I always tell myself that I have 3 destinations to go while I am still here: Cairns, Tasmania and Uluru. Cairns trip was "accomplished" at the end of 2013. Last year I went to Tassie. I have little interest in Melbourne or Gold Coast. These places are so common that I will have heaps of chances to visit even after I leave here. But for these 3 places, although not considered as "popular destinations" when you fly from overseas, I am certain that they do not pall in comparison with those "popular destinations".
It was a very enjoyable and memorable self-drive trip of 6 days. Words fail to describe the beauty of Tassie. It is a very well-preserved place. All nature wildlife and forests are very well protected. The clear blue sky and the white clouds of Tassie seem so low and so close to you. The scenery is absolutely impressive.
The two largest cities in Tassie are Hobart and Launceston, with other small towns located all around the island. People here is very nice and have a very laid-back lifestyle which I adore deeply. Big supermarkets here (Coles and Woolies) don't provide plastic bags as in other states to reduce the use of plastic bags. This makes me feel like I am in my beloved hometown Penang.
Seafood is famous here, with oyster tops the list. Mussels, scallops, prawns and fishes, all you can eat here. They are really nice and fresh with Tasmanian salmon to be my top favourite. I have bought some cherry. I guess they are the top quality cherry in the world.
Driving from place to place in Tassie, you couldn't see tall buildings and apartments. It doesn't give you a feeling of a developed place, but it is indeed developed -- the mindset of the people here are developed that they know to protect the mother nature is a priority. All you can see are trees and grasses on both sides of the road, with cows and goats eating grasses. A house is built in a large area of green field, completely isolated from the outer world. Can you imagine how good is the air quality here, and how healthy (good) / boring (bad) is the life here?
Because it is during summer and Tassie is really close to the Antartica, the sky will only turn dark as late as 10:00 p.m.. This is the first time I experience this， as if the dark never fell.
Owing to its geographical location, it can get to 9oC even in the summer. This gives me extra appreciation to the weather in Sydney, although disgusting at times, but is still quite "mild" as compared to other places in Australia.
Stanley is a small town located at the north-west tip of Tassie.
Bristowe Lavender farm is just amazing. The time we went there is just the season to flower. What a good time to visit Tassie.
There is a wild kangaroo looking for food in wineglass bay.
On the way to Hobart:
Mount wellington is a place where clouds are literally within your touch and you can look out the Hobart city.
Tasman bridge in Hobart city.
Brunny Island is the nearest place to the south pole of our beloved Earth, the crew member said that this "gigantic" seal came from the Antartica. And it is only there for a few months, so we are lucky to see this type of seal.
Last but not least, a shop known as Foxhole Medals has the front mirror stuck with this quote:
"Live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Because right Now is the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you will ever be."
The quote says it all. Enjoy life.