Tasmania 2014

So I finally made it down to Australia and planned a side trip to Tasmania to reconcile the Looney Tunes version of the Tasmanian Devil with the real thing.  Unable to get into the tour I wanted due to flight times, I rented a car and used their itinerary as a guideline.  We left Sydney early Tuesday morning, February 18th, landing in Launceston, Tasmania at 8:30am.  Our departing flight would leave from the capital city, Hobart on Saturday morning, February 22nd.  Between those two points we saw great sites, forests, beaches, and, of course, Tassie devils.

Our Tasmanian adventure started by picking up our Avis car rental at Launceston Airport.  We drove to Launceston and visited the Cataract Gorge, walking along the King’s Bridge-Cataract Walk into town. 

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We at lunch at the Old Mill in Launceston and returned to the Gorge via chairlift (longest single-span chairlift in the world).  Then we were off again.

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We left Launceston and traveled on A3 East to Binalong Bay on the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.  We swam in the soft, white sands of Grant’s Lagoon.

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We stopped for lunch at Binalong Bay Café and enjoyed the view of the beach and orange stones.

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After lunch, we continued down A3 to the Bicheno Blowhole.

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We ended the day at Coles Bay at Freycinet National Park and spent the night at Freycinet Lodge.

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Massive thunderstorms the next day gave us a late start in the day, but we were still able to hike to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, stopping first at the Coles Bay Lookout point:

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Before reaching the famous and popular Wineglass Bay Lookout Point:

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Hiking back from the lookout, we made friends with a wild wallaby.

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We headed off continuing south on A3 to Orford, where I took a “shortcut” across a dirt road through the forest to Copping, then continued down to Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula.  We ate dinner at ‘Felons’ in the Port Arthur Historical Site.  We checked into the Sea Change Safety Cove B&B, which has phenomenal views of the cliffs on the Tasman peninsula and is the only house on Safety Cove beach.  We’d spend two nights here.

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We left early after breakfast to the Tasmania Devil Conservation Park where we got to see Tasmanian Devils being fed wallabies.

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Then we got to feed and hang out with kangaroos and other native Australian/Tasmanian creatures.

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We returned from the Conservation Park and continued to the aptly named Remarkable Cave.

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(Unfortunately, no more pics after this point as I left my camera on the plane back to JFK and it has not been returned).

We spent time on the private beach at our B&B, then off to the town of Nubeena for dinner.  This was our last night at Sea Change Safety Cove B&B.  The next day we continued on towards our final stop in Hobart.  We stopped along the way to enjoy the views from various cliffs and coves.  We finally arrived at Hobart and checked in to the old Wooling Apartment Hotel.  We walked along Hobart Harbor to Salamanca.

Our flight back to Sydney left early Saturday morning, so this concluded our Tasmanian adventure.

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