02.12.2008 - 17.12.2008
Arrived in Hobart to a slightly chilly 16 degree,s still sunny though but its all good. Very green here so it reminds me a bit of Ireland and the people are dead friendly too.
Headed for Port Arthur the next day and did a tour of the prison and learn all about the convict stories and what went on. Its a really nice setting even if it was a prison, lots of nice gardens etc. Next headed to the Freycinet National park stopping along the way at some look outs and short walks. Did the walk to see wine glass bay, its views were really fab.
Spent the night at the YHA and took a trip with some folks from the hostel to see the lighthouse at sunset, then drank some tea on the beach but it was Baltic!!!! Had a lot of rain the following day so mostly just arrived in Scottsdale in the afternoon and check into a pub that had rooms upstairs. There was a Christmas party downstairs that was pumping music out until 2am, so not much shut eye that night. From Scottsdale to Launceston stopped at a few walks along the way but got bitten alive by these worm like leeches so we weren't too impressed.
Spent a night in Devon port at an Irish bar/hostel called Molly Malone's. Headed for Cradle Mountain the next day and did some walking, some really nice hiking here, got to the top of Marion's Lookout which was worth the uphill climb.
That evening headed towards a small wilderness village called Corinna. It only has a population of 5 and the rest are holidaymakers. Got a good deal on a fancy cabin for 35 bucks a night, had some wallabies visiting us looking for dinner. Headed to Queenstown for a quick look but not a whole lot to see, then got to Derwent Bridge near the Lake St Clair national park and got to do some more hiking here. Went to platypus bay but didn't get to see any. Headed south of Hobart to a place called Dover, stayed at really nice hostel called Far South Backpackers, met some travelers who were working in a fish factory. Headed to the southern point of Tas from here to Cockle Creek and did the 3.5 hr trek to see the most southernly point in oz. Headed to Geeveston and got stuck in a Christmas parade, headed back to Hobart for the final few days of looking round museums, shopping and the Mt Wellington bike ride.