Planning another trip to Tasmania

Last year my friend and I went to Tasmania, back in June. We loved it, but with only 10 days we really didn’t see a lot. Though I suppose that is always what happens when you go away. On one of our last days there we went to the old convict penitentiary at Port Arthur. Such a fascinating place, but we spent so much time doing all the tours we didn’t have enough time to look around. We found out that you could buy a Ticket of Leave for $10 which meant that you could come back anytime in the following two years, so we both got them. Here is mine.


Of course, you must have guessed what that meant? We had to go back. We had until June 2018, so we started planning another trip. I have had this sitting in my wallet since then, and I am determined to use it.

So after much discussion and trying to work out when, we have the trip planned for next month. We are setting off on the Spirit of Tasmania on the 8th of September. Sailing overnight with my friend, her car and my mum. Yes, my mum is coming with us this time. She really wanted to see Tasmania so we invited her along.

We are there for around 12 days this time, a little longer than last time, but we are exploring some different areas. I have wanted to go to Binalong Bay for a long time, and Sandra wants to see Coles Bay. We are spending more time at Port Arthur and decided we would stay down there this time. We loved the boat cruise we did around Bruny Island last year and there is one around Port Arthur, so we will be doing the Tasman Island Cruise as well.

It is exciting and not too far away. I wanted to tell you about and thought I might share some of my favourite photos from my trip last year.

52 Responses

  1. My goodness, your photos are amazing. Some of the most atmospheric I’ve seen of Tasmania. I hope you get back here soon. (And yes, A Tiny Space is well worth a visit, but you might have to book because it is … well, tiny).
    Is it OK to use this space to ask you if I can use some of your photos to illustrate stories on my webpage Tasmania Stories or share some on the FB page? You might be too professional for that and if so I completely understand as images need to be protected. But they are great. I love that misty Gordon River. I love them all : ) You have a great eye, Leanne.

    • Thank you Joanna. I did get back, I was there in September, it wasn’t as great a trip as I had hoped because I seemed to be injured a lot, but still loved it. I don’t have a problem with people using my images, as long as it is very clear where the images have come from and that they are mine. Don’t remove the watermark. Also would be great to get some links to where you post them.

  2. Make sure you try and grab a bite to eat at Small-fry and A Tiny Place. They’re two of our favorite restaurants in Hobart, Tasmania. Have a blast. We loved Tasmania and hope we get to go back again.

  3. How exciting, another upcoming trip to Tasmania. Not long to go now and hope you are all prepped and ready to go. Hope you get to enjoy the Spirit of Tasmania too and maybe you will get some great shots of the sea 🙂

    • Yes, Mabel, another trip, I can’t wait. Well not ready to go yet, but the planning is certainly under way. We are going on the Spirit overnight, so I don’t think there will be much opportunity for photos. Thank you Mabel.

  4. How exciting to have a trip to look forward to, Leanne. Take your thermals! 🙂

  5. Sounds great! Have a great trip. Here’s a travel quiz: what is the connection between Tasmania and the search for the Northwest Passage in the Arctic?

  6. I’ve been to Tasmania quite a few times, it’s gorgeous! I found Port Arthur fascinating. You’re so lucky to again this year!

    • I think it is as well, such a beautiful part of the country. I love Port Arthur, I find the whole convict history really interesting. I am lucky, thank you.

  7. Thanks Leanne for sharing your plans and the great photos. I am looking forward to seeing where you will be going and perhaps incorporate some of your stops into our itinerary. Luckily we will have a much longer trip, planning on a 4 month trip in Tasmania.

    • No problem Erich, you are lucky that you will get to spend that much time there, I wish I could do that. I’m not sure how I will blog this time,but I will certainly make sure everyone can see what I did and where I went. Thank you Erich.

  8. I’ve been to Hobart on business on four occasions, but that is all I’ve seen; a taxi to and from the airport – that’s it. You don’t get to see very much with this approach. Have a great time ~ I am looking forward to your photos.

  9. Good for you. I’m happy for you and it’s wonderful your mum is going too!

  10. I was there earlier this year… It was great. Too bad that we only had 5 days and we couldn’t see much.
    Flying down from Hong Kong won’t be too often, but I do wish I can have a chance to go there for longer period to enjoy the God’s creation…

  11. Now that’s a coincidence! I’m heading off to Tasmania on Saturday and just published my itinerary the day before yesterday. https://murrayfoote.com/2017/08/13/binna-burra-and-tasmania/

  12. Enjoy Tasmania. You will have fun on the East Coast. The Bay of Fires is spectacular!

  13. Port Arthur is pretty darn amazing, Leanne. So glad you are going back.

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