sunshine at Mt Wellington ©Erika's Way Photography

Five days in Tasmania

The very first time I went to Tasmania, five years ago, I thought a weekend was going to be more than enough to wander around and have ‘a feel’ of this Island.

It took me about 15 minutes to change my mind. The light, the colours, the forests and the greens, the history, the hikes, the markets and the local produce, the people…every single thing and detail related to Tasmania was and still is an amazing discovery.

Since that first weekend, I’ve been there a few times and I’m still far far far away from being done about that ‘feel of Tasmania’ that I was looking for.

At the bottom of the article, you can also find the detailed itinerary for the five days.

Enjoy the photos!

Maria Island:

Breathtaking views and a Tasmanian Devil in the wild.

This year it was time to explore Maria Island: a little convict Island along the east Coast, just south of the beautiful Freycinet National Park.

We catch the afternoon ferry (watch out! there are only two per day and only in peak season, so make sure you book in advance), and we start hiking straight away in south direction, towards Encampment Cove. We take the coastal walk.

squid Boats at the Pier in Triabunna, Tasmania photo by Erika's Way Photography
Squid Boats ready to go at the Pier in Triabunna

squid boats ready to leave towards Maria Island photo by Erika's Way Photography ApproachingMaria Island photo by Erika's Way Photography

As soon as we get to the Pier, the Capitan of the Ferry greets us to the Island with a “Welcome to Paradise, guys!”.

Yes, we are in Paradise. View from Maria Island photo by Erika's Way Photography self guided hike two days in Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Darlington Pier, Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Darlington, Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography a sailing boat Between Maria Island and Tasmania East Coast photo by Erika's Way PhotographyPainted Cliffs Copyright Erika's Way Painted Cliffs, at Maria Island by Erika's Way Landscape PhotographyPainted Cliffs Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography birds at sea ©Erika's Way Photography wombat eating ©Erika's Way PhotographyFrench's Farm, Maria Island, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photographyafternoon walk to encampent Cove ©Erika's Way Photography

We get to the Campsite just before sunset. Ten minutes further down the road past Encampment Campground, we admire the last lights of the day from Point Lesueur, with the company of tens of Wombats, Kangaroos and the ruins of some Convicts Isolation Cells.

Sunset ights over Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photographyquiet sunset over Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography a wombat silhouette at Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Kangaroo at sunset at Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Convict isolation cell near Encampment Cove, Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography convict Cells, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography Wombats living near the convict isolation cells. ©Erika's Way Photography Wombat in Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography night possum in Maria Island ©Erika's Way PhotographyStarry night with squid boats lights in the Horizon. Photo taken at 4.00am from Encampment Cove, walk in campsite of Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Milky Way over Maria Island in Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography

The following day we start heading back to Darlington: this time we head towards the inland track and we take a little detour for Mt Maria. The path that goes to the peak is definitely more challenging, with an elevation of 700 meters and rock climbing around big boulders, but the view that welcomes us at the top, is absolutely worth any effort.

hiking in Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography hiking towards the peak of Mt Maria, challenging section with big boulders ©Erika's Way PhotographyView of Maria Island, Tasmania, from Mt Maria, 709 mt ©Erika's Way PhotographyMt Maria Peak, Maria Island, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography

We reach back Darlington that is almost the end of the day: definitely a magic moment to explore the convicts settlement.

Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography sunset from the convict settlement of Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Sunset at Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography ruins of the convict settlement at Maria Islad, ©Erika's Way Photography

Nighttime is even more magic (who needs to sleep?): Wild Tasmanian Devils wonder around the Campsite and incredible starry nights light the dark skies.

Tasmanian Devil in the wild ©Erika's Way PhotographyStarry night at Maria Island, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography

When morning comes, it’s time to catch up with the fishermen and their latest catch. One last look at the island and its amazing scenery, and it’s time to catch the morning Ferry back to the main Island.Fishing in Maria Island ©Erika's Way Photography Maria Island Pier with the 1920s Silos ©Erika's Way Photography

 

Hobart

Mt Wellington

view from Mt Wellington ©Erika's Way Photography Mt Wellington Summit, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography sunshine at Mt Wellington ©Erika's Way Photography view around Mt Wellington, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography Mt Wellington in the morning sunshine, Hobart, Tasmania, ©Erika's Way Photography

Mona Museum

The current exhibition is called ‘On the origin of Art’. Amazing and controversial, as usual. Totally worth the visit. It’s definitely a full day visit.
jumping at MONA Museum, Hobart, Tasmania ©Erika's Way Photography

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), at MONA, Hobart, copyright Erika's Way Yayoi Kusama at Mona Museum, Hobart ©Erika's Way Photography MONA, Hobart photo by Erika's Way Photography MONA photo by Erika's Way Photography The origins of Art, Mona Museum, Hobart ©Erika's Way Photography Mona Museum, Hobart ©Erika's Way Photographyat the MONA photo by Erika's Way Photographyfish bowl at MONA Museum, photo by Erika's Way PhotographyMummy at Mona photo by Erika's Way Photography

Aurora Australis and starry nights

Tasmania is amazing any time of the day..or the night. I took few shots around the campground where we stayed, just outside Hobart.

camp fire under the starry night photo by Erika's Way Photographytwo backpakers under the starry night in Tasmania photo by Erika's Way Photography starry night photo by Erika's Way Photography Tasmania southern lights photo by Erika's Way Photography Aurora Australis in Tasmania photo by Erika's Way Photographystarry night just south of Hobart photo by Erika's Way Photography

Harts Mountains National Park

 

harts Mountains National Park photo by Erika's Way Photography Harts Mountain photo by Erika's Way Photography towards Harts Mountain Pass photo by Erika's Way Photography Lake in Harts Mountains National Park photo by Erika's Way Photography

TRIP ITINERARY AND DETAILS:

Mode: flight, rental car, camping.

Day 1- Morning Flight Melbourne-Hobart. Little walk around Mt Wellington, Hobart and MONA Museum. Night at Gordon Foreshore Reserve Rest Area.

Day 2- Harts Mountains Hike. Night at Gordon Foreshore Reserve Rest Area.

Day 3- Visit at the local Salamanca Market, then afternoon Ferry to Maria Island. Night at Encampment Cove walk in campsite.

Day 4- Mt Maria summit. Visit Darlington. Night at the campground near the settlement in Darlington.

Day 5- Morning ferry back to the main land, then drive along the Tasman Peninsula. Night flight back to Melbourne.

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