'There's nothing like being alone amid such stunning rugged coastline in Tasmania.'
Even on his 15th visit, Singaporean university researcher Andy was still wowed by Australia’s beauty and diversity. While most of his previous visits had been for work, this time Andy explored Tasmania with four of his family members. The sea-sculpted coastline of Tasman National Park was the last stop along an “amazing” 12-day road trip that also included Bruny Island and Port Arthur.
“The photo which I took was at a completely random and unplanned spot. My brother-in-law and I decided to stop the car and walk down to Maligon Canyon Lookout. We walked right up to the cliff's edge and it was magnificent feeling the salty sea breeze on our faces. We lingered there for a while, just enjoying the view. Of course I took tons of pictures,” Andy said.
Hugging the rugged Tasman Peninsula, around an hour south-east of Hobart, Tasman National Park is known for its towering sea-cliffs and monumental rock formations. Andy and his family stopped to see the “spectacular” Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen before reluctantly driving back to Hobart.
While on the Tasman Peninsula, the family also toured Port Arthur Historic Site, which Andy described as “such a haunting place, in terms of beauty and history”. From 1833 until the 1850s, some of the colony’s most hardened criminals were sent to work at Port Arthur, known as Australia’s ‘inescapable prison’. Today visitors can learn the stories of daring escapes and grisly punishments on a guided walking tour of the site’s many buildings, ruins and restored houses.
Another of his favourite destinations was Bruny island, where Andy and his family “experienced a wonderful three hour jet boat ride.” Sitting in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, a short drive and ferry ride from Hobart, Bruny island is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and abundant wildlife. Visitors can spot wallabies, wombats, short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins on the walking trails or take a wildlife cruise past dolphins, migrating whales and Australian fur seals.
Andy was amazed by Tasmania’s “beautiful wildlife and landscapes” and said “Tasmania has the freshest seafood I’ve ever tasted.”
“There’s nothing like Tasmania’s scenery - the fresh air, divine food and of course the wonderful people. I will definitely be back in the future,” he said.
Andy also thinks Perth is “superb” and has been there three times with his family. Next he’s keen to visit Queensland, one of the few Australian states that his research work hasn’t taken him.
“I would really like to see the Great Barrier Reef. Hopefully I can go there in the next few years,” Andy said.