Deviating from our usual escorted tours, we took the plunge and embarked on our maiden self-designed, self-drive holiday. There was a fair bit of hassle involved in the planning and booking, but it was all worthwhile. The trip turned out to be cheaper, more places were visited and the flexibility was just great. We have barely been back and we are already talking about returning to Tasmania in the not too distant future.
Day 1 - Hobart
|Checking out Salamanca Place|
|Getting cozy at Princes Park|
|A fishy soup at Fish Frenzy|
Day 2 - Hobart, Hamilton, Mt. Field National Park
|Salamanca Market, the weekly outdoor market that brings Hobart’s waterfront alive with colours, sounds and smells|
Checking out early, we proceeded to Salamanca Market, one of the main attractions of Hobart. Rain or shine, Salamanca Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|A friendly old gentleman dishing up our Weisswurst breakfast|
|Talented street musicians entertain at Salamanca Market|
|Over The Back, our 4-star standard cottage|
|Queen sized bed beckons|
|Views from the deck of the cottage|
|The 45-metre high Russell Falls|
Day 3 - Lake St. Clair National Park, Strahan
|Our very cozy cabin, Over The Back|
|It was fun to cook breakfast in the lovely cabin|
Soon it was time to bid farewell to the cozy cottage and friendly hosts to continue on our journey west. On the recommendation of Jane, we stopped at Derwent Bridge to view the Wall In The Wilderness, a 100 metre-long wall with sculpture done single-handedly by Greg Duncan.
|Lake St. Clair, the deepest lake in Australia|
Things went a little downhill after this scenic stop. The reason : the road to Strahan is terribly winding and I succumbed to a bad bout of motion sickness. Upon reaching Strahan Backpackers, our accommodation for the night, I crawled onto the bed gratefully.