My god Tasmania is a beautiful place. I am so glad that I decided to book my ticket and see somewhere with the best views I've ever witnessed. Even just flying over the island in my crammed Jet Star plane I could tell this was going to love Tassie for all its lush green mountains and clear lakes, amongst a host of other things!
Getting to Tasmania provided me with a great little detour too, as it meant I had to fly to Melbourne first; a city I'd really wanted to see but thought I wouldn't have the time. I had a wonderfully relaxed three days in Melbourne sightseeing, tram hopping, market shopping and enjoying some time to myself.
I loved the cultural diversity of Melbourne, it has so much more to offer than Sydney with all it's back street markets and a busker on every street corner. Not to mention the hundreds of tucked away restaurants and little vintage shops. I was in heaven!
Three more excitable nights sleep and a speedy 50 minute flight and I found myself in Hobart, Tasmania, a beautiful city where everyone seems to know each other and everything is within a 20 minute drive.
My intended four day stay was, as expected, nowhere near long enough for everything there was in store for me. I ended up staying for two weeks and falling in love with all the lovely people around me. My days were spent living with The Colemans, visiting a beautiful 1960s shack out on the coast, touring local gigs with the Adam Cousens band, eating ungodly amounts of chocolate, and jamming with great musicians at every opportunity I could salvage.
The bay surrounding the Shack
More amazing views
Of course, my visit to Tasmania wouldn't be complete without stealing a glimpse of the weird but wonderful Tasmanian Devil! I was a typical tourist and got myself down to Bonarong Wildlife Park to see the devils and some Koalas and Kangaroos too.
Tassie Devil, and Sarah and I with a camera shy Koala!
I made some great friends and rounded off my trip with a really fun night dancing, drinking and saying emotional goodbyes at the Tasmanian Beerfest. As sad as I was to leave, I know New Zealand will be 'heaps' of fun (as they say) and hopefully I'll get to pay another visit back there some day soon :)