Welcome back! As you can see from the title, this is the second installment of my Tasmania travel guide. You can find my first post for days 1-3 in Tasmania here.
We could have done so much more on Day 4, but we were stuck doing logistical matters halfway through the day (this is what we got for not planning our itinerary earlier!)
Our plan for the day was to get to Freycinet National Park, where we could get to Wineglass Bay lookout and hopefully Bay of Fires after. Halfway through our 2-, almost 3-hour drive, we decided to stop by Triabunna which was on the way to book ferry tickets for Maria Island. We booked tickets for the Bruny Island Cruise as well. The volunteers at the Triabunna visitor centre were really helpful, but the system they used for booking our tickets took soOoOoO long. Like, almost an hour long. Moral of the story? Book early if you can!
While we were waiting, they recommended that we check out Devil’s Corner Cellar Door for a spectacular panoramic view. We mistakenly thought the eatery only catered to wine-lovers (which none of us was), so we headed to its sister outlet instead, Freycinet Marine Farm, for lunch. How wrong we were, and we missed out on a great view. Nonetheless, the Freycinet Marine Farm at Coles Bay has quite the selection of oysters and other seafood options. But I’d still recommend heading over to Devil’s Corner instead for a more scenic dining experience!We finally reached Freycinet National Park at sometime past 2pm, which was pretty late considering we left our accommodations at about 9am. The trek to the Wineglass Bay lookout took an estimated 1.5 hours, while the trek to the beach was about 3 hours. We were told that the beach is stunning, but we didn’t think that trekking in the dark was a good idea (or driving in the dark, for that matter), so we simply went to the lookout. The lookout itself has an incredible view, and the trek was really manageable – although it gets a little steep when reaching the lookout.
We were even accompanied by a hungry wallaby (yes, there are wallabies roaming around the park!)
This was probably my favourite day in Tasmania. Maria Island was phenomenal. We took the 10:30am ferry from Triabunna to the island, and once we were there, we were people on a mission. The last ferry back was at 3:30pm, so we only had 5 hours. And what a good 5 hours that was.First off, Maria Island has SO many wombats roaming around, or as we like to call them, warm butts. And all they literally ever do is eat. And eat. And eat. And also shit because we stepped on so much shit.
Aside from patting warm butts, we decided to do the treks available on the island. They also have bicycle rentals but we skipped that. Anyhoo, as we were afraid of being unable to complete more than one trek, we decided to go ahead with the Fossil Cliffs trek. It took us about an hour to get to the Fossil Cliffs, and along the way, we were actually at the edge of an incredibly high cliff. And sitting at the edge of the cliff was a crazy surreal feeling. Admittedly, the Fossil Cliffs was a tad bit underwhelming aka how-not-to-trust-Instagram/Google-images-anymore. And we surprisingly had a bunch of time left before the ferry, so we decided that we should make our way to the Painted Cliffs as well (which was located at the opposite end of the Fossil Cliffs). With an insane power walk, we made it there and back with extra time to spare, which we effectively spent on admiring more warm butts.
The Painted Cliffs were, in contrast, breathtaking. It was also about an hour return trek from the ferry terminal. Granted, we visited during a pretty high tide and couldn’t get to explore the cliffs further, but I really did like what I saw. The trek itself was beautiful as well, and we were accompanied by warm butts throughout our walk. So that’s always a win.
In the end, if I am ever lucky enough to visit Tasmania again, I’d definitely return to Maria Island. Nay, I’ll even stay over at Maria Island for the night, because there was so much more to do and we just couldn’t do it due to the time limit we had. And of course, I just can’t get enough of warm butts.