Aka “Tassie”...

Home to the Tasmanian devil, the pink robin, platypus and some of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes.

Just 1 hour and 15 mins from Melbourne to Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart, it was a unique getaway. Famous for its ‘Salamanca Market’ held every Saturday from 8.30-3pm and located amongst the sandstone buildings the nearly 300 stalls offer a variety of hand-made gifts, fashion, jewellery and fresh food. I got some great gifts!

For nature lovers and hikers there are various National Parks offering a huge range of opportunities; a chance to spot local wildlife, various trails and the many waterfalls. Mount Field was the first of our stops where I spotted my first wallaby sighting and the breath taking Russell Falls. Accommodation wise - a particular mention to Duffy's Country Accommodation in Westerway that was my favourite place to stay! A real chance to experience Tasmania's country lifestyle in either a self contained cabin or cottage. Beautiful gardens, an "outback" vibe and so peaceful, plus a chance to spot the wallabies at night!

Taking a step back in time we spent 4 days on the west coast in a town called Strahan. Must-do tours over this side of Tassie are the Gordon River Cruise and the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Just a short drive north is also Cradle Mountain national park with lakes, river gorges, plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities such as wombats, wallabies, devils and platypuses and Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa (1617m).

Lastly I have to mention a trip up to Mt Wellington! Journey up Pinnacle Rd by car (12km) with lookout points on the way to reach the top at 1271m. It was the most amazing view I have ever seen!

Top sights I visited:

Salamanca Market

Mount Field National Park (Russell Falls!)

Cradle Mountain

Mount Wellington

Wineglass Bay

Gordon River Cruise

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

West Coast Wilderness Railway

Bergen Mint Backpack: Kapten & Son


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