The Tasmanian Turbo Tour

Whenever we mentioned to Australians on the main land that we were going to spend three weeks in Tasmania, they usually looked at us in surprise, followed by the question: “What on earth will you do in Tasmania for three weeks?” At the time, we didn’t really know how to react. But now, we could confidently answer: “There’s so much to do and see in Tasmania. Three weeks are actually not long enough!” We even had to slip into turbo gear in order to get to all the places we wanted to visit. For the first time on this whole trip, we were not brave enough to miss out on certain attractions and tried to fit far too much into our itinerary. As a result, we felt a bit rushed road-tripping around this beautiful and diverse state of Australia and could not take it in as much as it deserved. Yes, less would have been more. But our Tasmanian Turbo Tour in our high-top camper was still a winner. Much to the credit of the amazing and approachable wildlife. Check out our highlights (further down) and you’ll know what I mean.

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A late night beach ball match in Freycinet National Park.
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When the sun puts a red filter over our planet.
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Climbing up Mt Amos…

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…to get a lovely view onto famous Wineglass Bay.
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Posing!
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Posing!!
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Natural.
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Meet the wallaby.

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Enjoying the play in the river at Douglas Apsley National Park.
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Bay of Fires.

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Something we’ve never seen before: A hops plantation.
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Sorry, too late!
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Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
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Possum.
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Pademelon complete with baby.
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Platypus spotting in Latrobe.

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Fairy penguins in Burnie.

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A bizarre moment: One morning we woke up to finding ourselves surrounded by hundreds of runners.
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Hiking down from Stanley Nut, a former volcano.
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Stanley Nut.
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Afternoon tea at Diane’s and Gerry’s.
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On the road to Cradle Mountain National Park.
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When we stopped here for the night, it was already dark. Nice surprise to wake up to these surroundings after a windy and freezing night.
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Pit-stop on our hike in Cradle Mountain National Park.
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What do you see, Lilly?
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You look a bit scary.
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Lunch fun.

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How cute are you, Mr. Wombat!
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Mr. Wombat meets Mrs Wallaby.

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On the shores of Lake Mackintosh.
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Good morning, pretty!
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Guess, what we were up to? (That’s a rhetorical question – no need to answer it;-))
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Running around 30 Mile Beach on Tasmania’s West Coast.

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Lake Burbury: A lovely spot for a selfie (without a camera, but a selfie stick instead).
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To the point.
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Nelson Falls.
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After the fire.
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Lake St Clair.
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On the road somewhere.
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Stargazing at Arthurs Lake.
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Horseshoe Falls in Mt Field National Park.
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Those big trees make us look so small.
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Seven Mile Beach.
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Staying with lovely friends of lovely friends.
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On top of Mt Wellington.
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Upstairs in our camper.

Some of our highlights:

  • Freycinet National Park: Climbing up fancy looking boulders and rock formations to Mt Amos – in order to get a view onto the famous Wineglass Bay. On this hike, the journey was definitely the reward. Exciting stuff.
  • Bay of Fires with its white sandy beaches, turquoise blue water, special orange rocks and an idyllic freedom campground (> Cozy Corner North). Our idea of a perfect place to unwind.
  • Watching the animals taking over Cataract Gorge (Launceston) after sunset.
  • Looking for platypuses in Latrobe while the sun turned the evening sky into a dramatic fire ball.
  • Admiring the thought provoking work of the “50 Best National Geographic Photographers” in Burnie’s regional Art Gallery (temporary exhibition).
  • Adoring the fairy penguins showing up on the shoreline in Burnie at dusk. They were cute and entertaining at the same time. No wonder the girls could hardly break themselves away from the spectacle.
  • Meeting Diane and Gerry, an adorable couple that volunteers in Burnie’s tourist information. They did not only give us handfuls of fresh plums, they also invited us to their house for a tasty afternoon tea.
  • Coming face to face with some super cute wombats in Cradle Mountain National Park.
  • Getting enchanted by glowworms and spooked by possums on our night walks to the Russell Falls (Mt Field National Park).
  • And living like Sardines in an Apollo high-top camper, of course!

3 thoughts on “The Tasmanian Turbo Tour

  1. Wow – you have been busy; turbo tour indeed.

    My reactions:
    Bay of Fires – interesting rocks; they remind me of those found in Nova Scotia.
    Hop plantation – historically, plenty of those found in Kent; less so these days apparently but this is probably changing with consumer interest in ‘proper’ beer increasing!
    Rhetorical question – was N looking for more snakes?!!!
    Stargazing – what a truly amazing sight, city dwellers will never see skies like this. Reminiscent of the only time I’ve spotted the Milky Way. But it was nowhere near this concentration. My viewing was on the Isle of Wight a couple of years ago – while on an overnight bike ride!
    Big trees – those are huge! And no doubt they are a little older than all of us put together! What variety are they? Will you see the giant redwoods when you get to the west coast of the US? Another Compare&Contrast exercise!

    Lake Mackintosh – has to be one of my favourite images of the entire trip so far; also like S in the morning!

    And no Tassie Devil sighting – did you look?!
    Glad the camper van is doing its job; looks cosy!

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    1. Thank you so much for always finding the time to give us some feedback on our posts! Unfortunately, you got the answer to the rhetorical question wrong though – sorry about that;-) Looking forward to your next comment xx

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  2. A good friend of mine here has been to Tasmania a few times as he has chums there to visit.. He, like you, finds the place so interesting.. great pics AGAIN :-)..

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