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Tasmanian Places:A to Z

  • November 15, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
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Tasmanian Places:A to Z

In 2015, almost a year ago to date, we were fortunate enough to tour around Australia’s island state, Tasmania or Tassie, (its Aussie nickname). We enjoyed two weeks devouring the captivating and extraordinary sights of the Tasmanian places on the Apple Isle, (another nickname for Tassie).

Our trip started in the capital of Hobart in South Tasmania where we collected our campervan rental and set off in an anti-clockwise direction circumnavigating the 68,401 sq metre island. This map shows our driving route:

Map of Tasmania showing our route

Map of Tasmania showing our route

Words that I would use to describe Tasmania would be: wild, untamed, untrodden, brutal, rugged, mountainous, pristine, densely forested, verdant, agricultural, mineral-rich, scenically abundant, food and wine heaven and down right pretty.

Here are the Tasmanian places from A to Z of our travels:

A – PORT ARTHUR

Port Arthur Buildings

Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula in South Tasmania

B – BINALONG BAY/BAY OF FIRES

Binalong Bay Beach

Binalong Bay Beach on the East Coast of Tasmania

C – CRADLE MOUNTAIN

Lake St Clair, Cradle Mountain

Lake St Clair, Cradle Mountain in the North West of Tasmania

D – DEVONPORT

Viewing Platform at Mouth of Mersey River

Viewing Platform at Mouth of Mersey River in Devonport on the North West Coast

E – EAGLEHAWK NECK

Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula in South Tasmania

F – FREYCINET PENINSULA

The Hazards

The Hazards on the Freycinet Peninsula on the East Coast of Tasmania

G – GORDON RIVER

Gordon River Forests

Gordon River World Heritage Listed Forests in the West Coast Wilderness region on Tasmania

H – HOBART

Waterfront Hobart

Hobart Waterfront in South Tasmania

I – ILFRAVILLE/BEAUTY POINT

Beauty Point at Ilfraville on the Tamar River

Beauty Point at Ilfraville on the Tamar River in Northern Tasmania

J – JERUSALEM WALLS

Walls of Jerusalem National Park

Walls of Jerusalem National Park in the North West of Tasmania

K – KAYENA

Batman Bridge in Kayena, Tamar Valley

Batman Bridge in Kayena, Tamar Valley in North Tasmania

 

L – LAUNCESTON

King's Bridge

King’s Bridge in Launceston, North Tasmania

M – MARIA ISLAND

Maria Island Image Credit: Maria Island Ferry

Maria Island on the East Coast of Tasmania Image Credit: Maria Island Ferry

N – THE NUT/STANLEY

The Nut, Stanley

The Nut, Stanley on North West Coast of Tasmania

O – ORFORD

Orford Beach

Orford Beach on the East Coast of Tasmania

P – PENGUIN

The Big Penguin in Penguin

The Big Penguin in Penguin on the North West Coast

Q – QUEENSTOWN

Sights of Queenstown

Queenstown a mining town on the West Coast of Tasmania

R – RICHMOND

Richmond Bridge

Historic Richmond Bridge at Richmond in South Tasmania

S – STRAHAN

Strahan Harbour

Strahan Harbour on the West Coast of Tasmania

T – TAMAR VALLEY

Views from Brady's Lookout over Tamar Valley Farmlands

Views from Brady’s Lookout over Tamar Valley Farmlands in North Tasmania

U – ULVERSTONE

Ulverstone Beach

Ulverstone Beach on the North West Coast of Tasmania

V – MT VICTORIA

Mt Victoria National Park

Mt Victoria National Park in North Tasmania

W – WYNYARD

Views of Wynyard from Table Cape

Views of Wynyard from Table Cape on the North West Coast

X – EXETER

Gravelly Beach, Exeter

Gravelly Beach, Exeter in North Tasmania

Y – YORK TOWN

Replica Cottage at York Town Historic Site

Replica Cottage at York Town Historic Site in North Tasmania

Z – ZEEHAN

Old Buildings in Zeehan

Old Buildings in Zeehan on the West Coast of Tasmania

Two weeks was barely enough to get around this relatively small island. There was so much more to see and do that it left me thirsting for more. I wanted to see more of the wilderness areas, explore further the Bay of Fires coastline, maybe take a hike on one of the magnificent trails over a few days, visit some of the pristine islands just off the coastline and see more of the central areas. I can definitely see another trip to Tassie on the horizon!

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By 50 Shades, November 15, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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28 Comments
  • Julie
    November 15, 2016

    Great pics!! Did you do the walk to the Walls of Jerusalem? That is a truly amazing place!! We spent 3 days up there one Christmas and it snowed the entire time!

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2016

      Thanks Julie. No we weren’t equipped for walking in the snow. We were there in late November and didn’t expect to encounter any snow. We didn’t have proper clothing or footwear unfortunately. That’s why I need to go back! :)

  • Sue
    November 16, 2016

    Gorgeous photos Kathy and Tasmania is definitely on our list to visit. I’ll find this post very useful for planning.

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      Tassie is a very scenic place and probably the wildest and most pristine place I’ve seen, particularly on the west coast. The beaches along the east coast are also spectacular, with Bay of Fires being a highlight. Yes you should definitely put Tassie on your bucket list. :)

  • Mia
    November 16, 2016

    Wow, would love to travel all of those places.?Love your blog.

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      Thank you Mia. Tasmania, although a little isolated from the rest of Australia is a fabulous place to visit. So much untouched beauty. :)

  • Nanou
    November 16, 2016

    Great post! I love how you did it alphabetically.
    I also love the pictures, they’re gorgeous!
    This is very timely as I’m planning a trip there soon! Thank you for sharing :)

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      Nanou you will fall head over heels in love with Tasmania as I did. It is has so much to offer the traveller. Thank you for dropping by. :)

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    November 16, 2016

    What a fab post. I was able to relive all my trips to Tassie. It’s definitely one of my favourite places.

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      Mine too Michelle. I could easily go back there to explore it further. I would love to do the 3 Capes walk one day. :)

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    November 16, 2016

    I love Tasmania! We did a trip around it last year in late April/early May. It was a whirlwind first time 13 day trip. I’ve been to all the places you’ve listed EXCEPT … I, J, K, M, O, U, V, Y, Z. That’s quite a few misses. I’ll have to go back!! :-)

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      You can be excused Min. Some of these places were a little out of the way. Yes 13 days is probably not long enough to really see all that Tassie has to offer. We both will have to go back! :)

  • Meg
    November 16, 2016

    What a great idea to format the post this way! I’m heading to Tasmania in December for 12 days so will definitely save this for reference, thank you!

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      Hi Meg, I have actually done the A to Z for every state I’ve visited in Australia. I had a lot of fun putting it together for Tasmania. For such a small island state it sure packs a punch. You will love every bit of Tassie! Happy travels. :)

  • Sally
    November 16, 2016

    I just returned from 8 days in Tassie and I absolutely adored it! Its beauty made me so grateful to be part of it. I am already planning my return and several of these places are on my list (with Maria Island at the top!).

    • Kathy
      November 16, 2016

      Everyone I speak to has either been on a holiday in Tasmania or are planning one. It seems to be very popular nowadays, when it was once thought of as being barren and boring! I loved every bit of Tassie and yes Maria Island is gorgeous. :)

  • Ruth
    November 18, 2016

    I love when you do the A-Z posts. It allows me to see a lot of Australia. I didn’t know Tasmania is known as the Apple Island. New fact learned today! #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      November 18, 2016

      Thanks Ruth. I have run out of Australian states so no more A-Z posts. Tasmania is a beautiful place to tour around. It has so much wonderful scenery. :)

  • Life Images by Jill
    November 18, 2016

    I adored Tasmania when we visited several years ago. Now you have me definitely wanting to go back for a return visit. You are right 2 weeks is barely enough. There is so much to see and explore. I loved the history and the nature as well. And the Salamanca markets in Hobart. are a must.

    • Kathy
      November 18, 2016

      I can see why you would adore Tasmania Jill. It is a photographer’s dream! I enjoyed it immensely and hope to return to explore some more some time soon. :)

  • Nicole
    November 20, 2016

    Great article! I love learning about new places and the sites you’ve chosen are beautiful.

    • Kathy
      November 20, 2016

      Thanks Nicole. Tasmania is a beautiful island with lots of stunning scenery, interesting history and delicious food and wine. :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    November 21, 2016

    Gosh some great photos here Kathy. I love the Lake St. Clair, Oxford Beach, Lake Victoria National Park and a nice perspective shot of the Nut. It is many years since I’ve been to Tasmania and Marty has never been. I can see that a lot of the places are still the same. I’m sure it won’t be long till we make a trip there. There is so much to see in such a small area – a good budget holiday.

    • Kathy
      November 21, 2016

      Thanks Jan. I think every Aussie should visit our most southern state at least once. I loved every part of it as it was such an interesting place with a brutal convict history and there are many parts that are still very wild and untamed. The beaches on the east coast were also spectacular. Shame about the weather though. It was freezing even in November! :)

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
    November 21, 2016

    Most Americans think only of the cartoon Tasmanian Devil when they think of Tasmania. Looks like there’s a lot more to the island than that one animal. It seems like a good mix of natural beauty, historical places and giant penguin statues. I’d love to visit one day.

    • Kathy
      November 21, 2016

      The Tasmanian Devil is still very famous in Tasmania, however I never got to see one. There is a lot of interesting places to see in Tasmania and is a lot different to mainland Australia. Parts of Tasmania are wilderness areas and are extremely wild and untamed.

  • Therese
    December 2, 2016

    Tasmania is on my list of “must-see” places. Lovely photos.

    • Kathy
      December 2, 2016

      Tassie is a very special place. I could go back there in a blink! Thank you for dropping by and I’m glad you enjoyed my photos. :)

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