From the 4th to the 9th of January we had nothing planned and one of the other wedding guests was planning to spend some time in Tasmania and convinced us to join her. So we booked ourselves a flight in a tiny plane and flew there on the 5th. None of us had realiaed how big Tasmania is, though! Jamie managed to book us a car from Devonport airport (about 45mins from where we landed) since no car was available in Burnie Wynyard. Unfortunately, the sandwich Oscar and I shared at Melbourne airport before leaving didn’t agree with me and I started throwing up the moment we landed. So while we tried to make our way to Devonport via public buses (with help from friendly bus drivers), I was holding on to a plastic bag…
Once we got the car, we picked up some groceries and asked the Google Oracle for the best way to Corinna Wilderness Experience – the place Jamie had booked. It looked beautiful. They were expecting us that evening, there was an extra set of bedding in the room and we couldn’t wait.
So we set out on our 4 hour drive (told you Tasmania is big), me in the backseat still with a plastic bag. It was starting to get dark as we drove and since our road went mainly through forest, Oscar had some fun doing the wallaby/ possum/ Tasmanian devil slalom to try to avoid all the animals who leisurely strolled into the road.
Now here’s where we should have checked the route before setting off. Because when, after hours of driving though nothing but forest, we finally saw the lights of the place – we were on the other side of the river. There was a barge to take you over… But it had stopped operating at 7pm and it was now 11pm. Faced with a 5 hour drive to go back on ourselves and down the road that didn’t involve having to cross a river, we did the sensible thing and slept in our tiny hire car. Oscar wasn’t very convinced (according to him, we would definitely be attacked by snakes crawling into the engine and then coming into the cabin when we started the car the next morning) but he also managed. And then at 9am the next morning we could finally set over and go into our cabin and sleep some more :).
There was no TV, no internet, no mobile phone network and a whole lot of forest. I LOVED it. We did a bit of hiking the first day, rented canoes the second day, hiked some more the day after, cooked and played cards in the evenings (Oscar won overall, but Jamie did well). We were seriously lucky with the weather (warm and sunny every day – apparently that doesn’t usually happen) and if you’re interested in a lot of pictures of trees, this is for you: https://goo.gl/photos/EL8JU3qjAzws82Wi8.