Postcards From Tasmania

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Stanley (The Nut)

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Cradle Mountain

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Hell’s Gates

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Sarah Island

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Gordon River

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Tungatinah Lagoon
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Lake St. Clair
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Meadowbank Lake
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Mount Field National Park (Russell Falls)
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(Horseshoe Falls)
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(Tall Trees)
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Salamanca Square
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Tasman Peninsula (Pirates Bay)
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(Tesselated Pavements)
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(Tasman’s Arch)
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(Devil’s Kitchen)
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Port Arthur Convict Settlement
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Mount Wellington
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Salamanca Place
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Cascade Brewery
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City of Hobart
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Mona Museum
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Richmond Bridge

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Spiky Bridge
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Coles Bay
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Richardson’s Beach
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Freycinet National Park (Freycinet Wineglass Bay)
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Bicheno
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Bay Of Fires
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Binalong Bay
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City of Launceston (Cataract Gorge Reserve)
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(City Park)
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Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
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Cradle Mountain
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Sheffield Town of Murals
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If
you think Australia is the land down under, Tasmania is further down south and
away from its common colonial mainland. From the city centers and to the
wilderness, my partner in crime and I completed 2100 kilometers, conquering the
whole island. Tasmania was said to be beautiful in all seasons and for me, my Tasmanian
journey began in the beginning of winter. Taking our car on board in the Spirit
of Tasmania ferries from Melbourne port, we disembarked at Devonport (North
Tasmania). Driving was relatively easy even for us who are GPS-reliant. Road
signs were clear and straightforward. All you have to be wary of really is just
to avoid road-kills. We have seen far way too many dead bodies on the road, but
praise the lord we did not kill a single soul. Here is a list of some places we
explored that highlights my Tasmanian trip.
NORTH
We
enjoyed a quick scenic drive to the northwest to Stanley, passing by small
towns called Burnie and Wynyard to take a look at an old volcanic plug, The
Nut. A small town of population not more than 500 stays underneath The Nut. If
you want to go on top of the mountain, you could take a chairlift. Personally,
I love seeing it from afar.
We
had sweet breakfast at Christmas Hills
Raspberry Farm
, one of the places I had strong affinity with. All menu
items were infused with the raspberry fruit, they even have raspberry hot
chocolate, or raspberry sausages! Close to the Raspberry farm, you could savour
yourself with cheese tasting at Ashgrove
Cheese Farm
.
WEST
Strahan is a small town and its survival is
reliant on its fishing port and cruise ferries. Many travellers looked past the
west coast region of Tasmania, as the most worthy attraction was seemingly only
a 6 to 8 hour cruise to Gordon River. Every chance I get to see a slice of
heaven I would take it. A family owned business, World Heritage Cruises provides a guided tour along Hell’s Gate (convicts pathway
entry to Sarah Island), Liberty Point (a pen where the rearing of thousands of
Atlantic salmons and Ocean trouts take place), Sarah Island (British convict
settlement), Heritage Landing (ancient forest) and last but not least, the
Gordon River. The Gordon River is a stretch of still waters where we travel
through a narrow river. The most beautiful instances were the water reflections that was enraptured through reflecting the mountainous rug of green, pink, orange trees.
CENTRAL
If
there is one sole purpose to make my way to Tasmania, it would be to be charmed
by beautiful Cradle Mountain. The
first time we came by to trek the scenic Dove Lake Circuit, the pinnacles were
fully covered in mist. The whole time it refused to brush clear and luck was
not on our side that day. On our very last day, we were determined to come
back, which I was glad we did. We witnessed the most magical, serene and pristine
illustration of landscapes. The mountain was the perfect storybook picture,
showcasing its mighty alps with clear baby blue sky backdrop. It was as though
two sisters proudly stand on the grounds of their kingdom, and we visitors bow
upon them. It was majestically alluring.
Less
than two hours drive away from Cradle
Mountain
, we made our way to Mount Field
National Park
for a trek in the forest. You could take a slow walk, picnic,
bird watch, or even ride on a ski during winter. The most common reason to be
here was to experience the tranquility of Tasmania’s most loved waterfalls.
Russell Falls sits on several tiers standing more than fifty meters from the
ground. Another, named horseshoe is an elegant cascade of a peaceful geological
formation. Those gushes of roar when water hits the grounds of the earth from
the waterfall summit seemed to have put my mind at a stand still.

SOUTH
The
city of Hobart is the liveliest town in Tasmania. Its city center offers a
street-level view of Mount Wellington
and it takes you less than half an hour to drive all the way to the pinnacle.
Each tenth of a kilometer upwards brings the temperature to a drop of one
degree. Eventually we ended up throwing snowballs at each other when we arrived
at the peak. We also visited MONA
(Museum of Old and New Art)
to take a look at the iconic building. Paying a
ticket entitles you to take a look at eccentric art pieces and invites for
controversial opinions derived from historical events around the world. We did
not have time to visit, but I would still recommend experiencing the buzzing
crowd at Salamanca Sunday Market
trying out food, buying crafts and other knick-knacks.
We
took a detour to Tasman Peninsula to
take a good view of beautiful rock formations. It is pleasing to know how
nature allows rocks to erode artistically. Not far from here, we spent the rest
of the day in a convict settlement named Port
Arthur
. It was an eye opening experience taking you back to when the early
settlers came to the island.
EAST
Taking
the coastal drive on east Tasmania was under the bucket list of mine. On a
sunny day, be enthralled by the fiery granites, the Bay of Fires they call it. Contemporary alternative mixes on the
radio, moist sand, and wind in my hair, I love them with all my senses. We even
went seashell picking and I ended up bringing about fifty of them home. In the
quiet evening we took a bushwalk at Freycinet Peninsula Park to overview a
stretch of conjoining plateaus and eyewitness the touristic Wineglass Bay.
There
is no denying the fact that the best time to travel is during your twenties. I
am constantly trying to explore region by regions, people to places, culture to
histories, and endorse myself with the beauty of all surroundings. No doubt that
Tasmania would have a lasting memory in a mind palace of mine.

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