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…

7 Ways to Begin Living Adventurously

G’day Escapees, how YOU doin’? Can I call you “Escapees”? It’s a bit wanky, but can you dig it? Welcome to 2020 and summer time in Tasmania. It would be amiss not to mention the devasting bushfires burning in Australia at the moment. The scary thing is it’s only early January. The real height of…