Christmas in Tasmania

Two weeks in Down Under’s beautiful four-seasons-per-day-State.
The variety of landscapes on this small island is nothing but impressive and even though we only did the classic tourist trip visiting Mt. Field, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires and Freycinet, we managed to get at least a little bit off the beaten path as well.
But that’s quite easy in Tassie – even if you’re in Hobart CBD it shouldn’t take any longer than a 20min car ride to get to beautiful waterfalls and forests.  Styx River valley with its impressive stands of amazing old growth forests is stunning and definitely worth the ongoing conservation efforts – the styx valley protects some of the largest eucalypts on the planet and luckily more and more people seem to realize the natural treasure they are blessed with.
Narawntapu, which is also referred to as the Serengeti of Tasmania, was teeming with wildlife – we had a nice sundowner being literally almost surrounded by Red-necked Wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Tasmania Pademelons, Wombats and Echidnas, and those are just the most common species around the camping area.
Bay of Fires and Cosy Corner in particular offer world class beach scenery but have also been very busy with locals and tourists alike – walking along the beach north of the Gardens for an hour or so solved this “problem”: a chain of secluded little beaches among orange lichen covered granite rocks easily forms one of the best parts of Tassies Eastcoast.
All in all, exploring these “less travelled” areas was especially worthwile and rewarded with beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife encounters without the crowds, even in “high season”. Once again, it payed off to take the effort to do some longer walking.

Pictures are either taken with Canon FD 35 2.8 TS or Canon FD 80-200 4.0 L and Sony NEX 5n.

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