Finally, I found some time to continue with my blog and tell you what happened the remaining days in Tasmania. On the second day, we went among others to one of the most popular beaches in Tasmania. For that we had to hike a lot and in the end of the day we saw Tasmanian devils and fed roos!
On Monday morning, we had to leave our backpackers hostel at 7.30am because we had a very dense program to go. Luckily, the sun smiled at us as soon as we stepped out of the house and hit the road. We drove about ten minutes until we reached the Bicheno Foreshore Footway at the coast. We were surprised by very cool stone formations and something like a blowhole. The whole group was walking along the rocks as suddenly water from the sea splashed up! This was really fun! When I was a little bored, I played with some shots from the blow hole and cut low a short video for fun. (It is really nothing special haha I just had no idea what else to do!!)
From there, we drove about one hour southwards to the Freycinet National Park. First, we stopped at a lovely place at the Freycinet Commonwealth Marine Reserve. There was deep blue water and orange stones. This contrast was amazing! The reserve begins about 5 kms from the coastline and continues 370 kms offshore. This marine reserve is almost the size of Tassie! Beneath the dark blue veil should be a world of sponge gardens and coral reefs, much fish and other species found nowhere else in the world.
We continued our drive and arrived at the carpark of the Freycinet Peninsula whence we started a wonderful walk. Okay it was a very exhausting walk. A hike. An exhausting hike! Hhoooolyy, I've never sweated as much as I did there... Anyway, Mona and I didn't expect that when we decided to go for the 6 kms Walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, to the Beach and everything back again. At the start we already met a cute wallaby greeting all the hikers. After a 45-minute-ascent, about approximate 500 steps (made of rocks, very rough) and 200 meters above sea level, we reached the Wineglass Bay lookout. Ace!!! This was THE ultimate view and worth the climb.
We enjoyed the sight for a couple of minutes and then continued with the decent to the Wineglass Bay. Okay this was even more exhausting than the ascent. It took us about half an hour until we reached the beach. Mona and I were the only ones there with some sea gulls. The solitude was great! We felt like lost on an unknown island. Later, some people of our group reached the bay, too. There are some interesting stories about the Wineglass Bay that happened in the past. The crystal clear, turquoise water of Wineglass Bay once ran red with the blood of slaughtered whales. Shore based whaling stations were scattered around the Peninsula in the 19th century. Unbelievable.. So, we asked us why this beach is called Wineglass Bay.. Well, people don't know either. Is the water as clear as a wineglass, or is the bay shaped like a wineglass? Or was the water once wine-red with the blood of the slaughtered whales? It is an open question..
After a wonderful short rest, we started our way back over the rocky hill. Have I already mentioned that it was bloody exhausting?... Haha I guess people on the other side of the hill were able to hear us breathing like hippos while we were climbing up. We were so happy as we finally reached the top of the hill and only had to descend again to the carpark.
Then, we had a long bus drive southwards. We stopped one or two times at some beaches and then arrived at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. There, we were able to see some of the local animals of Tasmania such as for example kangaroos, wombats, parrots and of course tasmanian devils. We first visited Tina the wombat! She's now one year old and really cute. But when she grows, she'll reach more than 20 kgs! And not just that, she'll be very aggressive and dangerous! I'd never thought that.. Wombats also have something like a shield on their bum to protect themselves while curling up to shelter their heads. Next, we visited the tasmanian devils (see the video down below)! This was really amazing as we were able to observe how they got their dinner! Many people think that those devils were very dangerous which is not really true. First, they're named by the British people who heard the scary noises of those animals and thought it must be the devil. I can imagine that as people saw them, they thought that the red ears looked like a devil's horns?! Maybe.. Then, the tasmanian devils are night active and have a very small brain. They are really stupid actually. They eat carrion from the streets. But they don't think about bringing their food to a save place, no. They prefer to be ran over by another car.. When tasmanian devils see humans, they either pretend to be dead or they try to run away...
Afterwards, we fed kangaroos! This was really fun! Everyone got a bag filled with kangaroo food. But we had to pay attention because very often the roos (and they were big/tall!!) tried to jump onto us as soon as they smelled the food. We saw some kangaroos with joeys in their pouches as well! In the end, we tried to talk to Fred the parrot. It took us about five minutes silly talking until he finally said "Whatcha doing mate!?". Funny thing...
Very stoked, we left Bonorong and headed towards Hobart where I unfortunately had to say goodbye to Mona. I stayed one more night with the group. We slept at the YHA hostel in Hobart. This was the first very relaxing and good sleep for a long time. But! The next surprise already awaited me the following morning..