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Cruising off the Southern Tip of Australia: Tasman Island

Under the cliffs

The boat rocked from left to right, over choppy waters that looked ready to engulf us. I held on tight to my seat as the wind howled and the waves swung us high and low. Even in thick waterproof jumpers, we were shivering like baby chicks with no feathers. Our guide had warned us of the swells – they can go up to 5 meters on […]

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Up Close and Personal with Tasmanian Devils

A grumpy devil

They growl like ferocious bulldogs, snort like pigs, and have the most disturbing screech I’ve ever heard. They’re strange creatures alright – spotting a stocky and muscular body, clothed in black fur and an incongruous white marking on its chest, point ears and a tail that emits a pungent odor. With ridiculously powerful jaws, they consume all types of carcasses […]

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Hiking Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain

Australia’s Tasmania island has long been known for its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Almost 37% of it lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. And of these national parks, the most well known is perhaps the World Heritage area of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair. Spreading all the way from the Great Western Tiers in the north […]

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An Island of Inspiration: Tasmania

Cradle Mountain

We’ve just spent a week exploring Tasmania, an island 150 miles (240 km) away from mainland Australia – so similar yet different in every sense of the word. Having been separated from the continent about 10,000 years ago, Tasmania and its wildlife have evolved into a unique world packed with endemic flora and fauna. It […]

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Going Down Under: A Road Trip Around Australia

y first taste of Australia came in December 2000. It was my first backpacking trip abroad, I was 18 and traveling with a bunch of girlfriends. We had the time of our lives seeing new sights, meeting people at youth hostels, , exploring national parks, and having an adventure of a lifetime. It got me […]

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