Saturday, February 26, 2011
Convict Life – Not all convicts were sent to areas such as Sarah Island & Port Arthur this was for secondary or repeat offenders. More info at www.portarthur.org.au/history
Tasmania's Southern Coast Line – In the interview it was mentioned that the coast line was made up with sand stone, it is actually made up of mostly dolerite. Which is quite a hard stone unlike sandstone. Tasmania's sea cliffs are some of the highest in the Southern Hemisphere thanks to the dolerite. Further more the sea cliffs plunge to great depths underwater which brings deep water marine life extremely close to Tasmania's shore line.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Tasmania Part 1 – By The Australian Tourist
Tasmania is the only island state in Australia positioned at the bottom of the country south of Melbourne. Simply put, Tasmania is a haven for Tourists. Tara & I were able to travel around in a Tasmanian Camper which gave us the added benefit of having our transport, accommodation & cooking all in one. Tasmania is approximately 300km from north to south & east to west so you are going to need some transport if you want to take full advantage of all that the island has to offer. Along our travels we saw an extreme number or bike riders peddling their way around Tasmania, after chatting with them they stated it was such a great place to cycle around, as the towns aren't too far from each other. For those who don't want to brave the roads on a bike there are almost more campers then people and every where you go there are caravan parks or hidden little places to park on the side of the road (you didn't hear that part from me). The scenery is incredible and there is immense variety from the east to the west and the north to the south.
You can't go to Tasmania without seeing the Tasmanian Devil or even try find the thought to be extinct Tasmanian Tiger. If you're lucky enough you may spot a Tasmanian Devil in the wild, if not there are several wild life parks such as East Coast Nature World that you can get up close and take picture of the little devils.
Tasmania has a detailed history of convict life with many opportunities to see first hand, buildings and living conditions of the early convicts & settlers. One of the best places to see this is at Port Arthur which has over 30 historical buildings. Not far from Port Arthur are incredible cliffs with ocean caves, arches and natural stone structures. It may very well be worth while taking one of the many boat tours to show you around these areas.
As you travel around Tasmania you'll see many different types of farms including some famous vineyards that are well worth a stop.
Hobart has plenty to offer, all the comforts of the city and stunning natural wonders such as Mt Wellington which towers over the the city . Please don't go to Hobart without the drive up Mt Wellington.
Tourism & travel in Tasmania is world class, if you live in Australia it's only a cheap flight away.
A special thanks to the Team at Tasmania Campers/ Devil Campers & East Coast Nature World for making our experience unforgettable, if you ever get the chance to talk with these great people let them know The Australian Tourist says hi.
A huge thanks to Allan Wolf & son from Stanley (The Nut) for the interview.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Batemans bay is situated 3hrs south of Sydney in New South Wales. It's a coastal town with character. The town is accessible form the north by using its centre lift bridge which is an unofficial symbol of the town.
Batemans bay offers an assortment of water activities including surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, whale watching sea kayak sailing and more.
A short drive out of town is Mogo which is home to adventurous Mogo Zoo. The zoo does an amazing job of connecting people & animals through offering several animal encounters. The zoo also has a highly successful breading program including several endangered animals.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Tara & I had a few days spare and were blessed with the option to stay at Burrendong Dam in Wellington (not to far from Dubbo). Thanks Tracey & Ian. This is what we get up to on our days off (funny how we still film on our days off). There were firsts all around, Tara skied for the first time and I wake surfed, if your not familiar with wake surfing you will have to watch the video.