Road Tripping Tasmania’s East Coast

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Today I am FINALLY getting around to talking about our Tasmania trip we took back in October. Even though Australia’s smallest state hasn’t made much of an appearance on the blog, Travis and I haven’t stopped raving about it since we have returned.

Our trip was pretty short, but we tried to make the most of our limited time. We flew into Hobart and immediately hopped in a rental car and headed east. We had a beachside airbnb booked for the night in a quaint coastal town and we wanted to see as much as we could before we turned in for the night.

It didn’t take long to realize Tassie’s beauty and had to stop for multiple photo shoots before we even made it our first destination.

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Ever since we started planning our trip I knew that I wanted to see Wineglass Bay. After reading about it online and creeping on instagram hashtags (anyone else do that?) I was dying to see it for myself. We drove quite a ways down a narrow dirt road following signs for the Wineglass Bay Lookout before finally reaching the car park. From there we headed up to the top of the mountain and took in the stunning view of the wineglass shaped bay.

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On the way down naturally we had to stop to climb trees and to pretend to be squashed my boulders.

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On our way down the mountain we saw a sign for “Honeymoon Bay” even though I was pretty tired and anxious to get on the road again Trav convinced me that we needed to stop and check it out. I am SO glad he did. Just look at this gem?
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We stuck around and watched the sunset with some other lovebirds.

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It was the perfect end to our day of traveling and a great introduction to Tassie. We rolled into the little town of Scamander late that evening and just as the hosts had warned us, there was not much open. Luckily we took their recommendation and went to a local spot that allowed us to get dinner to go. We had a lovely evening at Max’s Beach House, playing board games and drinking some wine (also ordered to go from the restaurant).

The next morning we were up bright and early to see the famous Bay of Fires. We started in St. Helens and got our first taste of the brightly hued rocks.

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I will give you one guess on who insisted on this photo op.

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Due to some actual fires we had to take a much longer detour to the official spot, but it was all worth it when we made it to The Gardens.

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That sand. It was as beautiful as Whitehaven.

The water was amazingly clear. We couldn’t get over how stunning this beach was. Apparently the water stays pretty chilly year round so people don’t get to really enjoy frolicking in the ocean. The day we were out there the sun came out and the weather started to warm up, but we still only saw one person hanging out in the sand.

We were getting pretty discouraged and our gas tank was getting low when we were trying to find this place, and we seriously debated turning around several times. I am SO glad that we didn’t.

Tasmania has not seen the last of the Alkeks and we have been keeping a lookout for any cheap flight deals that come up.

Next week I will be sharing more about road trip including the tulip festival so stay tuned :)…

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28 thoughts on “Road Tripping Tasmania’s East Coast

  1. I love all these photos! Tassie is such a beauty place. My mums family all live there and she grew up in Hobart so we’ve been lucky to visit a few times. Ty and I did a one month road trip around Tassie a few years ago and while we made it to the beauty wineglass bay, we didn’t reach the bay of fires or the gardens! Seriously wishing we did now though! Your photos are stunning! We head back to Hobart for a wedding in January so perhaps we can squeeze a quick trip north in!

  2. I have to admit when I hear Tasmania I immediately think of loony tunes, but that scenery and beach is way too beautiful to be associated with a slobbering Taz! That sand is so white and just gorgeous! Hopefully you’ll be able to visit again soon!

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