We were lucky enough to have perfect weather for our wander around Tasmania in March. Here is a small selection of some of our favourite spots. A side-trip to a visit to Port Arthur provides the opportunity to clamber along the wonderful tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck.
minutes drive of Hobart, Mt Wellington is a real
surprise. It rises to around 4,000 feet. The panoramic views (when not blocked by clouds!) are
Arthur, on the Tasman Peninsula, is one of Australia's most significant heritage
areas. It is difficult to fully appreciate that this
glorious little settlement was once a harsh and brutal gaol.
|Mt Wellington, Tasmania|
|Low Head Pilot Station|
At the heritage listed convict site of Woolmer’s Estate near Longford we found the National Rose Garden and grounds showed the stress of unusually dry and hot conditions.
|Joseph Lyons' house|
|The Nut, Stanley|
There was no wimping out for we baby boomers.TOH and I slogged up the pathway that has a 1 in 4 gradient. The reward was stunning views and the luxury of having The Nut completely to ourselves.
|Bypassing the easy chairlift option|
|Mt Lyell No 1|
|Reflections on the Gordon River|
A Macquarie Harbour cruise, departing from Strahan and travelling through Hell's Gates before heading up the stunning Gordon River, is not to be missed.
From Strahan, it is easy to explore one of Tasmania's most magnificent beaches, Ocean Beach, which runs for about 36 km and has the Great Southern Ocean on one side and the wilderness on the other.
|Ocean Beach, Tasmania|
|Ouse Rose Garden|
|Hobart across the Derwent River, viewed from Bellerive|
Our ciruit around Tasmania ended with a walk along the boardwalk at Bellerive, in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who visited Tasmania in 1836.