Author: Bruce

Tasmania

George Town and Beaconsfield

George Town sits on the east bank of the Tamar River near its mouth on the north coast of Tasmania. It was a short drive for us today to explore this area and its history. The town is now a modern administrative centre but historically it was an important place – the third oldest British […]

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A Change of Plan

Our day started with some excitement. We were awoken by thunder and lightening at around 5.00 am. Rolling thunder continued until we were packed up and ready to leave St Helens at around 9.30 am. It wasn’t raining when we left but, wow, did that change! Our plan for the day was to drive west […]

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Travellng Further North up Tasmania’s East Coast

We had a very pleasant time in Swansea and left yesterday morning to drive the short distance north to St Helens. The road passed the northern end of Great Oyster Bay. At one point there was a lookout over the bay but it was a bit confusing as it was located in the grounds of […]

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Starting Along the East Coast of Tasmania

Before leaving our overnight stop at Eaglehawk Neck, we did one last piece of exploration. The small sandbar connecting the Tasman Peninsula is only 30 metres wide and was protected by a pack of dogs stationed in a line who would bark and alert the guards to any movement, thus preventing anyone from crossing the […]

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Exploring the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is very scenic and home to the famous 1830s Port Arthur Penal Settlement. It was our destination for Saturday night. We made a detour on the way to the historic town of Richmond. Because it is so close to Hobart it is the most popular of all the historic towns in Tasmania. […]

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Exploring Old Hobart

It was a beautiful sunny day today with a temperature of 25C – perfect for walking around some of Hobart’s historic areas. Close to the CBD is the tiny suburb of Battery Point. I don’t think that any other Australian city has an historic area to equal Battery Point. It is a very elegant ‘suburb’ […]

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Bruny Island

Last evening, we had a wonderful catch up with our friends Ris and Steve when we joined them for at their house for dinner. They are a remarkable couple – each being very succesful in their own field. Steve is the most senior surgeon in Tasmania while Ris is Australia’s most prolific romance writer. We […]

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Hobart

We left Ratho Farm in Bothwell yesterday morning to travel to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. It was a nice day but the weather forecast was for variable weather with perhaps some rain. We planned to vist Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park on then way. We first took a back road to […]

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Bothwell – Part Two

Seeing that we are in Bothwell for two nights (and we don’t have a long distamnce to drive today) we took advantage of the time to sleep in and a slow start. We didn’t leave Ratho Farm until after 1030 am. Our local exploration first took us to The Steppes about 20 minutes north of […]

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Bothwell – Part One

Leaving Strahan yesterday, we drove through dense forest until we reached Queenstown. For 57 kilometres, the road was very curvy with hardly a straight section at all F From Queenstown, the scenery changed dramatically. The (almost) bare hills are not quite the ‘moonscape’ that they once were, but they are still quite dramatic. The evidence […]

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Macquarie Harbour

An darly start for the day had us down at Strahan Wharf for a boat cruise around Macqquarie Harbour and the Gordon River. Macquarie Harbour is a shallow glacier created fjord. It is much larger than Sydney Harbour and approximately 315 square kilometres in area with an average depth of 15 metres. In some places […]

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Queenstown and Strahan

We had a quick look at Zeehan before leaving for Queenstown this morning. Zeehan is a classic “mining boom” town. Down the main street it has a run of half a dozen buildings which show its past mining affluence. Sadly the former grandeur of the town has now been been diluted with new buildings and […]

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