[TRAVEL] My Trip to Tasmania! (Part 2)

Tasmania is truly a wonderful getaway from every day life. Although there are also many other different places to go to for relaxation and sightseeing, I reckon Tasmania, Australia is a great place for just that.

In the last post, I talked about only half of my journey while I was in Tasmania. I mentioned the vibrant Salamanca Market, the blissful aura from the Callington Windmill, the park in Launceston, as well as the rocky speedboat ride (that literally scared me a little) in Bruny Island, where we got to see life out in the wild.

Another interesting place we went to was Hastings Cave. I don’t remember the exact length of time we took to drive to the area but I do remember that the drive was pretty long from Hobart and the location was in the middle of a vast and thick forest. Driving through, you would think that you’d never find civilization ever again until you finally see the visitor center for Hastings Cave.

Smack in the middle of a forest!
Smack in the middle of a forest!

We bought our tickets for the tour into the cave and jumped back into our car for another 5 km drive to the actual destination for the tour. There were hundreds of flies and wasps that it sprinkled all over the front of the car, yuck.

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Path leading to Hastings Cave 🙂

007A few minutes of walking and we were led inside the cave, where we were toured around inside as the tour guide happily explained to us what was happening in the cave as it formed (and still is forming), the creatures living inside, and the history (who discovered the cave, etc.).

One of the many views inside. The photos I took were too dark to be decent for postage...
One of the many views inside. The photos I took were too dark to be decent for postage…

I was also able to visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory! Although, ever since a few years ago, they don’t allow any of the customers inside the factory premises itself due to health reasons anymore, my family and I were still able to have a look inside the souvenir shop to buy chocolates, visit its cafe, as well as see a presentation on what they do in the factory to make the chocolatey goodness!

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Hot dark chocolate! Yum ♥
Hot dark chocolate! Yum ♥

Lastly, we also took an unexpected mountain trek to see the view of Wineglass Bay. It was unexpected because, well, my family and I didn’t know what we were up against; we thought that the walk to the viewing area would just be a quick 5 minute walk from the parking lot. Boy, were we very wrong. The signage told us that the walk was around 30 minutes to an hour on foot (one way), and we didn’t imagine that we literally have to climb up rocks-turned-steps to get to our destination! My parents were pretty exhausted by the time we finally stepped foot on the viewing dock, and I was heaving heavily as well. However, the view was still amazing!

The beginning of the tiring trek up to the viewing dock >.<
The beginning of the tiring trek up to the viewing dock >.<
Artistic looking chair in the middle of the trek; free to sit on! :)
Artistic looking chair in the middle of the trek; free to sit on! 🙂
The view of Wineglass Bay
The view of Wineglass Bay

The trek back to the car was easier than climbing up. And we were greatly rewarded by a sighting of a wallaby! Or at least, I think it is a wallaby >.< Surprisingly, it wasn’t afraid of us and was happily picking on plants to nibble on.

It was very up close!
It was very up close!

We were meant to visit some historical retired jail sites as well but we ran out of time. Hopefully, when we return back to visit again, we’ll be able to go! Obviously, the sighting of the wallaby was the highlight of the trip. It was seriously adorable that I wanted to pick it up and take it home!

 

 

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