(ignore the fact that I’m writing this a month and a half after it actually happened… I knew I wasn’t going to be good at this blog thing.)
So I went to Tasmania for “mid-session break” aka- Spring Break for me even though it is Autumn here.
Let me just say that Tasmania is one of the coolest places I have ever been! It’s probably the most under-rated as well. Australians consider Tasmania the incest-filled island of crazy people, and a lot of my Australian friends were confused as to why I wanted to go visit there. But I’m the one who is confused why more people don’t travel there… because it is beautiful! The landscape and terrain are very similar to New Zealand, so I’ve heard and witnessed via pictures.
I flew in to Hobart, which is on the southern coast of Tasmania, and it is Tasmania’s biggest city. When I landed, I noticed that Tasmania reminded me a lot of Alaska! It was pretty chilly and there were mountains with a lot of evergreen trees… so Alaska is what came to mind. I got there on a Saturday, just in time to visit the popular Saturday markets downtown. Seriously best market ever. So many locally made awesome things and food. Hobart has a really charming downtown area with European looking buildings so I was really loving it.
The next day I went over to Port Arthur, about an hour away, and did a Tasman Island Adventure Boat Tour!!!!! This was the coolest thing ever. A 3 hour boat ride, with a huge red poncho, going really fast over huge waves around huge cliffs in the water. I may have gotten a little seasick… but it didn’t take away from the gorgeous views and the huge pack of dolphins we ran into! They were jumping and diving all around our boat!! After that I ate lunch at this cool little van that sold me the most delicious fish and chips I’ve ever had. Then I went to a Tasmanian Devil Rescue Park and got to see Tasmanian Devils!! They are pretty cute. And very endangered ;(
On Monday, I went to a sheep farm that makes cheese from sheep milk!! I couldn’t resist trying some ice cream made from sheep milk/cream. Pretty cool! After that I got to the top of Mount Wellington that looks out over Hobart… amazing views!
Tuesday we went to Freycinet National Park!!! Absolutely beautiful.
Wednesday we went to a glow worm cave!! We took a tour of the cave and saw glow worms at the end! Super awesome. After that, we went on a brewery tour of James Boag brewery! This was my first beer tour so it was really fun! And they had cheese samples.
Thursday we went to Cradle Mountain National Park! Would have been amazing but it was incredibly rainy and cold… but we did a 3 hour hike anyway and got soaked!! Not ideal but I’d say it was worth it!
So yeah that’s my Tasmania trip!! Really wonderful, I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Australia! :)