Last taste of Tasmania before we flew home

We are home now but I must take you back to Tasmania for a look along the east coast.

The last few days in Tasmania we hired a car for a final tour along the east coast to a sleepy little town called Bicheno and then down a peninsular to the Freycinet National Park.

Rain had fallen all the previous week, but the day we left we woke to a misty morning but by mid-morning the skies cleared and the sun came out, perfect touring weather.

Being winter most of the tourist attractions closed. No wineries with cellar doors to visit, oyster and seafood farms shut for the season. But the magic views of nature never close. The ancient and rugged, pink granite rock formations of the Hazard Range still tower above the ocean. The waves crash and spray through the blow-hole at Bicheno. Heritage buildings still stand in silent tribute to the past and the convicts and pioneers that built them.

Best of all we had this world to ourselves.

The mist hung around the valleys

The mist hung around the valleys

Suddenly a glorious burst of sunlight pierced the mist

Suddenly a glorious burst of sunlight pierced the mist

What stories does this derelict building hold

What stories does this derelict building hold

Now a home to the sheep

Now a home to the sheep

We pass over the "Spikey Bridge" built by convicts.

We pass over the “Spikey Bridge” built by convicts.

The spikey stones are to stop sheep jumping over the side

The spikey stones are to stop sheep jumping over the side

Most of the way the road winds along the side of the ocean

Most of the way the road winds along the side of the ocean. The range of mountains are part of the Freycinet Peninsular.

Precious wetlands as the sunsets

Precious wetlands as the sunsets, lighting the pink granite of the Hazard mountain range.

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hobart to Bicheno

Wintersun Gardens Motel

Wintersun Gardens Motel

End of day one and we find this delightful motel to stay in. $90 included a full English breakfast. Good night, sweet dreams….. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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Day 2 dawns wet, rainy and cold but well fortified with bacon and eggs we head for Freycinet National Park. First stop is to check out the blow-hole. Amazingly as we pull into the parking area the rain stops. The sky is still grey but we stay dry as we wait for natures floor show. There she blows….

Jack catches the shot as I catch him catching the shot!

Jack catches the shot as I catch him catching the shot!

The pink granite is stunning , all the folds and formations are a delight to photograph

The pink granite is stunning , all the folds and formations are a delight to photograph

Tourville lighthouse

Tourville lighthouse

From the top we get a tantalising view of Wine Glass Bay in the distance

From the top we get a tantalising view of Wine Glass Bay in the distance

Wine Glass Bay is in the top 10 best beaches in the WORLD. You can only get there either by boat, or a 3 hour walk up and over 300+ steps. I had seen photos of the beach and was keen to see it. Unfortunately being winter the boat tours had finished for the season and the ranger informed us that, due to the rain, the track had been washed away in parts and was very slippery.

So the closest I could get was to zoom in as far as I could to get the glimpse in the photo above

I like to try and get a 3d effect and these rock formations are quite amazing

I like to try and get a 3d effect and these rock formations are quite amazing

We spend the day absorbed with the beauty of nature and so pleased that governments in the past have seen the need to preserve these special places

We spend the day absorbed with the beauty of nature and so pleased that governments in the past have seen the need to preserve these special places

Back down again and the mist is starting to settle in

Back down again and the mist is starting to settle in

Passing boats in the mist

Passing boats in the mist

This is an area I certainly would like to visit again. Next time in the summer when the boats are going to Wine Glass Bay.

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20 thoughts on “Last taste of Tasmania before we flew home

  1. Anonymous

    What an interesting life and lovely blog you have! Thanks for sharing!
    I came across your blog while reading up on Tasmania. Planning to go in February for a week (rest of the trip is split between Sydney and melb!). Is hiring a campervan a good idea? Would be a first for us! Any recommendations on where/what to hire? In Hobart.
    Thanks!
    Archana

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    • G’day, welcome to my world. A campervan is definitely the way to see this beautiful part of Australia. A week is not very long. We have used Travellers Barn in Western Australia and found them to be ok. How long are you in Australia? Where are you from? I was interested to hear you found me while researching Tasmania. We loved our stay there and hope to go back again some time in the future to see the rest of the country.

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  2. Spectacular snaps – as always!

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  3. Beautiful pics. I ESP love the pics of sunset and the stone pickets

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  4. Great pics, Pommepal. Those rock formations are awesome. 🙂

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  5. awesome pictures !

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  6. we are home too … how wonderful to see this little glimpse of tassie … a place with room to breathe 🙂

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  7. poppytump

    That was a really lovely final look back there PP so much more to the island than I ever realised! You seemed to have had a fantastic stay in Tassie and it’s been so nice to share all your trips out with your photos and historical info.
    It must be Home Sweet Home now Lol with added warmth 😉

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    • Yes it is always good to get back but it is only for a week as we head north to our next house sit this Saturday…

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  8. I had such a great time on our trip! Thank you for bringing me along! Where are we going next?????
    Wonderful photos too~

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    • Well Cindy it was great to have you along, now you will need to pack your shorts and summer tops as we are heading up to tropical Queensland. I hope it is going to be hot but it will also be wet ,(maybe, weather patterns can no longer be relied on) so bring a brolly along as well… 🙂

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  9. Fantastic.

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