In one sense it was mission accomplished - in another, a crash back down to earth.
The biggest drop in primary vote for the Greens at any federal election was coupled with the likely retention of all their Senate seats and an against-the- odds victory in Melbourne.
Federal Greens leader Christine Milne, with two decades experience in state and federal politics, saw the result coming on election day.
With a shift to the right by Labor freeing up room for the Greens to campaign on a number of key issues - asylum seekers, environment, same-sex marriage amongst others - was Senator Milne confident of beating their 2010 result?
"I'm hoping not only that we'll hold our seats but pick up additional seats, and in Victoria, it's our best hope to win another Senate seat," Senator Milne said, her cautiousness revealing a sense of what was to come.
"The whole country is moving towards the conservatives."
Fast forward to election night and Senator Milne's ships had come in.
The Greens hit a historic high of 11.8 per cent of the nationwide vote in 2010 - cracking double figures in every state with Tasmania leading the way with 16.8 per cent - but in Tasmania in 2013, the vote was halved to just over eight per cent, wiping out a decade of gains.
"I'm disappointed that the swing has been as strong as it has been", Senator Milne said.
"But as I've always said at this election, my job was to hold seats.
"When I really felt it, was when there were queues to pre- polling, people couldn't wait to cast their vote for a change of government.
"Once you get a sense that there was a mood swing on and people were determined, that is the tide coming in for the conservatives and it's a matter of holding what you can."
In Tasmania, that meant the election of Senator Peter Whish- Wilson, who will be returned to the Senate on Labor preferences.
The replacement of former leader Bob Brown in the Senate, Mr Whish-Wilson was never expected to hit Mr Brown's highs but fell short of his own expectations of a quota in his own right - which his party's internal polling had him on track for at the start of the campaign.
The Senate vote was slightly higher than the House vote, which Senator Whish-Wilson said was the norm based on their campaign style.
"We knew we would never get anyone in in the lower house so the lower house campaigns have always been part of a strategy to get members around the Senate campaign," Senator Whish- Wilson said.
Analysis of the Greens vote shows the party does badly after assisting in periods of government, and Senator Whish- Wilson agrees the party was "tarred by the Labor brush" after their power-sharing agreement with the Gillard Government.
Monash University politics lecturer Nick Economou said the Greens vote was still largely contained to urban areas, including Melbourne where Adam Bandt was successful in retaining the party's sole House seat.
"The vote was slashed across the board and people don't realise it because of the success in Melbourne," Dr Economou said.
"It's so hard to tell what the future holds the Greens picked up votes from people on asylum seekers and on feminist issues after Gillard's departure, but these things will pass."