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4 days ago, we began our great Tasmanian road trip from the island’s north.

From Launceston, we travelled westward towards Cradle Mountain National Park.

Along the way, we stopped by honey factories, sauce shops, wineries and Sheffield - a funny little town with building walls where people put their best artwork on.

 

Somebody even painted Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam here, in 3D.

When we reached Cradle Mountain, it was like entering an entirely different world. The national park is a popular destination for locals to rest, relax and trek through the forests. The views, even from our hotel rooms, were nothing short of enchanting.

We spent a night on the mountain to soak up the fresh air. But heavy rain woke me up the next morning.

Regardless, Cheesie and I still pressed on with our umbrellas and walked through the forest.We had no regrets. Only in Cradle Mountain would spot wild native Australian animals in their natural habitat and we be rewarded with ethereal views like this.

From Cradle Mountain, we travelled eastwards towards Freycinet – to visit another one of Tasmania’s beautiful national parks.

The journey took us 3 hours.

Okay, I lied.

The journey took a lot longer than 3 hours, because every time we saw an interesting shop along the way, we would make a short detour.

We spotted this road sign and swang by this tiny shop where they breed and farm their own oysters, mussels and other types of delicious seafood.

These literally come straight from the water into our dinner plate. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.

And it’s cheap too. 12 pieces of natural oysters is only AUD$14 (RM42)

 

One thing I like about Tasmania is that we often get the chance to meet with the founders, or at least the person behind the day-to-day running of the businesses.

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At Josef Chromy winery, we actually had lunch with Josef Chromy’s grandson.

Not only did the guy treated us to a platter of cheese, he entertained us with stories about how 60 years ago his grandfather fled war-time Czechoslovakia with no money in his pocket -  and ended up setting one of the most successful wineries in Tasmania.

Finally, we reached Freycinet National Park. The views here are completely different from what we experienced at Cradle Mountain.

The weather is warmer here and we were greeted by turquoise blue bays and white sandy beaches surrounded by dramatic granite mountains.

 

A popular thing to do in Freycinet is to take a 1-hour hike up to a small lookout overlooking Wineglass Bay. It wasn’t too difficult (even Cheesie can do it), and they say you can see a beach that looks like a wineglass.

But I couldn’t see any leh.

Then again, the weather wasn’t perfect on the day I went. On a good day, we would’ve hiked down to the beach and enjoyed the waters. Wineglass Bay was consistently voted as one of the top beaches in the world.

We didn’t manage to see as many wildlife as we did in Cradle Mountain. The only one we managed to spot was in the carpark.

Its a wallaby wallaby walla-walla-wallaby *sings to the tune of Imma Be*

Cheesie went up to the wallaby and gave her a nice pat on the back.

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She stayed still. She likes Cheesie.

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I went up to her to give her a nice pat on the back.

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She hates me. :(

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haha, the wallaby knows how to dodge you, kenny!

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yay, imma the first one :D

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Kenny... D pic taken via DSLR? It's nice esp d national park

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HAHAHAAHHAHA the poor wallaby get nightmares from being near you HAHAHAHAHA

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tq for all the pictures n stories....

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its not the beach that looks like a wine glass, rather the ocean that looks like a wine glass. the part thats near the sand suppose to replicate the stem of a glass =)

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R u sure it's a 'she'? maybe it a 'he'..tats why it hates u...hahahaha..

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Face problem kenny xDDD

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I was wondering the same thing about that poor animal's gender =P you got the male smell so naturally a male will reject you =P

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I loved Josef Chromy's vineyard, it was spectacular with the lake and the hills of vines in the backdrop. My travel buddy loved the wine.

We didnt have time to hike down to the beach in Freycinet, i'll have to go there again in the future!

Also didnt know the wallabies were THAT tame, i saw them in the same carpark too and took pix but didnt pet them. Regrets!

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Wow a wild wallaby! Very cute and approachable. The genus for wallaby is called Petrogale.

If you see something bigger than wallaby but smaller than kangaroo, it's called a wallaroo. They're cute too!

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ROFLMAO!

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Tasmania, lots of unique animals to see there. Cute creatures. :D

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A guy was on his first date with a notoriously loose girl. She was immediately receptive to his foreplay after they parked. The petting increased and he put his hand in her panties.

She seemed to be enjoying his progress, but suddenly objected, "Ouch! That ring is hurting me!"

"That's no ring! That's my wristwatch."

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Wineglass bay is indeed a beautiful beach! damn,im crazy about beaches..one day I be there too..

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Oh poor Kenny! hihi that's a good picture though

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not just human being hate you..

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Wow!Kenny...

Tasmania, it's so beautiful! :)

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is such a wonderland thr cool...

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The place is beautiful. The oysters look so fresh too.

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Nice pictures Kenny!
I bet you had a good time. How I wish I can go Tasmania too!

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so wanna go australia T.T seriously the furthest place I ever been to is penang which is still malaysia, oversea singapore and brunei saja T.T

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Cheesie more leng than Kenny, proven by the wallaby.

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Omigosh the wallaby's so cute!!

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Lovely tour photos you snapped. Were they taken with DSLR?

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hahaha, the ending is classic! :)

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aiyoh so cute lah the kangaroo

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love it! nice entry.. I always love natural habitats

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u run marathons, i'm guessing u gotta be exercising to be able to run those marathons....so why are u still so fat? Are u eating alot or what

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LMAO at the last photo! hahahaha!!! thanks kenny for the updates and the photos! amazing! i'd love to visit those places someday too!!:DDDD

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this, is heaven on Earth

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wow u get treated to all these for free?
its like living a dream man!

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shoiel
Not fat lah, a camera puts 10kg on you donchaknow.

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too cute lol

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that wallaby looks so cute, and that plate of oysters looks so appetitizing !

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obviously she hates you! lol..like u r trying to harass her or somethin.

p/s:love the pictures. its picture perfect :)

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Longtime didn't turn up at here, never know u'd went to Tasmania, previous I almost apply for University at there... A nice peaceful island...

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lol.. you're too big for her.. she's scared.. :P

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i am sure you had a great time there. exploring something different. thanks for sharing. i wish that i have the opportunity to go there someday

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She hates you kenny! hahahahaha

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omg... i'm so jealous... we did a launceston-hobart road trip december last year and missed all those... sadness

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OMG! the kangaroo is sooooooooo cute!!!!!!!

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i think the kangaroo is male. haha

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