My fourth visit to my favourite part of Australia did not disappoint. As always, Tasmania delivers an escape from the claustrophobia of Sydney, and a chance to experience a little bit of wilderness. Over eight days we had five long bush walks and more dramatic scenery to the point where it is almost indecent to talk about. But, that hasn’t stopped me before.
This will mostly be a photo essay. Lucky you.
Part 1: Hobart
Having only landed in Hobart and quickly departed on my one previous visit to Tassie, we spent one day in the city and several nights sampling the food. While Tassie mostly caters to the sea-foodie / carnivore, I did find some tasty vego meals in the city. Despite everything on the entire island being booked out, Leigh somehow managed to get us into a couple of fantastic boutique hotels.
The grounds and the architecture of MONA greatly impressed, though honestly the super-majority of the art didn’t thrill me. That, of course, is the great thing about art — that some will delight in the massive patterns on the multi-story high walls, others will feel their heart skip a beat from the boldness of a sculpture, and yet others will simply wonder what it feels like to have your private parts used as a model for a plaster mold.
Part 2: Bruny Island
A short drive and a short ferry ride away from Hobart is Bruny Island. We covered most of the Southern part of the island, racking up a couple of great hikes and a handful of short ones as well. The serenity and remoteness of Bruny is euphoric in the internal quiet it brings to you. Add on the feeling of a warm jumper and a cup of peppermint tea, and you’re ready to start your short and tragic career as a J. Crew model.
Bruny, like Tasmania is surrounded by water. Which means dolphins, fish, albatross, and countless other species. On the islands, wallabies soaked through from frequent rains look wistfully into your eyes, wondering if you’re one of the tourists ignorant enough to feed them.
Part 3: Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires is named for the sociopathic arsonists who live in this part of Tasmania and who are constantly burning each other’s houses down.
Okay, not true, but the real story is much less interesting.
While it’s very easy to be desensitised to the incredible beaches in Australia, it’s the fact that there’s not a single human being on many of the Tasmanian beaches that makes them even more appealing.
We’ll be back.