Cruising to Tasman Island in the Tasman Sea with Zeb and Eider Duck

We are now in Hobart, Tasmania.

Arriving at airport in Hobart Tasmania

Arriving at airport in Hobart Tasmania

Tasmania is the largest Australian island and the most southern Australian state.   Today we are going on a cruise in Tasmania with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.   We arrive at the docks in Hobart and then ride a shuttle to the boat dock near Port Arthur.   We are cruising to and around Tasman Island.

This is our cruise for today

This is our cruise for today

We will not get off the boat, but we are excited because we will see amazing cliff and rock formations.   These rocks are millions of years old.   Here the rocks shifted during volcanic activity.   The shifted rocks make it look like the water is running downhill.

Result of volcanic activity.   Water is not going downhill

Result of volcanic activity. Water is not going downhill

It is not!   Now we are inside a cave.

A cave.   Let's go inside with our boat

A cave. Let’s go inside with our boat

Our boat is inside a cave.

Our boat is in the cave

Our boat is in the cave

This is exciting for the Colorado Traveling Ducks.   We love waterfalls.

Waterfall in Tasman National Park

Waterfall in Tasman National Park

This is great!   This is the totem pole.

The Pilar.  A rock climbers challenge

The Totem Pole.    A rock climbers challenge

It is a favorite for experienced rock climbers.   Here we are at Cape Pilar.

Cape Pilar.   Australia's highest sea cliffs.   In Tasman National Park

Cape Pilar. Australia’s highest sea cliffs. In Tasman National Park

We are seeing some of Australia’s tallest rock cliffs, while we are in Tasman National Park.   We ducks are on this cruise, but the caption said we could not sit on the rails; we must be out of the wind and surf.   We love this cliffs.

So majestic and beautiful

So majestic and beautiful

We are in our travel bag.   Next is Tasman Island.  There is a lighthouse at the top.

Lighthouse way up there

Lighthouse way up there

Here is the pulley system used to get people and supplies to the top of the island and the lighthouse and also to bring supplies and people from the top to the boats so they can leave Tasman Island.

Pulley system to and from lighthouse at top.   On Tasman Island

Pulley system to and from lighthouse at top. On Tasman Island in Tasman National Park

On the way back to the rock, the weather changed.   The clouds came and the wind also increased.   The ride back was a little rough, but we loved it.   Our next stop for the day was at Port Arthur.

Port Arthur--former prison

Port Arthur–former prison

Port Arthur was a brutal British prison from 1832 to 1877.   Now it no longer functions as a prison, but many buildings remain.   We walked around the grounds.   The setting is beautiful.

Now it is so beautiful and peaceful

Now it is so beautiful and peaceful

We are happy this is no longer a prison.   We enjoyed our visit to Port Arthur and hope when you are in Tasmania you will also visit Port Arthur.   For more information about our tour visit http://www.pennicottjourneys.com.au