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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We reach back Darlington that is almost the end of the day: definitely a magic moment to explore the convicts settlement.
Nighttime is even more magic (who needs to sleep?): Wild Tasmanian Devils wonder around the Campsite and incredible starry nights light the dark skies.
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.
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.
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.
Harts Mountains National Park
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.