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Botanic Gardens, The Domain | Hobart

The Gardens occupy a pleasant situation at the northern end of the Domain, overlooking the Derwent River. Nearby, on the river bank, is a picnic reserve. The Gardens can be reached by train or bus from the city.

Bruny Island | North Bruny

Bruny Island is separated from Tasmania by the D'Entrecasteaux Channel south of Hobart. The Island received its name from the explorer who also gave his name to the channel. The climate is exhilarating and there are many points of beauty and interest. Cape Conella and Fluted Cape afford splendid views. Fluted Cape is one of nature's masterpieces, the rock formations rising from the ocean bed, have...

Cataract Gorge | Launceston

One of the chief beauty spots of Launceston is Cataract Gorge through which the South Esk River flows to join the Tamar at the southern end of the city. The Gorge can be reached in a few minutes by bus to the gates and then following the winding pathway cut into the face of the hill-side. A swimming pool and Cataract Cliff picnic grounds, with a kiosk, are about a km from the gates. The Gorge can ...

City Park, Tamar Street | Launceston

The City Park, a public reserve of 12 acres laid out in lawns and gardens and shaded with oak and other English trees, is at the eastern end of the city, within a few minutes' walk of the railway station. On its formation in 1838, the Launceston Horticultural Society took over this land (which adjoined the site then occupied by the Northern Government House) and laid out the grounds as a garden. ...

Eaglehawk Neck | Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck, the narrow isthmus which connects Tasman's Peninsula with the mainland, was the gateway to the old penal settlement. Across this narrow strip of land, packs of bloodhounds were chained together to prevent the escape of convicts from Port Arthur settlement. Despite these precautions, several convicts escaped by swimming the bay. To close this means of escape, sharks were encouraged...

Franklin Square, Macquarle Street | Hobart

This reserve was laid out about 1860. At one time the grounds formed part of the gardens of the old Government House which stood near what is now the foot of Elizabeth Street. A tablet commemorating the erection of the old building in the year 1807 is at the entrance to the park, facing the General Post Office. In the square is a bronze statue of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer, who was Gov...

Government House, The Domain, Hobart | Hobart

Government House overlooks the Derwent River and adjoins the Botanical Gardens. The House was erected in 1858 during the period of exceptional prosperity which succeeded the discovery of gold in Victoria. The clock in the tower was the first public clock brought to Tasmania.

Great Lake | Miena

Great Lake is paradise for those with fishing and bushwalking interests, nestled in a delightful setting 990 metres above sea level on the Central Plateau. The traveler will find himself in the heart of an ideal place for a restful holiday. Camping grounds are available with every convenience. The Lake is dammed at its southern outflow for hydro-electricity production. It is Australia's second la...

Hobart to Evandale, Perth, and Longford Trip | Hobart

Century-old buildings and picturesque rural scenery are the features of this trip. The journey traverses some of the earliest settled areas in the northern part of the island. From Launceston you follow the main Hobart Highway past the aerodrome at Western Junction to Evandale, a small township on the South Esk River. The tour proceeds through sheep-farming country to Perth and thence to Longford...

Hobart to Hastings Trip | Hobart

This is a visit to Southport Inlet beauty spots and Hastings Caves and hot springs. The route is along the famous Huon River. The return trip is about 205 km.

Hobart to Huon and Channel | Hobart

This round trip through the apple-growing districts south of Hobart and along the western shore of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel is particularly attractive in spring when the trees are in blossom. After leaving the city, the Huon Road winds its way around the foot-hills of Mount Wellington to Ferntree, after which the road is terraced around the mountain spurs to Huonville. The tour continues throu...

Hobart to New Norfolk Trip | Hobart

The New Norfolk trip is a visit to history and to the National Park beyond. South of the Park are the Junee Caves. Return distances are New Norfolk 42 km, National Park 94 km, Junee Caves 180 km.

Hobart to Port Arthur Trip | Hobart

This is a short run to Australia's earliest history through Dunalley and Eaglehawk Neck to view the tessellated pavement, Tasman's Arch and the Blow Hole. The return through journey Numbeenah is about 104 km.

Hobart to Russell Falls and lake Fenton Trip (160 km) | Hobart

This is a tour through the hop-gardens and fruit-growing districts in the Upper Derwent Valley. On the outward journey, the way lies along the southern bank of the Derwent River to New Norfolk. After crossing the river, the fruit-growing region of the Derwent Valley is traversed, and thence the journey is continued to National Park and Russell Falls, where lunch is taken. The homeward journey is t...

Hobart, Corra Lynn, and Power Station Trip | Hobart

This trip, which embraces all the main points of interest in and near the city, can be made either in the morning or afternoon. The outward journey is by Elphin Road, Hobler's Bridge, and past the little village of St Leonards to Corra Lynn Bridge. On the return journey, the route leads over the North Esk River and through the Punchbowl to the Lookout Tower, a vantage-point overlooking the city. A...

Lake St Clair | Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair was discovered by Surveyor George Frankland. The lake is 16 km and about 4 km at its widest point. Surrounded by forest clad mountains slopes, Lake St. Clair is one of the loveliest in the world. Mount Olympus is the dominant peak in the vicinity, reached from Derwent Bridge. Lake St Clair is the source of the Derwent River and the most beautiful of all the Tasmanian lakes. Lying ...

Lavender Farm Trip | Hobart

This trip is usually made during January, February, and March, when the lavender is in bloom. A stop of one hour is made whilst visitors are shown over the Farm. The homeward journey visits Lilydale Falls before returning to the city by Lalla orchards.

Maria Island | Strahan

Maria Island is situated on the east coast and named by the explorer Tasman in the year 1642. It is a favourite place for tourists and has an interesting history. A former penal settlement, many of the ruins are still to be seen. Motor launches run from Triabunna to the Island. The scenery is excellent, especially around Mount Maria, 701 metres. Fishing is a feature.

Melville Street, Church | Hobart

The main centre of Methodism in Hobart is the Melville Street Church, the foundation-stone of which was laid by Sir John Franklin in 1837. The church, copied from the Wesleyan Chapel, London, was opened in 1840.

Mount Wellington via Ferntree Trip (28 km) | Hobart

This trip to the summit of Mount Wellington affords magnificent panoramas of the city, harbour, and Derwent River. The route leads through the western suburbs of the city to The Springs (754 metres) and continues along a scenic road winding around the mountain side to The Pinnacle (1269 metres). The return journey traces the same route, but a stop is made at Ferntree to enable visitors to see the ...