Loads of travel photos and small gems of information make for the perfect mix of inspiration at this early stage of planning our road-trip. So, last night we had a session soaking up the entire Tasmania section of photographer Steve Parish’s book The Around Australia Guide. Followed by a hunt for valuable morsels of info online.
Read on for 5 of the most incredible outdoor experiences in Tassy that have piqued our interest.
HIKE THE OVERLAND TRACK THROUGHOUT CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
A 6 day, 65km hike through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The scenery looks AMAZATRON and we would need to carry all our gear. Including: tent, stove, utensils, clothes, and 6 DAYS OF FOOD! We still need some convincing about the enjoyment of being weighed down with massive packs every step of the way.
TRAVELLER NOTES: The Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service have a great site dedicated to the trek; the walking season is 1 October to 31 May and it’s a must to pre-book as only so many permits are granted daily.
DRIVE ONE OF THE MOST ‘VISUALLY SPECTACULAR ROADS IN AUSTRALIA’
South West National Park is Tassy’s largest National Park and is described as “enormous, remote, ancient and epic” #hellyeah!
It is home to a stretch of road that is touted as one of the most visually spectacular in Australia – as it hugs the shores of Lake Pedder on the way to Scotts Peak Dam. Get this, the waters in the park are larger than Sydney Harbour!
At 1.5million acres the park is absolutely HUGE. And so, a popular option is a scenic flight over the park departing from Hobart. Par Avion run them for4hr at $280 a head. Exxy but it looks un-bloody-believable from the air.
TRAVELLER NOTES: Fuel is not available past Maydena (fill up yer tanks), a great snapshot to short walks in the park and campsites can be found here, a first hand travellers write up via Roaming Down Under can be found here.
DIVE WITH GIANT KELP ON THE TASMAN PENINSULA
Image Credit: Joe Stancampiano
Isn’t it strange how seaweed can look SO stunning! Down in Waterfall Bay in the Tasman National Park it is possible to dive in this GIANT kelp FOREST. Click here for a run down on all the dive sites accessible.
BONUS: the surrounding rocky coastline is home to colonies of fur seals and is within a short drive from Port Arthur’s historical prison (which comes highly recommended over dinner with friends last weekend!)
SIP SOME VINO AT WINEGLASS BAY
Image Credit: Heritage Tours
WATERFALL BLISS AT MT. FIELDS NATIONAL PARK
Image Credit: Alex Wise
Are you an Aussie? If so, chances are you have already seen a photo of this waterfall within Mt.Fields National Park without knowing where the heck it actually was. Well, I recently found out it’s the iconic Russell Falls. Get this – I’ve just read that it is within TEN minutes walk from a car-park. Outrageous! Also leaving from the car park are hikes set amongst mammoth ferns and some of the tallest trees in the world.
TRAVELLER NOTES: Camp sites within Mt.Fields National Park appear fancy + have coin operated washing machines #winner
Doesn’t Tassy look just spectacular. You know what the good news is? You don’t need to be on a year long road trip like us to get there! In fact I stumbled upon this sweet little 5 day drive itinerary Tourism Australia put together for the East Coast. Looks pretty damn impressive to me!
Have you been to Tasmania? Any tips to share? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Have a wonderful weekend guys!
K + G
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