Since we saw a documentary about the Tasmanian Devil four years ago, we have been wildly determined to see this unique animal species with our own eyes before it may eventually disappear from the scene. At our first devil encounter, a dream came true for us.
And it was just the beginning of a little love story with the country at the end of the world, Tasmania.
We had planned three weeks for the southernmost state of Australia. We can still hear the Aussies joking, what we want to do in Tasmania for three weeks and whether it doesn't get too boring for us.
Anyone who looks away from civilization in the middle of Cradle Mountain National Park with their mouths open and looks at the magnificent starry sky and then finds that the car battery is empty will not get bored! But more on that later ...
Tasmania is a treasure of gold and if you want to find it you have to plan at least three weeks for this country. Our road trip took us through pristine and unspoiled nature, past Caribbean beaches and through an animal paradise that is unique on earth.
# 1 Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
If you take the adventurous climb of Mount Amos, you will experience one of those goosebumps moments that you will never forget. At the top of the peak there is a panoramic view of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Wineglass Bay. The climb is demanding and a good level of fitness is a requirement. If you don't want to go so high, you can use the Wineglass Bay Lookout or go straight down to the beach and dig your feet into the white sand.
# 2 Maria Island National Park
In just one hour you can take the ferry to this gem. No cars, no asphalt, no noise and hardly any other tourists. For us it is still an absolute insider tip in Tasmania. In the only small town on the island we borrowed mountain bikes and cycled through the natural paradise of Maria Island. Past the Painted Cliffs, bizarre, colorful cliff formations to a dream beach where we all listened to the soul of the murmur of the sea. On the way back, kangaroos hopped over our way and wombats came out of their hiding places to eat. One of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Tasmania with a vibrant wildlife.
# 3 Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires
Along the east coast you can see the shimmering red rocks on the white sandy beach. With the turquoise sea as a contrast, every photographer gets ecstatic here. A type of lichen provides this strange splash of color of the Bay of Fires. Numerous paths lead to the kilometer-long beach and we took in the unique atmosphere during a long walk.
# 4 The Wild North and "The Nut" in Stanley
Few tourists get lost in the north of Tasmania, so we were alone almost everywhere. But only almost, because on the beach of Low Head numerous little rascals waddled past us and greeted their loved ones with squeaky loud tones. Colonies of pygmy penguins have made themselves comfortable on Tasmania's coasts. We can understand, because even in the north the beaches like the Boat Harbor Beach are absolutely heavenly. But at the latest when you put your toe in the water, the brief thought of the Maldives evaporates .
We didn't expect to see the Whitsunday Islands from an old volcanic cone! The Tassies affectionately call the old volcano of Stanley "The Nut". At low tide, the top of the plateau offers a wonderful view of Sawyer Bay and can really keep up with the Australian counterpart.
# 5 Cradle Mountain National Park
Cradle Mountain with Dove Lake is one of the landmarks of Tasmania. This is where the famous 6-day Overland Trek begins. If you don't have that much time, you can do many day hikes in the national park. However, one cannot necessarily compare the hiking trails with European models. From rocks, cliffs and gorges you have to overcome everything is there. Thank god there are steel chains here and there where you can find a hold.
Our biggest challenge so far has been to climb the Cradle Mountains. Not for the faint of heart if the abyss opens up next to you while you have to balance on a shaky rock without barriers. Shortly before the summit, we turned back due to a snow field. We were very happy that we got back down alive.
By the way, there is a small boathouse right on Dove Lake. When the sun goes down in the evening and the crests of Cradle Mountain turn red, you can usually enjoy this romantic atmosphere here alone. The starry sky that follows makes you forget everything around. So also that you should turn off the lights when you leave your car. Too late, the battery was empty and civilization was 8 km away. Without the warm Tasmanian who helped us with the starter cable, we would have been a bit stuck.
# 6 Hobart and the South Arm Peninsula
The lights of the Aurora Australis shine yellow and pink. Southern lights - we had never heard of this before. Most Europeans only know the green northern lights. We saw this unique spectacle on a starry night on the South Arm Peninsula near Hobart.
The lively capital of the island is particularly worth a visit on Saturdays. Then the Salamanca market takes place here. It is one of the largest Australian outdoor markets and it is simply fun to be floating in the midst of all sorts of art, music and cuisine. If you still haven't found an island souvenir by then, you won't go empty-handed here.
# 7 Bruny Island
Bruny is another offshore island where the only white kangaroos (albino wallabies) live. We were lucky to get one of the shy rascals in front of the lens. Bruny Island is tranquil, the white sandy beaches are deserted and a walk along the spectacular Dolerite cliffs reveals the wild beauty of the island. Bruny is also a paradise for campers, many camp sites are lonely on picturesque bays and quiet places.
# 8 South Cape Walk
"Over there is the Antarctic !" I called out loudly to Tom when we arrived at the southernmost tip of Australia after our two-hour hike. South Cape Bay is wild and rugged, marked by wind and water. The Antarctic Sea opens up behind the black volcanic rock. Deep blue and ice cold. We breathed in the clear air and enjoyed the eternal vastness in front of us for a moment. In the background the sea rustled and it looked as if the world was over. An unforgettable vacation moment.
Tasmania has taken our hearts by storm.
It is the wild, untamed beauty of nature, the unique wildlife and the lovable people that make Tasmania so special. And ultimately also the gentle tourism, the peace and quiet that you can feel so intensely on this little corner of the earth.
And we are already wanderlust again, thinking of you, Tasmania.
A detailed travel report with numerous photos is available at: