The Finest Heritage Village – Ross

The Heritage Highway stretches from Hobart to Launceston with the most significant places being Kempton, Oatlands and Ross. Filled with sandstone Georgian architecture, Ross sits on the banks of the Macquarie River, 69 miles north of Hobart and 48 miles south of Launceston as inscribed into the Ross Bridge in Roman numerals. Ross was officially…

Convicts of Van Diemen’s Land – The Convict King

Jorgen Jorgenson “The Convict King” Jorgen Jorgenson (Jorgensen) was born the son of a Danish watchmaker in 1780 and proceeded to live an adventurous life. He was an adventurer, explorer, king, spy, convict, constable and writer. Among other things. Jorgenson developed a habit of finding himself in places at significant times.  He joined the Danish…

Easy to access waterfalls around Hobart

Are you looking for waterfalls that are easy to access, that are not too far or too difficult to get to and picturesque enough to make it worth your while? As a novice photographer I have always thought that waterfalls are an appealing subject. There is often a short adventure to get to the location…

Convicts of Van Diemen’s Land – Mary

Mary McLauchlan “First Woman Executed in Hobart Town” Mary McLauchlan arrived in Hobart Town on 14 January 1829 and was sent to the Female Factory. She was onboard the first ship of women sent to the Female Factory in Hobart. Mary had been found guilty of theft in Glasgow and sentenced to 14 years transportation.…

Convicts of Van Diemen’s Land

The gaols in Britain were over crowded. Transportation to the new colony was the sentence of choice for the magistrates. For convicts sent to the end of the world their punishment was seen as a death sentence. The life of a convict was certainly tough in early days of penal settlement of Van Diemen’s Land.…

Time Travel on the Heritage Highway – Kempton

The Heritage Highway stretches from Hobart to Launceston, but the coolest and most significant places in Tasmania’s history are Kempton, Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town. The Heritage Highway is essentially The Midlands Highway but with some scenic side stops. The Heritage Highway was originally built by convict labour. Taking the Road to Kempton I hopped…

Seek Adventure in Tassie’s Playground

Goodness, gracious, golly-gee, that escalated quickly! How are you going? I hope you, your friends and family are healthy and safe from COVID-19 implications as best as you can be given your location. I’ve been unproductive and absent from writing and exploring Tasmania for a few reasons, namely COVID-19 and the lockdown. I’ve kept busy…

Escape to Bruny

Bruny Island is a small island off the south east coast of the big Tassie island. Bruny has a bit of “Californication” about it. I’ll call it “Brunyfication”, that’ll do. It has its own state of mind. The troubles of the real world fade into obscurity while I am are there. Time to get my Bruny…