We flew from Melbourne to Hobart and rented a car to explore the island for around $100 for three days plus insurance with Thrifty.
The main reason why we wanted to see Tasmania was Wineglass Bay, located in Freycinet National Park.
Wineglass is said to have the purest air and water on earth and I think it’s important to get close to wild untouched nature to remind us of the importance of preserving it. It’s also a good idea to recharge the lungs and the mind with rare purity.
How to get there:
It will take you around three hours via the A3. You must wake up early to get there around 8 AM (opening time) and stop for breakfast at Bark Mill, a lovely local bakery. You have to purchase the ticket to enter the park at the Visitor Center ($15 per person).
The hike to get to the Wineglass Viewpoint takes around 30 min. If you want to reach the beach add another 30 min and one more hour to get back to the parking lot. If you have time you should hike to the beach, it’s a true paradise and the air is crispy and clean.
There are other hikes that you can do depending on the time you have available. Another point of interest in the area is the Lighthouse which offers a breathtaking view of the park.
Stop for dinner at Bark Mill, the same place that I recommended for breakfast. The dinner at the Taverna starts at 5.30 PM. Food is delicious but portions are huge, so you'll be fine to share one main.
If you want to know more about the animals that populate the island, visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a place for injured and endangered animals and it’s located around 20 minutes drive from Hobart. It opens at 9 AM, entrance is $15 per person and they will give you food to feed the kangaroos. There are three free guided tours per day, the first one starts at 11.30AM. The guide will tell you interesting things about the animals and the story of the sanctuary. You’ll see wombats, koalas, devils, kangaroos and many other species.
If you want to take a walk on the wild side you should definitely add Tasmania to your Australian itinerary.
Where to stay:
The Little Room II located in the Moonah neighborhood, five minutes drive from the center of Hobart. Even though it was summer it was cold. We asked the owner to turn on the heating and she did (although she pointed out that they don’t turn on the heating in summer). The bathroom is shared, but everything is clean. Pleasant stay, recommended for good value.