Although Tassie is part of Australia it is certainly different. It is a heart shaped island around an hour's flight south from Melbourne and measures around 220 miles long and 200 miles wide. Its milder climate means that it is not as arid as the "Big Island" and we certainly saw some rain and even snow on our travels, even though it is late spring down there.
Its topography is quite diverse, from the sunny beaches and bays on the east coast to the wild and rugged, windswept north and west, with mountains and rainforest inbetween. In fact, the south west of the island is still largely untouched and virtually impassable.
What I loved about it is its sheer diversity, with so much to see. As well as the beauty of its landscape and the abundance of rare wildlife roaming free, there is also a rich cultural heritage from the pioneer days.
I posted a few photos on my blog during the trip, when I could get access to a reliable WiFi connection, but I am going to post a few more over the coming days, mainly so that I can look back on my blog in the future and remind myself of what a great time I had!
Here are just a few that I don't think I posted before - but apologies if I have.
Mount Wellington, high above Hobart on a very windy morning.
The caves of the south east coastline
Deserted beaches of the east coast
The west's wilderness, and springtime snow.