Tasmania is an island state of Australia, which has both the world’s cleanest air and the world’s cleanest water. The best time to visit Tasmania is in Spring (September-November). Although, each season has its unique beauty here, Spring is the time when most flowers are in full bloom and this is also the time when you will be able to see humpback whales in the east coast.
I visited Tasmania in September. Now, if you are visiting Tasmania, you have two main options to move around the area. The most obvious one would be to rent a car and drive. However, since I was not too keen on driving, I joined an organised tour by AATKings through the eastern coast of Tasmania.
Day 1. Launceston
I arrived in Launceston at afternoon of the day before the official start date of the tour. Although Launceston has quite a few things to do nearby, including a hikes and day tours. I decided to explore the city as the locations of the day tour would be mostly covered by the organised tour. Launceston has a very peaceful and calm atmosphere.
I had a late lunch at a local cafe there. I recommend having fish and chips along with a strawberry milkshake.
After walking through the nearby streets of the city, I had a small dinner, accompanied by locally produced wine at the hotel where I was staying in.
Day 2. Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Legerwood Carved Memorial trees, Freycinet National Park, Cape Tourville Lookout, Bicheno
After being well rested, I got up early for the official start of our tour. After breakfast and a journey in a very comfortable bus, we reached our first stop: Bridestowe Lavender Farm.
Although the lavenders were already harvested, the farm and the nearby area still looked extremely beautiful.
There were also multiple lavender based products for sale here along with a small cafe. I would recommend trying the lavender ice cream here. It is extremely delicious.
We then moved on to visit the Legerwood Carved Memorial trees. These are actual trees which have been sculpted to portray World War One soldiers. The carvings were awesome and well worth a visit.
We then moved on to Cape Tourville Lookout point through Freycinet National Park. The view from this lookout point was breathtaking. The famous wineglass bay which was visible from here was absolutely mesmerising.
We spent the night at a sea-facing hotel in Bicheno. The atmosphere here was extremely serene and the locally produced food and beer was also lip-smacking.
Day 3. Sorell, Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
The next day, we left for Port Arthur, while stopping for morning tea at the peaceful town of Sorell, which was also a beautiful town.
Once we reached Port Arthur, we went about to explore the ruins of the penitentiary and the convict church. It was difficult to imagine that such a beautiful place had an extremely dark history of torture of convicts. I would suggest taking a stroll around the entire site which has ample amount of natural beauty on top of the historic architectures.
We also took a small cruise to the Isle of the Dead nearby, which was used as a cemetery for the convicts.
At night, we took the lantern-lit ghost tour of the ruins, which I highly recommend. The dimly lit massive area and our cloak-cladded guide along with a few lanterns gave rise to a very eerie yet exciting atmosphere and it helped us to see the place from a different point of view along with hearing the stories of the hauntings there.
We had our dinner at the local inn where we were staying.
Day 4. Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, Blowhole, Richmond, Hobart
The next day, we headed off towards three of the most celebrated natural formations in Tasmania: The Tasman’s Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. All of them were situated close to each other and is definitely worth seeing.
We made a lunch stop at Richmond, which was again surrounded by greenery just like the rest of Tasmania. There was also a pretty interesting Woodcraft store here.
We reached Hobart at evening.
Day 5. Hobart, Bruny Island cruise
The next day, I took an additional tour in a cruise around the Bruny Islands. I would highly recommend this to everyone as not only was I lucky enough to see humpback whales, seals, penguins and dolphins in their natural habitat, the natural beauty of the place was reason enough for a visit.
I really felt that colour of the sea here was of the deepest blue that I have ever seen and although it was very chilly here, I felt extremely refreshed during the cruise.
Launceston: Best Western Plus hotel, Launceston
Bicheno: Beachfront at Bicheno
Port Arthur: Fox & Hounds Inn
Hobart: Wrest Point Hotel
Local food and Drink you can Try
Beer Battered Fish and Chips
Local Wines and Beer ( special recommendation: James Boag beer)
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Souvik is a techie by profession in a multi-national IT company.
Apart from technology, his two other passions are food and travel.