A few weeks ago I found myself driving around the roads in Tasmania. The trip was hiking-oriented, and we didn't spend too much time in the cities.

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The left-side traffic in Australia has become so familiar that when I tried to think about it, I couldn't even remember how the indicators were located in European cars!

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The roads are quite windy near the national parks, which caused us some unanticipated delays, but at least there are some nice lakes to stop by along the road.

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The hilight of the trip was to conquer Cradle Mountains, the fourth-highest peak in Tasmania, being 1545m high it only falls 69 meters short to the highest, which is Mt Ossa. The ascent to the tip is about 600 meters from the start of the walking track.

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The hike took us a full day, starting at 8am and finishing near 4pm, about an hour before sunset. The weather was quite varying and rapidly changed from foggy to rainy to clear and back to foggy within an hour.

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For almost the whole time, we were accompanied by a full 180 degrees big rainbow that just kept following our trail.

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The views from the top are amazing, as you can see so far out to the distance. To be honest, I have no clue how to take a photo that would grasp the view in full depth.

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In addition to seeing the highest mountain in Tasmania, we also hiked to see the tallest waterfall, which is the 105m high Montezuma Falls located near the West coast.

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Apart from the ones on the road, we didn't see too many Tasmanian Devils. Possums, on the other hand, were aplenty.

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The night before flying out we spent in Hobart, had dinner at Irish Murphy's in the Salamanca and went to the arcade and movies in the city centre.

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Good trip all in all, I just wish we would've had more time to see the East coast of Tassy as well. I guess that will have to wait for the next time then..

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 22 June 2008 18:53)