G’day from Tasmania, possibly one of the friendliest islands in the world!
Our adventure began with an overnight stay in Hobart, travelling west to Strahan where we took a river cruise along the River Gordon, allowing us to hop off to explore some of the more isolated rainforests.
Tasmania has lots of excellent walks, leading through rainforests, to waterfalls, along coastal paths and along hilltops. My least favourite walk was up the Cradle mountain summit, a mere six hour round trip, three of which involved exhausting rock climbing / scrambling in the most inelegant way one could possibly imagine. Needless to say, any further hill walks have subsequently been banned.
A local told us to expect “four seasons in one day” which sums up the Tasmanian weather nicely. It has been surprisingly warm and sunny most days. We spent some time along the coast at Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay, sitting on the beaches, eating delicious fish and chips, swimming in the clear blue sea and even went for an early morning run along the deserted coast. This is definitely the life.
One of the highlights of Tasmania was the Trowunna wildlife sanctuary, a home to wallabies, Tasmanian devils, wombats, quolls and many more animals. Trowunna aims to release animals back into the wild when they are ready. However, one wombat, who had been raised from birth by two young girls and passed over to the sanctuary when he was too big for their home, would never be released into the wild. This wombat liked nothing more than to be cuddled. He was passed around, like a baby, and would just lean in to the next person and have a good cuddle. He currently weighs 13 kilos and might be double this size when fully grown. Funnily enough, some of the animals that are released into the wild come back to the sanctuary of their own accord as they know there’s free food on offer. Very clever, I think.
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the experience!