Just before leaving Melbourne and sailing to Tasmania…
The ferry Spirit of Tasmania that links Melbourne and Devonport is nice and comfortable but I have to admit I’d rather have sailed on board of this luxury cruise ship!
Goodbye Melb! See you in a few hours Tassie!
First activity on the island: a winery tour!
There are many wineries all around Tasmania, a lot of them close to Devonport, including Olm Hoak where the wine tasting was absolutely delicious!
Even on a cloudy day, it was a nice view from Low Head on the north coast.
It’s quite easy to see penguins in Tasmania but usually after dusk, not during the daytime. That might be the reason why this one looked so angry: he didn’t like the fact that I saw him hiding below a branch!
Tasmania, island of contrast: you can find some areas of very ancient rainforest around the island.
The beautiful Bay of Fires on the North-East
Bay of Fires.
Bay of Fires.
The name doesn’t come from this orange lichen everywhere on the rocks…
…but from fires that Aboriginal people started close to the shore and that the first European explorers saw from their ships!
The magnificent Wineglass Bay in the Freycinet National Park.
It’s called Wineglass Bay because of its perfect shape: seen from above, it looks almost like a glass of wine. Can you see it?
Wineglass Beach and the summit from the Hazards in the background.
Some cute inhabitants of Freycinet National Park!
The Hazards are the mountains located in Freycinet National Park, that you can see from quite far away.
Honeymoon Bay and the Hazards
Thank you for posing!
The view from the Freycinet lighthouse – on the right is the entrance of Wineglass Bay.
Freycinet National Park.
The Hazards seen from the beach close to the Visitor Centre of Freycinet National Park.
Another view over the Hazards…
…and another vineyard!
There are several beautiful lookouts on the East coast between Freycinet National Park and the Tasman Peninsula.
One advantage of travelling in a van: some mornings are really special…
The East coast close to Orford.
The view over the Tasman Peninsula from the Tasman lookout.
Same view with more zoom…
At the beginning of the Tasman Peninsula, don’t miss the beautiful Tesselated Pavement…
…no, despite it’s perfect geometry, this is 100% natural.
A specific kind of erosion created this perfect pattern that you can find in only a few other places.
It really looks like a painting seen from above, doesn’t it?
Another erosion wonder: the extraordinary Tasman Arch…
…just next to the impressive cliffs of Devil’s Kitchen.
The cute colours of a lavender farm close to Port Arthur.
One of the most beautiful views of Tasmania: Cape Raoul lookout.
The south coast of Tasman Peninsula is really stunning with its high and spectacular cliffs!
The end of the track: there’s nothing more this way until Antartica!
A view over Cape Pillar from Cape Raoul
Another lookout over the fantastic Cape Raoul.
There’s even a sea lion colony living down the cliffs.
One of my best nights in Tasmania was in the small campsite next to the beginning of the Cape Raoul track, especially because of the sauna! Perfect to relax after a few hours of hiking.
The entrance of Remarkable Cave.
Cape Raoul seen from Remarkable Cave.
The historic site of Port Arthur.
It’s one of the greatest witness of the first European settlements that you could visit around Australia.
This is the ancient hospital…
…and a view from the outside walls of the penitentiary.
Port Arthur Historic Site.
Another interesting place to visit if you want to learn more about the European settlement in Tasmania: the former coal mines on the North-West of the Tasman Peninsula.