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and abundant birdlife. The biggest drawcard of the Park is the secluded horseshoe shaped bay called Wineglass Bay.
St Helens is on the north-east coastline of Tassie and is the gateway to the magnificent beaches of the Bay of Fires. The Bay of Fires feature perfect white sandy beaches and lichen-covered granite boulders.
The second largest city in the state is Launceston, a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. It’s surrounded by the rich farmland of the Tamar Valley and nearby towns of Evandale and Longford, with their grand old estates.
Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, sheltered by the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug and close to some great nature experiences and Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness.
Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, Cradle Mountain and the surrounding landscape is diverse and includes grassland, rainforest and ancient plants. With a range of walks ranging from easy to difficult, there’s plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of Tasmania’s wilderness first hand.
Strahan is a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Lake St Clair is Australia’s deepest freshwater lake and can be explored on a scenic cruise with spectacular views of the mountain peaks surrounding the lake.
Mt Field National Park is Tasmania’s first national park, with stunning vistas, great walks, abundant wildlife and excellent visitor facilities. There are many gems to be discovered in Tasmania’s most diverse national park, including Russell Falls, Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and many more on the way to the summit of Mount Field itself.
Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia and is located at the entrance to the Derwent River and nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington.
Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty with its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences.
Doesn’t it look like an amazing place? I can’t wait to show you more of what this gorgeous state has to offer. Stay tuned!!!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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