Two weeks ago I made my first trip within Australia. Destination: Tasmania! It was one of the best trips I have ever made. I'll tell you a little bit about it.
I had booked a tour for 3.5 days to the West Coast of Tasmania. This part of the island is known for its cold climate rainforest and untouched wilderness.
And then my passport and I arrived in beautiful Tasmania. The tour I went with, was absolutely amazing! I met some nice people and had an awesome time. There were some highlights for me: Mount Field, Sarah Island, Cradle Mountain and Bonorong wildlife sanctuary.
Mount Field was the first hike of the trip. It was my first time in a rainforest and it was amazing. We were the first people there. Besides some birds and waterfalls in the distance, it was completely silent – unbelievable.
On the second day I went to Sarah Island; an important place in Tasmania’s convict history. Second time offenders were sent to that island between 1822 and 1833. The convicts were worked to death, tortured and starved. There were some ruins left on the island. The sky was dark, the weather rainy and foggy; the stories of the guide bizarre and inhumane. You could really picture what life was like on this island, and it wasn’t a pretty picture.
The next day was much happier. We went to Cradle Mountain (see picture) and had perfect blue skies, which hardly ever happens apparently. We were so lucky! This national park was absolutely stunning. We went for a four hour hike to the top of a mountain. We passed waterfalls, open fields, fairy tale like forests, small streams and great lakes. And miles and miles without other people, just a few wombats (yay! My first Australian wildlife).
At the very end of my trip, I went to Bonorong wildlife sanctuary. What an amazing place! They take care of injured or orphaned wildlife and look after those animals that cannot be released. They had all sorts of native animals. I was so excited to see a (living) Tasmanian Devil and to see my first koala's, kangaroos and echidna. Kangaroos were hopping around the park and I got a little bag of feed when I entered. The baby kangaroos were very curious and were definitely in for a cuddle. The older kangaroos were just sunbathing and could not be bothered by me sitting with them. It was the perfect end of my trip.
On hindsight I cannot believe that I did not really want to go to Tasmania when I was planning my internship in Australia. What an amazing place!