'There's nothing like... taking time to take in the tranquility of a waterfall; to listen to the sound of the water cascading over the rocks.'
Liffey Falls, near Deloraine, was one of many magical places that Gayle and Terry discovered during their year’s stay in Tasmania. Just a day after getting married, the couple had moved from Brisbane to Hobart, where Terry was starting a new job. With no time for a honeymoon, Terry and Gayle vowed to do day-trips into Tasmania’s countryside every chance they could.
“We learned that every type of landscape or scenery you expect to see in mainland Australia, you can also find in Tasmania, in a more compact form. You can drive from one side to the other in less than a day, and criss-cross the island taking different routes. Around every bend in the road is another panoramic postcard scene,” Gayle said.
With friends and family members often visiting Gayle and Terry, the couple soon became experts at day-tripping from Hobart. One of their favourite destinations was the Tasman Peninsula, home to the historic convict settlement of Port Arthur and the rugged, spectacular sea-cliffs of Tasman National Park. The peninsula is connected to the Tasmanian mainland by the isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck, where Terry and Gayle saw striking rock formations such as the Blowhole and Tessellated Pavement.
“We also discovered a quirky little town called Doo town, where people have named their houses with ‘Doo’ as part of the name, such as Xanadoo and Gunnadoo. Tasmanians have a great sense of humour and fun,” Gayle said.
The couple also enjoyed visiting Mt Field National Park, home to “stunning Russell Falls, which are even accessible with wheel chairs”. South of the city, Terry and Gayle took a wilderness cruise around rugged Bruny Island, spotting “seals sunbaking on the craggy shore”. Travelling 90-minutes in another direction they found the Tahune Forest, where they walked three-storey high through the forest canopy.
Gayle and Terry also travelled into Tasmania’s central north, discovering the charming, heritage-listed village of Deloraine and its surrounding attractions. They toured King Solomons Cave in Mole Creek Karst National Park and wandered through cool temperate rainforest to Liffey Falls, nestled in the Great Western Tiers.
In their new home town of Hobart, Terry and Gayle loved showing visitors around Salamanca Market. Another favourite experience was dining on Devonshire tea (with real King Island cream) at Mt Nelson overlooking the Derwent River.
“One of our most memorable experiences was on a summer’s day, when we drove up Mt Wellington. At the top, families were playing in the snow, building snowmen and throwing snowballs. Less than an hour later, we had driven to the beach, where families were sunbaking and playing in the surf and sand. That’s what Tasmania is like – a land of contrasts, all in close proximity,” Gayle said.
A decade has now passed since Terry and Gayle’s unforgettable year in Hobart. Back home in Queensland, the couple would like to make Launceston the base for their now long-overdue honeymoon.
“It’s no coincidence that Tasmania is heart-shaped, because it has a way of stealing your heart,” Gayle said.