During the long Australia day weekend in January 2014, we travelled to Tasmania, Australia. Friends that have previously travelled to Tasmania have urged us to go, often comparing the beauty to that of New Zealand – one of the most scenic countries I have ever travelled.
We picked up our hired car from the airport and travelled west towards Devonport and Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park from Launceston airport.
We were hungry when we landed and we didn’t want to pay the exorbitant airport prices for sandwiches so I did some quick searching and found White House Bakery en route – a small bakery in Westbury offering local produce and handmade bread. I could imagine driving from town to town enjoying the local food, wine and cheese – but this definitely wasn’t that kind of trip. Our main purpose of this trip was to hike Cradle Mountain.
Jackson is enjoying a yummy custard tart from White House Bakery.
Feeling satisfied, we continued west. It wasn’t long until we spotted wildlife. An echidna was slowly waddling across the road up ahead and we stopped the car to take a look. It must have been terrified as it curled into a ball as I approached.
As we drove along the country roads we noticed an inordinate amount of road kill – mostly wallabies and some echidnas and possibly Tasmanian devils. We learned that wallabies mostly come out at dawn and dusk so it was always a race against time to get off the country roads before sun down.
The drive to Liffey Falls was along a tight, windy and continuous down hill road. From the car park Liffey Falls is accessible via an easy 2km return walk in a forest littered with fern trees.
It was hard to get a good shot of the waterfall as I didn’t bring my tripod and I had only brought prime lenses. We were about to leave when we noticed a family take off their shoes and walk into the flowing river. Keen to get a better shot, we followed suit. The water was freezing, rocks slippery and when we got out our feet were numb.
Although I didn’t bring a tripod, I got this shot by leaning the camera against a large sandstone rock as support.
Jackson is drying off his feet for the hike back to the car park.
Along the country roads we passed many farms and also meadows. We stopped by one to take a photo of the field of gold.
Our last stop of the day was Alum Cliffs which is an 800m walk from the car park. As we were walking up the stairs we spotted many wallabies jumping through the bushes.
On our way to Devonport I asked Jackson to stop off at a field that I had spotted earlier. I climbed a barbed wired fence to take a photo but my shirt got caught on the wire and ripped. Damn my favourite shirt. We later discovered that 50m down the road there was an easy access entry point – which was where I took this photo.
Interested in seeing more of beautiful Tasmania? Read about our next day hiking up cradle mountain summit.