Karin & Joe, from Georgia, and Larry & Marlene, from Florida, spent the day with Rob from Tasmania i-Drive exploring a small part of Tasmania. The day began with a pick-up from the arrival hall on Hobart’s dock before heading straight out of town toward Mt Field National Park. On arrival at the park it was straight on to the new walking path to Russell Falls. A sighting of a couple of pademelons on the way was a bonus. Russell Falls was bathed in sunlight and made for a good photo opportunity before we climbed the stairs to the top of the cascade.
After a look at Horseshoe Falls we set off to complete the Tall Trees circuit with some giant swamp gums impressing the US visitors. On completion of the walk we took the steps back down from the top of the Falls and chose the old track back out to the visitor centre. Next stop was lunch at The Possum Shed at Westerway. Before leaving the village we happened upon a platypus feeding in the adjacent Tyenna River – what a bonus to see one of these elusive animals in the wild!
We then drove to Brighton and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Everyone enjoyed feeding the Eastern Grey Kangaroos and seeing the Tasmanian Devil get a bite to eat. Other native animals were encountered, even our very poisonous Tiger Snake. A highlight was a photo with a Koala, though not native to Tasmania, the cuteness factor makes a visit a must. With time to spare we drove to nearby Richmond for a bit of history and a stop at the famous Richmond Bridge, Australia’s oldest bridge still in use, built in 1823.
After arriving back in Hobart we toured through the Salamanca Precinct, Battery Point, and Sandy Bay before a final stop at the Alexander Battery for a photo of the cruise ship with the Tasman Bridge in the background.