Heaven on Earth, Tasman Peninsula
Updated: Jul 1
Is it Tasmania worth a visit? Definitely it is! The island of Tasmania has some of the most spectacular mountains, waterfalls and breath-taking costal scenery. Much of its land is protected in national parks and reserves.
Here, I will briefly list the sites I loved most during my trip in Tasmania.
At the time I was on a working holiday visa in Australia and after a few months that I was in Oz my sister come to join me: of course we wanted to make the most of it during this year!
We were living in Melbourne so we got a flight ticket from there landing in Hobart. Usually when I travel I don't like to book hostels etc. in advance but because we were going to stay only for a couple of days we decided to plan our trip. First thing we did after we got the flight tickets was booking a car (pick up was straight at the airport). Then we looked for a hostel and reserved a room for three nights at "Martin Cash Motel" in Hobart.
Hobart is Tasmania's capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia after Sydney.
It is approximately one hour drive west from Hobart: Russell Falls had been recognised as a natural reserve for its natural beauty. It is situated in Mount Field which is one of Tasmania's oldest National Park and Russell Fall is one of the best waterfalls to visit in the area and it is easy to reach within a 10 minutes walk through a beautiful rainforest. One the way there are other wonderful falls just a bit smaller, including Lady Barron Falls and Horseshoe Falls.
You will be enchanted from such a beauty, a must visit!
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are located in Hobart just a short drive from the city centre. We had a lovely walk around for the whole morning, the entry is free and there are lots of interesting plants and massive trees from all over the world. It's always good to see beautiful traditional Australian gardens, but there you will also see a Japanese garden and Antarctic plants. Despite the landscape of green there are stunning river views too -so many wonderful and interesting areas.
We’ve visited a few different botanical gardens in Australia and this one in my opinion is the best maintained gardens.
Speed-boat trip to Tasman Peninsula
It is an adventure to the end of the Earth that we both enjoyed very much! It is incredibly exciting to set foot on the most unique and remote place and see rocky cliffs, eroded rock formations and many caves. The trip lasted for about three hours. It was wild and bumpy in some areas but the scenery and the wildlife was amazing: we saw a lot of animals like seals, dolphins, and other sea life and birds.
I would strongly suggest to wear the warmest clothes you have with you as it starts to get really cold when you get into the ocean but definitely worth a visit.
This is a mountain in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania, a 20 minutes drive from Hobart. The mountain rises to 1,271 metres above sea level and is frequently covered by snow. The drive up to the mountain has beautiful and scenic view and so it is when you get to the top. A wonderful breath-taking place that you must see when in Tasmania.
Tasmanian Devil unzoo
This is not a zoo and the price is good value and goes to support the work they do. We took a binoculars and spend some time on a wood walk: it is devine to walk free around such a calm and peaceful area. The path took us to see 3 different Tasmanian Devils sites (these little monsters are so cute and beautiful) we could see them feeding from very close and we learnt about the efforts being made to treat their contagious cancer. The kangaroo feeding was wonderful too! It felt amazing to spend some hours there.
Richmond is a town in Tasmania about 25 km north-east of Hobart and it is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture. Richmond's most popular landmark is the Richmond Bridge, built in 1825 it is the oldest stone arch bridge in Australia. The bridge is an impressive structure from the convict era and the picturesque setting it gives you a feeling of calmness.
I hope you find this information helpful for your trip and remember that you can always drop me a message, I would be happy to help!