You often plan your trips to go smoothly but sometime life throws some curves in your path. That’s the kind of adventure I had during my graduation trip. The person closest to me – my sister, flew down to Australia for my graduation and I was over the moon with the news. I decided to use this one-time opportunity to plan a fun trip to the island of Tasmania, one of my dream destinations.
Even though place is famous for the endangered Tasmanian Devils the island state also has plenty of beautiful white sandy beaches, forest filled national parks and unique flora for visitors to discover and explore.
We flew down from Melbourne to Hobart – the capital of Tasmania and a historic charming city with a handful of attractions.
Something one should account for while planning a trip to Tasmania is renting a car, as it provides the freedom to explore the remote and beautiful national parks in the state. While my sister and I did not plan to drive during our trip there, and were thinking of opting for the organized day tours, the events of our trip unfolded quite differently.
I believe that we should try to step out of our comfort zone whenever we get an opportunity and when circumstances are safe to do so, of course. So, when two lovely solo travelers, an Australian teacher and an American physician we met at the quirky Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) had similar interests, we hatched a sudden plan to rent a car and go on a road trip together. This was our first time agreeing to a trip with people we just met but what’s life if not a wonderful adventure and moreover this way we got to explore our favorite places.
My favorite pick and a must see in Tasmania is definitely the magical Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.
We drove our red hatchback up the ramp of a car ferry and watched in glee at the wave’s splashed onto the sides of the boat slowly sailing towards the small island.
Once onto the 362 kilometer square island, we drove past several local popular cheese and winery places, to reach Neck’s Lookout observation deck.
The famous image of the lookout was unique but what caught my breath was the picture postcard image of a herd of swans floating on a still lake with a backdrop of mountains at the base of the lookout.
I simply couldn’t believe my eyes, as we dipped our toes in the warm water and gaped at the view in front of us. The diversity of birds and trees on the island was spectacular.
You might shake your head in disagreement, but being in Tasmania is like Christmas time, you keep uncovering more gifts as you explore.
My second favorite was the Freycinet National Park, a two and so hour drive from Hobart.
The Honeymoon Bay beach, especially was a treat to visit, yes you heard me say the name right. This beach in Coles Bay is as picturesque as it can get with red stone rocks, secluded alcoves and turquoise blue waters.
You can either choose to be one among the crowd, or walk a few hundred meters to enjoy the serenity of the warm ocean alone. This national park keeps on giving – other options include a hike at wineglass bay that is highly recommended, though when we went it was closed due to high fire risk. Moreover, there are the Friendly beaches along the way which offer you amazing surfing opportunities or a chance to sink your feet into the soft white sands of the beach.
This article doesn’t quite encompaass the whole flood of emotions you feel while you travel through Tasmania. These are just a couple of the nature-based places that I was lucky enough to see in Tasmania. Go to Discover Tasmania to learn about more such breathtaking places.
Though Tasmania is increasingly popular for tourists, it is not filed with mass tourists -could this be the reason behind the preservation of the untouched beauty or do the government ensure the island is protected from any human disruptions? Food for thought…
Until next time! 🙂