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Do you have a fear of adventure? In my previous post, I raised a couple of perceived barriers we face in adding adventure to our lives: Time and money. We may wish we had more of both! However, there is another barrier. Our fears. Our fears are personal and they are not always rational. Most fear is misplaced or artificial. Except my fear of buzzing flying insects. That is real! Perhaps there are some fears we may not wish to confront. Overcoming Your Fear To overcome a fear, it is often said the best way is to confront the fear.…

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Tarn shelf adventure

Going outdoors for an adventure, no matter how small, is not always achievable for many people. We are the fortunate one’s. We can choose to. You like the idea of living adventurously but you seem to face an invisible barrier, a force field, stopping you from opening that door and taking a big step into the great outdoors.  Going back to my previous post, walking out the door to find adventure is not easy. It should be easy, but why isn’t it? I know of two barriers everybody faces in the 21st century: Time and money. We exist in an overly busy…

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Mt Wellington Escape Valve

I’m feeling shy right now. Like at my Grade 7 school social dance level shy. Okay, so I’ve kind of been on an enforced hiatus. My health, namely asthma, has been messing with me and as a result I have been quite restricted these past few months. No outdoorsy action = no blog content. The Great Outdoors I’ve finally got to a point where I am feeling confident enough in myself to take on outdoor activities. It feels fan-bloody-tastic! With renewed confidence I feel i can write again too. Double win. My health and my outdoor activities are still a…

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Ross sandstone sign

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 established in 1821 but only began real expansion in the 1830’s through land grants to free settlers decided from Hobart Town. In todays Tasmania, the village of Ross is known for three reasons: The Bridge The Female Factory The Bakery The reasons are as:…

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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. I guess adventure can put you in such situations. He joined the Danish navy at age 14, and as a privateer was onboard the Lady Nelson with Matthew Flinders during his exploration of Bass Strait, the establishment of both settlements on the River Derwent and the discovery of the Tamar estuary.…

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Russel Falls Escape Valve

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? Here are 8 of the best easy to access waterfall walks not too far from Hobart. My opinion is a waterfall must be worth the effort. 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 and they are inherently beautiful and refreshing to be near. Some Tasmanian waterfalls do take a organised effort,…

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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. The story goes she was trying to protect her husband Will Sutherland, who was the primary suspect. Mary was soon appointed to Mr Charles Nairne in the Coal River Valley as a domestic servant. She became pregnant but Mary would not name the father.…

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Solomon Blay “The Hangman” Solomon Blay was found guilty in England in 1837 for the crime of counterfeiting coins at the age of 20. After serving time in hard labour he applied for the most hated position in the colony, the job of hangman. The Colony’s Executioner Blay served in the role for 50 years, making him the longest serving hangman in the British Empire. He operated as hangman in Oatlands, Launceston and Hobart. Find out more about the History of Oatlands. Between 1840 until 1891 Blay sent 206 prisoners to their deaths in his 50 year career as the…

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The Heritage Highway stretches from Hobart to Launceston, but the coolest and most significant places along it are Kempton, Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town. The township of Oatlands was established in 1821. Oatlands is located on a turnoff from the Midlands Highway, some 85 kilometres north of Hobart. Governor Lachlan Macquarie named Oatlands because the area reminded him of the grain producing areas of Scotland. Grand Plans for Oatlands Similarly to Kempton, Oatlands was a key station for horse and cart, merchants and travellers between Hobart Town and Launceston.  At one point in the mid 1800’s, Oatlands was considered…

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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. However, some crafty, mischievous and desperate buggers made their names infamous in the penal colony through their own adventures and tribulations. George “Billy” Hunt – “The Convict in Disguise” George “Billy” Hunt was found guilty of stealing a handkerchief and was sentenced to 14…

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