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…

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…

5 Cool Things You Can Do in 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.…

The Cascades Female Factory

The story of the Cascades Female Factory is one that I was not really aware of. It operated between 1828-1856 and housed most of the 12000+ women who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land from the British Isles and Ireland. It is Australia’s most significant site associated with female convicts. Due to the shame Hobart…

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

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…

Cascade Brewery: Tasmania’s glorious beer

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…