A Tasmanian Road Trip

My trip to Tasmania (a.k.a as Tassie), was an extremely refreshing and enjoyable one. Eventhough the country might be sparsely populated, it is rich in wildlife and nature. It was truly a feast for the eyes. The scenery was magnificently beautiful. The weather was great and got really cold on some days, to as low as 3 degrees. Throughout my stay there, the most popular question the locals asked us was “Why Tassie? It’s so quiet, it’s so boring!” But little did they know that was exactly what we needed the most – The quietness, isolation and calmness. We stayed 2 days each in Mole Creek, Launceston and Hobart, and it certainly was not enough especially in Hobart.

Mole Creek
We stayed at MoleCreek Guesthouse for 2 nights. Dinner was home-cooked by my dear friend and her hubby. We had the fresh alaska salmon with mashed potato and veggies.

During our 2 nights, we visited Mole Creek Caves, Cradle Mountain, Lillico Beach and Ashgrove Cheese Farm.

Mole Creek Caves: The cave visit took me for a surprise, as i didnt expect it to turn out interesting. Summer or winter, the climate never changes inside the Mole Creek Caves, so it’s a perfect place to visit year round. Temperature is about 9 degrees however because there is no wind inside the caves, its really nice and comfortable with just your sweats.

Cradle Mountain: With its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, it is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state’s most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains. A day is definitely not enough to explore this entire place.

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Lillico Beach: A coastal reserve and penguin colony near Devonport in north-west Tasmania. This narrow coastal strip is home to a colony of Little Penguins, also known as Fairy Penguins. At around 30 centimetres high and weighing in at just one kilo, the Little Penguin is the world’s smallest penguin. We were not lucky enough to see these Little Penguins as the breeding season ended on 6 Apr 2017. However, we managed to find mummy and daddy penguins hiding in their nest just before sun set. During the breeding season, you can watch the birds return to their burrows each evening after a day of fishing in the open ocean, from the reserve’s viewing platform.

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At the end of our visit, we drove up to a place nearby Devonport and had one of our best dinners at Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant (26 King St). The food was extremely good and was price-worthy. 4 of us ate for only about AUD$65.

Ashgrove Cheese Farm: Was a little disappointed that i didnt get to see any cows during my visit to the farm, however, i had my fair share of the ice cream, and it was really creamy and yummy!

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Oatlands
Oatlands is one of Tasmania’s oldest settlements and with more than 150 sandstone buildings it has the largest collection of any Australian town. Its intact Georgian townscape, mostly convict-built in the early 1800s, offers a complete representation of the architecture, urban design and the cultural heritage of early European settlement in Australia. The town was so beautiful that i regretted not staying here for at least a night.

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Launceston
Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities, and Tasmania’s second major city. It is a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and beautiful scenic highlights.

Cataract Gorge: It is a river gorge with a unique natural formation. A chairlift is available, spanning the huge natural basin often filled by the surging waters of the South Esk River. The chairlift covers some 457 metres. You can take a round trip, at the first trip you can get down and walk around and through the bridge, where the scenery is extremely beautiful.

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City Park: This place didnt have much to offer, at least for me. It was a huge botanic-garden kind of place. Main attraction was the Macaques, and you can’t really watch them for long either. Other attractions include many gardens, a conservatory, band stand, duck pond, children’s playground and the Tasmanian Design Center.  You can really consider skipping this, if you have other options. The ornate cast iron ‘Jubilee Fountain’ was a beauty.

Batman Bridge: Its a modern bridge spanning kanamaluka/ Tamar River. The bridge is on the Batman Highway connecting the West Tamar Highway to the East Tamar Highway.

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Grindelwald: Known as their very own Swiss Village, this place is beyond gorgeous. I have not been to Switzerland, but it did give the effect that you were really in Swiss. The village of Grindelwald was established in the 1980s as a unique residential development. All houses in Grindelwald have been built in Swiss style, with wide eaves, flowerboxes, window shutters and balconies. The settlement is fringed with glassy lakes and views of the Tamar Valley.

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We had one of the best Indian dinner again at Aaj India Cafe & Restaurant. We had prawn briyani and naan. The highlight was their Indian Tea, which was not even in the menu, but they still served me since i requested for it, and it was truly one of the best chaaya i have had in overseas! Their service was equally good that i felt i had to do justice to them by giving them a review in trip advisor.

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Richmond Bridge: This place was greatly raved about, but it came out to be a disappointment for me. It didnt have much to offer and it was something i could have missed seeing.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary: Big Cat enjoyed his first animal moments in tassie with the roos and the devils. The place was relatively small but the fact that the roos were roaming about made it quite interesting. We also got to see the wombats and the koalas. We paid about AUD$56 for both of us which includes feeding the roos as well.

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Red Bridge: Crosses the Elizabeth River at Campbell Town. Built in 1838 using penal labour, it is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia, as well as the oldest bridge anywhere on the National Highway, which was constructed purely by convict labour.

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Hobart
Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond.

The higlight of Hobart was my accomodation. While i was planning for my trip last year, i chanced upon Hobart Hideaway pod and found the eco-accomodation concept intriguing. Cause of the scenery and wildlife the place offered, i couldnt resist my temptation to put up two nights at this place eventhough it was in the outskirts. And i am thankful i did exactly that, as the experience was something i would remember for life.

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Mount Wellington: Officially known as Kunanyi Mount Wellington. It was my first Mountain experience (other than the Blue Mountains) at 3 degrees. It was magnificiently beautiful.

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Salamanca Market: Total disappointment. Everything was expensive. The only best thing was i got to try their fresh oysters and it was GOOD.

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Port Arthur Lavendar Farm: Before i left for my trip i wrote to a lavender farm and asked them if i visited would i be able to catch any of the flowers, and they told me all their lavender had been harvested. Little did i expect myself to chance upon a lavender farm which still had a bit of lavender left. Of cause not forgetting the lavender ice-cream.

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We also visited the Tasman Arch, Blowhole, Little Possum Beach and couple of other places along the way. No way would there have been a holiday without Big Cat’s fishing experience. We explored four springs lake, corenlian bay and tasman peninsula.

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All in all, i would rate this trip as one of the best holidays i have ever had!