Tasmania and then back to Bundanoon

Tasmania Travel Blog

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Cataract Gorge
Fortunately I slept through the ferry crossing as apparently it was a bit rough.  Once we arrived in Tasmania we started the short drive to Launceston.  Well we got a bit side tracked by Liffey Falls so it was not that short of a drive but well worth the detour.  The hike down through rainforest to the falls was beautiful.  The falls themselves were great as well.  Once in Launceston it was off to the Cataract Gorge.  It was a stunning walk just outside of the town.  A morning at a waterfall and then an afternoon hiking through a gorge wasn't quite complete.  It was time to cap it off with a gelatto and latte by the river.  Life is really rough over here.  It is amazing that I am managing.
The Tasman Arch


The next day was another short drive with another long detour that was once again very worthwhile.  On the way to Hobart I headed out to wineglass bay which was every bit as beautiful as the photos that I had seen of it.  Arriving in Hobart I found a city that I could live in if I were to move to Australia (don't worry that is not in the plans).  The harbour is gorgeous and you can by seafood from floating restaurants.  There are a lot of beautiful sandstone buildings and great pubs.  It was only a short trip out to Port Arthur for the day.  This is an old penal colony which has been very well preserved.  The site is excellent and very informative.  This was the first day in a while that I hadn't climbed anything so the next day it was off to Mt. Fields Park.  The waterfalls, tall trees and the wildlife were all great but they could not complete with the clinometer.
Horshoe Falls. Not as big as the ones at Niagara but the lack of wax museums makes up for it.
  There was a clinometer set up so that you could measure the angle of elevation to the top of the tree and then use this to calculate the height of the tree.  Can life get any better?

The time in Tasmania was winding down and there was only time for one last stop.  It was off to Cradle Mountain.  Our first sighting of wildlife was 2m long tiger snake (4th most venomous snake in the world)  which was sunning itself on the side of the road and we were fortunately in the car.  We also saw wallabies, wombats, possums, an echidna and a Tasmanian Devil.  The hiking at Cradle Mountain was great.

I had the day to kill before catching the night ferry.  I went to the tourist information in Devonport and the woman recomended that I head to Sheffield.
Wineglass Bay
  I was very happy that she did.  This  is a quaint little town with lots of murals.  I really enjoyed myslelf there.  The trip was winding down and when the ferry docked in Melbourne it was time to start heading home.  This time I took the inland route going through Ned Kelly territory.  After learning a bit about the bushranger I headed to the very pretty town of Beechworth.  Unfortunately it was pouring rains so I only had a quick look around and then popped into the museum.  The next day as straight driving however I could not pass through Goulburn and not see the giant Merino.

It was a truly amazing trip and it is now time to start planning the next one.  Don't worry I am still enjoying the time in between the big trips.
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Cataract Gorge
Cataract Gorge
The Tasman Arch
The Tasman Arch
Horshoe Falls.  Not as big as the …
Horshoe Falls. Not as big as the…
Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain
The walk down to Liffey Falls
The walk down to Liffey Falls
Liffey Falls
Liffey Falls
Me by the top section of Liffey Fa…
Me by the top section of Liffey F…
Cataract Gorge
Cataract Gorge
Port Arthur
Port Arthur
Port Arthur
Port Arthur
Ruuins of church at Port Arthur
Ruuins of church at Port Arthur
Port Arthur Garden
Port Arthur Garden
The Blow Hole
The Blow Hole
The Dog Line sculpture
The Dog Line sculpture
Mt. Fields Park
Mt. Fields Park
The clinometer set up to measure t…
The clinometer set up to measure …
Another waterfall
Another waterfall
A Wallaby
A Wallaby
An echidna
An echidna
It was a little chilly
It was a little chilly
Murals in Sheffield
Murals in Sheffield
Murals in Sheffield
Murals in Sheffield
Ned Kelly (hopefully larger than h…
Ned Kelly (hopefully larger than …
Beechworth
Beechworth
The big Merino in Goulburn it woul…
The big Merino in Goulburn it wou…