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Trekking in Tasmania

What to do in Tasmania? A nature wonderland with its many national parks and reserves, what’s more to enjoy and experience the natural beauty in Tasmania? Take your time and explore with your own two feet. National parks, reserves and conservation, some just within few minutes drive from the city. For nature or trekking lovers like me, we are spoit for choices when in Tasmania. What treks to do? The treks ranged from the easy to the difficult, day treks to multiple days overland track. Oh no.. how to choose?

So wanted to do the famed overland track but it can take us 5-6 days. For our short 1 week stay in Tasmania, we settled for the following short treks instead.

Dove Lake circuit and Marion lookout

Located in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. The Dove Lake circuit trek is a 6 km track (about 3 hours walk) which is board-walked most of the way beneath the towering Cradle Mountain. This is also one of the most popular walk for visitors here. One of the highlights from this trek got to be the stunning Ballroom Forest. It was really like entering into another world, like an enchanted forest! The husband also spotted a wombat while doing the trek, but it vanished  very quickly into the woods as we tried to have a better look of it!

Before we walked the circuit, we decided to side-track to the Marion Lookout first. Graded medium to hard, the trek involves some very very steep sections. Some parts required you to be on all four to climb up, the walk down is therefore not easy too! However it is totally worth it when you reach the top. Magnificent view of Cradle Mountain and the lakes. The trek will take about 3 hours.

Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit

This is a 11 km circuit trek located in Freycinet National Park.  From the main car park, we trekked up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. Fantastic views of Mount Freycinet and Wineglass Bay. To get to the Wineglass Bay beach, you can only head downhill towards Wineglass which the trail is defined by many steep sections. So steep is the trail that I told the husband I rather walk the longer Hazard Beach circuit to go back to the car than to climb this back up to the car park!

Wineglass Bay beach is awesome. Crystal clear blue sea, clean white sandy beach. Oh no, but the water was oh so cold~~~. Many people still braved the cold and jumped into the sea. How I wish I had my swimming gear with me! Well, we still rolled up our pants and ran into the water letting the cold water refreshed our tired legs. Shioks!

After much fun at the beach, we continued on towards Hazards Beach. The trail took us across the national park along the isthmus via a flat track. About 45 minutes later, we reached Hazards Beach. We had wanted to enjoyed our packed sandwiches on this beach, but alas.. nothing like the Wineglass beach. The beach here was filled with seaweeds washed ashore and many many flies… Haiz.

Well, it’s past noon, we decided to do a quick lunch and continued on. The trail here, along the beautiful coastline of the Great Oyster Bay, climbs gently uphill towards the car park (about 6 km). Certain areas are exposed so remember your sunblock and hat.

Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park is Tasmania first national park and is located just over 1 hr drive from Hobart. A diversity of landscapes and plants, from tall forests and waterfalls at the lower sections to the glaciated mountains, lakes of the highlands.

Did short walks to the Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Tall Trees Circuit. These are all easy walk which can be done within 30-45mins each.

 Cataract Gorge

A natural wonder only 15 minutes walk from the city centre of Launceston. There’s a free out swimming pool which opens from November to March, the world’s longest single-span chairlift and 2 walking tracks that straddle the gorge.

Visiting national parks in Tasmania requires you to purchase park entry fees. Money raised from the park entry fees goes towards the upkeep of the parks and reserves. As we visited quite a few national parks, we decided to purchase the 8 weeks vehicle pass for A$60/- (Note: Pass per vehicle per day cost A$24/-). Once purchased, remember to place the pass face up on the dashboard of the vehicle, we blur blur just keep it with us and received a summon ticket 😛

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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 minutes drive from Hobart CBD, operates with a focus on projects to conserve, rescue, rehabilitate and re-release injured wildlife. Their work include wildlife rescue program, education outreach, breeding programs, conservation projects and research which run solely on visitor admission fees and donations.

Entrance fee at A$26 comes with a complimentary bag of kangaroo food, yup… the roos roam freely within the Sanctuary, the guy at the ticket booth warned us “they know you have food :)”. Not really enjoying them licking and eating the food from my hand, it just got all wet and the food residues just got stuck to my hand. One even aggressively grab on to my hand and ate real greedily!

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Where’s the food??
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Eat slowly lah…
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Me with the hungry kangaroos.

There’s daily guided tours for free where they will share the stories of survival of the animals in the sanctuary. We managed to join the full guided tour which started at 2 pm that day.

Tina the wombat

Meet Tina the 2 years old wombat which is such a darling. Her story however made me teared. Tina was rescued and brought to the sanctuary when her mother was hit by a car. Unfortunately, her mother was hit twice and the 2nd time hit little Tina who was then in her mother’s pouch. She was seriously injured and due to her head injury, Tina’s healing process has been slow, however the guide was confident she will progress and be released to wildlife soon! Gambatte Tina!

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Miss Tina
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So dainty…

Interesting facts about wombats

Looks are so deceiving. They look cute, round with short legs but wombats are strong and fast! They have a very hard cartilage plate on their rump providing protection from predators and it can be used to crush attackers against the roof of the burrow!

Wombats have square poo! These cubes of poo are placed on elevated objects to mark territory, so that’s also why the shape is square, so that it will not roll away!

There’s no koala in Tasmania!

The 3 koalas in Tasmania are for exhibits. When we were there, they are mostly asleep. Yes, they sleep almost all day and that’s because the food they eat are almost with zero energy content. The koalas are very fussy and only eat a few preferred species of gum leaves. So you see, there’s really not much perks for them to be active, as long as there’s available supply of fresh gum leaves and a comfortable tree branch to sit on, they can nap for as long as they want to…

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Mr Bert.. looking real sleepy
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Bert’s head bigger than me.. hmmm..

The Tasmanian Devils

You are in Tasmania! Of course you got to meet them! However, after hearing about the facts of Tasmanian Devils, you really don’t think you want to be born as a Tasmania Devil, oops… The devil is a marsupial, they have a pouch too! The females can give birth to 20 – 30 but as there are only four nipples in the pouch, competition is fierce and few newborns survive. The young grow rapidly and are ejected from the pouch after around 100 days and they become independents at around nine months.

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Sleepy Tasmanian Devil

They live in dens and burrows but can’t really dig as good as the wombats. They are carnivorous marsupial but they don’t hunt well and they can’t really run fast. They feed more on roadkill thus making them vulnerable to becoming a roadkill themselves!

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Food food food!!
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Resting at their burrow

There are many other residents at the sanctuary. Eastern and spotted-tail quolls, tawny frogmouths, potoroos, bettongs, snakes and many more, some are now extinct everywhere else. Most of the animals in their care are orphans being raised for release, or injured adults unable to survive in the wild and Bonorong is a place of refuge for these fragile animals.

“NOT JUST LIFE CHANGING… LIFE SAVING”

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Meet animals that are extinct everywhere else