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  • Salamanca Markets.

    Hobart Favorites

    There was music everywhere. There was an absolute gem of an open boat being rowed around with a lady playing piano down the back and a bearded man on accordion amidships (pic 5). Every time they finished a tune applause rang out from all parts of the docks. Then there were the dancing girls in their fetching nautical outfits strutting their stuff;...

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  • National Parks.

    Hobart Favorites

    Waterfalls are often a popular destination for tourists and Tassie has its share of good ones. Not all that far away (about an hour) are the most popular of all, Russell. They are located in Mount Field National Park and it will cost your carload $22 to walk five minutes up the trail to view them. However, there is a lot more to see at Mount Field....

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  • General Scenery.

    Hobart Favorites

    I'm not sure what did it to be honest. But I left Hobart wanting to see so much more of the little town. In someways it reminded me of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in others, a small Danish coastal village. It had many charms and that intself was my favorite thing about Hobart. It was a great little town which you can tell will someday be a tourist...

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  • Port Arthur /Historic Architecture.

    Hobart Favorites

    North of Hobart there is a series of villages, all of them historic. They include the famous Ross and Campbell Town amongst others but you'll notice smaller ones just off the highway that are also worth a visit. Jericho, for instance, has the grave of the first Australian born Victoria Cross winner. Situated 84 kms north of Hobart or 117 kms south...

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  • Tasmanian Roads

    The population of Tasmania is about 500,000 and most live in Hobart and the northern parts of the state. Outside those 2 areas there is a small population and therefore not the need for an extensive road network – except for the number one industry for many areas - tourism. Roads are very expensive to install and then maintain.Around one third of...

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  • National Parks Pass

    Tip duplicated on Cradle Mountain St Clair page.Tasmania has an astounding array of National Parks scattered across the Island State and that also includes the islands of the Bass Straight and other islands. The excellent Parks and Wildlife web site lists 19 parks that can be visited and some of these justifiably enjoy the prestigious UNESCO World...

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  • Fortescue Bay and beyond

    After grocery shopping I opted for Fortescue Bay, this would knock off my 21st walk of Tassie’s 60 great day walks. By the time I reached there it was about midnight and sleep was the only option.In the morning I went to the toilet and met some of the other overnighters as I walked past their numerous caravans and tents. They were here for the long...

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  • Swansea

    I spent the night at Bicheno and decided in the morning I’d have a day off, send some emails and chill out. I then moved to Swansea where I had a pie at the excellent tourist attraction called the Bark Mill which has the most amazing machine for stripping melaleucas and extracting their oil along with an interesting museum.After that I chose to...

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  • Pieman River

    Strahan, pronounced strawn, is a town most people going to Tasmania have on their "to do" list. For a lot of people it satisfies, for others it is somewhat disappointing. The attraction is the Gordon River, Macquarie Harbour and the wilderness around the area which was highlighted when the river was threatened with damming for a hydro-electric...

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  • Hogarth Falls Strahan

    This track is located in the Peoples Park in the Strahan township, not far past the main tourist area. You can drive to the park via The Esplanade or walk there via the Foreshore Walking Track.This walk will take you through an example of mixed forest. Among the towering gum trees, you will also find species typical of cool temperate rainforest,...

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  • Cape Hauy continued

    I was reminded of pop music, “wet, wet, wet” came into my head as the sky darkened all across the horizon and here I was, nearly two hours from base.Where once there were left over puddles from the morning showers, now there were ponds. In places I had to side step the trail to avoid them. Though I had a spray jacket it, too, slowly seeped moisture...

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  • On to Evercreech

    Evercreech, where on earth they got that name from escapes me but it's certainly catching. The main attraction here is trees. Tall trees. Seriously tall trees, although the headwaters of the South Esk River that run through here are picturesque as well. In fact, here you will find the tallest white gums in the world. Botanists were initally...

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  • Port Latta

    Port Latta is a little known but major export base for Tasmania. Located between Stanley and Wynyard, the port is run by Danbar Marine Services, part of NWS&T. Terry Wilson is the Marine Supervisor at Port Latta.“About 2.5 million tonnes of iron ore pellets are exported through Port Latta each year, bound for China and Port Kembla,” Terry told Crew...

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  • Savage River Mine

    Since 1965 Savage River Mines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pickands Mather International, operated an open-cut magnetite mine at Savage River west of Waratah and a pellet plant and loading facility at Port Latta on the northwest coast. PMI, after examining a number of options, decided to cease operations on completion of their pit mining plan,...

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  • The Nut

    There's a town called Stanley on the north west Tasmanian coast and it's famous for a large lump of rock called The Nut. So famous is this rock that someone even had the touristic foresight to run a chairlift up it (pic 2), still operational today.Another thing the town is famous for is fishing. Due to the protection of the cliff a thriving fishing...

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  • WHAT TO SEE & DO IN TASMANIA

    Tasmania, and what a scenic Australian state, one that should be on your intinerary!If you have a hire car, all the better for exploring the small island.check out the website for some good ideas.http://www.australia.com/destinations/states/tas.aspx

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  • The Centurion

    The big trees had lured me back. I had an appointment with Forestry Tasmania and the committee formed to register and maintain such living treasures were having a field day on a particular Thursday. Thus it was that I joined the mini-bus trip to see Centurion, a tree unknown the year previously when I had booked in for the tall trees tour.This is...

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  • Andromeda at last

    The mythical named trees and forest areas around Styx are a wonderland of the world's tallest flowering plant and it was to here, the year before, that I'd been aiming. However, during the time that elapsed between trips a taller tree had been found and people's attention diverted.By the way, all trees pictured here are over 90 metres in height...

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  • Oatlands - No stone unturned

    Weeding, no, that's not a verb, it's a proper noun. What the lady's doing is stoning. Please explain?So, one fine day in Oatlands a lady called Maria (something about her) decided that she would become the saviour of the fences - stone that is. Thus she taught herself about that grand traditional art of dry stone walling. In fact, she became so...

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  • Cape Hauy

    I’d left it till the weather cleared, no sense getting wet on a 4 hour walk. I’d always wanted to get to the end of some of the capes on the Tasman Peninsula and I’d managed Cape Raoul last year and sought out Cape Hauy this time.It had stopped raining at Devil’s Kitchen so I packed up and drove the 20 minutes around to Fortescue Bay, parked,...

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  • Bridport

    Bridport, I'd wanted to go there because it has a golf course listed in the world's top 100 which is really surprising because Bridport is not the sort of place you'd expect such a course to be.In point of fact, Bridport is more like an overgrown village by the sea with a wonderful location for camping right by the beach.Located 91 km north east...

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  • The point of a policeman

    There are so many enchanting little side roads in Tasmania and most of them lead to little treasures of places. So it was that I found myself leaving Ansons Bay, one of the least inspiring places I'd been to in Tassie, and heading south. Suddenly I saw a sign, Policemans Point. Should I go down there or not? I wasn't really that strapped for time...

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  • The Andromeda strain

    So, what do the man who slew Medusa, Hollywood and The Big Tree at Tahune have in common? Well, if you had an insatiable curiousity like me, you'd find out!It was while standing before before The Big Tree (there's more than one named that in Tasmania, be warned) at Tahune that I figured there had to be a register somewhere of these giants. So it...

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  • The Mathinna experience, part three

    It was with a much heightened sense of anticipation that I found myself once again at Mathinna Falls. This time I was armed with more information and getting to the top should be a snack......so I thought. I set out on a nice summer day but aware that 52mm of rain had fallen nearby the day before so I knew there should be some water going over the...

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  • The Mathinna experience, part two

    So it was that Michael (Rosemarie's son) and I looked at the lower falls and wondered how to get up. It was clear people had tried scrambling up the slope on the eastern side and soon we would be joining them. The slope, though steep, was manageable and it didn't take all that long before our scrambling brought rewards and we were looking at the...

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  • Finding your own pleasure

    One thing I loved about Tasmania was simply driving along, seeing a spot and pulling up and enjoying it. This state is ideal for such an activity. Kelvedon Beach was one such place. Located on the eastern side of Tassie on Coles Bay we just stopped, got out of the car and proceeded to spend 3/4 hour picking up seashells.The fact that it was windy...

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  • The Sentinel

    Coming over a crest and seeing The Sentinel, a craggy mountain range right by the road, is one of the more spectacular sights in Tasmania, Australia even. I first saw it in 2008 and was entranced. I returned in 2009 and one of the things I wanted to do was climb the Sentinel. At 963 metres it's no Everest but then again I'm no letter day Edmund...

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  • Tahune Forest Airwalk

    The thing about the Airwalk is that it's changed the area dramatically. Before, those who loved the forest used to visit with few others taking the time. Today, it's a totally different crowd and there are thousands more of them.They've come not so much to see the trees but to get the thrill of going along a 20 metre high boardwalk (actually,...

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  • The Steppes, a monumental experience

    "Oh, a sign". That was the thought that raced through my head. "Perhaps it's worth a look", I countenanced and so it was that I turned in to the Steppes Historic Site.Just off the Lake Highway, about 35 kilometres north west of Bothwell, there's a series of sculptures. They were done by a sculptor called Stephen Walker and were passed on as a gift...

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  • More than just trees

    So often in the forests of Tasmania there's so much more to see than that which is featured. Evercreech reserve was no exception. After you've finished gawking at the trees on the roundabout walk, you might wish to consider a stroll up to Evercreech Falls. They are not the world's biggest by a long shot but the stream en route is certainly pretty...

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  • The Mathinna experience

    I was looking for waterfalls, unashamedly searching the internet for them. Thus it was that I came across Mathinna, situated in an area I'd never been before, but Tassie's like that, there's all sorts of stuff just off the main roads if you're prepared to venture. To get there you have to find Fingal, west of St. Marys on the east coast. Once...

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  • Lake Pedder

    The lake’s ruffled surface bears witness to the relentless weather in these parts, the streaks and white caps testimony to the fury of the wind. Five days out of seven there is precipitation as the tumbling clouds cast their load sporadically across the panorama yet the low mountains are ever majestic with presence.In the foreground alpine flowers...

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  • Lake Pedder

    I had chanced upon the book in the library one day and flicked casually through it. Here I learned of the legacy of the Latvian born Olegas Truchanas, for it was a volume dedicated to his photography and ideals.In it I learned that he had lost all his transparencies in a bushfire and had to reshoot the scenes he treasured. Indeed, it was his...

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  • Freycinet - reality check

    Look up any tourist brochure or site and when Freycinet Peninsula is mentioned you can guarantee what you'll get is a picture of the very scenic Wineglass Bay.What every brochure I've ever read fails to mention is that there is a fairly severe hike up to twin peaks called "The Granites" (pic 2) should you wish to partake of that view and a long...

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  • Boat Harbour

    Travelling along the north coast it can be a very rewarding activity just driving in and out of the roads that lead to the coast. One of the places that you should consider is Boat Harbour. The road in, though short, is a bit steep and twisty but it's sealed. When you get there you find a lovely protected beach, ideal for children or activities...

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  • The Hazards

    The Hazards are a few lumps of standout granite hills in the Freycinet National Park Though they're often a little hazy, if you chance upon them when it's really clear you'll be able to get much better shots than I managed but we had the wonderful experience of free camping on the other side of Coles Bay and waking up the next morning and going...

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  • The BEST way to see Tassie

    Tasmania is the best state in Australia. It has many places to see which are scenic. I think the only way to see Tasmania Is driving yourself around and camping. There are many free campsites scattered around Tasmania. Many have facitlites, such as toilets and water and friewood but there are some that don't.The best way to see it is very slowly....

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  • License plate of Tasmania.

    In every state of Australia you find a 'saying' of each state on the license plate. In Tasmania it is 'your natural state'.

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  • Crazy roadsign.

    All over Tasmania you will find this crazy roadsign. It is a kangaroo who lifts car up. Really funny to see.

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  • FANTASTIC TASMANIAN TOURISM WEBSITE!

    This is possibly one of the best tourism website I have encountered. Everything at your fingertips on Tasmania!DISCOVER TASMANIA

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  • Tasmania's Lighthouses

    Tasmania gives ship captains fits when it comes to navigating its shores. Google up Shipwrecks Tasmania sometime, and I am sure you will get ample results.Obviously, when you have ships wrecking into your shores, the obvious response is to build lighthouses, and Tasmania has some beautiful ones. One that we visited was LowHead, which is located in...

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  • Tasmanian's Majestic Huon Pines

    One of the oldest confirmed trees in the world is located in Tasmania, the Huon Pine. This pine is world famous for being resistant to decay and rotting, and was a distinguishing factor for shipbuilders because of its oil content. The oil produced from these wonderful trees actually repelled sea worms which can damage wood vessels.The tree is still...

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  • Tasmanian Tannins

    Amazing water color is to be seen on your trip to Tasmania. The water color in Tasmania appears a deep rich brown color, which is primarilly caused by the high level of tannins in the water. Tannins are water soluble compounds which are formed by the decomposition of vegetation. They actually cause a yellow tint to your water, but when mixed with...

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  • Take a Great Short Walk

    With such a wonderful state to have under its supervision, the Parks and Wildlife Services of Tasmania have done an excellent job in providing time estimates on hikes, level of skill needed for each hike, and some of the different flora, fauna and landscapes you will see on each one. Sarah emailed the service and got a great little guide brochure...

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  • State Flag of Tasmania

    Extracted:..."The Tasmanian state flag was created as a colonial flag - a British Blue Ensign with the badge of the colony added to the blue field. Tasmania uses one red heraldic lion"...Ralph Kelly (http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/au-tas.html#gov)

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State of Tasmania Hotels

  • Grand Chancellor Hotel Hobart

    Grand Chancellor is very good hotel. Fortunately, we are lucky to get the rooms with view over the...

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  • Hotel Charles

    I stay at this hotel frequently and have done so now for over three years. Not once have I been let...

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  • Risby Cove

    The Esplanade, Strahan, 7468, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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