Oh Tassie

From Hobart, discovering Bruny Island's wildlife and walking trails, road tripping on the Great Eastern Drive which brings me to spectacular national parks, and beautiful beaches. With limited signal, getting lost, driving with the oil warning light on etc. Probably the best road trip i have ever had.

Fresh air, raw beauty of nature, absolutely blown away by the scenery; Bruny Island Lighthouse: Catch a vehicle ferry from Bruny Island Ferry (Kettering) and approximately 1.5hours drive to Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The downfall was long way on gravel road, not a great drive to get there but the great scenery made it all worth it.

Another 40mins drive from Cape Bruny Lighthouse to The Neck Lookout. Climb the 279 steps to the Truganini Memorial (about 10-15mins slow hike up) for broad views of both ends of the island.

View from the top of Mt Wellington, truly breathtaking. Very cooool view, by cool i mean... FREEZING! It was like 1 degree celsius but worth it. Be sure to wrap up well because its cold and windy at the top.

From Hobart to Mount Field National Park, approximately 1.5hrs drive. A wander through the rainforest, easy walk to the iconic Russell Falls. There is another two falls in the park- Lady Barron Falls and Horseshoe Falls (longer time required). Note: a valid park entry permit is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks. Refer to http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=914 for more info.  

What a beautiful world we live in. Wineglass Bay Lookout, a bit of a steep walk, moderate level of fitness is required, not suitable for the unfit! If the climb doesn't take your breath away, the view at the end certainly will. You will be rewarded for your effort with a panoramic view to write home about.

The Bay of Fires: The rocks surrounding the beaches contain an orange lichen that gives the rocks and amazing warm fire glow. The beaches here are pristine with sparkling sapphire water, red rocks and white sand; a photographer's wet dream i would say. What a beautiful sight that i could stay forever just gazing at its beauty.

The possibility of seeing the Aurora Australis depends on the solar flare activity. Visit Aurora Australis Forecast for an hourly aurora forecast or follow Aurora Australis Tasmania FB Group to help aid your aurora viewing. The further South and the further away from lights, the higher your chances. You can also check here for suggested aurora-viewing locations.

Before you visit Tasmania, here's some tips for you: 

  1. Limited phone reception- Download Offline Maps with GPS navigation on your smartphone
  2. Watch out for the wildlife, drive with care
  3. Embrace the petrol station- Fill up the tank at gas station often as you may be travelling through the middle of nowhere pretty frequently
  4. Pack snacks, AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
  5. The weather is unpredictable, pack for warm and wet weather

Read more at: http://thesmartlocal.com/read/beautiful-places-tasmania

Safe travels! xx