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Travels in Tasmania
The Apple Isle
One of my favorite places I have traveled to is Tasmania.
When I was in my early twenties I hitch hiked with my brother down the South East Coast of Tasmania, from Launceston to Hobart.
The small historic country towns and the picturesque scenery is to die for, with its pristine ocean bays and surrounding protected native forest, a hikers dream.
There we hitch hiked and did some sight-seeing during the day and at night booked into the nearest back packers or camped under the night sky, meeting along the way many interesting people from different parts of the world and states within Australia, seeing a side of Australian history that is not captured in any other state.
So much beautiful untouched country which only Tassie has to offer.
A Map of Tasmania
Fly or Ferry Your Way
Tasmania is an island and a state off the mainland of southern Australia, separated by Bass Strait.
Hobart being the capital, an old historic town with Mt Wellington in the background, once many, many years ago this island was once attached to the mainland, Australia.
There are two ways in which you can make your way over to Tasmania from Melbourne, you can either fly, from Tullermarine Airport to Hobart or Launceston or you can take your car on The Spirit of Tasmania a sea ferry that travels from Melbourne and sails into Devonport linking the island to Australia.
This a great way to travel as you have your car with you ready to go once you have crossed Bass Strait, instead of having to hire a car at the other end.
There are some many stunningly beautiful places to see in Tasmania that one trip is never enough and you always return for a second adventure.
Tasmania From Space
St Helens to Wineglass Bay
We flew in to Launceston and made our way out of this historic town, not taking long before we were out in the suburbs and into the country, a matter of minutes unlike in Melbourne where it could take at least a couple of hours.
St Helens was one our first ports of call along the Tasman Highway, a small fishing village which was once used to be a whaling base.
Now it operates as a fishing resort, tourism and timber being its main concerns.
From St Helens we traveled along to Freycinet National Park, part of the Freycinet Peninsular.
Along this rugged Tasmanian coastline are Coles Beach and the secluded beautiful Wineglass Bay.
To get to Wineglass Bay, you have to hike up a steep ridge and when at the top breathless, don't forget we are carrying packs, you look over at an unspoilt beach with the whitest of sand.
Now its time to make your way down!
Here we swam, cooked and pitched the tent for the night with the company of young bush wallabies which were hard not to feed.
Maria Island to Hobart
Onwards and after visiting many towns and places such as Cradle Mountain we decided to catch the ferry over to the old convict settlement, Maria Island.
Maria Island on the east coast of Tasmania is a former penal settlement in the same vein and close proximity to Port Arthur and the entire island is a national park.
After extensive damage from storms and vandals it was decided that the original old farm-house and grounds that was run by various people over its time, be protected and become part of the nation trust and parks.
Here the wild life run free, including such animals as the grey wombats, eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and Cape Barren geese.This island is a stunning spot to camp, in the surrounds of historically beautiful buildings and wildlife with very noisy geese.
Leaving beautiful Maria Island behind it was on to Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, very like a Bendigo, a historic town in Victoria, in size and history.
Hobart is a main port and is located on the estuary of the Derwent River with the back drop of the Wellington Mountains in the skyline.
It is the home to the Royal Botanical Gardens which is the second oldest Botanic gardens in Australia.
Mt Wellington is one of the main features of Hobart which is said to be a city nestled admidst the foothills of the mountain of Mt Wellington.
The Tasmin Bridge is also a unique feature of this city connecting the two shores of Hobart together and is visible from many angles and locations.
Once you have visited Tasmania you will want to return for a second visit. After my travels with my brother I went to Tasmania again but this time starting in Hobart and travelling by car. I just had to see Wineglass Bay again.
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© 2011 Julia M S Pearce