Our road trip around New Zealand in 2013-14 was such a fantastic experience we needed to do it all again but where ? After much humming and gazing out of the window the idea to head to Tasmania was very appealing the more we researched the country. But you can’t just fly all the way out to Tasmania and not go to Australia right ? I tried out different routes and time over distance calculations, at one point the plan was six weeks over the Christmas period with us heading all the way up to Cairns from Melbourne. But you can’t do it all, the boss looked crossed eyed at the six weeks holiday suggestion, while the humid weather and storms of Queensland in January kinda put me off. So five weeks it was, Tasmania ten days, over to Melbourne on the ship, along the Great Ocean Road back over to Melbourne via the Grampians Mountains, along the southern coast to Sydney for New Year and then the last week a drive up to Brisbane via the Gold Coast.  phew !

Landing in Hobart

The plane climbs up and over Sydney and turns over the sea south towards Tasmania, following the eastern seaboard of Australia this is the final flight of the journey, it’s a long…… stretch out to Australia.

Post : Its a long haul out to Van Diemens Land

Hobart, Southern Tasmania

Port Arthur Historic Site

Entering the wilderness, heading south from Hobart it’s a long drive through an empty landscape dominated by the dense Australian bush and high forest, the houses thin out as we circumnavigate Norfolk Bay and pass over Eaglehawk Neck, a narrow strip of land separating the mainland Tasmania from the Tasman Peninsula.

Post : Port Arthur Historic Site

The Penitentiary, Port Arthur

Tasman Peninsula

A series of pathways lead visitors out to viewing platforms overlooking Pirates Bay, the edge of the cliff drops away beneath our feet, opening up the view from this elevated position out over the crashing swirl of the waves on the rocks below.

Post : Standing on the edge of a Cliff

Tasman Peninsula
Tasman Peninsula

Wineglass Bay

We take our time to walk along the sands, the sea is so clear rolling onto the empty beach, the blue sky high above is filled with small puffs of cloud. After a time of sitting on the beach and just taking it all in, we have to begin our climb back up the hill as the full force of the strong Australian sun is too much for unacclimatised Europeans.

Post : Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay

The Bay of Fires

The sand is whiter, the stones are redder and the sea really is bluer. The Bay of Fires is very photogenic, the red stones are very prominent against the clear blue sea, I took a number of photos !

Post : The Bay of Fires

Cosy Corner, The Bay of Fires

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

As we reach the boathouse on the way back it’s close to six-o-clock and the sky has clouded over, so the most popular photographic spot on Dove Lake is difficult to do justice. We catch the bus back and stay at the National Park campsite as the temperature continues to fall, we are in for a cold night in the mountains.

Post : Circling Dove Lake

Cradle Mountain above Dove Lake
Cradle Mountain over the Shoulder
The North Shore, Tasmania
Crossing the Bass Strait

Travelling Notes


Flight from Munich to Sydney + Hobart, Tasmania


Hobart – Snug


Port Arthur Historic Site


Coles Bay, Freycinet  National Park


Wineglass Bay- St. Helens


Cosy Corner on the Bay of Fires


Launceston – Kelso with Wombats


Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park


Davenport – Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne

pjbourne is a full time architect, urban masterplanner and sustainability designer. In his free time he’s outside with a camera, running, hiking or mountain biking through the Alps where he lives or indoors in front of the iMac planning another long road trip in a campervan to the other side of the world.

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