Mr. Selfish and I spent a wonderful six nights in Tasmania, which is the little island off of the southern coast of Australia. We loved Tassie the most out of all the areas that we visited in Australia.
To get to Tassie, we took a short flight from Sydney to Hobart. We then rented a car since it’s difficult to get around otherwise. Here’s our six day itinerary, which was well-suited for the rainy winter weather we had at the time: Hobart to Launceston to St. Helens (near the Bay of Fires) to Swansea (near Wineglass Bay/Freycinet National Park) to Port Arthur to Hobart.
Next time, we’ll definitely hit up Cradle Mountain and some of the western portions of Tassie. And we’ll make sure that we go in the summer, instead of the dead of winter.
Upon our arrival in Tassie, we immediately drove to Rosevears, which is a little town outside of Launceston and about a 2.5 hour drive from Hobart. We spent two nights at a wonderful airbnb rental.
Narawntapu National Park
Our primary reason for staying in Rosevears was to visit Narawntapu National Park. The park is known as the “Serengeti of Tasmania” due to its abundant wildlife. I especially wanted to see wombats, which are stout little marsupials resembling teddy bears. I was not disappointed.
The wombats were even more adorable in person. After gawking at them for a while, Mr. Selfish and I decided to walk some of the trails. Due to the torrential downpour as we started our hike, we only walked to Baker’s Beach. Along the way, we saw plenty of shy wallabies foraging for food. It required a lot of slow stalking but we managed to take some good photos of them.
Fortunately, by the time we reached Baker’s Beach, the skies had parted, and we had a clear view of the sunset. It was quite scenic and we were the only ones on the beach for miles.
Platypus House and Seahorse World
A little further north of Rosevears is an area known as Beauty Point, which is on the Tamar River. Adjacent to one another in Beauty Point are Platypus House and Seahorse World. As their names suggest, these are two old school attractions with a whole lot of charm.
Admission to Platypus House is $23 per person whereas Seahorse World costs $20 per person. However, you can buy the Tamar Double Deal for $39 per person, which gets you into both attractions and saves you $4 per person, because admit it, you want to go to both.
Mr. Selfish and I started in Platypus House, because Mr. Selfish wrote a report on platypi when he was little and wanted to see them more. Platypi are semiaquatic mammals that lay eggs. They are cute little creatures, especially with their duck bills and beaver tails. But man, are they difficult to photograph. They have to paddle aggressively underwater to maneuver around, which only leads to blurry photos.
Inside Platypus House, they also had four echidnas, which, similar to platypi, are mammals that lay eggs. Echidnas are covered with spines and coarse hair and kind of resemble a hedgehog. Oddly, they are most closely related to the platypi. Since they reside mostly on land, it was much easier to take photos of them. It was also mating season for the echidnas, which led to even better photo opportunities.
After our platypi and echidnas tour, we visited Seahorse World, which had hundreds, maybe thousands of seahorses. Seahorse World is actually part of a seahorse farm that sells to aquariums.
I had never seen so many seahorses in my life. To boot, Seahorse World also had other marine animals, such as sea dragons, cuttlefish, octopus, and funny-looking fish.
I highly recommend visiting the Launceston area and going to Narawntapu National Park, Platypus House, as well as Seahorse World. You cannot beat the Tassie wildlife in this area.