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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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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Hobart's Eastern Shore - A Three Day Program

Hobart's Eastern Shore - A Three Day Program

Often neglected by visitors, Hobart’s Eastern Shore has a lot to offer. It has the city’s best beaches, the Coal River Valley wine region, some great restaurants and cafes, Hobart’s best views (looking back at the city and the mountain), and a long list of activities to experience. With growing tourist numbers coming to Hobart, and the expansion of the shared economy opening up accommodation options all over the city, including the Eastern Shore, increasingly visitors are finding themselves staying in this part of town. Well, here’s how you can spend three excellent days on the Eastern side of the river and not have to cross the Tasman Bridge.

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