Its time to say FAREWELL to Australia. Its been a crazy year and I’m going out with a bang!
I’m hitting the road in a campervan for 2 weeks of adventure, camping, and exploration around the beautiful island of Tasmania! This is the fist time I’ve rented a campervan by myself so this solo road trip should prove to be very interesting!
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Nothing is set in stone, but leaving Strahan I’ll head to the Tarkine. The Tarkine, named after the Tarkiner Aborigines who once lived here, is roughly bounded by the coast to the west, the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south and the Murchison Highway to the east. Not only does it contain the largest rainforest in Australia, but it is also said to include the greatest concentration of Aboriginal sites in the country.
After the rainforest, I’ll head all the way north to Stanley to visit the nut. Stanley is the largest settlement west of Wynyard on the northern coast. Its iconic ‘Nut’ is actually a volcanic plug rising 150 metres (492 feet).
From Stanley I’ll drive along the north coast to the east, stopping in Devonport and Georgetown before camping at Mount William National Park. This 13,899 hectare (34,345 acre) park on Tasmania’s far north-east coast is idyllic. Grasslands and dunes meet sweeping beaches and an ocean varying from emerald and azure in the shallows to bright blue and ultramarine in deeper waters. Kangaroos feed on the plains at dawn and dusk, and throughout the day birds twitter and bustle in the coastal heath.
I’ll spend a few days gazing out at the beautiful Bay of Fires. The Bay of Fires is a region of white beaches, blue water and granite splashed with orange lichen. The bay was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 in response to the many Aboriginal fires he saw burning on its shore.
Continuing south I’ll end up in Wineglass Bay at Freycinet National Park. Freycinet National Park is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests on the Island’s east coast. French explorer Nicolas Baudin named the land mass in 1802 after one of two Freycinet brothers, who were officers on his ship. The highest peak in the Hazard Range is Mt Freycinet at 620 metres (2,034 feet). US magazine Outside has named Wineglass Bay one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
I’ll camp here and enjoy the sun and the sand for a few days before heading to Hobart! Hobart has a Saturday market worth checking out called Salamanca Market.
Salamanca is lined with a long row of simple Georgian sandstone warehouses built in the 1830s. These mellow north-facing buildings once stored grain, wool, whale oil, apples and imported goods from around the world. Nowadays, you can wander under the heavy stone arches to find craft and design shops, jewellers, coffee shops, restaurants, the Peacock Theatre, subterranean bookshops, outdoor gear, and fashion boutiques or you can climb the stairs to the Salamanca Arts Centre and artists’ galleries.
If I have time afterwards I’ll drive out to MONA-Museum of Old and New Art. MONA opened in Hobart in January 2011. It houses a collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. I might even head to Port Arthur for a quick visit.
Follow along on my adventure as I find the best walking, eating, and camping spots in Tasmania! I’ll be posting on my Facebook Page, Instagram, and Twitter! If you’re in the area, let me know and I can plan to meet you. Or if you have anything else you’d like me to check out before I leave Tasmania, drop me a line and let me know!