72 Hours in Hobart And A Day Drive

Australia, Summer Travel, Tasmania

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A scenic, coastal city, Hobart is the capital of Tasmania. My family and I visited Hobart over the summer, where we stayed by the harbor and had a panoramic view of the winding highway descending into Hobart’s Old Town. Besides a weekend food market and contemporary art museum, Hobart offers a backdrop of Mount Wellington and is a short ride away from a foodie’s paradise, Bruny Island. Below is an itinerary of our 3-day stay at Hobart.

On the Road: Cradle Mountain

Australia, Summer Travel, Tasmania

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Located in the central highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park offers scenic hikes along beautiful aged rainforests, pristine jeweled lakes, and rugged mountain terrain. 

Cradle Mountain is about a two-hour drive from Launceston, a quaint, humble town in Tasmania. After spending a day in Launceston and being thrown off guard by the stillness of the town, my family and I were ready to take a day trip to the National Park.

Launceston, a Portrait of a Quaint and Humble Town

Australia, Summer Travel, Tasmania

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The second city stop in our Australia trip was Launceston, Tasmania. Because Launceston is a fairly secluded town, there was no direct flight from Darwin; we had to fly through Melbourne first. Launceston is the third oldest city in Tasmania, an island located on the southeastern tip of the Australian continent.

We arrived in Launceston at around 9 pm, our flight one of only a handful that landed there that night. At the baggage claim area, two carousels spun slowly, waiting to be loaded. After we got our bags, we headed outside the airport to look for a taxi. The cold air was accompanied by barren strips of road and darkness.

Buley Rockhole: Sit Still, Look Pretty

Australia, Darwin, Summer Travel

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The Buley Rockhole is a set of small waterfalls and rockholes, located in Litchfield National Park in Darwin, Australia. Compared to Wangi and Florence Falls, it is a much more laid-back dip-our-toes-into-the-water kind of experience.

Towards the bottom of the river of water there is a big basin to swim in, similar to Florence Falls. During our trip there with Litchfield Escapes, my family and I headed towards the top of the water formation, where there were rock formations aplenty to perch ourselves on.

The Twin Cascades of Florence Falls

Australia, Darwin, Summer Travel

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Florence Falls was the second waterfall of our tour with Litchfield Escapes (the first being Wangi Falls).

When we arrived, the tour guide gave instructions on how to get to the waterfall but my sister and I didn’t hear what he said because we were too preoccupied with – surprise – taking pictures. We couldn’t find our parents after, so we wandered a bit before passing another guide who pointed us towards the Shady Creek Walk, which he said would lead us to the waterfall.

The Shady Creek Walk turned out to be a 1.1 km hike that required us to walk over bridges and across streams and into forestry before we finally reached the falls. The farther and farther we walked, the more panicked my sister got. She started speeding up into a jog towards the end, while I slowed down my pace, learning to appreciate the sights and sounds around us.