In today’s post, let me take you to a quirky ‘Doo’ Town and show you some amazing natural Rock Formations in the Tasman Peninsula that I covered during the road trip.
Tasmania Road Trip
Day 1 – Lavender Farm and Bay of Fire
Day 2/ Day 3 – White Sand, Shells, and Wineglass Bay
But before all of that, my Day 4 started with a beautiful sunrise. After an exhausting Wineglass Bay hike the previous day, we spent the night at Swansea. I woke up just a few minutes shy of sunrise, which was at 5:30 am, and rushed out of the hotel. There was no time to persuade my husband as he was fast asleep. 🙂
I walked along the shore, soaking in the tranquility of this gentle coastal village, far far away from the chaos of the city. There was not a soul in sight, just a dozen noisy seagulls cackling on a bed of seaweed. I walked to the end of the long jetty and sat on one of the benches. Surrounded by miles and miles of water, shimmering in the early morning light. The sun slowly rising above the hazy silhouette of the mountains afar.
We started early from Swansea and drove towards Hobart (135 km away). The scenes we saw on the way are nothing short of magical. The Tasmanian seascape, with its perfect blue water and shimmering white sands, are a sight to behold.
Our next stop was to visit the Tasman Peninsula, a major part of which is a protected national park. We even saw a cute Echidna crossing the road on its little legs and had to slow down for it.
The peninsula is a popular tourist destination and known for natural Rock Formations. The road signs are clear and easy to follow, and the lookouts are easily accessible from the car park.
Rock Formations at the Tasman Peninsula – Road Trip
It is hard to believe that the fractures on the rocks are natural and not man-made. They look like a continuous rectangular fragmentation on the surface of the rock. These fractures were caused by the stress of the Earth’s Crust 160 to 60 million years ago.
This formation looks like a Giant Arch, which was formed thousands of years ago. In short, continuous erosion first created a sea cave 6000 years ago. Later on, the rocks and pillars started collapsing, forming an arch-like shape.
Devil’s Kitchen – Another rock formation made by erosion, and is still slowly changing in shape.
Frankly, I was most excited about finding the quirky ‘Doo Town’, because it was on my list ever since I read about it. Every house in this little village has the word ‘Doo’ appended to its name in some form or the other. How interesting is that!! I had to ask my husband to park the car on the roadside, while I ventured out, clicking pictures and capturing as many Doo names as possible. 😀
We didn’t drive to Port Arthur, which is the most popular destination on the Tasman Peninsula. Instead, we drove to Hobart, to our motel as I had plans to go in search of Bioluminescent planktons. You can read all about that story here – The search for Bioluminescent algae.
Let me leave you with some of the sights I captured on the road trip to Hobart.
Stay tuned for more tales from Tasmania road trip.
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