Tasmania: We discovered many beautiful locations in the southern most state of Australia. Formerly Van Diemen’s Land, a harsh island prison for convicts, a few things have changed. Surrounded by crystal clean beaches, tropical rainforests and convict ruins from yesteryear, there is a lot to see. Tasmania is now a popular tourist destination, a definite must for your bucket list.
Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires, on the northeast coast, provided us with an awesome sunrise. A rich mix of colours from the sunrise, the red lichen on the rocks and the green foliage. Some people think that this red lichen is why the bay has its name, which is, in fact, not true. The bay was given its name in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux, who saw the fires of Aboriginal people on the beaches. What a great place to camp. Binalong Bay is the closest township, with St Helens just a short drive.
The national parks across Tasmania are stunning and lush, with their scenic waterfalls, tree ferns and massive trees. Pictured left is the beautiful Horseshoe Falls, located in Mount Field National Park just to the west of Hobart. Drones are actually not allowed to fly in these parks, so Merlin the drone was hand held to capture this shot. Many waterfalls have accessible paths, making it easy to get up close and personal.
We discovered abandoned convict ruins on the Tasman Peninsula. Although normally visited for Port Arthur, the Coal Mines Historic Site served as a place of punishment for the worst of the convicts. The morning we visited, we were surrounded by an eerie mist that added to the atmosphere of the ruins. In contrast, our visit to the convict built bridge in Richmond was a glorious day. There is plenty of Convict history to be discovered all around Tasmania.
Without a doubt, our biggest surprise location for our Tasmania Blog was Tarraleah. Now privately owned, the township was built in the 1930s for the hydro-electricity commission. Also, the township is a time capusle of the 1930s. The place is very retro with different colours for each home. Just behind the township, after a short stroll, we discovered the Tarraleah Falls. What a lovely surprise to find tree ferns, fallen logs and a waterfall. In addition, there are the local highland cattle that add to the charm of Tarraleah.
Tasmania is a land of beauty and contrast. A Bird’s Eye View 4U would highly recommend a visit to Tasmania.
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