Tasmania is the most southern state of Australia. It is also the coldest. It is an island with nothing but ocean between it and the ice of the South Pole. To get there you either fly, or catch the ferry from Port Melbourne in Victoria, which is a pleasant eleven hour trip. The ferry is large enough to hold your car and caravan which are safely stored in the hull.
Tasmania has many rugged mountain walks and beautiful rainforests to explore and photograph. It is a photographers paradise for landscapes and historic places.
Tassie has a history of convict settlement in the early 1800's and the Port Arthur Prison Complex is a major tourist attraction. I can recommend the ghost tour there at night if you don't scare easily. It's not only fun, it's educational.
Tassie is alive with unique wildlife, such as the Tasmanian Devil. It was also home to the Tasmanian Tiger, which is said to be extinct thanks to being hunted down in the 1800"s, but recent sightings suggest there may be some still around but with no proof to back them up as yet. Crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and beautiful lakes attract landscape photographers and bushwalkers. The place is full of historic interest with many convict built stone buildings.
Prior to my first visit I enquired with a local travel agent who told me that a week in Tasmania is long enough, you've seen it. That was bad advice. In fact it was terrible advice, particularly from a so called professional. I've so far been to Tassie twice now, for total of two months and I've hardly seen any of it properly. I could spend 3 to 6 months there easily. It's beautiful all year round, but if you visit in winter, it's cold. Very cold.
Here are some of my photos of just a few of the many places of interest.
The rocks of the rugged coast of Tasmania are saturated with this picturesque red moss. A place where it is most abundent and worth a visit is appropriately named The Bay of Fires.
Cradle Mountain is popular for hikers from all over the world. There are short walks such as a one hour walk around Dove Lake or overnight walks for the more experienced. Weather can turn rapidly from nice to blizzard so be prepared, people have lost their lives. All walks give some amazing views.
Sadly Cradle Mountain is usually not as clear as the above photo. I have been there when you can't even see the mountain due to fog. I got lucky here when the weather cleared for about an hour so I grabbed the opportunity.
Tasmania provides many ghost stories, in particular Port Arthur and Richmond Bridge. Convicts completed constructing Richmond Bridge in early 1820's. The prisoners were supervised by George Grover. George was a convict himself but worked his way up to the role of Flaggelator. He was an angry man. He treated the other prisoners harshly by whipping them like horses while they were chained together. It is said that he was thrown over the side of the bridge to his death. Stories tell sightings of the ghost of George pacing the bridge and standing near the trees
Port Arthur prison complex has many stories of ghostly activity and sightings. The ghost tour is a great way to enjoy these stories and learn the dark history of the prison as well. Me, well I visited both places, didn't meet any spookies.
I can't put a time limit on how long to spend in Tasmania. If you like a cooler climate and lots of photo opportunities and history, it is a paradise. Can't wait to go back there.
Hope you enjoyed this.
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