Showing posts with label tasmania. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tasmania. Show all posts
Monday, 22 May 2017

Tasmania: Historic Villages

Once upon a time, there was a man called Ross (from my former workplace) who I had a crush on and thought was very attractive. He was tall and had a very subtle Scottish accent. Fast forward to a few months later to when I moved over to sit in his area and some conversations later and I soon realised he was a dumb idiot and his attractiveness went to 0. He was comical and was one of those people who used a lot of big words to say nothing. I also found out he had sex in the work stairwell a few years ago. Lol. That was a very long introduction as to why I wanted to visit the historic village of Ross!

Ross is listed on the Register of National Estate due to the historic sandstone buildings. It is also home to the Female Factory which was one of the few female convict compounds in Australia. The sandstone bridge was built by convicts in 1836 and is the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia.

Tasmania 2017

Tasmania 2017

Tasmania 2017
Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tasmania: Land of the Pie

Tasmania 2017

Grindelwald is a village in Switzerland and also the name of the wizard in the Harry Potter series (I was listening to the final novel during my drives in Tasmania). It is also small town north of Launceston and was developed by a Dutch immigrant in the style of the Swiss village. In all honesty, it was quite random. Almost unncessary. It is a resort these days with mini golf, paddleboats and a giant jumping castle.

It was a bit of a nothing day. I tried to reach Liffey Falls but didn't manage to find them. Due to all the bad luck I had, I was genuinely concerned that I was going to crash my car and possibly injure myself. Hence when I couldn't find the falls after driving on a dirt / muddy road at a 45 degree incline, I decided to turn back for fear I would get stuck.

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Eliza Forlong & Ram - played a pivotal role in introducing merino wool to Australia

I drove past Campbell Town again and stopped at the bakery for a pepper pie. I believe this was the first of many, many pies I consumed in the island state. What can I say, I love pies. 

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Tasmania: Bay of Fires & Little Blue Lake

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One of the iconic areas of Tasmania is the Bay of Fires on the east coast. Typically, this area evokes images of white sand, clear waters and rocks with orange lichen. Oh, and a sunny day of course. Sadly, it was another overcast day for me (as were most of the days on my trip). I first drove to St Helens to visit the Peron Sand Dunes.

Tasmania 2017

Tasmania 2017
Saturday, 13 May 2017

Tasmania:Tessellated Pavement

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After picking up my rental car, the first stop on my Tasmania trip was to the Tessellated Pavement. It is a natural phenomenon which has resulted in numerous rectangle shaped pieces on the rockshelf on the Tasman Peninsula.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Bridestowe Lavender Estate


Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Lavender is definitely one of my favourite scents and it is attributable to the bushes that my mum had planted in our garden at our childhood home. After my semi-failed visit to a lavender farm in Victoria, I did some research and discovered that the blooms happen between December to early January which perfectly coincided with my trip to Tasmania. Visiting a lavender field has been on my list of places I have wanted to visit and I was reminded of this from Cherie's visit back in August 2015.
Thursday, 26 January 2017

Glengarry Bush Maze

During my research, I discovered that there was a bush maze in Glengarry. It is a bit of a novelty and, as I had never participated in one, I thought it would be good to tick it off my Things I've Never Done list. I had planned to take it a little slow that day as my quads were still so sore.

Quick stop to see the opium poppy fields. The farms in Tasmania produce around 50% of the world's (licit) supply!

Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania
So pretty!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Waterfalls in Tasmania

The day after Cradle Mountain was painful. The hike to the summit was honestly the hardest hike that I had ever done and it was reflected in how sore my muscles (especially my quads) were. I woke up early from my campground (where I was the only person there...) and drove to one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania, Montzeuma Falls. There is a bit of conflicting information about whether or not it is the tallest at a height of 104m. Unlike the previous day, it was a very grey morning and drizzled for most of the drive there. I hadn't done enough research and didn't realise that the walk to and from the carpark would entail a 3 hour return walk. Yikes. Despite how sore I was I ended up walking to the falls, encouraged by the sign that marked the walk as easy. It definitely was easy.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Tasmania: Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is 1545m above sea level and is the fifth highest mountain in Tasmania. There are a few day walks in the national park however I intended to walk to the summit and back. This equated to a 13km hike and recommended time of 6.5hrs.

Tasmania

Tasmania
Christmas Day in Australia

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Tasmania: Launceston & Devonport

Launceston was my first stop in Tasmania and I had intended it to be a short visit solely for the purpose of getting groceries for my week long trip. I briefly went to Cataract Gorge however as the weather was sweltering, I only managed to do the short walk to the bridge and back to the main area.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania was the last remaining state in Australia that I had not visited. I had been wanting to visit for many years now and back in March, I decided to finally visit during the first week of my office closure from 24th December to 31st December. Sadly, my trip did not go as planned and the map below is where I wanted to go and where I ended up going.


Red is where I did go and the blue is where I was planning on going but sadly didn't make it

So what happened: I got into a little car accident and wasn't able to get another car so I went back home early. I am a little bit bummed considering I hadn't seen the best part of Tasmania (arguably) which is the east coast. That being said, I will write about the places that I managed to visit.