We arrived back from Tasmania last night and we had a fantastic time. Luckily the weather was pretty great the whole time, except once we got to Hobart it was pretty overcast and rainy but it was alright, we had good weather for the important bits. Let me start off by saying I know this post is ridiculously long, so feel free to skim the pictures and call it a day-- I won't be offended. Where to even begin!
As I said we flew into Launceston and were driving to Cradle Mountain, then down to Hobart. To help you orient yourself, here's a quick map of Tasmania. You can see Launceston up there by the top, near the top the town Deloraine is about the closest place on that map to Cradle Mountain, then near the bottom you can see Hobart.
We decided we were going to take a slightly longer route to Cradle Mountain via Devonport (which you can see smack in the middle at the very top of the state. Devonport is where the ferry from Melbourne comes in and it's a cute little city/town on the water. We had a walk along the water and then went and got some lunch to bring back and had a little picnic by the water.
|By the water in Devonport, you can see some mountains in the background|
We continued on our scenic route towards Cradle Mountain and it was an absolutely gorgeous day (as you can see above) and we drove through the countryside with constant views of mountains, so it was really great.
|Mountain in front of us while driving|
There were tons of windy roads where you had to go super slow just to get around the turn, but it made for an exciting adventure. When we were just a few minutes from where we were staying we saw a cute little wombat off to the side of the road (alive) and I was so excited to see my very first wild wombat. There would be many more.
We arrived and checked in and got the keys to our cabin, which was aptly named The Wombat. The cabin was awesome and had a little wood fire heater, which we struggled to use, but we really enjoyed it. The cabin came with a fully equipped kitchen, but seeing as there wasn't a grocery store or anything of the sort for miles we didn't actually use it. But it did come with coffee, which is all that really matters.
|The outside of the cabin, called The Wombat|
|Inside of the cabin|
|Lighting the fire|
And of course the walk was beautiful too.
|The pathway through the woods|
|The same creek|
Once we finished those few walks we went back to the cabin and checked on our fire then went out to try and find some wildlife. It got dark really quickly but once it did it became a huge pademelon party. We saw so many of them and we were using the flashlights on our iPhones (which aren't very strong) but we just moved them around the clearing and saw dozens of glowing eyes looking back at us, so we were basically surrounded by pademelons. They don't do anything, they're quite docile, but we were saying if you had no idea what they were or knew nothing about them you'd be totally terrified. We walked back to our cabin and right out front we saw a little wombat munching on some grass, so that was incredibly exciting. We watched him for a little while then went to get dinner.
We ate at this tavern and I had grilled salmon with roasted potatoes and vegetables with a pint of Tasmanian beer-- it was delicious. All in all we saw dozens of pademelons and six wombats so I was very pleased.
The next day we got up early, checked out, then bought the day passes to the park and went in and drove down to Dove Lake, which was beautiful. It was a gorgeous day once again so it made the scenery even more beautiful.
|Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain|
We decided to drive down to Hobart on a scenic route which was a bit longer than the other ways but I'm glad we did because it was beautiful. We passed through this town called Deloraine (which is above on the map) where we stopped to have a walk, hang out at this train park (not sure you could call it a park), and then had some lunch at this cute little place. We had potato and bacon soup with grilled garlic panini and it was perfect for some chilly fall weather on a gorgeous day.
|River by the train park (taken on a bridge)|
|I liked this house!|
|Me by my train at the train park|
We also passed this lake called the Great Lake on our drive and had some pretty spectacular views.
|The Great Lake|
By the time we got nearer to Hobart it got pretty grey and a little drizzly, but we arrived, parked the car and wandered a bit before having some dinner and drinks. I tried lots of local Tasmanian beer while we were in Hobart and it was fun to try some new ones I couldn't get back in Melbourne. One beer I had a couple of times that I really liked is called Cascade First Harvest and it's brewed in Tasmania, near Hobart. It's a seasonal beer and they only make a limited number of barrels-- about 400, so it was awesome to be able to have some since who knows if I will again. We ate at this really cozy restaurant that sort of resembled an American western hunting lodge, complete with a fire. I had a tandoori chicken burger and it did not disappoint.
The next day was our last day in Tasmania, but the flight wasn't until 9:30 p.m. so we had the whole day to do stuff. It was another rainy and grey day but being in a city it didn't matter so much. We went to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) which Michael has been wanting to go to for ages and he enjoyed himself a lot. I didn't, but I'm glad he did. You did get some nice views of the hills and mountains though.
|Much mist and fog|
After that we decided to drive up a mountain, but because of the weather it was insanely foggy and once we got to the top the temperature had dropped significantly and you couldn't see anything. It was fun though and once we got out of the fog on the way down we got some nice views.
|View on the way down|
We parked the car and walked around the city a bit more, had some linner (lunch/dinner), a couple of drinks and then headed to the airport. Here are a few more photos of the city.
|On the waterfront|
It was a fantastic trip and I loved every aspect of it. I would definitely go back because Tasmania is beautiful and interesting and I'm so glad we got to see more of it. I think this post is long enough now!