Before I inundate you with the hundreds of photos I have from Paris, I thought I would take a quick detour from Europe to share with you my recent trip to Hobart.
It had been ten years since I last went to Tasmania. I remember being instantly enchanted by the cute towns and cities and the natural beauty of the landscape. I was also there on a school camp and most of my excitement was probably based on the knowledge that my parents were in another state and I was spending the week with my friends!
Tasmania was recently named the 4th Best Region To Visit in Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel Guide 2015- it’s not hard to see why! So when it came to choosing my first destination for 2015 I didn’t have to think twice about which Aussie state to visit! Originally I planned to visit Launceston and its surrounds, but the call of the MONA was too great, so I chose Hobart instead. After all, there is only so much one can do in four days and I thought it too difficult to go to both cities without a car.
Our first full day in Hobart was spent on a tour, exploring some of the area’s natural beauty. It was hard choosing the right tour as there are so many enticing options. But thanks to the help of the staff at the Hobart visitors centre and the excellent selection of Under Down Under tours available I quickly chose the Land of the Giants.
First stop was Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where we saw baby wombats, Tasmanian devils, koalas, native birds and fed kangaroos. I loved seeing the sleepy baby wombats slowly wake up and the magnificent black cockatoos rule over their habitats like kings. I particularly loved learning about Australia’s wildlife and the work that the sanctuary does to preserve them.
After a quick lunch stop we headed to Mt. Field National Park. This was the part of the tour that I was most looking forward to. Not entitled the Land of the Giants for nothing, the tour includes a walk through the National Park to see the towering swamp gum trees, Horseshoe Falls and the extremely impressive Russell Falls, which was definitely the highlight of the day for me.
We ended our day at the Mt. Wellington summit, where we were treated to spectacular views of Tasmania. We were lucky that it was clear day and that our view was not obstructed by cloud cover.
I was extremely impressed with the service provided by Under Down Under on this tour. Not only did our tour guide Rob pick us up and drop us off at our accommodation but he was friendly and funny- and tolerated a whole day with a bus full of women! Rob kindly stopped where he thought we might like to take photos and gave us plenty of useful information about Hobart and Tasmania.
What made this tour so very special was the amazing women who were part of it. I consider myself very lucky to have made friends on this tour, friends that I would see again while I was in Tasmania and hope to see elsewhere in the world someday soon.