Earlier this year I visited Tasmania for the first time, after having just spent two weeks in New Zealand. It was an odd feeling flying back home on a Saturday night, having to go to work the next day, before flying back out again on Monday morning. A tiring 36 hours — but oh so worth it.
Touching down in Hobart, I realised that I was actually running on less than 4 hours sleep. But who could resist an early morning road trip along the eastern coast of Tassie when the views are this scenic? Even though I just spent most of the time in the car dozing off instead hehe 😉
Tasman National Park Lookout Point
Since it was too early to check in anywhere to rest up, Lester and I set off towards Tasman National Park (about an hour’s drive east of Hobart) to get some fresh air and check out some of Australia’s best coastal scenery.
Around the Eaglehawk Neck region of this eastern coastline, you can find unusual geological formations such as the Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen or the Tessellated Pavement. These can all be easily accessed by car and it didn’t take us long to stop and check out each point along the way before heading back to Hobart.
If you continued to drive further down, you could reach the historic site of Port Arthur — one of Australia’s famous convict penal settlements.
Our first pitstop along the way was to see the Tessellated Pavement. This tiled rock formation may look man-made, but is actually a naturally occurring phenomena created over millions of years from the earth’s crust cracking and embedded salt crystals expanding.
After the inland end of this tunnel had collapsed, it allowed for this rock formation to give out an audible ‘blow’ whenever the sea is rough. This was evident when we visited, as the water was crashing into the surrounding rocks causing water and sprays to fly up.
Fisherman’s Cone at Doo-lishus Seafood $17.0
We were pretty hungry by the time that we got to the Blowhole. Luckily there was a food truck nearby with doo-lishus looking seafood cones! ?
The Tasman Arch was a former sea cave that, over thousands of years due to erosion and changes in the sea level, has had a large collapse in its roof – leaving behind an arch over the sea.
Also a former sea cave (like the Tasman Arch), the Devil’s Kitchen is now a deep and narrow ravine after the collapse of its whole roof. It is said that deep inside its gorge, the sea is still busy making (through the mining of) new caves. Still confused as why it’s named as such though ?
Enough adventure for our first morning in Tasmania — it was time to head back to Hobart for some much needed shut-eye! Hobart photo diary coming up soon 🙂
Stay tuned for more Tassie posts! xx