Secret Tasmania: Clydes Island and Beyond

Secret Tasmania: Clydes Island and Beyond

Many visitors to the Tasman Peninsula, on their way to the Port Arthur Historic Site, make a brief stopover at the Tessellated Pavement State Reserve at Eaglehawk Neck. They come to admire the unusual, geometric patterns in the coastal rock platform. From the Tessellated Pavement the view to the north features a small island adjacent to the shore. This is Clydes Island. Few bother to make the leisurely one kilometre walk along the beach and rocky shoreline to the island. We decided to have a closer look at Clydes Island and then to venture along the cliff-top trail that we’d heard continues beyond.

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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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Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak is in the Tasman National Park in Tasmania and is on the route of the recently opened and popular Three Capes Walk - a multi-day fee paying walk.  Since the advent of the Three Capes Walk we were unclear as to whether it was still possible to walk to Arthurs Peak via an old track. We also wanted to clarify what the options were for overnight walking in the park for self-sufficient campers who were not paying to stay in the designated huts that are exclusively for paying walkers. This post sets out to provide answers these questions and describe the day walk we succeeded in doing to Arthurs Peak.

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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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