Translucent Tasmania – South-based

Part 1 ~ South-based adventures (Hobart)!

Light, luminance, clarity – this is what comes to mind when I remember Tasmania. The light, the air, everything seemed so clean and clear and vibrant. I suppose many of us are so used to living in cities and countries where we’re used to a certain amount of smog and dirt in the air, and we just don’t notice it. Until we come to a place like Tasmania, where to look at landscapes and coastlines and oceans is like looking through a crystal. It is a hugely noticeable thing 🙂

Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania

For a small island state, there really is an enormous amount of stunning scenery, and I know despite our month’s stay there, we didn’t get to see everything! But we did see and enjoy a great deal. Here’s some of the highlights for us. I’ve split this into two posts, South-based (Hobart) and North-based (Launceston), because there is JUST SO MUCH!

Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania

Shot Tower

Just south of Hobart is a tower, and as we were about to drive past, Chris remarked “oh it’s a shot tower”. So we went to investigate. I didn’t know about shot towers before this! Built in 1870, a shot tower is a tower, designed and built to certain specifications, that when molten lead is poured over a grid and dropped down the middle, it will solidify into perfect spheres, or shot, used for firearms, before falling into a large tank of water at the bottom of the tower.  I didn’t know this, and it was fascinating to visit and read about the process.  For a time, this was the ONLY shot tower in the Southern hemisphere, making the owners very wealthy.  That of course came to an abrupt halt when cartridges were invented, and the tower was no longer used.  The views from the top, accessible by climbing the original, creaking, hard wood stairs, were marvelous!

HOBART SHOT TOWER
HOBART SHOT TOWER
VIEW DOWN THE SHOT TOWER
VIEW DOWN THE SHOT TOWER
CHRIS ENJOYS THE VIEW FROM THE TOP!
CHRIS ENJOYS THE VIEW FROM THE TOP!
Beautiful Tasmania
Beautiful Tasmania

WE MADE IT!

ECHIDNA ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
ECHIDNA ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

Mount Wellington

More wonderful views from the top of Mount Wellington. It was mesmerising to watch the changes as the mist and fog drifted in and out 🙂

STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS
STUNNING MOUNT WELLINGTON VIEWS

Salamanca Market

The Saturday Salamanca Market in Hobart is always fun. Get your fresh fruit and veggies, enjoy some live music and buy lunch from a food truck, just like the locals do.

SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
SALAMANCA MARKET, HOBART
HOBART WATERFRONT
HOBART WATERFRONT
HOBART WATERFRONT
HOBART WATERFRONT
ERROL FLYNN WAS BORN HERE
ERROL FLYNN WAS BORN HERE

Eaglehawk Neck

Make the drive to Eaglehawk Neck and enjoy the incredible scenery at the Tessellated Pavement, the Blowhole, and walk on the squeaky sands at Primrose Sands, squidging around to see who can make the loudest squeaks!

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TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT, EAGLEHAWK NECK
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE
BLOW HOLE

Tasmanian Devils

A must-see! Unlikely to be seen in the wild, the Unzoo is a good place to enjoy these terrifyingly sweet creatures! Nicely designed with the animals in mind, many of the enclosures are very natural looking, with plenty of rocks and plants and hiding places. The ones that aren’t are due to be redesigned soon. Many of the birds and animals here have been injured and can’t be released into the wild. Or like the Tassie Devils, are kept in captivity to avoid the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease, that is decimating Devils in the wild, and so far has no cure.

TAWNY FROGMOUTH PRETENDS TO BE A DEAD BRANCH
TAWNY FROGMOUTH PRETENDS TO BE A DEAD BRANCH
SLEEPY DEVIL
SLEEPY DEVIL
EASTERN QUOLL
EASTERN QUOLL
ROOS RELAX AT THE UNZOO
ROOS RELAX AT THE UNZOO
FEROCIOUSLY CUTE TASSIE DEVILS!
FEROCIOUSLY CUTE TASSIE DEVILS!

We enjoyed seeing a range of incredible Australian and Tasmanian creatures: Eastern Quolls, various parrots, the lovely Tawny Frogmouth, possums, kangaroos, including one with a joey, and of course the iconic Tasmanian Devils. These look cute till feeding time, when the screams, growls and gnashing of large, sharp teeth, reveal their true nature.  An animal not to be clasped to your breast to cuddle.

Visit Port Arthur

A penal colony, built by convicts for convicts. You can’t ignore the European history in Australia, and Port Arthur is a significant part of it. It’s sobering to read some of the stories of why people were sentenced to deportation, and how they lived in this new life.  And while the officers tried to make it as much like their image of England as they could, the rank and file soldiers guarding the prisoners also had a hard time, in many instances treated not much different from the prisoners.  And because of the clean air, it all looks almost brand new, though over 200 years old.

PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR
PORT ARTHUR

Dive for Dragons

There is a scuba-diving site called Seahorse Alley, where apparently you can often find the extraordinary Weedy Sea Dragons. Sadly they didn’t come out to play when we dived there, but we enjoyed the cold water and the beautiful sponges and encrustations in the kelp forest anyway.

DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA
DIVING EAGLEHAWK NECK TASMANIA

Tasmania has so much beauty and natural scenery to offer, and I know there’s much more that we didn’t see! I do encourage you to visit. The people are very friendly, and the animals and scenery simply outstanding 🙂  Click here to check out the wonderful things we saw when we were based in the North of Tassie!

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7 thoughts on “Translucent Tasmania – South-based”

    1. so glad you enjoyed it! they’re marvellous aren’t they? 🙂 Can’t decide if I like them best as a dead tree branch, or when they open wide, and show off their frog mouths! 🙂

  1. Thank you for the amazing posts! I have never heard of a shot tower – who knew?! And the Tessellated pavements made me think of how someone might say those were the roads of Atlantis and get a myth started, they completely look man-made! These scenic photos are spectacular and much appreciated since I’ve always wanted badly to go to Tasmania. Beautiful!!

    Tawny Frogmouths are THE BEST. You’ll see them displayed in US zoos and its such a treat you got to meet one up close. Aren’t they special?! Love them. Thank you for the wonderful photos and videos!

    AND you got to see Weedy Sea Dragons?! WOWOWOW! I am so jealous and yet also super happy you posted about them. Please keep blogging and don’t let those Telco companies get you down! Thank you again!

  2. (I was so distracted by the beautiful pictures I didn’t see where you missed the Weedy Sea Dragons. I don’t know anyone who gets to see those, so don’t feel bad, that reef you visited was VERY alive and healthy and that is rare indeed! Such beautiful life down there.)

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