State of Tasmania Things to Do

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State of Tasmania Things to Do

  • Mountains.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Hobart sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington and many suburbs are situated in the foothills including South Hobart, Lenah Valley and Fern Tree. The mountain is easily accessible by car from the city centre but the road can be impassable during winter when snow is frequent. The Wellington Park reserve is a popular area for rock climbing, cycling...

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  • Museums.

    Hobart Things to Do

    For those interested in the convict past, and in addition to the very moving Port Arthur, the Hobart Penitentiary Chapel is a must visit. It was an important section of the former and much larger Old Hobart Gaol, which operated on the site from 1821 to 1963. In fact the old gaol predates Port Arthur penal colony, which commenced in 1833. Former...

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  • Salamanca Markets.

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    Hobart Things to Do

    While best known for its Saturday Markets, Salamanca Place is a great place to visit on any other day of the week. Spend time visiting the shops and galleries or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants - or just wander up the street taking in the elgance of the historical buildings. The architecture is that of the Georgian period and many of...

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  • Breweries and Confection visits.

    Hobart Things to Do

    The Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest continuously operating brewery. It was founded in 1824 in the foothills of Mt Wellingotn - the site was chosen for its pure mountain water. In 1987 the brewery chose for its logo, a picture of the extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine). There is a preserved Tasmanian Tiger on the bar in the visitor's...

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  • Parks / Gardens / National parks.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Arthur Circus, located in beautiful Battery Point, is a circular street filled with historical cottages that once housed the officers of the nearby Battery Point garrison. Battery Point was established in 1818 and Arthur Circus was developed in 1837. The cottages are in a wonderful condition, privately owned now and the gardens are stunningly...

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  • Forestier, Tasman Peninsula / Port...

    Hobart Things to Do

    To do Port Arthur justice you need to spend at least two nights there. It is not feasible as a trip from Hobart. Please follow the link to my Port Arthur page. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/154dbc/1c8c95/

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  • Richmond

    Hobart Things to Do

    OK I must confess my crimes – as well as a being a train nut I’m also a gaol (jail) nut and used to volunteer some of my time to the Old Melbourne Gaol in my home town. The Richmond Gaol first section built in 1825 is part of the ‘Convict Trail’ and pre-dates the infamous Port Arthur penal colony. The gaol was naturally enough built with convict...

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  • Suburbs.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Sandy Bay is just a mere 5 minutes drive from Hobart so it is easily accessible. It has lovely beaches lined with quaint cafes nearby and a variety of architectural buildings, old homes mixed with modern homes. It is fascinating to see many large homes, and is known as one of the city's prestigious areas. In the more southern areas of Sandy Bay,...

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  • East Coast.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Drive up the East coast highway. It is a fantastic drive as the road winds its way around the beaches for many kilometers of the coast from orford in the south to st helens in the north. Bay of fires and St helens are great places to visit! Coles bay is also a MUST see. hike up to the top of Mt Amos. It's a hard hike but the views are worth it!!!

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  • Bay of Fires, Cosy Corner

    The word “bliss” sprang readily to mind and we luxuriated in the memory as we drove off to find an overnight camp site that turned out to be at a delightful spot called Cosy Corner.Even when you’ve had a big day and you’re sitting down to relax over one of Lorraine’s gourmet meals, a cry emulates from somewhere in the motorhome, “Look at the...

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  • Not quite the end of the road

    We came back from the gardens and drove up a “No Through Road”.It was a dead end alley to be sure. There was barely enough room to turn the motorhome around, but that was for after, for now we wanted to take pictures. From the main road to the Gardens we’d spotted what appeared to be a promising headland and that is what led us here.We alighted and...

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  • Bay of Fires

    I’d been to Binalong Bay, the southern end, a few times over the years before I explored the road from Gladstone to Ansons Bay and spent the night at Policemans Point, the northern extreme of the Bay of Fires. It wasn’t until two trips later that I finally drove up The Gardens Road with Lorraine and sampled so much more.The narrow, but sealed, road...

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  • A Sea Horse Farm, really?

    It will only take about an hour of your time.You enter via "The Cave of the Seahorses" a first class aquarium showcasing seahorses, leafy seadragons, the unusual pipefish, fresh water lobsters, a Tasmanian endangered species tank and a "touch pool". A working seahorse farm compliments the aquarium, allowing visitors to experience the lifecycle of...

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  • Port Arthur

    We also did a day trip to the historic site of Port Arthur. The penal colony here started in around 1833 when Governor Arthur chose the Tasman Peninsula as an ideal place to incarcerate prisoners. The prisoners placed here were those who had committed the most serious crimes. The prison put into practice the theories of Jeremy Bentham. He believed...

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  • The Freycinet Peninsula.

    While in Hobart we did a very enjoyable daytrip to Freycinet, Wineglass Bay, Coles BBay.Freycinet National Park is a very scenic area with mountains, sheltered bays and sandy beaches. You can spend your time here fishing, boating, walking, swimming or just enjoying the scenery. Freycinet is located about two and 1/2 hours drive from Hobart and...

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  • Tasman Bridge

    The Tasman Bridge crosses the Derwent River, connecting Hobart's CBD to Hobart's eastern shore. The bridge is 1,395 metres long. It has a pedestrian footway on each side. The bridge was officially opened in 1965. On Sunday 5 January 1975 the Tasman Bridge was suddenly hit by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra. This collision caused two pylons and...

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  • Cascade Brewery, Hobart.

    We took a walk up to the Cascade brewery. It is located in a very attractive old building and has lovely grounds. We did not do the tour, but we did visit the shop, sample the products in the cafe and stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens. Apparently this is Australia's oldest brewery.

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  • Battery Point

    This is one of the oldest residential areas of Hobart. An area where some of the first settlers here lived. It is connected to Salamanca Harbour by Kelly’s Steps, which were constructed back in the 1830′s out of massive sandstone blocks.

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  • Salamanca Market.

    This colourful market is held near the harbour every Saturday. If you are there at the right time, check it out. We bought some scented wood wind chimes and a pretty wooden candlestick here.

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  • Hobart Harbour.

    We travelled by bus from Launceston to Hobart through some very pretty scenery.Hobart is the capital of Tasmania. It is a very pleasant town. We particularly liked the harbour which was filled with many boats. We booked a sail on an old sailing ship from here on one of our days. The harbour also had several little shops selling fish and chips....

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  • Wombat Hill, Cradle Mountain.

    OK, this probably is not the real name of the hill, but it is what our guide called it and it was covered in wombats. I had never seen a wombat before, not even in a zoo. They are kind of cute and bear like. They are very placid; they just eat and ignore you.The strange thing was when we were at the tourist information centre later on, we heard...

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  • Cradle Mountain

    We booked a car and driver to go to Cradle Mountain. The best way to see Tasmania really is to hire a car. If you don't drive, you need tours or to hire cars with drivers. There is public transport (we used it to get from Launceston to Hobart), but it is limited.We got to Cradle Mountain via Devonport and stopped to see its pretty beach. We passed...

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  • Penny Royal World and Gun Powder Mill,...

    Andrew Gatenby, an early pioneer, arrived in Van Dieman's land in 1823. He and his family built a mill. Over the years the mill fell into disrepair, but instead of demolishing it, they dismantled it and reassembled it in an old quarry in the centre of Launceston. The old mill is now a kind of 'theme park' where you can go for a ride on a barge on...

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  • The Cataract Gorge, Launceston

    This beautiful gorge is just outside Launceston. You can do boat trips along its river, but we just explored on foot. I would have loved to have had more time here as there were lots of trails and the scenery was superb. We saw wild kangaroos, a wallaby, peacocks. There is a restaurant at the gorge, a high narrow bridge and a chair lift.

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  • Penguin

    Penguin by name, penguin by nature.....just had to get that line in. Population 3,000 people and 5,000 penguins. This cute little town that the highway once went through is still there but more relaxed.Some nice beaches, though more for strolling than getting wet, a little bit of history and the garden.Yes, that garden. There's a railway line that...

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  • Walk the rocks at Bicheno

    The colourful rocks along the Bicheno foreshore are really interesting.You can walk to the blow hole and look out across Waub's Bay or check out the small township of Bicheno.I found the sea air to be bracing and needed to rug up warmly.You will need to have strong walking shoes to navigate the rocks,they can be very slippery so extra care is...

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  • Penquins on a budget

    Most tourists believe you need to go on a tour to see the penguins in Tasmania,well all you really need to do is head down to the known beach areas and you can see these beautiful little penguins (fairy penguins) come ashore just before dark and head up to their rookeries.Anyone can do this most evenings but some areas are private and protected by...

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  • Larooma Park

    From my email at the time - "I okayed nearby Hawley Beach on my GPS and reached there in half an hour, having driven through some of Tasmania’s prettiest farmland en route.After lunch I opted for a walk in Larooma Park, a thin slip of seaside land run by the National Parks and named after an adjacent historic 19th century property whose house and...

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  • Cradle Mountain II

    This is about half way during the two hour walk. Wherever you are around Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain looms.For more pictures and stories on this area, refer to my "Off The Beaten Path" pages where I did the extended walk to Crater Lake.

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  • Liffey Falls revisited

    I wrote this after my second visit to Liffey, and a lot had changed, notably the ease of access.No matter where you are in Tasmania, there's a waterfall nearby somewhere and Deloraine, where I started this short trip, has its share.Liffey Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in Tasmania, are situated 29 km from town and a brief 20-25 min walk...

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  • Princes Square Launceston

    Set aside as a park in 1826 but not developed as a park until the late 1850s. It features lots of trees dating back to the 1800s, some planted by members of the Royal family, yet still retains its original layout.Prince's Square was originally a brickfield and a venue of past military drills and rowdy political meetings. Now it is a historic park...

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  • Revenge at Montezuma

    Finally wound my way to Montezuma Falls carpark. I’d been there before but didn’t get to do the walk so I was really keen this time. As for the weather, most would have assessed it as perfect, but in reality I wanted it totally overcast for rainforest photography. Too much contrast makes it so hard; still, I hope you enjoy some of the images.It’s a...

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  • Cataract Gorge revisited

    Cataract Gorge Reserve, or ""The Gorge"" as the locals call it, is a unique natural formation within a two-minute drive of central Launceston, albeit over a steep hill.In 15 minutes you can walk from the city centre along the banks of the Tamar River into Cataract Gorge.From here there's a pathway along the cliff face, originally built in the...

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  • Marion Lookout

    I retreated to the main trail and started the climb to Marion Lookout. It was steep, or so I thought, then I got to the chains and the snow depth markers and I found out what “steep” really meant. After more than one pause Cradle Mountain finally peeped over the crest and I was there at this lookout I’d so wanted to get to. While the view wasn’t...

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  • Crater Lake

    Lake Lilla delivered, then I climbed to Wombat Pool and it too was magical then I climbed further, over Wombat Peak and down to the boatshed at Crater Lake. The whole time I descended I was in awe; here was a lake to rival any in Australia for stunning scenery on a grand scale, right up there with Lake Judd, Lake Pedder and Dove Lake. The presence...

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  • Early morning - Cradle Mountain

    I had stopped 10 kms from the park along with, as it later turned out, a German photographer who was based in Melbourne. But it was well dark when I arrived and still dark when I left; I suspect it was the German leaving that had woken me because, when I arrived by Dove Lake his vehicle was there along with a couple of others.Dawn was approaching...

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  • The bark mill

    At Swansea, on the eastern side of Tasmania, there is a museum that will always be in my top ten of things you should see whilst on the Apple Isle.Though the name may not sound attractive it is, in fact, fascinating and has the most amazing one-off machine designed to strip the bark off the wattle trees. It's the most Heath Robinson-esque piece of...

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  • Mnt Wellington Pinnacle

    Best if you go up Mnt Wellington in the summer months if you really want to see the fantastic views over Hobart and areas. I have been up to the peak quite a few times and it is amazing how quickly the weather can change from warm to bitterly cold and the thick fog sets in.Whatever you do layer your clothes because even in summer the wind has a...

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  • Heritage working farm

    If you like heritage properties then Bickendon Estate at Longford,Tasmania is a great place to visit and see how this convict built 420 hectare farm started in the 1820's and is still in good condition.The convict assignment system is of national significance and is a national heritage working farming property.The male convicts built and farmed...

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  • Go wild on tassies west coast

    The west coast of Tasmania is a wilderness that is protected as much as it can be in this modern age--I was disappointed to see a cat travelling up the track near Hells Gate and someone's rubbish thrown down and left there. Tourism is a wonderful thing and I hope that visitors respect this amazing wilderness.The sand dunes are amazing,Hells Gate...

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  • Port Arthur

    The Port Arthur penal settlement started in 1830 as timber camp but soon became important in the penal system. In the first years the bush was cleared and ship building, smithing, brick making and other trades were established. In the 1840's, with a convict population of over 1100 a huge flour mill was built. This later became the penitentiary. A...

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  • Isle of the Dead

    The Isle of the Dead, originally called Opossum Island, was chosen for the graveyard of Port Arthur by the Rev. John Manton in 1833. Of the 100 people buried there most were convicts. Convicts were forbidden headstones and were buried in the lower southeast part of the island. Officials, soldiers and their families were given the dignity of a...

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  • Lake St Clair

    Lake St Clair is situated at the southern end of the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain which is about 85 kms over 6 days. Catch the boat to Echo Pt at 9am, takes about 20 minutes and walk back to the Tourist Centre/camping area in about 3hrs. It is a very varied path, sometimes close to the water, sometimes not. Lots of tree roots, moss and a...

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  • Cradle Mountain

    We stayed in the campsite at the entrance to the National Park, a delightful area with possums and wombats wandering round at dusk. There is an excellent minibus service (included in your National Parks fee) up to Dove Lake with intermediary stops, lots of well marked walks and incredible scenery.

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  • Tahune Air Walk

    The Tahune Forest Air Walk is 600kms of steel grid pathway suspended about 20m off the forest floor so you get a bird's eye view of the forest, river and surrounds. Part of it is a cantilever extending over a river. Cost is $14. You can also do one of several short walks in the area including swing bridges. Thre is also rafting and a flying fox...

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