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Australia, Tasmania – Land Where You Encounter Wonderful Things Everywhere – VIDEO
I thought that I would not find a country which is more diverse than Scotland or Iceland. I was wrong. Tasmanie is an island south from Australia. It is almost as large as the Czech Republic. However, it seems like Scotland, Portugal, New Zealand all at once. Moreover, there are all kinds of animals you have seen only in documentaries about nature.
When I asked people where I should go during my short holidy in Australia they all said I should go to Tasmania. So I went there. When my plane landed I immediately knew they adviced me good. Mountains, lakes, sometimes moon landscape with white tree trunks, sometimes green pastures. I spent there two weeks. Unfortunately, I hurt my leg on my second day. So I spend my most of my time around Hobart, which is the largest city on TAsmania. Now I am certain that I will return to Tasmania at some point - now with driver's licence for a bike so I could make a long roundtrip.
Tasmanie is only about an hour away from Melbourne wihch is on the eastern part of Australia's southern coastline. Its location to large Australian cities means there is no lack of tourists. People come here for camping or just to spend a weekend. Price of flight ticket starts at around 29 Australian dollars (about 550 CZK). However, to spend a prolonged weekend there could cost you, however, almost ten times more.
National Parks is what lures here people the most mountains, and beautiful crowdless beaches. Nature around here is very similar to Europe's nature. If you really get immersed in this feeling, soon you will realize that Europe is really realy far away. Occasionally a kangaroo hops by, a wombat in the distance roam fearlessly around, and you can here parrots in the distance. If you are lucky you can even spot very strange animal which would be the Tasmanian devil. The landscape changes beyond recognition after just couple of kilometers – wasteland suddenly becomes a thick eucalyptus forest with ferns or trees which are over 100 meters tall. Then you enter mountain landscape which looks almost exactly like the Alps. Then you drive into vineyard area and end up on sunny coast lined with palms. This all in mere 100 kilometers of distance. And I even haven't mentioned vast irrigated pastures, levander fields and endless bushland.
Tasmania is a trekking paradise – you make easy walks for two or three hours or mountain crossings spanning across multiple days. There are information tables, refreshment stalls, and camps. The best option would be to rent a camper and ride around the island. Tasmania is great for long roadtrips. But you can encounter suicidal kangaroos.
So, what shall do in Tasmania? It is truly hard to decide – even one month is not a period long enough to walk through all interesting places. As for me, I recommend you Mt. Fieldnationalpark. There grow huge eucalyptus trees, you can see there waterfalls or glowing worms. When the weather conditions are favorable, Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake is one of the most popular destinations to make a trip to. Tasmanian weather changes quickly. Wait day or two and it will get better. The last "obligatory" place is Bruny Island. They call it little New Zealand. To make one day trek or longer is surely worth it. Moreover, you can see penguins, whales, and sea lions.
I believe that soon I will present and share with you experiences of other places. This article apart, we are going to see just two of the largest cities on the island – Hobart and Launceston.
Australia is a continent of opposites. The densely populated east coast contrasts with the barren red center, the snowy mountains with the desert, and the white skin of immigrant Europeans contrasts with the dark skin of the Aboriginals. Someone is attracted to Australia because it is so far away from us, someone just because of its incredible contrasts, but one thing is certain - it is definitely worth coming here.
In the reddish central Australia lies a very interesting city - Coober Pedy. It is famous for opal mining, which has been mined here since 1905. Before we arrive at Coober Peda on our way from Port Augusta, we also stop in Glendambo. Right from the beginning, we are welcomed by a sign saying that there are about 30 inhabitants and 2 million flies. We are also warned that the next gas station will be up to 253 kilometers away.
Alice Springs is the most famous city in the red center of Australia. All tours that take place on the sacred mountain of Uluru (also called Ayers Rock) start right here. If you go to Alice Springs from the south, you will cross the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. Although you are heading straight north, there is an hour shift between these states.
In the mountainous center of Australia you can visit the mysterious grouping of stones. The Australians named them Devils Marbles or Devil's Marbles. According to Aboriginal legends, they are the eggs of the Rainbow Snake. On the way from Alice Springs to the north, it appears next to you quite unexpectedly (after about 400 kilometers). These unusual formations can be found in the protected reservation of Karel Karel, which has a total area of 1802 hectares.
To the west and east of Alice Springs is the highest mountain formation in Central Australia, the Macdonnell Mountain Range with Mt. Zeil, which reaches an altitude of 1531 m. The red center of Australia is therefore one large red badge. There are several places to stay. Often it is fully equipped with no facilities.
When you turn west from the village of Erldunda from Stuart Highway, you get to the Lasseter Highway, which leads under other names to Western Australia. From there, you can take road 3 north to Watarrka National Park. If you would like to continue from here to MacDonnell Park, you can, but entry is on license and only for 4x4 cars.
Uluru is an icon of Australia. This majestic red monolith rises to a height of 348 meters and its highest point is located at an altitude of 863 meters above sea level. It is the largest single rock monolith in the world.
If you really appreciate something about the fact that you visited Uluru in the Australian summer, that is, out of high season, then it is a minimum of people who had a similar idea to you. There are enough places in the parking lots, you do not push with the mass of tourists anywhere and you have your space in all sightseeing places.
Fifth year in a row has Melbourne become the best place to live. Last time I guided you through its modern and busy downtown. However, not many people live in downtown- many travel there for culture and to work there. Let's take a look how other districts look like, districts where people actually live and dwell in.
Had I let go of my travelling job and choose a place to settle, Melbourne would be my choice. Why? The city is built and developed for the people. Not for buildings, industry, developers, and not even for tourists. It is built for the people who live there. Thus it is also one of the best cities to live in in the world. Don't worry. You can still enjoy it and leave with unforgettable memories even as mere visitors.
When I tought Hobart there was absolutely nothing going on in Hobart, Launceston at first seemed even worse. Soon I found out this sleepy town has many interesting nooks and can be quite interesting. Nice houses, brick factories, churches, brewery, a river full of pelicans, and a large city park which holds Japanese macaques. Moreover, Tamar Valley, a vineyard area, is just around the corner.
It is 9 p.m. Streets are almost empty yet you are in Tasmania's largest city which is home to almost quarter of million people. The reason is simple - the city is so vast nobody stays in downtown in the evening. However, it is quite lively and busy during the day. Still, this is a noise and business of a quiet harbor city where is no reason to hurry. Apart from rising number of tourists, there are no radiant tomorrows for the city iteslf.
Welcome to the new series of articles. This time we move to distant lands as we like to say to the antipodes. Our destination is the island of Tasmania which is located near Australia’s southeastern coast.