Historic Kelly Basin Walk

Historic Kelly Basin Walk

Kelly Basin is on the south east side of Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast. The towns of East and West Pillinger once stood on Kelly Basin and had a population of over 1000. East Pillinger was established as a port for the North Mount Lyell Mining Company’s rail line which ran from Queenstown bringing copper to be exported.. The town was abandoned in 1924 after the rival Mount Lyell Mining Company took over North Mount Lyell Mining. Today there are still remnants of the port town of East Pillinger to be explored. This includes brick kilns, parts of buildings, giant metal boilers and the old wharf. We wanted to see for ourselves so headed off from Queenstown to do the half day walk.

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West Coast Wilderness Railway (with Six Bonus Mini-Walks)

West Coast Wilderness Railway (with Six Bonus Mini-Walks)

The West Coast Wilderness Railway (WCWR) is a premier tourist attraction in the west of Tasmania. The railway was originally built in the 1890’s to move copper from Queenstown to the port of Strahan, a distance of 34.5kms. It was considered a major engineering feat in its day as it used an innovative approach, known as the ABT rack and pinion system, to propel the train up and down previously unimaginably steep terrain. It ran from 1899 to 1963. It was restored and commenced as a tourist train in 2002. We spent a few days on the west coast n order to do the train trip as well as a number of short walks which we’ve included to this post.

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Two Walks in the Tarkine

Two Walks in the Tarkine

The term Tarkine or takayna, its Aboriginal name, is used to describe much of north west Tasmania. It is a region of rainforests and rivers, imposing mountains and wild coastlines. It is currently unprotected. There are ongoing efforts by many people to have this remedied to protect the area for future generations. With regular walking companion Graeme, we chose two walks in the southern part of the Tarkine – the Huskisson River Rainforest Walk and Mt Murchison, one of the west’s highest peaks.

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A Week in Hobart - A Program for Visitors

A Week in Hobart - A Program for Visitors

In December 2018 we had friends from Europe visit our home town of Hobart, Tasmania. We wanted to make sure that they had a good range of experiences so we planned a varied “program”. We think that the week we had put together represents a pretty good recipe for how to spend a week in and around Hobart. So, if you too find that you are hosting visitors to Hobart who are looking to you for inspiration, or you are visiting and want some ideas of how to organise your time, then this post might be for you.

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The Needles - One of Tasmania's Most Spectacular Short Wilderness Walks

The Needles - One of Tasmania's Most Spectacular Short Wilderness Walks

The Needles are a group of rocky spires that protrude from the landscape of south west Tasmania. The 2 – 3 hour return walk to the top-most Needle (1020m) takes you up a steepish trail with spectacular views unfolding as you ascend. From the top you have a 360 degree panorama of the SW Wilderness World Heritage Area. On a clear day this has to be one of Tassie’s most spectacular short wilderness walks.

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Cape Raoul - The Third Cape

Cape Raoul - The Third Cape

When you book the Three Capes Track 4 day walk, in SE Tasmania, you are actually only getting two capes for your money – Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. This isn’t to say that it isn’t a fabulous experience – it is. The trail takes you along some of Australia’s most spectacular coast and cliffs. But if you want your full complement of capes then you need do a separate additional day walk to nearby Cape Raoul. This post describes our recent visit to Cape Raoul, our first since new track work was done.

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Secret Tasmania - Bluff Canyon

Secret Tasmania - Bluff Canyon

Tasmania is full of places and attractions that don’t feature prominently in the tourist literature. In fact, some are so obscure that many locals don’t even know about them. This post describes a day walk we did to little known Bluff Canyon. In the spirit of Secret Tasmania, we don’t give too much detail about where and how to do the walk. There are no maps here. If you’re interested, you might need to do a bit of extra research.

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Monk Bay Circuit Walk (Incorporating Historic Convict Coal Mines)

Monk Bay Circuit Walk (Incorporating Historic Convict Coal Mines)

The Monk Bay Circuit Walk is a 8.3km coastal walk within the Lime Bay State Reserve, Tasman Peninsula in south east Tasmania. It’s an easy 3 – 3.5 hour walk with constant views of the surrounding waterways.

The Tasman Peninsula is also home to the Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s premier colonial convict site. Close to Port Arthur are the remains of a large convict probation station established for the purposes of coal mining. Today there are well preserved ruins with good interpretative signs. The Historic Coal Mines site can easily be combined with the Monk Bay walk making for a varied and interesting day trip from Hobart. And it’s all free.

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Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Lake St. Clair is at the southern end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. The car park and visitors centre are at Cynthia Bay. This is also the end point for people completing the Overland Track from north to south. From here there are a number of good day walks as well as longer walks. We decided to head out there for a long weekend, with a good weather forecast, to do a bit of exploring, including a walk and camping at Shadow Lake and to do the Mt Rufus Circuit.

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