Tasmania I Drive spent the last three days of June 2022 on tour with the Burman family from Maryland, USA. Pictured here at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, feeding the kangaroos, are mum Mila, daughter Sarit, eldest son Ari, dad Eli and youngest son Yoni.
Our first day together began with an early morning pick-up from New Town, a northern suburb of Hobart. We headed straight for Mt Field National Park passing through New Norfolk and small villages through the Derwent Valley along the way. Recent rains had added considerably to the usual flow of water over Russell Falls. It certainly made for a spectacular sight. A couple of sightings of the local pademelons added to the delight of the rainforest walk. We then walked the Tall Trees loop and marvelled at the 80+ metre Swamp Gum at the centre of the walk.
Creepy Crawly Nature Trail
We then headed further west with our next stop the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail. This was a short but tricky little walk which certainly had you feeling that you were in the wilderness! We continued to our next stop, Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge. A quick stop here to admire the lake and then onward to the Gordon Dam. By now the misty rain was setting in but that did not deter the Burman’s from a stroll along the arched dam’s walkway atop the structure.
On our return journey we took a slight detour at Maydena to do the Junee Cave Walk. At this time of year, the days are very short and by the time we returned to the vehicle night was not far away. A quick stop at a supermarket in New Norfolk for some groceries and it was back to New Town to complete a long but very enjoyable day.
Hobart and Launceston
Day two began with a city tour taking in the dock area, Salamanca Precinct, Battery Point and Sandy Bay. We stopped at Long Beach and the lookout at the Alexandra Battery for photos before heading out of Hobart for the historic township of Richmond. We had a short stop here at the 1823 built bridge before making our way toward the east coast of Tasmania. We made it to Coles Bay just on 1.00pm and stopped for a snack before making the climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. The view was quite good for the time of year with no rain about but a little overcast. A couple of pics of the lichen covered rocks along the waterfront at Coles Bay and it was onwards to Launceston via the Old Coach Road joining Cranbrook and Avoca. A sighting of a white bellied sea eagle landing in a tree was a real bonus this far inland! Darkness fell quickly and it was night by the time we reached the family’s accommodation for the night alongside the Tamar River, Launceston.
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Our final day together and we headed straight for Mole Creek and the Alum Cliffs Lookout walk. The early morning mist was starting to clear as we arrived at the lookout. Over the next quarter hour, the view improved appreciably and made for some great photos of the distant Mersey River at the base of the cliffs. Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary was our next call with hand feeding the Eastern Grey Kangaroos and the Tasmanian Devil show being highlights. We then visited the town of murals, Sheffield, to explore the many outside artworks and have a bite of lunch. A brief stop at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for an ice-cream on the way back to Launceston was very much appreciated. Back in Launceston we made our way to Cataract Gorge for a wander over the suspension bridge and a ride on the chairlift. Our final stop for the tour was the historic township of Evandale. The family took some final photos in Tassie with the statue of John Glover before heading to the airport.
The Burman’s said that Tasmania had definitely been a highlight of their vacation in Australia and they were very glad they had decided to include the island State in their itinerary!