Tasman: Eaglehawk Neck, Port Arthur, Cape Hauy and many beaches

IMG_20160303_101209When I reached Tasman, I went to Eaglehawk Neck, where I observed the Tessellated Pavement, Pirates Bay, Tasman arch and Blowhole. Just over the other side of Doo Town, there was a food cart selling ice-cream so I ate a berry dream,  which consisted of vanilla ice-cream with strawberries, puree and cream. It was so delicious. IMG_20160302_142705

Then I sat on an Pirate Bay beach soaking up the sun and watching a family playing and surfing. When it got to about 5pm, I went to my AirBnB accommodation, which was a farmhouse in Koonya hosted by a lovely lady. She was very welcoming and chatty.IMG_20160302_150643

In the evening, I walked to Shelley beach, ate dinner, chatted to the host and her helper then went to bed pretty early.

One of the famous things  to do in Tasmania is the three cape walk. However, I didn’t have enough time so instead I walked one of the capes on my own.IMG_20160302_150851

In the morning, I drove along a gravel path slowly to Fortescue Bay, which is I’m the Tasman National Park. From here, I started my hike to Cape Hauy. I have to tell you there were so many photo opportunities: the landscape was just breath-taking. The photos haven’t done it justice. IMG_20160303_111345

The first part of the path to the junction took me about 45 minute of walking up steps and along bush walkways but it wasn’t tiresome. The next bit to the end of Cape Hauy was loads of steps going vertical down several hills. It wasn’t too strenuous but I knew coming back, I would be breathless. Again it took me about 45 minutes to hike but I move quite quickly.

At the end, I rested and ate some prepared food. There were a few people up there. I saw a few boat toys riding around the capes and there was a guy rock climbing a tall, thin rock standing out of the water. I have no idea how he got there.IMG_20160303_131909

I then walk back to my car which was slightly exhausting climbing all those steps. On the way back, I saw a small creature with spikes on its back galloping on its legs. It was cute. I stopped and it just passed me along the path minding its own business.

Soon enough, I reached the car, where I drove back along the gravel path towards Port Arthur. I pulled off the road at a lavender garden, where I walked around and then sat with a chai latte admiring the countryside view.IMG_20160303_112524

After I went to check out Port Arthur village and historical site but decided that I didn’t want to look around the grounds.

Instead I drove to Remarkable Cave. The tide was out so a few people and climbed over to surf. I walked to the blowhole, through sandy beacb and rested there for a bit. IMG_20160303_142334

On the way back to Koonya, I took the long way round to search for white water beach, which was a beautiful sight.

In the evening, I just made dinner and chatted to the lady of the house and her helper before residing to bed.

The following day, I had a bit of a lazy start, casually IMG_20160303_155124getting ready to go out. After cooking an omelette, which I used fresh eggs from the chickens in the garden, and toast, I jumped in to the car and started my adventure for the day. I first went to a beach in the Lime Bay State Reserve, where I admired the view and wrote some postcards. As I travelled back along the gravelly road, I stopped to discover the history of the Coal Mines and see the ruins. These are linked to Port Arthur, where it was home to many convicts in the 1800.IMG_20160303_175919

After I looked around Federation Chocolate Museum, where I saw chocolate being melted then flavour added to make the bars of chocolate. I sampled a couple of different flavours. Before lunch, I walked along the Waterfall Bay route, which had amazing views of the coast and cliffs.

At lunch I treated myself to a Fishman’s cone, which had local fish, prawns, squid and scallops with chips, from the ‘award winning’ food van. It was mouth-watering and scrumptious. I’ve never tried food so good. IMG_20160304_103938

In the afternoon, I was going to visit the Tasmania Devil unzoo but for the price, i didn’t feel it was worth it so I went back to the farmhouse house and rested for the afternoon.

In the evening, I went back to Pirates Bay, just before dusk, to wait for theIMG_20160304_133825 penguins to come onshore. Unfortunately, I stayed until dark but I didn’t see any, which was disappointing. After I drove back in the dark, I arrived back at the farmhouse, which had all the lights out. It felt like I was invading someone’s house, which I kind of was.

On my last day in Tassie, I woke up early to drive the car back to Hobart as it was due back at 11am. It was another beautiful day so when I had given the car back, which was all good to my relieve, I walked down to Salamanca Market. I sat in the sun observing people in the square then in a park.IMG_20160304_122530

Early afternoon, I went to the pick up point, where I was collected to be taken to the airport. My flight back to Sydney was uneventful with me reading throughout the whole journey.

 

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Hobart, Tassie: Mt Wellington, Botanic Gardens and markets

IMG_20160227_141547Time for another week away: a holiday to relax, re-vitalise and explore. I’m not sure it counts as a holiday as I’m living on the other side of the world from my hometown. A holiday away from a holiday. To be fair I am working in Sydney, it’s not all fun and games.IMG_20160227_095911

Part of the reason I’m on a working holiday visa in Australia is to travel as well as work. I booked Tassie a few months back when I found some cheap flights. I want to slowly visit all the main cities in Australia.IMG_20160227_120527

Waking up at 3am is all part of the holiday experience. With blurry eyes and lack of sleep, I managed to drag myself out of bed. When I had booked a 6am flight, I checked to see if there was any public transport to the airport and there was a bus plus a ten minute walk. Stupidly, my phone automatically showed the route to the international airport which I didn’t realised until the day before I was leaving. I panicked slightly but it all worked out better than planned as I decided to take an Uber to make sure I arrived on time. Due to a promotional code, it only cost AU$5… Such a cheap deal.

IMG_20160227_121317After checking in, walking through security and waiting for the gate to open, I was soon sitting, waiting for my plane to take off. The journey seemed so quick due to having a nap. The view as we took off was amazing as the sun was beginning to rise.

Once I had landed in Hobart airport, I caught a airport shuttle bus. There are three option to get in to the city centre: taxi, shuttle bus or rent a car. It cost AU$18 one way or Au$32 return. I opted for the latter as I knew I would be returning the same way. It’s quite expensive for 25 minute drive but there did drop me off near my hostel.

As I arrived in Hobart about 8.45am, I was too early to check in so I dropped off my bag and started to think about my next few week. I went to a rent a car place to compare prices and to the tourist information to find out what I could do while I was here. I took a stroll along the harbour, gazing at the bright blue water and the sun reflect off the white shiny boats. It was just sunning.IMG_20160227_144542

I was in need of a latte so I found a little cafe to chill and plan for the next few days. I walked back along the port, where I found an information centre, promoting different places in Tassie, where I got to sample some delicious cheese. I walked around Salamanca Market, where there are over 100 stalls selling food, souvenirs, jewellery books and many other things. I didn’t buy anything but I did taste some different cheeses, fudge and  sauces. It definitely having a look.

Around the area is a square with a fountain, dessert shops and a quaint book shop, which I rummaged through. I just love book shops. However, I did feel a little homesick as the children’s section reminded me of teaching primary school kids in England and there were several travel books about England.

After I went passed the government house and cathedral to check in to my room at the hostel. From here, I went in the museum and art gallery, which was free admission. I thought it was going to be an Art gallery, which I normally love but this was a bit odd. In the side house was 3 floor giving a little history of Tasmania but I didn’t find it interesting as it’s not very old. I just found it was full of stuffed animal. The main building was two floors, again with some angry animals glaring at you, information about Antarctic and a small art gallery with old paintings in gold frames.IMG_20160227_150912

Then I walked along the coast for about 2 miles to the Botanic Gardens. Leisurely strolling around the park, observing people, plant, a waterfall and the Lillie pond was delightful. After, I laid on the grass, listening to children playing around me in the sun as the lack of sleep hit me.

When I finished at the gardens, I grabbed some food at Woolworths before cooking some dinner at the hostel. I had a chilled evening taking in the last of the sun by the port and then relaxing in bed before getting some shut eye.

The next day I woke up later than usual. I got ready for the day, cooking some pasta for lunch and eating breakfast.IMG_20160228_124345

This holiday, I was trying to be on a backpackers budget, which included a diet of muesli and pasta with pesto. It a little different travelling here in Australia than in Asia. I didn’t really have to think about the pennies being able to eat out for every meal.

Anyway, when I had finished sorting out my bag, I walked to the farmers market not too far away. There were many stalls with different food: fruit, veggies, honey, yogurt, octopus, meat and bread.

Once I had a good wander, I went to the bus stop by Franklins park to catch the 10.30am bus to Fern Tree. The ride there was extremely hilly and windy, which was good because it would be less of a climb to the Mount Wellington Pinnacle. The journey was pretty with views of beaches and hills. When I got off the bus, the chill hit me so I decided to put my leggings on before I even starIMG_20160228_132215ted.

Then I started my mission of climbing up Mount Wellington, where is decide to walk up the middle track to start. Even though it wasn’t too far, the walk was super steep working up my leg muscles. I had also sprained my ankle the week before, which I was still in a slight pain with and had a elastic support around. However, this wasn’t going to stop me climbing up this mountain. I carried on hiking until the spring, where I had a bit of rest and a snack for some energy. The pinnacle track was the next path, which was pretty narrow with trees either side. I passed several people coming down. The incredible view of Hobart peered through the tree with the blue sky. However, the weather didn’t stay nice much longer as the clouds skidded across the sky covering up the view. The zigzag part of the track was more difficult with rocks to claim and step to balance on. When I was quite near to the top, I took a rest on some rocks,  where I started talking to some older lady. As I hiked the final part, it began to drizzle with thick air blocking my view but I did see some cute wallabies nibbling on some plants.IMG_20160228_133253

At the top of Mount Wellington was a tower, a short walk and a lookout building. Unfortunately the weather was so bad that I could see anything from the top but I was still proud of myself for reaching the top. I ate lunch in the lookout and chatted to some backpackers before heading back down.

The blizzard started getting heavy as I walked down but I knew I had to go as there was only one bus I could get back to Hobart. Even though in a way it was more difficult to climb down due to the wet, wobbly rocks and an injured ankle, it didn’t take me that long to get back to the springs. Well, just over an hour. The rain had calmed down but I was feeling the cold.  From here I took a slightly different route, down the Reid track to the Silver Falls, which was a small waterfall. The rest of the track was almost flat.IMG_20160228_153622

As I had descended a lot quicker than planned, I order a chai latte in the local pub to warm up. At 5am, I took the last bus back to Hobart. In the evening, I just ate dinner and chilled as I was feeling exhausted.

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