Good to my promise (at least the one I made to myself), I rose bright and early on Friday morning, my second in Noosa, and headed off to tackle the coastal walking track around the headland through Noosa National Park.
I’ve arranged a house swap. In return for use of my little place in New Town, I have access to a lovely waterfront unit in a complex on a canal in Noosaville, the civilised end of town from the over-touristed Noosa Heads, for a couple of weeks. I arrived on Boxing Day after dark, thanks…
The Huon Valley Midwinter Festival takes its inspiration from the old English tradition of wassailing, whereby apple trees are ‘woken’ from their winter slumber with food, booze and a general racket, to ensure plenty of fruit – and cider – in the following year.
Tasmania’s Midlands Highway is the island’s main north-south route, linking the two major cities of Hobart and Launceston. It runs for about 200km through a broad grassland valley that contains farmland, sheep properties and historic towns and villages that were once major coaching stops for a journey that could take several days.
The area south of Hobart offers a wealth of experiences, incredible scenery ranging from alpine areas in the Hartz mountains, dense rainforests, calm rivers, fertile agricultrual land and coastal beaches.
…those beaches are epic, stretching as far as the eye can see…
The West Coast Wilderness Railway on Tasmania’s wild west coast uses the Swiss ‘Abt’ rack and pinion drive system to climb through mountainous terrain, one of the few surviving railways in the world to do so.
For many many years the minerals contained in these rocks was the financial bedrock for communities on the West Coast like Queenstown, Gormanston and Zeehan, whose fortunes rose and fell with commodity prices for those minerals.
Sometimes exploring places that are most familiar through the lens of a camera reveals unexpected delights.
In all the time I spent at Adventure Bay as a child, I don’t recall ever going around the corner of Grass Point and Penguin Island to see the eastern coastline, so the Bruny Island cruise is something of a revelation.