Travelogue: Australia part three – Tasmania
Welcome to part three, the beautiful island of Tasmania.
Over to you, Sarah.
If you only have six days on the rugged and rural island of Tasmania, do whatever you can to procure more time there. Our not-quite-a-week was not quite enough time to explore our road trip route from Hobart, west to skim the edge of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, north to Cradle Mountain National Park and Stanley, then cutting across central Tasmania to hit Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires and, finally, ending in Launceston.
The historic and tragic prison walls of Port Arthur were our first stop after getting a crash course in driving on the left side of the road. We spent the night in Hobart with new acquaintances, and took in the views from Mt. Wellington, as well as a majestic natural wonder called the Octopus Tree on the advice of a woman in a yarn shop. And then our road trip began in earnest, as we tore through the many landscapes Tasmania has to offer, from rocky, mountainous terrain; Napa-esque valleys and rolling green hillscapes to dense, wild jungle; bright, azure blue inlets; lichen-covered boulders and miles of bunch grass plains.
Tasmania was astounding to us for many reasons, but the top one being the number of ecosystems and nature preserves that are packed into an area one-eighth the size of Utah (where we’re from). Nature junkies will thrive here.
Bay of Fires was not named for the flame-colored lichen on its boulders, but for the literal fires the indigenous residents would light, which sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles.
All photos were taken on either a Mamiya 645 or a Zenobia C on a variety of film stocks. They were mostly a titch over exposed on Kodak Ektar 100, Portra 400, Fuji Pro 400H, Provia 100F and Velvia 100. They were processed and scanned by Provo-local Alpine Film Lab (RIP).
~ Sarah Arnoff
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