I'm embarrassed to admit that until coming to Australia I thought Tasmania was its own country south of Australia. Really, it's a state of Australia and quite a state at that. I got to Australia at the beginning of July and took an intensive class at the University of Melbourne. While in class I met and made friends with incredibly friendly, intelligent and thoughtful Australians (and some international students too!). One such Australian grew up in Tasmania and after regaling another friend and I with tales of the place, convinced us we had to take a trip. So, I bought a plane ticket for next to nothing, flew an hour south and fell in love with the great state of Tasmania, or Tassie as the locals call it.
As I have a tendency to do with islands, I completely utterly underestimated the depths and lengths of this "small" island. Three days was not enough to explore the diverse regions. But with my three days, I packed as much of the South, East Coast, Port Arthur and capital Hobart, in as I could.
The South: forested
|Went on a platypus walk and tried SO HARD to see one but didn't|
|Forded some mighty rivers with on a ridiculously narrow swinging bridge|
|Walked on top of the forest on that plank|
|Saw so many rainbows - at least 100 during our 3 days in Tassie|
|Beautiful beaches with perfectly white sand|
|An unexpected blow-hole|
|Driving on the left side. Good thing there were no other cars to get confused by ;)|
Hobart and Richmond: the capital
|The view from my bedroom window - perfect way to wake up|
|The oldest bridge in Australia - Richmond, Tasmania - build by prisoners|
|Oldest church in Australia - Richmond Tasmania|
|Funny prayer found in the church|