01.02.2017 - 05.02.2017 17 °C
We were exhausted, we slept an hour on the plane, but we were ready for our 4 day holiday on the Tasmanian East Coast.
We arrived in the airport and went to collect our rental car. We had only gone and got upgraded to a luxury SUV. It was a swanky new Renault with an intimidating automatic hand break and keyless entry. This was the first time Ben was going to drive an automatic and so Anna put her life in Ben's hands. Luckily Anna had a new Renault at home so between the two of them they managed to get the thing out of the carpark!
Our first stop was Russell Falls. We ended up going on a 2 hour walk around woodlands which lead to amazing waterfalls and creeks. Although it was freezing cold and threatening to rain, it was a great start to show what Tasmania had to offer...
We then headed over to the East Coast. The drives were absolutely stunning and it is now official that Tasmania is our favourite place in Australia. It is such a shame we had such little time there. We are very motivated to go back.
The crystal clear water and white sand made us feel so relaxed after a stressful and hectic 3 weeks in the bustling city of Melbourne. We were on actual paradise. After 3 hours, we made it to Freycinet National Park. We stopped on the way to eat ready roasted whole chicken on nine mile beach, apart from the flies it was bloody bliss! We found a free camping spot and set up camp for the night.
Did we mention we were sleeping in the car?
Looks quite comfy right? Well it wasn't. It was freezing and who knew a car boot would be so hard on shoulders and hips!
The following morning we were up and out ready to climb to the lookout at Wineglass bay. It was hot, it was hard but we did it and boy it was worth is, just look at them views!!
We then drove onwards to our third national park, Douglas Apsley. We enjoyed a short downhill walk to a natural creek where we enjoyed a nice refreshing dip after not showering that morning! We also stopped to pet some horses along the way.
That evening we drove up to the chain of lagoons where we were going to meet Alex and Lizzie for our 4th state reunion. It was a lovely place but wow, it was like being back at the station with all the flies. We soon encouraged them to meet us at St Mary's instead, where we made sausage and beans on their little stove and camped beside a golf course! Can't beat a budget holiday can you.
There was a stunning mountainous view and we had mastered our car sleeping routine by this time, so we had a better night!
The following morning it was shower time... and a cold shower it was! We scrubbed ourselves as fast as we could then headed back to the car to warm up! It was getting warmer as the hour ticked by, we ended up being really lucky with the weather as the rain managed to hold off the whole time we were there. The sun even came out so we managed to put our shorts on! We headed out on a 3 hour drive back down towards Hobart. We reached our 4th and final national park which was near Port Arthur. We had lots and lots of stunning stops on the way. The photos don't even do it justice.
Sadly Tasmania lacked in wildlife for us, there are seals, penguins and Tasmanian devils on the island but none popped out to say hello. We unfortunately saw lots of road kill though
After 3 days of eating sandwiches and discounted meats from the IGA, it was time to pay a visit to good old Domino's pizza. You just can't go wrong with a $5 pizza can you, especially when its gluten free! I know we couldn't believe it either. We soon demolished that and headed to our final campsite, which was conveniently right next to the airport. We paid $20 to use this one and it was worth it as we had access to hot showers, a kitchen and wifi. It was another early start to catch the flight to Perth. I say Perth... we had a big lay over in Melbourne for the day as they decided to change all the flight prices whilst we were in Tasmania... sometimes booking last minute is just not a good idea. We spent the day in a park in Melbourne having naps, a cafe stocking up on real food, and then the airport rinsing their wifi! Lets just say, we were well ready to get to Perth, to real food, a real bed and a bit more of a routine... and a relax!!!