I think God wanted me to experience the time of my life. That was the reason why I chose Tasmania out of the many states of Australia to visit if I won this ‘Unexpected Australia Adventure’ jointly organized by one of our local radio stations and newspapers. At that time I didn’t know exactly what Tasmania was about. After all, when it comes to Australia – Sydney, Perth or Melbourne come to my mind, not nature-based Tasmania.
For the 10 days 9 nights adventurous trip, we would be going to Melbourne (which was the destination chosen by the deejays) then Hobart. I had a fun and memorable time at Melbourne but what I experienced at Tasmania totally left me speechless.
From having the honour of staying at the Islington Hotel with drop-dead gorgeous exteriors to heavenly interiors (I was definitely not complaining about the magnificent view of Mount Wellington from our room) to taking a private plane to Tasmania’s spectacular South West World Heritage Area, my life was simply busy with having fun during that period. Whether it was having an outdoor lunch with super friendly locals and superb views at Meadowbank Wines, a scrumptious seafood feast at the Peppermint Bay Restaurant or a delectable luncheon at Zum (Salamanca Place), every meal at Hobart just left me yearning for more!
I felt so much grown up when I got to cycle down Mount Wellington with the big guys! As the journey got rather curvy and steep as we headed down, I was the only willing female left in the group to continue the full descent. The experience was truly awesome to the max as I got to do some sightseeing while trying my best not to run into trees! I’ll never look at cycling the same way again!
Another interesting outdoor activity that we did was to kayak on the harbour. What made this kayaking activity memorable was the magnificent view that passed by, the clear water we glided on and the adorable creatures that accompanied us. This was indeed an enriching experience to see Hobart from another angle.
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience which gave me the opportunity to fall in love with nature and beauty through so many interesting activities. Tasmania seems like a nature haven that is out of this world for anyone who has been there, and I will definitely come back for more. I almost fell in love with an Australian guy; there isn’t anything here that one would not fall in love with. Anything wonderful can happen here! It is simply a nature lover’s haven, a pleasure seeker’s paradise.
(Editor’s Footnote: The air operator to Tasmania’s South West (TasAir) pictured by the writer, has unfortunately gone into administration and has ceased operations. Flights however are available over the same routes by established operator Par Avion)