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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 in my trusty makeshift DMC DeLorean and set the dial to the 1800’s. Time travel is the ultimate adventure. Just ask Marty McFly. Zooming out of Hobart Town I pass by Pontville, Mangalore and a place called Bagdad.  My first point of call is…

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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 with a new university course (getting my science on) and a few bouts of sickness, including a couple of uncomfortable COVID-19 tests (negative results) in which my nostrils got assaulted resulting in three weeks of nose bleeds. Fun it was not. Lawsuit is pending.…

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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 on. Seatbelt is on! Leggo! Getting Started Catching the 8.30 ferry meant waking up waaaay too early on a Saturday morning, but it’s a dirty job and someone’s gotta do it. My mate Charlie and I make the early morning drive down to the…

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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 summer is in front of us. The firefighters are out there bravely doing what they do. We can only thank them and thank them again.  2020 as we know it (that is what new the calendar says) has dawned upon us. Hopefully you’ve had…

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escape valve wineglass

I have selected these 6 Tassie summer day walks as they are generally not the glamour walks that you’ll find on most tourism websites or blog itineraries. Each of these are walks I plan to be doing over the next few months. I thought they’d be a good fit in your wheelhouse as well. The tracks are appealing to me for a variety of reasons. Cape Raoul for instance, is to complete the 3 Capes Track and to take in those monstrous coastal cliffs. The Wineglass Bay and Hazards Circuit in Freycinet NP is a great opportunity to make…

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Overland Cradle

Tasmania is the place to go for your adventure fix. The only question is, have you got game? Long known for its amazing bushwalking amongst astonishing wilderness, the island state has grown up in a hurry in the adventure stakes. Much of the adventure has been here for years, but it’s now getting the plaudits it has deserved. Quality options abound in adventure activities satisfying most interests. Recently listed as National Geographic’s number one destination for adventure, I thought it’d be an opportune time to check out what is on offer here in Tasmania. Bushwalking Look to the Tasmanian Parks…

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Natural beauty is not limited to the forests, rivers, lakes and mountains in Tasmania. If you look up to a clear night sky you may also see the Aurora Australis. The Aurora Australis is also referred to as the Southern Lights. I’ve not yet seen the Aurora Australis with my own eyes.   I have been a “theoretical aurora chaser” for years, however, I don’t like driving at night. This tends to be a big inhibitor to being able to view aurora. I have been lucky to have ventured to Norway, Finland and Iceland on Aurora Borealis chasing missions. To…

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I’ve been sick as a dog. Cabin fever has taken its toll almost as much as the virus that struck me down has. I have to escape this house and get some fresh air. Mt Field is an easy day out option to cure such ills. It is a one and a bit hours drive north from Hobart and offers some easy graded walks filled with nature. I pack the Escape Hatch with my trail shoes, raincoat, camera, a lens, tripod and lunch. Getting to Mt Field Setting out from Hobart at 10am I stop by New Norfolk (“Norfick”) for…

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Big Willie is a giant iron edifice peering over the festival grounds from the top paddock with enough flammable material to burn in even the wettest night.

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The last winter festival on the Tasmanian calendar is the Huon Valley Mid Winter Fest. It begins on Friday 12th of July and runs for the weekend until Sunday 14th of July over the darkest nights of the year. As they say in the classics, winter is here. The Huon Valley is approximately 40 minutes drive from Hobart Town. It has long been the apple heartland of Tasmania, which is often referred to as the Apple Isle. What is Huon Valley Mid Winter Fest about? The Huon Valley Mid Winter Fest celebrates the apple tree in a distinctly pagan…

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