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…

See the Sky Dancing in Tasmania

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…

Going Overland (Part Deux)

Big Day Out This is our most efficient morning of the Overland Track so far. On the track at 8.45! There’s even dew on the ground on the way to Pelion Hut. We all know this day is going to test us in terms of distance and the spike going up to Pelion Hut. Managing…

Abseiling Gordon Dam

Abseiling Dictionary says: is the controlled descent down a rope. AJ says: going down a wall a long way on a tiny rope for the sake of it, paying for the opportunity. Bonkers really. Some people like to sleep in on their Saturday mornings. Not us. Not on this day.  Alyce, Justin, Rogers and myself…

Perfect Time for an Aquatic Adventure

There is now an image of Maingon Bay on my Joshua Vince (Tasmanian photographer) 2019 calendar. Why? The summer months have gone. The calendar has flipped to March. Perfect time for an aquatic adventure! Summer weather in Tasmania has not yet ended. So don’t be shy. March is often (even usually) the best month temperature wise.…

Take an Escape to Richmond

Richmond village is a microcosm of colonial times in Tasmania. It is the Tardis that takes you to 1829. My drive in the Escape Hatch across the Tasman Bridge from Hobart Town on a sunny Saturday last November, takes about 30 minutes, weaving through the grassy countryside passing the numerous Coal River Valley vineyards and farming…

Dark Tourism

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…