Australia's island state. An overnight car ferry journey from Melbourne across Bass Strait to arrive in Devonport Tasmania on the start of a new day. My first time in Tassie. Now I realise what I had been missing all these years.
Fresh air, breathtaking scenery amongst mountains and lakes, waterfalls and lovely beaches. Vibrant colours and interesting features made for many excellent photographic opportunities. I was lucky that during my time there a stationary high pressure zone provided clear blue skies warm to hot weather and gentle breezes which created mirror-like surfaces on water for spectacular reflections.
I took a circular route around the island: Devonport → Strahan → Hobart → Bruny Island → Port Arthur → Bicheno → Deloraine → Cradle Mountain → Devonport. Not only scenery but lots of birds and wildlife were also enjoyed.
|Goodbye Melbourne, departing on the "Spirit of Tasmania" ex Port Melbourne||A colourful rocky coastline in the early morning sunshine|
|Taking a turn-off to explore I unexpectedly found a field of daisies with water and mountains in the distance.||A panoramic view of Stanley featuring "The Knob"|
|Sign of better days past - a ruin overlooking Stanley||School of Mines and Metallurgy, Zeehan. One of the many old buildings in this historic town|
|Hogarth Falls, Strahan||Early morning breakfast in Strahan|
|Strahan Harbour, a scene of calm and tranquility||Hell's Gates - the entrance to Macquarie Harbour|
|Cruising on the Gordon River. No sea-sickness worries travelling on the Captain's deck.||Many people enjoying the Gordon River cruise|
|The lunar landscape of Queenstown||An interesting juxtaposition of ruined buildings and Cafe sign|
|Lake St Clair||Eye-catching red lichen-covered rocks on the shore of Lake St Clair|
|A cottage row in Hobart||Historic properties on Arthur's Circus overlooked by Mt Wellington, Hobart|
|Accommodation on South Bruny Island||An albino wallaby. A resident of the Sanctuary on Sth Bruny|
|Bush fires on Bruny Island. Here's a water-bombing helicopter.||Some ruins of the historic convict colony at Port Arthur. Here's more.|
|This is the oldest bridge in Australia, at Richmond. Built in 1823.||One of the many fine coastal views enjoyed during the trip. This view is on the way to Bicheno.|
|There's a very interesting evening ghost walk at Port Arthur. This is the ruined church.||The blowhole at Bicheno is a place of scenic interest...but don't get too close.|
|The Tessellated Pavement found on the Tasman Peninsula||The automatic lighthouse on Freycinet Peninsula|
|Wide panoramas don't capture the full spectacle of Wine Glass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula||Coles Bay looking towards the Peninsula|
|A panoramic view across Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Peninsula||Glacier Rock. Clear evidence of glacier action during the last Ice Age.|
|The beautiful Cradle Mountain looming over the peaty waters of Dove Lake||Early morning reflections in Dove Lake|
|A panoramic view of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake shoreline||Departing Devonport on the way back to Melbourne|
|Knyvert Falls; one of the many falls in the Cradle Mountain area||The end of the last day: goodbye Tassie - the sun sets on a truly memorable holiday in Tasmania|