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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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New Years and resolutions seem to go hand in hand. Are people resolute in these resolutions? Probably not as much as they should be. What a new year can mean is a fresh start, a new calendar: A new beginning. After just a few weeks though most of us mortal souls have settled in to the all consuming rat race after promising ourselves this year will be different. What do your 2019 travel plans look like? This year, Escape Valve is beginning to leave the comforts of Hobart and get out a lot more. Bold new plans are in…

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5 Cool Things

It is time for 5 Cool Things You Can Do in November. October was a crazy fast month. Or was it just me? I spent the majority of October in the wondrous lands of England and Norway. It was my “Escape from Tasmania”. It’s good to be home. I guess. Return to work has been woeful. Jetlagged. Exhausted. Trying to write this without head butting the keyboard. November, sometimes better known as “The Month Before December” has some very winey events on in the Land of Tasmania. Sidenote, I recently read a blog where someone referred to Tasmania as “Little…

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Escape Valve Dark Tourist

Dark tourism intrigued me once I saw an advertised tour of the nuclear accident ravaged Ukrainian city of Chernobyl in 2008. I didn’t end up going, but always wondered how bizarre it’d be. What is Dark Tourism? According to dark-tourism.com, dark tourism is considered to be “travel to sites that are in some way connected to death or disaster (or at least something in one way or another “macabre”)”. Have you ever visited a place that is macabre or disturbing? What made you want to go there? Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp is prime example. A death camp is not exactly…

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Escape Valve September

G’day everyone, how was your August? August is just about in our rearview mirror. Now, we are steaming towards September. September is bringing Tasmania music and drinks with options for a run and some railway history. 5 Cool Things in September 2018 Here are 5 cool things you can do in the month of September. 1.Triple J One Night Stand 2018 Each year Triple J ships the best Aussie acts out to a different town for a massive free party: that’s the One Night Stand! The One Night Stand is an all ages gig. All you’ve gotta do is…

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Hello folks, are you visiting Tasmania in August? Well done you brave soul. I like you already. So whatya gunna do? If you’re in any way unsure, I’m going to remedy that. 5 Cool Things in August 2018 Here are 5 cool things you can do to get the most of the month of August. 1. The Three Capes Track The first of the “5 Cool Things” is The Three Capes Track located on Tassie’s Tasman Peninsula in the south-east of the island. Bushwalking in Tasmania in deep winter? Are you effing crazy? Well, yes and hell yes! Not only do you…

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Mawson's Replica Hut

Mawson’s Huts Mawson’s Huts are located at Cape Denison in Antarctica. They were constructed in 1912 as part of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) and have survived the most brutal weather conditions on the planet. The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum is in Hobart and offers a fascinating insight in to the lives of the brave men who forged Australia’s exploration of the the great white continent. Today, Hobart is Australia’s gateway for Antarctic scientific research and exploration. Australia’s Antarctic Division is based in Hobart. It may come as a surprise that Hobart is closer to the equator than it…

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Cascade Brewery

The Brewery Tour at the Cascade Brewery, in South Hobart, begins at the Cascade Visitors Centre, with Denver introducing himself as our guide for this afternoon’s tour. I put on the required health and safety attire, goggles and a beautiful fluorescent yellow hi-vis jacket, listening and agreeing to the occupational health and safety talk given by the guide. I am about to enter an operational brewery. Channeling my inner Homer Simpson, “Mmm…beer”. Denver, speaking enthusiastically and quickly, is running through the early history of the brewery, checking point by point off his fingers. He begins with Peter Degraves raising…

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