Wow. Tasmania.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin.  Tasmania was absolutely gorgeous.

I did a tour through Under Down Under- 3 and a half days wandering through the Tasmanian wilderness, with a group of 24 other people.

I began my Tasmanian journey in Hobart, a small city in the southeast corner of Tasmania.  It’s a cute city, but there’s not too much to do there. If you move to Tasmania, it would be for the vast untouched wilderness, not for the thriving city center (a street, basically).

We started the tour early in the morning, driving out to Mount Field National Park to hike the ‘tall trees walk’.  Once again, Australia gets creative with their names.  The walk, unsurprisingly, involved a lot of tall trees. It reminded me of my time in Northern California, walking through the Muir woods and Redwoods, feeling like an ant among these giants.

We came across some beautiful waterfalls, Russell Falls, and it felt like we were transported back in time.  Everything was so untouched and wild.  Part of me felt like I was in Jurassic World and was half expecting to see a dinosaur walk by.

Next up, we all hopped back into ‘Phil’ (our bus) and headed over to Lake St Clair for a picnic lunch.

This time, It felt like I was transported to the Canadian wilderness.  It was amazing to see how many different climates that made up Tasmania.  We walked by the lake, keeping our eyes peeled for poisonous snakes.

The water seemed unnaturally clear for a lake, and all I wanted was to take a canoe and paddle across it.  Unfortunately, it was time to head over to the next stop.

After lots of twists and turns on the dirt path highway, we made it to Nelson Falls in the Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park. Pretty much all of the places we went are protected by UNESCO, and therefore they are extremely well preserved.

We finally made it to Strahan, the tiny little town on the western coast of Tas that we were staying in for 2 nights. I joked that Hobart was small, but Hobart seemed like a thriving metropolis compared to Stahan.

It was so small, none of us could even get phone signal.  We entertained ourselves by drinking Tasmania cider and playing card games, and most entertainingly, Spoons.

If you don’t know how to play spoons, you are seriously missing out.  It’s one of the most competitive games I have ever played. I managed to get third every single time we played, tragically.

The next morning, we dragged ourselves out of bed and headed off for the day. We had two choices today, a cruise around the harbor, or a hike to waterfalls.  The cruise was $80 more dollars, so we chose to hike.

I definitely thought the hike was worth it.  It was about 3 hours roundtrip to Montezuma Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania.

On the hike, we passed old mining caves, and even ventured in one. If you are wondering, yes, there were spiders in the cave, yes, they were poisonous, and yes, they were dangling off the ceiling. It was still awesome checking out the cave, though.  When we got to the waterfall, there was a suspension bridge that we could climb across.  While I was worried about dropping my phone over the edge, once I put it away, it was really fun to jump and bounce on the bridge. It also gave you a great view of the waterfall, but the jumping part really made it fun.

On our way back to Stahan, we stopped at some sand dunes, which we all struggled to climb up, and had way too much fun running back down. I wanted to barrel roll back down, but our group leader nixed that idea given there were quite a few trees I could hit.

Our last stop of the day was the beach, which always makes me happy.  We proceeded to get our shoes soaking wet by dancing through the ocean, but it was worth it.

The next morning, we all begrudgingly put on our wet shoes in preparation, because it was finally time to hike Cradle Mountain.  This is the thing I heard is best to do in Tasmania, and it definitely lived up to expectations.

The hike wasn’t the easiest, with some pretty steep parts, but it was definitely worth the view.  It was stunning. We ate lunch on the top of the mountain, and I could have stayed up there forever.

There is something so rewarding about hiking to the top of a mountain. You feel so accomplished, like you earned the view at the top.

The was my last day of the tour.  We drove to Launceston that night, and found ourselves at an Irish bar, drinking local beer and singing along to the live band that played Blink 182 and the Killers all night.

I had a few days in Hobart before I flew back to Melbourne, and I spent them exploring the city.  We went to the Botanical Gardens one day, which honestly wasn’t that great.  I am always going to Botanical Gardens in every city, and they all seem the same to me.  It was fine, just nothing special.

I also made some friends with some Tas residents, and they took us to a park to drink beer and go slack-lining.  That’s when you hang a length of rope(?) between two trees and walk across it.

I mean, it is more complicated than that, but this was my first time, so cut me some slack.  It took me about 50 tries (and 6 beers) but I finally was able to walk across it holding someone’s hand and not fall off!

It was such a cool experience, and I am so grateful to them for teaching me how to slack line and letting me share their equipment.

Overall, Tasmania was an amazing experience, and I am so glad I went.  I definitely recommend going if you are planning to come to Australia, it’s worth the trip.

Next post will be about Melbourne, and traveling with my parents!

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