Travel Elysium

Tasman Meet

Life is either a great adventure or nothing – Helen Keller

A little while ago I went on an amazing adventure.

I’ve been a little slack posting this, due to good ol life getting in the way… But! I thought one way to cheer things up is to post some amazing photos that I got to take on an instameet on Mother’s Day. So prepare to be astounded by the beauty of my island home.

I’ll cut to the chance, we were spoilt with a Navigator’s cruise down to Port Arthur. What could be better?

Navigators Cruise

Navigators Cruise

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We started off bright and early on the boat with a wonderful group of people down the Derwent.

Iron Pot Lighthouse - Tasmania's oldest lighthouse and the second oldest in Australia.

Iron Pot Lighthouse – Tasmania’s oldest lighthouse and the second oldest in Australia.

The first excitement of the day were dolphiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiins!

Not to brag or anything, but this photo is fantastic ;)

Not to brag or anything, but this photo is fantastic 😉

We were treated to some yummy patissieries

We were treated to some yummy patissieries

Travelling down the Great Southern Ocean there were so many breathtaking cliffs which we passed.

The sheer cliffs of Cape Raoul

The sheer cliffs of Cape Raoul

Incredible Tasmanian scenery

Incredible Tasmanian scenery

These cliffs were certainly a highlight and I can't wait to one day climb them

These cliffs were certainly a highlight and I can’t wait to one day climb them

Beautiful colours

Beautiful colours

This is not even the start of the adventure though, first stop on this journey is Port Arthur Historic Site. This was a convict penal settlement from 1830 – 1877. The convicts were forced to get timber as Port Athur operated as an industrial prison. Logging timber was gruelling puniahment for the prisoners. Port Arthur was also subjected to a horrific massacre in 1996. New Prime Minister John Howard had only been the leader of this country for 6 months, but he made a quick and life changing decision on behalf of all of Australia by eradicating our country of firearms.Sadly 35 people had to die, and 23 people were injured for this decision to be made.

The first view.

The first view.

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The beauty of autumn.

The beauty of autumn.

Next stop on the list is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. “a revolutionary project to create a model wildlife and nature experience of the future” tasmaniandevilunzoo.com.au. “Instead of exhibiting animals in traditional enclosures for the benefit of humans, an Unzoo invites us into natural habitats in which cages or barriers are removed or concealed and wild, as well as resident animals, are encouraged to interact with the environment.”

Up close and personal with Australian wildlife

Up close and personal with Australian wildlife.

The Tassie Devil may look cute, but it's a vicious little bugger. Also, they don't spin - thanks Looney Tunes.

The Tassie Devil may look cute, but it’s a vicious little bugger. Also, they don’t spin – thanks Looney Tunes.

Fran the Tawny Frogmouth stole the show!

Fran the Tawny Frogmouth stole the show!

Once again we were spoilt with a choice of goodies

This spread was courtesty of the amazing Lufra Hotel down near the Tessellated Pavements at Eagle Hawk Neck. Once again we were spoilt with a choice of goodies.

Which I took full advantage of! The two drinks were an accident, I got myself a drink and some kind soul got me one at the same time!!

Which I took full advantage of!
The two drinks were an accident, I got myself a drink and some kind soul got me one at the same time!!

So where the bloody hell are ya?! This is Tassie.

So where the bloody hell are ya?!
This is Tassie.

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