Tasmania has been looking increasingly appealing over the past few years — every single person I speak to who goes there for a holiday has nothing but rave reviews, to the point where they’re still talking about their trip three hours into the night while I’m loudly cleaning up trying to drop the hint that I’m tired and they need to leave.
With a bunch of Tasmania packages currently going on sale, now’s the perfect chance to find out what your annoying mates are ranting on about. If you’re the type of holidaymaker who loves a good walk as soon as you’ve checked into your hotel, check out the below hikes that are positively enchanting.
1. Enchanted Walk
Snow has a unique way of making every location look like you’ve just copped a face full of coats to fall into Narnia.
Located on Cradle Mountain, Enchanted Walk is a comparatively short walk to some of the more extensive treks, which makes it perfect for the travellers who insist on bringing 20kg of luggage everywhere they go.
The start of the walk takes you across a bridge over Pencil Pine Creek and from there, it just gets more straight-out-of-a-travel-magazine as it goes.
2. Bicheno Blowhole
For all of you slow-pokes and dawdlers out there, this super quick and convenient walk should be right up your alley — plus, you’ll get to see water shoot out of the ground like a wet volcanic eruption.
Located on the east coast, the Bicheno Blowhole sits just on the edge of the water, so after your relatively quick stroll you can treat yourself with a cool dip (if you’re ballsy enough).
3. Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay is almost always the first name out of returning traveller’s lips whenever they’re gushing about Tasmania. For good reason, too, as you’ll likely witness aliens before finding another body of water so serene, so once again avoid too many people by hitting it up between June and November.
It should be worth noting that by ‘too many people’, I mean a stranger standing 50-metres away from you. Tasmania’s not exactly New York or even Sydney, so you won’t be elbowing people to get to the water on any day of the year.
4. Lake Dobson, Mt Field National Park
At this point it’s downright outrageous that no other city in Australia has treks like these and I’ll be filing a complaint with my local politician to get this changed immediately, Melbourne needs these snowy trails.
Alas, you’ll only find one Lake Dobson in Australia and as expected, it’s found in Tasmania — Mt Field National Park, to be exact.
This isn’t the longest trek available in Tassie and I’m starting to think I’ve subconsciously picked shorter ones because walking for really long periods of time isn’t in my Top 5 hobbies, so set some time aside, rug up and feel good about yourself for conquering this mighty (read: mild) journey.
5. Marions Lookout
The problem with all of these photos, Marions Lookout included, is my immediate instinct is to plunge my face straight into the water and drink as much clear gold as possible — the problem being that a lot of the time, it’s salt water, the other time it’s freezing so my face would be a bit nippy.
Marions Lookout is another gem tucked away in Cradle Mountain, stretching along a 1200m path that’s a far cry from a quick jog to Woolies, so you’ll need to pack all the right gear, check the weather forecast religiously and make sure you’re in the right frame of mind for a lengthy trek.
The view, as you can see, is entirely worth it though.
Alright enough daydreaming, have a look at the flights and packages over at Flight Centre and be prepared to whip out your debit card.
Travel season is here, babay.Image: Jason Charles Hill