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  • Day101

    Tassie Tour: Last Day

    March 27 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Hobart

    Our final day in Tassie and we spent it in the state capital, Hobart . At only 200k people it is still pretty small but feels to us like a massive metropolis compared to the tiny towns and villages we have stayed in over the last 10 days. We had a lesiurely morning stroll around the Farmers market and found some baked goods for breakfast before hitting the Docks and Wharfs to soak up some sun, we had clear blue skies on our last day.

    In the afternoon we went over to Mona, a Museum of the Old and New Art. Calling it a museum is really a disservice as it is more of an all encompassing experience of mind, body and soul 😄. Maybe over doing it a bit, but it is a curated view into the mind of eccentric art collector David Walsh. Like a cross between Manrique, Picasso and Hirst , it is a purpose built living gallery to showcase art through the ages, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs right up to a piece of music which is composed live during the day and perform for the first and only time at 4pm. It embraces technology and uses a digital app as a museum companion providing insights and interviews for all the works as you explore the 'galleries' and experiences. A really interesting museum to lose yourself in for a day. A very enjoyable and unique adventure.

    We had our last dinner in a cute little pizzeria next to our hotel and treated ourselves to a bottle of Tasmania red wine!
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    Solenn Huitric

    I hope the wine was good!

    3/31/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    I don't hear any difference. 😮

    3/31/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    it looks comfortable

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  • Day94

    Tassie tour: Day 3

    March 20 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    -- St Helens to Derby -- 146km

    Another day, and the last day driving on the East Coast of Tassie and we were not disappointed! We started our day with the Dora view point at the end of St Helens bay. It was still a bit cloudy but very nice and we thought we saw a penguin... But it was just a bird. Nice bird though!

    After that the sun showed itself a bit more for the skeleton point and the bay of fire 🔥
    We enjoyed the colourful landscape dominated with the turquoise blue of the sea and the bright orange of the lichen.
    Time to go and discover the inner Tasmania. Our first stop was a blinder, with a stop at a dairy farm for a cream tea and a chat with the cows. The farm uses a fully autonomous milking system with the cows wandering over when they are ready to deposit. Fully fed and watered we set off for the highest waterfall in Tassie before reaching the town of Derby for quick night time sauna and dip in the lake. We're here for 2 night so no driving tomorrow.
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    Gaëlle Huitric

    haha now pictures with pants

    3/21/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    Ha back to summer clothes

    3/21/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    miam!!

    3/21/22Reply
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  • Day93

    Tassie tour: Day 2

    March 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    --Swansea to St Helens -- 188km

    We started out in the cold morning air, it dropped to around 10° over night, the first time we have had to wear jeans and a jumper in a long while. The local tavern had transformed into a cafe and bakery, after a decent croissant we jumped in the car and headed to our first Tasmanian National park, Freycinet, and off on the Wineglass Bay Lookout trail. Unfortunately there was no wine to be had but the 6.5km trail was fantastic with some stunning views. The walk was quite busy as it is Saturday and it seems to be a family and friends thing to do on a weekend in Tassie. We didn't dare to swim (our excuse is that we didn't have our swimming costume) in the wineglass bay but people were! Courageous!

    We continued our day up the coast to Bicheno for a fresh fish and chip lunch. The sun finally stopped being shy and we could enjoy the bright colours of the landscape. We stopped at a blowhole (the second of our trip) an underwater cave which spits up water if the waves hit it just right. This one was a lot more impressive and fun that the first one we saw, of course the most impressive jets are always when we're not filming 😏

    It was a good day and we felt that we spent it almost like Australian locals, although maybe they do more fishing.
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    Claire Huitric

    Very nice beach!

    3/20/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    Il faut avoir l'œil ♥️

    3/20/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    I like this color!

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  • Day50

    Dove Lake, Tas

    February 1 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Arrived a little late to do the Cradle Mountain summit hike (8 hours) so opted for the Dove Lake circuit - a really pretty lake at the base of the mountain. If we have time, we'll come back. The lake is approximately 2.5 kms long x 1 km wide. A pretty easy track to walk but so many different aspects as you go around it. It was a 3 hr circuit which we did in just over 2 incl. stopping to take loads of pics!Read more

    Trudi Mataiti

    omg! magnificent 😍

    2/4/22Reply
    Carolyn Richmond

    the intrepid explorer :)

    2/9/22Reply
     
  • Day49

    Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

    January 31 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    On board Spirit of Tasmania at 8am...headed straight up to buy tickets to the cinema (Belinda recommended as they book out quickly). The new James Bond movie was playing at 1pm which we hadn't seen, so happy days. Grabbed a bacon & egg panini for breakfast then took a look outside. It was a beautiful, warm,
    sunny day - perfect for cruising across Bass Straight! We paid for recliner seats which were in a separate area, much comfier and quieter than those placed around the ship - money well spent as it is an 11 hour trip. We did some planning, I finished my book, we spent some more time outside, had a nap then grabbed another panini and a glass of wine for dinner before heading back to the car to disembark. It felt like a long day and I was knackered and I hadn't done anything!

    It was a short 15 minute drive to The Cove where we'd booked to stay for the night (arriving too late to drive to ?? and set up the camper). The place was awesome...the farm had been in the family for 150 years. Saw my first real life highland coo (cow) but didn't get a picture 😞
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    Trudi Mataiti

    Good shot of the city!

    2/3/22Reply
    Trudi Mataiti

    Amazinggggggg!!!!

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  • Day100

    Tassie Tour: Day 9

    March 26 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Queenstown to Hobart - 313km

    Today is the last driving day of our little road trip and one of the longest. We set out from Queenstown around 8am with the morning clouds still sitting in the hills. As we peeked over the ridge line we passed through the clouds and got a great view of the town below covered by its white cloudy blanket.

    Our first stop was an old mining blow hole which had been filled with water, which, because of the high copper content, is now an amazing blue colour. Or so we're told, we set off so early that the sun had not breached the edges of the hole so all the water was in the shade. We did get some more great views of the clouds on the other side of the ridge line though.

    One more waterfall before stopping in the tiny town of Derwent Bridge for some breakfast/brunch. Aptly named the Hungry Wombat, it was today that we saw our first live Wombat in the wild, very exciting.

    Onwards to Mount Fields National Park. An hour outside Hobart, it is very popular on the weekends as it has some great low altitude short walks and some alpine walks up to the summit, there is even some skiing to be had in the deepest winter. We had very pleasant walk amongst very tall trees and ferns.

    Finally back in the car for the last leg into Hobart, the biggest city in Tassie, strange to be back in the concrete jungle after 10 days in the wilderness (save for Launceston) but nice to have more than one restaurant to choose from for dinner, we even had wine, quite the treat.
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    Gaëlle Huitric

    it's better to be above the clouds 😁

    3/29/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    no picture of the wild wombat? is it a fast animal ?

    3/29/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    I really like all these pictures! Amazing landscape, colors and compositions 🤩

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  • Day99

    Tassie tour: Day 8

    March 25 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Tullah to Queenstown via Strahan - 148km

    The sun came back today! It was nice to see some blue sky and be able to wear less than 10 pieces of clothing. We started our day on Roseberry lake, a man made lake, in the town of Tullah. Tullah is a small mining town as most of the little towns on the West Coast are. Tasmania west coast has been mined for silver, gold, copper and others since the 1900s. Some mining still continues as we see on the road.
    Our little walk of the day went through an old tunnel created to transport ore and other mining materials off the mountain.
    We stopped for lunch in the coastal town of Strahan, no mining here but at the time it was a big port to send all the precious material to Burnie, in North Tassie and then out to the world.

    We're sleeping tonight in Queenstown and again we can see a lot of their mining history all over the town. Our accommodation is next to the main bar in town with a bottle shop and gambling adjacent to it. It is our last night on the road in Tassie and we will be reaching Hobart, the biggest town tomorrow!
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    Gaëlle Huitric

    😊 you're so famous

    3/28/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    indeed

    3/28/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    the mining is still activ nowadays ?

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  • Day98

    Tassie Tour: Day 7

    March 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Cradle Mountain to Tullah - 51km

    Today was all about Cradle Mountain, the biggest National Park in Tasmania, with the 6th largest mountain of Tassie, at 1545m above sea level. As we were staying at the base of the mountain we were quite high up and the morning broke very cold at a chilly 7° so we had a quick breakfast and coffee by the fire to warm us up ready for a day of hiking.

    Unfortunately the weather was against us, very cloudy and rainy all day so we didn't get to see the mountain range in all its glory, the clouds broke slightly as we made it round the bend of Dove lake but we didn't actually get to see the summit. We still enjoyed our walk very much, it was quite busy compared to any national parks we've done recently and even with the bad weather everyone we met on the tracks had a big smile!

    The National Park is very well organised and maintained, with shuttle buses running between the main trail heads and back to the visitors center. Despite the atrocious weather we managed a respectable 14km before heading back to the car to drive off to Tullah Lake lodge where we're spending the night.

    The lodge restaurant had amazing views over the lake and was extremely busy, although I'm not sure those two facts are related. The clientele seemed to be mainly local workers and we quickly found the reason for their numbers, 'Parmy Night! Our luck had apparently changed as we arrived to experience an Australia institution, Chicken Parmigiana (Parmy) with a schooner (a medium sized beer, probably around 330ml but no one seems to know) all for au$18, around £10/€12. If any Italians ever see this we are truly sorry on behalf of Australia Parmy night, we got a Satay Parmy and a Traditional, we devoured the lot, although to be fair that could be because we were ravenous from our walk. All in all a good Australian evening.
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    Michael Cowling

    blimey you got the shite weather and we got the sunshine lol

    3/25/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    haha yes! We're going into winter here! Luckily it didn't last long ☺️

    3/27/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    No picture of the parmy?😥

    3/26/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    Nope but I'm sure we'll have another one 😉

    3/27/22Reply
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  • Day97

    Tassie Tour: Day 6

    March 23 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Launceston to Cradle Mountain - 202km

    We left the big city in the morning and headed back out west into the Western Tiers (that's mountains to the rest of us). As we rose in altitude the mercury in our thermometers declined, dropping to a chilly 7°C at one point. We were really not prepared for the cold. We took a brisk stoll through the fern forests to see the 4 tiered Liffey Falls before heading over to Pine Lake, one of the few places in the world where you can see the hardy Pencil Pine tree. We didn't stay long as the cold, wind and rain started to get to us.

    We stopped by Deloraine to see their Sculpture tour Riverside walk, a sleepy little town that is trying to encourage tourism, it doesn't seem to be going to well yet but it was worth a stop. A short lunch and the Van Diemens Land Creamery, a Tasmania institution known for its Ice Cream. The sun popped out for a few minutes so we figured we should give it a try.

    After lunch we continued west into the foothills of Cradle Mountain to meet some Tasmanian devils and Quolls. We wanted to learn a bit more about this animal so famously known but for what? Here are a few facts that could surprise you:
    - it has the strongest bite of all carnivorous marsupials
    - it takes his name from the sound that he makes (check out the video!) and the fact that his ears go red from blood circulation to help him cool down
    - all his fat goes into his tail, so if you want to know if he is in good health, don't look at his belly look at his tail!
    We also saw some quolls, an animal that we were not familiar with before the tour! They are very cute, but same as the Tasmanian devil you may want to watch your fingers when close as they have pretty good teath!

    Finally we headed to our wood fired nature hut in the wilderness. As we are staying on the mountain it gets quite cold at night so the fire is roaring and the extra blankets are out. Equipped with most of the mod cons we were able to do our first home cooked meal in 3 months, nothing fancy but just what we needed on a cold night in the mountain.
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    Solenn Huitric

    🤔

    3/24/22Reply
    Gaëlle Huitric

    🤗

    3/24/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    Bien couverte aujourd'hui !

    3/24/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    on fait avec les moyens du bord 🤭

    3/27/22Reply
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  • Day96

    Tassie Tour: Day 5

    March 22 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    -- Derby to Launceston via Tamar Valley -- 186km

    First big rainy day of our trip! We headed to the Wetlands centre in the Tamar Valley, figured it would be the best place to be when it's raining. The ducks were out in force and we even spotted some black swans. Next up was a lunch stop in the cataract gorge, famous for having the worlds longest cable car, so they claim. It looked to be the worlds slowest but we didn't verify this. The rain stopped just long enough for us to walk across the suspension bridge and take in the views.

    We still both felt a little achy still from our mountain bikes but we had a walk around Launceston, 2nd biggest town in Tasmania. It was weird to see big buildings again (10 story high!) and taxis! The town is situated on the river and it is quiet. We ate at a really good indian restaurant and had an early night.
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    Claire Huitric

    It seems they have something important to discuss 🤔

    3/23/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    Yes! they were also very vocal 😂

    3/24/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    Beautiful light!

    3/23/22Reply
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You might also know this place by the following names:

State of Tasmania, Tasmania, TAS, Tasmanie, Tasmânia, Тасмания, Tasmanien

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