Same as my last post, dropped the ball on this one. It happened and I never got around to posting anything about it. But here it goes, in a nutshell:
We started off in Hobart and stayed with a host out in the countryside a bit. He was living in his vacation home while he rented out his apartment in downtown Hobart, as many locals do these days. He was right by the water and had his own little bay, where we went at night to go check out the bioluminescence. It was just as crazy as the ones we saw in Mexico, but a bit thicker and bluer. You could pick it up with your hands and it was like you were covered in glow paint- insanely beautiful.
We started our road trip by renting a car and heading to do our first hike- the cape pillar trek. It is a part of this fancy, expensive 3-capes trek you can do. When we arrived to the halfway point with our tents, we saw how fancy the accommodations were with the paid trekkers- it was nice. But we were good with our little tent and rainwater tank. We made friends with an Israeli family that night, who we kept bumping into for the rest of our trip. They had three kids (2-10) and they all spoke English super well (maybe not the 2 year old). We got along very well.
Back to Hobart, we stayed two more nights. We did a day trip to Bruny Island with some German girls who were also staying with our new couch surfing host. There were some nice beaches there and a cool lighthouse point, and I think some serious hippies.
Before we left Hobart, we picked up a Swiss guy, Danick, to join us on our road trip around the rest of Tasmania. Our first night was spent at Wineglass bay in the campgrounds that are before the hike. I spent the night avoiding the Huntsman infested washrooms and peeing in the bush.
The next morning we packed up and hiked to Wineglass bay itself. The campground wasn’t much but the view from being right on the beach was awesome. Part of the hike was along the beach for 20 minutes, which may have been nicer if it was easier to walk on sand. But the beauty of the beach made it worth it.
After hiking out the next morning we camped at Cozy Corner (North) in the Bay of Fires. The rocks were this beautiful red/orange colour and definitely worth checking out. The campsite was also right on the beach, and very well maintained. No running water, but it was cozy as it said.
Next we had a long drive through the windy mountains to Devonport, where we dropped Danick off at a hostel for a couple nights. Harry and I went to my cousin-in-laws parent’s house, which was a bit in the middle of nowhere, but they had a beautiful property. They grew all of their own fruits and veggies and had their own chemical free water source. Super healthy lifestyle, very sustainable and inspiring. We got to hang out with my cousin, Angie, her husband (Todd), and their kid. We spent a lot of the time by the fire to keep warm and also got to shoot some targets (hanging objects) to practice for the zombie apocalypse.
After a couple days, we were sad to say goodbye to everyone. We would miss the fresh lifestyle but Todd’s step-mom gave us some veggies and fruit to go, which was very welcome in our car. We picked up Danick and off we went to Queenstown.
In Queenstown we had an awesome host, David. He was such a great cook and for the next couple of nights we made some great meals and desserts with those fruits and veggies. He gave us some good tips of what to see around the area, first we went to see Cradle Mountain. We did a hike up to the peak of the cradle and had some really nice views. It actually reminded me of home. We just did a day trip and went back to David’s that night, then prepared for our next big hike: Frenchman’s Cap.
Frenchman’s cap isn’t a hike I’d recommend unless you’re very fit and very willing to have some tough times on the trail. This is coming from someone who is an avid hiker, loves being in the woods, goes for the “difficult” rated hikes, etc. It was hard both mentally and physically. Was it worth it? For me, probably not because I’ve done so many crazier hikes in my life. For people who live in Australia and aren’t exposed to those kinds of views often, yes worth it. The cabins that are built up there are really nice and well maintained, it’s a luxury to have them. We dropped out stuff at the first cabin so we didn’t have to keep carrying it the next day, and so the next day we hiked to the top and back. It’s a lot of up and down, tree branches and stumped in the way, mud and water, and leaches if you’re not careful.
After completing the hardest part of the trip, back to David we went. We had another great meal and thanked him a lot for his hospitality. The next morning we were off again, back to Hobart. We stayed there a few more nights until we had to leave, but did a day trip down to Cockle Creek. It’s a nice place, nothing too crazy, but what made it 100% worth it was the Glow-worm cave.
We hiked into this cave, turned off all the lights, and it was like the starts were right on the walls of the cave. Super magical, and this was a free cave we managed to hear about, so there weren’t a lot of other people. Glow-worms, bioluminescence, auroras, and the clearest starry nights are some of the most spectacular things I’ve seen in my life, and I got to see three of them on this tiny little island.
Back to Melbourne we flew and stayed with some more awesome hosts. We prepared for our next adventure- New Zealand, which is where we are now (Queenstown). Blog post on that soon to come! Just kidding, it’ll be months from now.