unleashing the inner animal
12.05.2011 - 12.09.2011 77 °F
Tasmania looks like a very small island (one that you can drive straight across in just a couple hours); having 5 days seemed like heaps of time for us. However, we shortly realized that because there are so many beautiful sites around the island we could take at least a week at each park exploring the many trails Tassie has to offer. We flew into Hobart and rented a Nissan Micra (aka go-kart that is street worthy). We instantly hit up two really important attractions in Hobart: the Cascade Brewery and the Cadbury chocolate factory. We have decided that Kevin’s homebrew and Seattle’s microbrew culture have turned us a bit into beer snobs and we were not particularly impressed by the brews, but Cadbury chocolates did not let us down with their imperfect confections on special!
So began the many different types of wildlife we would end up seeing throughout Tassie! In Launceston we went for a walk through the South Esk River Gorge in search of platypus and watched a ‘heard’ of wallabies feeding in the twilight. On a hike up Cradle Mountain we got up close and personal with a mother wombat and her cub. In Bicheno’s we watched and heard two humpback whales slapping their tails on the water. In Freychinet national park’s Wineglass Bay lookout, we pet a ‘wild’ grey kangaroo, and watched a seagull pick up and drop crabs on the rocks of Honeymoon Bay. This was definitely a nature lover’s paradise, although very beautiful we would recommend coming here prior to going to NZ, since NZ is on a whole different scale.
As city slickers we are used to the simple things in life, like buying gas with credit cards at any time of night and rolling up to a restaurant any time in the evening. We found out the hard way that small towns are simpler than the simple life and shut down at 5pm (it’s unbelievable how day after day we would forget this ‘simple’ fact). One of our favorite places was called the Bay of Fires, named for the colored rocks that line the coast. We had an awesome run across the most picturesque beach that we have been to so far, and came across the biggest pelican we’ve ever seen. We then headed to one of the many other beaches where we found some monster sand dunes and discovered how much fun we can have by simply jumping for the camera!