Bruny Island Cruises, Bruny Island, TAS
'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.