— O.M.

Tasmania: The Great Eastern Drive

Out of the whole wide world, it’s sometimes the most remote places that are the most remarkable. I have spent the last week on the eastern coasts of the great Australian island of Tasmania, and it’s probably not too far-fetched when I say, that it’s one of the most amazing places on the “small blue dot”, that I have ever been to.

The Bay of Fires

We were welcomed by a rainy grey sky, which nonetheless suited the windy shores of Dolphin Sands, that we were headed to from Launceston airport. We were staying directly on the 9-mile beach, which dominates the Great Oyster Bay and the landscape of the eastern Tasmanian shores.

The surroundings are without a doubt breathtaking, and to anyone who hasn’t been interested in this area before, it will come as a pleasant surprise.
The atmosphere obviously varies depending on the weather. While the windy & rainy days supplied the Oyster bay and it’s dramatic sand dunes with a impeccably poetic feel, the strong shining Tasmanian sun revealed the full beauty of the island.

We took the “Great Eastern Drive”, that stretches from Hobart all the way to St. Helens point in the north-east corner. The sights on the way were incredible: The black swans roaming the lagoons of the Scamander conservation area, the incredible windy beaches – including the stunning Lagoons Beach and the Binalong Bay of Fires. All of them absolutely unforgettable.
On the way back, one can stop at the Devil’s Corner cellar door and enjoy the “once-in-a-lifetime” grand view of the Great Oyster Bay and the surrounding lagoons.

I cannot stress enough, how incredibly beautiful these natural wonders are. It seems as if Tasmania was forgotten for a while and is now being slowly discovered again. While there is always a slight worry hovering over this land, that is could be subject to a destructive touristic invasion, it is evident, that the people of Tasmania have taken good care of this land, and that (so far) it has been greatly preserved for the future generations to see.

When you walk up the Hazzards – the mountains overviewing the Wineglass bay – you get to witness one of the great reveals of this forgotten gem. Catching glimpses of the Oyster bay through the trees, you ultimately mount to a lookout that reveals the wonderful panorama of the Wineglass bay, Mt. Freycinet, the lagoons and the striking beauty of the Tasman Sea. A truly special treat.

Tasman based British writer Nicholas Shakespeare quoted the 19the century premiere ruler of Iceland, Jorgen Jorgensen, whou could’t contain himself upon arrival to Tasmania: “Views impossible for the most luxuriant imagination to conceive  more lovely within the whole circle of the creation”

Shakespeare himself was amazed by the incredible nature, and decided to settle in the magnificent Dolphin Sands. Describing so in this witty & entertaining paragraph:

“…but what I saw defined me. It was where I wanted to be.
When my father learned that I intended to sink my savings in a two-bedroomed beach-house at the end of the world, he flew 14.000 miles from England to restrain me. Not long afterwards, I discovered him on the sand. His eyes were nailed to the horizon and there tears in them.
‘I. Have. Never. Been. Anywhere. More. Beautiful”

There is no way I could disagree with Shakespeare’s father. It is without a doubt, that Tasmania is home to such natural beauties, that only the human eye can truly capture. No technology, not the cleanest lens, can ever transcend the stunning theatrics of the Tasmanian land.
The land and the shores, the oceans and the seas. The stunning mountains and the unique scenes.

It’s a hidden gem, worth discovering.




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