Hellooo! How's everything going? As promised, here are some photos from my short 10 day trip to Tasmania over New Years Eve. I went with quite a few friends to Falls Festival in Marion Bay which lasted from 29 Dec to 1 Jan, but the few days before and after the festival Dan and I drove around Tasmania and stayed in several national parks!! These photos are late, but I already feel nostalgic for Summer and the holidays... sigh! Well one month of Autumn is almost already over, the year's going by so quick!
Falls Festival (A music and arts festival) was amazing, the first overnight festival i'd been to. So many amazing bands! Camping was great too, we didn't stay in any motels at all, it was tents and blow up mattresses for the whole time! I've missed camping out in the bush ever since I left Scouts/Venturers.
On the Spirit of Tasmania, watching the other Spirit of Tasmania go by!
This gorgeous conservatory in the main city park in Launceston.
We stayed in Ben Lomond National Park for one night, and the next day we hiked up a mountain. Note that the sign says 1.5 hour return hike... well we had been hiking for about 1.5 hours in ONE direction and we were nowhere near the summit! :( We were quite cranky by that time so we went back down again!
Amazing scenery during the hike, there wasn't a clear path either so I was really glad I wore my hiking boots. Unfortunately I forgot to put on sunscreen and so had a burnt nose for the rest of the trip!!
Packing the car before driving to the music Festival. Fit 5 people and tents, chairs, clothes and food for 4 days into a tiny 4WD is no easy feat, let me tell you! We had shopping bags on our knees the whole way there!
A sea of cars and tents at Falls!
The weather was fantastic! Being Tasmania, I expected it to be cold and raining for the time we were there but it was great! Sunny but not too hot during the day, even thought the nights got freezing! (Though it's not too bad when you have lots of alcohol and body heat in the crowds to warm you up!)
A friend's interesting way of sneaking alcohol into the festival... A lot of work for only a couple of shots but it was the subterfuge that was the fun part! :P
Fun times :P
The entrance to "The Village," a crazy section of the festival with comedy acts, circus acts, burlesque and more!
The Living End ALWAYS put on an amazing energetic performance. One of the best live bands I reckon!
Possibly taken while sitting on Daniel's shoulders during the Living End. I think i'm just really uncoordinated because every time I climbed up on his shoulders I could barely stay on, and had to grab other random people so that I didn't fall off... haha!
Marion Bay Beach, lovely!
Angus and Julia Stone on the main stage.
Best friends! :)
Paul Kelly! Definitely the most engaging + singalong performance of the whole festival! :)
The highlight of Falls Festival for me- Interpol, one of my most favourite bands ever! It was worth all the sweat and bruises from being in the mosh pit being attacked by guys twice my size...
The Klaxons, playing after Midnight on New Years Eve!
So much fun... I definitely want to go back next year, or at least visit some more music festivals during the year!
Straight after Falls Festival, Dan and I wanted to stay in the Freycinet National Park near Wineglass Bay but the camping was completely booked out. So we had to drive for another hour to the Douglas Apsley National Park. After we got there we had to carry out tent and everything to the camp ground because you couldn't drive directly into it but it was worth it! There was this absolutely gorgeous water hole nearby, and every time we went there it was almost completely empty, hardly any tourists. So we practically had the whole place to ourselves!
The place was so lovely that we decided to stay there for about 4 nights! :)
Like an oasis! (Also, it was good being able to finally have some sort of a wash seeing as we hadn't gone anywhere near a shower for about four days due to being at Falls Festival. Haha!)
One day we drove to Freycinet again to visit Wineglass Bay. The lookout onto Wineglass Bay, one of the top 10 beaches in the world I think.
The steep 1 hour hike down to Wineglass Bay was worth it :)
After Falls finished, Dan and I split up with our friends to road trip on our own. A few of our friends were also planning on staying for a few more days but they couldn't all fit into the car as well, so they went off by themselves, and we told them we'd be heading up around the East Coast of Tasmania. By the way, hardly any of us had mobile phone reception for the whole time we were in Tassie! (Only those who were with Telstra had coverage. It was sort of annoying while we were at the festival because if we lost anyone they'd have to wander around by themselves for ages or wait back at our campsite!) So we couldn't communicate at all. So it was a major shock when Daniel and I drove into Bicheno, the nearest town to where we were staying, and we randomly bumped into our friends who had gotten there that morning! Really fortunate and a major coincidence- so we spent the day with them at the beach :)
Our last night in Tasmania, we stayed in Narawntapu National Park. The beach was so empty, it was just kilometres of beautiful, isolated beach.
The tide was out so there were these tiny little crabs everywhere!!
My attempt at a Dragonball Z style Hadouken using sand... :P Dan and I literally took about 50 photos of ourselves doing this... lucky there was no one around watching us!
Playing in the sand dunes...
Going on a nature walk and about to hike up to Archer's Knob :P
So that's it... hope you enjoyed looking at the pics! Can't wait to do it all over again some time! :) One of the best recent experiences of my life! More outfit photos to come soon dearies.