April 16th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by David Farrar



This is one of the views from the top of The Nut in Stanley. We only popped in there to grab a bite on the way to Smithton, but were very glad we did. They have a chairlift up to the top of The Nut, which is basically a flat mountain. You can then do a two km loop around the top, getting great views in every direction.


A very tranquil area.


Can just see some of Stanley below. It is a small 500 population tourist town – a few souvenir shops and cafes.


The lobster at the Stanley Hotel attracted us in. Very reasonably priced, and very nice for lunch.


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Cataract Gorge

April 15th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar


A must visit if if the north of Tasmania is Cataract Gorge at Launceston.

It was created around 1899 as a Victorian garden. There are two cafes, a like, outdoor swimming pool, large grass area, and lots of trails and lookouts.

Also a chairlift to take you from one side to the other.


A view from the far side at the top of the Inclinator.


There’s around 20 peacocks all around the main cafe. They literally walk around the tables, hoping for food.


And in one of the playgrounds, you can see wallabies.

They have walks ranging from 5 minutes to 90 minutes to various dams and bridges. Liked it so much, we went there twice.


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Mole Creek Caves

April 14th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

If you’re in Tasmania, the Mole Creek Caves are worth checking out. There are three different caves you can tour – we did two of them.

The Underground Rivers cave has a huge amount of stalagmites (might reach the roof) and stalactites (hangs tight off the roof).  Some narrow passages as you head in and down.

The Great Cathedral cave has you climb over 60 metres to a huge cavern known as the Great Cathedral.  More colours in this one.

They both have the same entrance, with a large amount of glow worms.








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Trowunna Wildlife Park

April 13th, 2015 at 4:05 pm by David Farrar


Popped into Trowunna Wildlife Park last week. It’s near Mole Creek, up in the North Western area of Tasmania, where we were mainly staying.

A cute Tasmanian Devil having a laze.


Not so cute when they are feeding!


A quoll, sort of a cousin of the devil.


A determined bird.


These are Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles. They’re huge. They can kill prey several times their own weight.


Sorry, we had no food for him!


Or for him!


The kangaroos and wallabies are in the main park area, and you can pat them.



An Echidna. A type of an eater.


Quite a few birds there.


A wombat.

It’s a fairly small compact park, but as you can see a reasonable variety of species native to Tasmania. Well worth a visit.


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Port Arthur and Tasman

April 8th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar


Spending a few days in Tasmania visiting some of my GF’s family, who have moved here. We had a couple of days in Hobart so decided to drive south to the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur.

This beach is where the dogline was at Eaglehawk Neck – the only connection to the mainland and 30 metres wide. They had 13 vicious dogs here who would catch escaped prisoners.


A blowhole at the Tasman Peninsula.


Some great formations made over the centuries by the elements.


And great views of the peninsula.


Then we got to Port Arthur, where you go out by boat, giving you this view of the old prison.


Many will remember the mass shooting by Martin Bryant in 1996. He killed 35 and wounded 25 more. He may be insane but he picked his area well, in that there would be very few places in Australia with so many people in one place, yet scores of miles from the Police.


It is a beautiful and now tranquil area, despite its history.

Thousands of prisoners were kept here, ranging from actual criminals, to political prisoners to paupers to the insane.


Today there are no prisoners, but lots of birds.


A lovely view from up at the Commandant’s House.


It takes around three to four hours to get around all the buildings, grounds and houses.


The prison areas are just part of what is there. They have many old houses from the convict and post-convict eras where the doctor or priest etc would live.


Remains of an old church.


The Gardens.


And the fountain at the centre of the gardens.


Tryout out the shackles for size.


And driving home, I loved these road signs of the Tasmanian Devils. And you do actually see a few at night.


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Marriage in Tasmania

September 28th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ reports:

Same-sex marriage advocates in Australia say the fight is far from over after Tasmania’s go-it-alone bill failed in the state’s upper house.

Tasmania’s 15-member Legislative Council voted down the bill 8-6 on Thursday night.

In August, it had become the first such bill to be passed in an Australian lower house.  

This must make Tasmania a bit special as the only state where brothers and sisters can marry each other, but not same sex couples!

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