• Australia,  Oceania

    Port Arthur Day Trip

    If you have a few days in Hobart, Tasmania, a day trip to Port Arthur is an incredible experience, especially if, like me, you have a fascination with the darker side of history. Imagine being sent to the other side of the world as a prisoner, to a remote island with nothing but ocean between it and Antarctica. It’s windy, rainy and erratic weather conditions most of the year as you spend each day in the back-breaking work of building a colony. Imagine moving the bodies of those who die to another island just offshore – you call it the “Isle of the Dead”. You finish serving your prison sentence…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Maria Island Day Trip Tasmania, Australia

    Want to spend a day frolicking with kangaroos, spotting wombats, and searching for fossils? Ok duh of course you do! And a day trip to Maria Island, off the coast of Tasmania, is the perfect way to do it. Even better, Maria Island is an easy day trip from Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart! If you have a few days in Hobart, a day trip to Maria Island (pronounced like Mariah Carey) is a fantastic way to get your fix of history, geology, and wildlife! Why Make a Day Trip to Maria Island Wildlife sightings of Forester kangaroos and wombats are all but guaranteed You can view fossils that are…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Cradle Mountain Summit Hike

    Standing at the summit of Cradle Mountain after a rewarding and challenging hike has to be one of the highlights of adventure travel in Tasmania, Australia.  Whether you are completing the full Overland Trek through the alpine landscape of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, or just going on a day walk, a hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain is an exciting and challenging way for experienced hikers to enjoy the heart of Tasmania. If this sounds like the adventure for you, my guide has everything you need to know to summit Cradle Mountain on a day hike. Here’s what you’ll find in this post.  Preparing for the Cradle…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Three Week Tasmania Itinerary

    Tasmania, Australia is one of those places I could return to again and again, which is why three weeks is the shortest itinerary I could write about this amazing island! When Tim and I first visited Tasmania in 2014, people had one of two reactions. The first was, “Is that in Africa?” and the second was, “Why? There’s nothing to do there.” Now, four years later, the attitude towards Tasmania has changed dramatically! Australia’s island state (by the way, no, Tasmania is not in Africa) has become a hot destination for those who love hiking, wildlife, and locally sourced food. While Tasmania has always had a lot to offer, the…