On the west coast of Tasmania, is a sleepy little town named Strahan (pronounced strawn). This town was once quite the bussing town. It was a the place where they brought the Huon Pine from its sometimes long journey down the Gordon river to mill it. They said when this town was in its prime, all the men would be out harvesting the pine for the months they could get to it, and the town was full of only women and children that were left there to do all the daily chores of that day in time.
Have you ever had dreams of lavender as far as the eye can see? Yeah! Me either, but if I had, I can imagine it would have looked just like this! Honestly, this made me for some reason want to sing out, "The Hills are Alive With The Sound of Music." I know I was not in Austria, and I wasn't twirling in a dress, but that really the song that kept popping in my head.
The only town we visited in the middle of Tassie was Launceston. It was packed with things to do while still giving off a real relaxing vibe. Close to the town is a lavender farm, canopy tour, aquarium, and an eating trail. When we got there, I had read a lot about the Cataract Gorge, so we headed there first. This little area was picturesque. It had a chairlift, pond, creek, swinging bridge, hiking trails, pool, playground, and restaurant. I mean come on, what more could you want?
About 30 minutes outside of St Helens is this cute little area that we were told we must visit. We were not disappointed!
We cruised along the coast, and noticed from a distance bay after bay with rocks shinning with a red to yellow like glow. We pulled into the sleepy town of Binalong Bag and we were met with the the below rather unique statue that helped set the tone. The water was not near as clear as normal, but we got to see some amazing waves as the storm pulled in.
Last January we drove to Bundaberg to watch sea turtles lay their eggs and hatch. This year we came to Bicheno to see penguins come out of the water for their nightly rest, and to feed their young. The place we stayed actually had the penguins walk through their property and have their nests all around. I must say, they make some really interesting sounds at night.
About two hours from Hobart on the east side of Tasmania is a cute little town named Bicheno. This was a great place for us to set up "camp" for two nights while we explored more of the east coast of Tasmania. The drive from Hobart to Bicheno is amazing, it took us a lot more than two hours. We kept stopping and taking pictures.
But once we finally pulled into town, we were not disappointed.
The Eaglehawk region is about 1.5 hours out of Hobart. As we pulled into the Eaglehawk region we were really excited to see the tessellated pavements, but as we took the road off, we couldn't get pass this beauty without taking pictures.
The day after my Dad got here, we decided to put him on another plane and take a 2 hour and 20 minute direct flight down to the second city established in Australia, Hobart.
If we only visited Hobart on our Tasmania adventure, we would have been happy. This is a great little city.