State of Tasmania Off The Beaten Path

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State of Tasmania Off The Beaten Path

  • Suburbs.

    Hobart Off The Beaten Path

    A great trip out of town is to visit Seven Mile Beach. If you're brave enough you can go for a swim is the cold water, if you like walking -there's a trail to Lauderdale (about 10km) from where you can take the bus back to Hobart. Buses: Routes 191 192 291 292 293 X13 X14 X15 X16

  • Dead Island

    Isle of the Dead, an appropriate name for such a forbidding place. It stopped being used in 1856 apparently. Headstones that remain indicate the cause of death and these include brain inflammation, jaundice, pneumonia, suicide, palsy (especially the young), drowning and alcohol poisoning. It's only 80 metres offshore and you could walk there (if...

  • Russell Falls

    After you've seen the falls, if you're young, young at heart or just love the bush (I think I qualify for the last two) then this is a most rewarding place to explore. The trails alternatively zig-zagging around the stream or zig-zagging up the hill are bountiful in their pleasures.Temperate rain forest is what you can expect and it is simply...

  • Lovers Falls

    This enticingly named area is only reachable by boat, ideally a kayak such as you can hire from the store at Corinna, as we did though I had a blow up one in my motorhome. Cost in 2013 was $40 for half a day which is plenty of time to reach the falls and get back or, as we did, leave the kayak or canoe at Savage River wharf where a launch will pick...

  • Sykes Forest Reserve

    There is a wooden sculpture of a man called Sykes in Railton and, on a tiny sign the other side of the road it points to Sykes Reserve. I’d not heard of this place so I thought I’d have a look.Turns out it was only half a kilometre down the road so I pulled up at the lone parking spot and went through the opening in the fence to this sanctuary....

  • Stoodley Forest walk

    If you want to find this place, first go to Railton and get instructions from there. It's just a couple of kilometres west but not entirely easy to see the notice.When you do and take the turnoff, be sure to stop at the first carpark and not continue on as you'll only have to walk back up anyway.The walk itself is quite interesting and its full...

  • Trial Harbour continued

    All too soon we were back out in the weather, throwing ourselves willingly into the motorhome to escape the misery of the wind.We drove to the indicated free camping area, a lonely track north of the village with, amazingly, one of the cleanest and best toilets we’d come across and the sign that said, “If you haven’t eaten it, don’t throw it down...

  • Trial Harbour

    IF YOU HAVEN’T EATEN IT, DON’T PUT IT DOWN THE TUBEAs we crested the final hill our brains went into overdrive. The south west really does put the “wild” into wilderness. Even from our vantage point several kilometres away the raging surf could be heard and seen. Driven by the strong onshore winds there was white water everywhere, while, where we...

  • Stitt's Falls at last

    After recuperation from Montezuma Falls (see other tips) I thought I’d duck down and see Stitt Falls; after all they’re right below the Lions carpark, you can hear them roaring......or so I thought.I only had my sandals on and what I thought would be an easy 100 metres was turning into a nightmare as I plunged on through the narrow boggy trail...

  • Frenchs Road Conservation Area

    On the way I called in at the Wynyard tourist information centre and an officer gave me a free (normally $7) guided tour of their excellent motor museum before I headed out with all the directions and information he’d given me.Of course, there was one small problem at Frenchs Nature Reserve, “No Unauthorised Entry, Track Closed” said the sign....

  • The Hartz Peak experience, Ladies Tarn

    After about an hour you come to Ladies Tarn, whose background of a towering rock wall you cannot fail to be impressed by. The closer you get the more it wraps itself around your vision until you crest a small rise and the lake unfolds before you.It has those three things going for it that make it truly wonderful - location, location, location. Then...

  • The Big Stump

    It was a chance encounter. I was on my way to Hartz Peak, having turned off the main Tahune State Forest road. Less than 2 kilometres in I noticed a sign indicating "Big Stump" but I had another agenda. Still, I noted it and returned two days later.There are no carparks here, you simply pull on the side of the road.I'd only gone 50 metres and there...

  • Marriott Falls

    Unlike the much-photographed and very touristy Russell Falls, these are seldom visited and you will likely get the place to yourself. So, if you're a nature lover, Marriot Falls could be a place you'd like to venture.The walk in takes about 30-40 minutes but passes through some paddocks and nice bush scenery before you reach the falls. In fact, the...

  • Fungi

    One thing you'll see a lot of if you walk trails in Tasmania is fungi. They come in colours ranging from white to dark brown to yellow to red and some are even green.It's usually growing on dead trees just beside the track and, if you keep you eyes open and your camera handy, you too can get pictures like this, shot on the way to a lookout not far...

  • Lyrebird Walk - Mount Field National...

    Of every 100 visitors that visit the park, probably a lot less than 2% would visit this little gem. Tourists tend to all visit Russell Falls, some venture further up that trail to the next two falls, some drive to the ski huts carpark and walk around Lake Dobson or climb Mount Field. En route however, there are a couple of other marked walks that...

  • The beaches

    Tempting as they are, Tasmania's east coast beaches can be a bit daunting when it comes to actually putting your foot in it.We're talking cold here. In winter, very bloody cold! That is, unless a warm current sneaks in somewhere.Let this not detract however from their beauty and the possibility of squeaking the sand between your toes and feeling...

  • Waterfall Bluff

    What a great walk. Rated three hours around to Camp Falls, Shower Falls and Waterfall Bluff along the dramatic sheer sandstone cliffs, laden with ancient fossils, that line Waterfall Bay. You actually get to walk underneath one waterfall (Shower Falls). If you like hiking it doesn't get much better than this. I put it in my top ten Australian short...

  • The Hartz Peak experience, part two

    The next day I was a little tardy. The weather forecast wasn't that flash and, when I finally arrived at the carpark again, little had changed from the previous day. I deemed it unwise to try that day and returned to do Tahune instead.The third day I awoke a little late and missed a great sunrise but packed and got the motorhome up there as soon as...

  • The Hartz Peak experience, starting the...

    Soon after Ladies Tarn the trail heads in a distinctly upwards direction. The rocks have either been arranged or worn into notches so you can find your footing relatively easily in most places though there are a couple of tricky spots where you'll find yourself stretching.After about 20 minutes you crest the rise and reach the sign (pic 3) though...

  • Zig zag Track

    Yet another of the Tahune's neglected walks. It's strange to reflect that they were all once features until the air walk came along and then - stop.Everyone drives straight past. How sad. Still, I get to enjoy them without anyone else to disturb the bush.This track is basically a short cut of a large turn in the main road. Where it zig-zags down...

  • Keogh's Creek Walk

    Keogh's Creek, yet another of the less popular walks in the Tahune State Forest, has been left as you see it today because, sometime in the 1950's, this area was indiscriminately logged. Later, as people became more aware, some of these places were put aside as reserves.Because a stream runs right through this area a 20 metre reserve either side...

  • When to go bush.

    I'd go for spring, there are bushfires in the summer that can be quite severe. They aren't everywhere but two years ago they came up to the outskirts of Hobart (again) and from what I saw they were enough to convert me to beachcombing. The other seasons are variable, very european and distinct. Meanwhile, the wild interior is worth the effort as is...

  • Fluted Cape Walk

    When you've done your thing on Bruny Island Charters you might like to get up close and personal with the cliffs from the top.I should preface my remarks by saying that this isn't a walk for the non-fit as there's an ascent of 250 metres and the track is a little rough in places.You start from Adventure Bay (pic 2) and head north east along the...

  • Life on the Fluted Cape

    By the time I'd reached the top I'd come across a few people who complained about the walk. This number escalated as I continued along the cliff top.What they were whingeing about was the fact that it was slippery and had few steps, unlike the way I'd ascended which turned out to be a lot easier and, going down the correct way is a whole lot easier...

  • Cape Raoul

    Of all the people who venture to the Tasman Peninsula few ever make their way here. This is evidenced by the paucity of cap parking spaces (room for about four) at the end of the road.To get there you take the B37 route from Port Arthur. Drive 8kms west then turn left at the sign to Highcroft and Stormlea or, if you come through Nubeena, it's about...

  • Cape Raoul

    This 5 hour round trip is one that is flat for a lot of the time but there is one hill that you must climb over about 10 minutes into the walk. You might want to have a rest (pic 2) at some stage but, 45 minutes in you come to the first of many spectacular views on this trek.Unfortunately, after this you head inland and over the top of the hill...

  • Climbing still

    For half an hour I grabbed and stumbled my way up the slope, during which there was a not-too-reassuring memorial to someone who had died there after a fall.When I reached the top I admired the splendid view from above, especially back over Lake Pedder. Unfortunately, it was still hazy and not good for photography.Looking the other way I saw a...

  • A judd-ering experience

    The walk over was through gorgeous alpine vegetation with an abundance of colours. Here and there the occasional small tarn added to spectacle.At the top I decided that if I went a short way over I might get some shots looking in the opposite direction.I neared the edge and, in about 6 paces, my world changed. With each of the last six steps my...

  • I have been to the mountain, but which...

    After arriving and viewing Lake Pedder I was sure nothing would top the experience though I'd heard the Mt. Anne walk was a bit special. I also remembered it was five hours. I could handle that.The weather, for a change, was quite good though there was still a haze around when I packed my bag and set out.It runs out that Mount Anne is the highest...

  • Lake Belcher walk

    This is a tough walk. I originally set out just to do the first part to the Alpine Mosaic, just five minutes up the trail but, thinking it was two hours return I decided to set out for Lake Belcher.Unfortunately, it is two hours one way and all I had left was three hours.Still, I pushed on past the mosaic and headed out across the swamp, where...

  • The Pandani walk

    There's a walk up towards the top of Mount Field, at least it's the end of the road as far as vehicles are concerned.Immediately before the carpark is a tarn called Lake Dobson with a trail around it that you can do comfortably in less than half an hour.It affords nice views and photographic opportunities as you stroll around but the one...

  • The Hartz Peak experience

    Hartz Peak. I was almost mesmerised by the thought that I might be able to climb it. It was one of those places that I dreamt about but deemed out of my ability. When I found out it was only a 4 1/2 hour return walk I couldn't get up there fast enough.......well, to the carpark anyway. It was there that I was reminded of Tasmania's fickle weather...

  • Horseshoe Falls

    I wonder how many "Horseshoe Falls" there are in the world? I've certainly seen a few and here is another to add to your collection.Once you've admired Russell Falls there's a track off to the right that takes you uphill. It ultimately goes to Lady Barron Falls but, en route you get close to the upper part of Russell Falls and then, but a few...

  • The Hartz Peak experience, making the...

    Once up on the saddle it's a straightforward ever-increasing-in-grade ascent till you reach the top though it's never too bad. Having said that, the unsure of foot would be advised not to go this far as it is a demanding walk.The views on the way and at the top are very rewarding and many peaks in the south west wilderness become apparent on a...

  • Jump In Tours - off the beaten track

    If like us, you want to see Tasmania, but are unable to drive then Jump In Tours is the answer. We spent about a week before flying, trying to find out ways of traveling around Tasmania by bus and failed. The east coast is relatively easy to travel around with regular local and intercity bus routes, but the rugged and beautiful west coast is...

  • The Big Trees Walk

    Within Tasmania's most popular rainforest and mixed forest national park there are several walks. Some of these are immensely popular, some are seldom visited.In Mount Field National Park there is a walk called the Big Tree Walk. Though there are other trees larger in Tasmania it is on this walk that some things are explained that you may not learn...

  • Mount William national park

    This park is located at the northeastern section of Tasmania, and requires driving approximately 20km in dirt roads (2WD passable at summer). The park has basic camping facilities, but offers a pristine beach (the beach at sun-rise is unbeatable - see picture). Many wildlife can be seen, dusk 'till dawn - possoms, and the Forester Kangaroo (a...

  • On your wine tour, turn out at Brady's...

    If you are headed to the Tamar Valley for a little wine tasting or maybe headed up to Beaconsfield to learn more about Gold Mining, I would recommend turning out at Brady's Lookout. It offers a great view of the Tamar River and the Valley that surrounds the river. It is named after the infamous Tassie convict/bushman Matthew Brady, who is notorious...

  • Enjoy Tasmania's "Great" Lakes

    Because of the very distinguished landscape of Tasmania, it lends itself to hundreds of beautiful mountains and hills overlooking some of the most beautiful lakes and streams you will see in the world. The most impressive portion of the Tasmanian lake systems are located in the middle of the state, and they have actually created a touring route for...

  • Stretch your legs in Campbell Town

    A little past halfway on your journey from Hobart to Launceston, you will come across the town of Campbell Town, which is a sleepy little community. It is the home to several historic buildings and events, but I really only stopped in long enough to stretch my legs. The middle of the town holds a nice little park, which has some great information...

  • Beaconsfield Gold Grubb Shaft Museum

    Prior to this trip, I had never been to a mine museum before, so I was not sure what to expect. I enjoy history, and thought if nothing else, I would definitely learn a little more about Australia in the 1800's. I was pleasantly surprised at how well designed and educational this museum was layed out.The museum is built on one of the former...

  • Off Sheffield: Lactos Cheese Factory

    My group took a day-tour via Tiger Wilderness Tours from Launceston to the northwest corner of Tasmania. We hit the factory just after leaving Sheffield.At the Lactos Cheese Tasting and Sales Centre you can sample all the cheeses you have ever wondered about, plus revisit old favourites such as Tasmanian Heritage Brie or St.Clare Swiss made by...

  • Lake St. Clair

    This is one end of The Overland Track, the other is Cradle Mountain. If you stay at Lake St. Clair you can catch the ferry part way or all the way to the other end of the lake and walk back.To be frank, you'd want to be pretty fit to go the whole way.We got dropped off at Echo Point, which is about half way, and walked back what is supposed to be a...

  • Bushman's Barometer

    We had a very interesting afternoon at Bushmill's Settlement and we came across this chart about observation of rocks. It's really funny and i thought i should share it with you. =)

  • Jams & Jams & Jams

    No, i'm not talking abt traffic jams....i'm talking about wholesome and delicous berries jam. =)Jams are a pretty big thing in tassie, from Sorell Jams to Kate's Berry Farm & to Dora Jams, it's everywhere.So you happen to be at a berry farm, besides stuffing yrself crazy with ice cream or before you get drunk on that berry wine, remember to try...


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