Tasmania, Australia

To balance out my last post, which briefly alluded to my feelings of despair in reaction to the environment in Qingdao, China, I thought I’d post about a recent trip that I made to Tasmania, in Australia.

Tasmania is a small island, separated from by the Bass Straight from Australia’s main land. Indigenous Australians have been living on the island of Tasmania for years: it is important to recognise that sovereignty was never ceded in Australia, and that the situation in Tasmania is no exception. You can read more about the Indigenous genocide in Tasmania here, and if you want to watch a short series about how the British colonised Australia and caused – ongoing – gratuitous problems for Australia’s first nation people, head over here.

So, Tasmania.

The land truly holds something special, and Tasmanians seem to know it. The Australian greens party grew from the activist movement against environmental issues caused to the Franklin River by the Franklin Dam in 1982. Since, a thriving environmental movement in Tasmania continues. A short visit to Tasmania revealed why: there is so much beauty to fight for.

I visited in summer, and one of the most phenomenal sights that I have seen was the Ben Lommond National Park. Never before had I seen an area with such glacial and periglacial characteristics in summer – void of snow, it was truly amazing. We weren’t going to visit, but took a massive detour to check it out, and the sites did not disappoint. IMG_0639.JPG
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We then headed to the Bay of Fires, where we camped and swum for a number of days. Absolutely stunning beaches; some of the nicest sunrises and early morning walks were experienced here. The photos say it all:

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My favourite part of the trip, was definitely Liffey Falls. Like the Bay of Fires, Liffey Falls is popular amongst tourists. Of course, I enjoy being in less seen areas of nature; the feeling of solitude and silence is something very special. But, I also quite like the idea of staying on the beaten track, as I feel that making a new way holds potential for ruining biodiversity and creating unnecessary environmental destruction. Being at Liffey Falls also confirmed the reasons why it is so popular: it sits in a world heritage listed rainforest  and was breathtakingly beautiful. But, I love rain forests, so am probably biased 😉 I was in such awe that I only took one photo (and it is pretty terrible, sorry!):

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…and of course, we had to pop by Cradle mountain, where we sat at the shore of Lake St Clare and watched a storm pass by.

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There are many other things to do in Tasmania! Hiking, camping, water-sports… And, course, Hobart is a wonderful city with lots of music, art & other activities. One can walk along the coastline for hours; it is a very active city.

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Hobart: a view from the other side of the bay

 

20/10 – if you ever have the chance, visit Tasmania!!!

NOTE: We drove around Tasmania, as it is difficult to visit the areas that we visited via public transport. However, I think that it would be possible – if one had a plethora of time and energy – to travel via bike and foot! Even in summer, it is quite cool compared to other parts of Australia – but it is most certainly possible and I think that it’d be the ideal means of travel.

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