Tasmania Journals

Australia's Great Southern Island (Into The Sunset)

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A May 2002 trip to Tasmania by Ozzy-Dave

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Quote: The Great Southern Land has a Great Southern Island. Tasmania is Australia’s island state, as geographically diverse and unspoilt as any settled land. Just 500,000 people share a space the size of Ireland, so there’s plenty of room to explore. Our journey concludes among the east coast’s sun-kissed wonders.

Australia's Great Southern Island (Into The Sunset)

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Overview

East Coast wonders Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Promoted as the "sun coast" and averaging six hours of sunshine daily, Tasmania’s east coast is a magnet for nature lovers. Miles of empty white-sand beaches surrender to picturesque seaside towns and the occasional vineyard. And if turquoise seas, dreamy horizons, and award-winning pinot dulls your senses, why not go bush in dramatic national parks, feast on monster pancakes, or peel back the layers of history on a deserted island. 1. An Island Called Maria; from 1820s convict settlement to present-day national park, this protected gem offers wildlife, history and stunning landscapes. 2. Head for the Hazards; these 300-meter red-granite sentinels guard an expanse ...Read More

Iluka Holiday Centre

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Hotel

Iluka Holiday Centre Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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First Impressions Warm afternoon light breathes romance across the deserted landscape, our 90-minute journey north from Maria Island interrupted only by a brief stop at the curious Spiky Bridge. Built by convicts in the 1840s using oddly shaped stones from the surrounding fields, its architectural purpose remains a mystery. Approaching Coles Bay, the sinking sun takes center stage, turning the 1,000-foot granite peaks of The Hazards pink and setting the waters of the bay ablaze. A lone fishing boat sends a rippled message past a couple of frolicking seals.Welcome to the Freycinet Peninsula.On our left is the Iluka...Read More

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Iluka Holiday Centre
Coles Bay
Tasmania, Australia
3 6257 0115

Maria Island Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "An Island Called Maria"

Maria Island Sights & Attractions Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Traveler’s Rap I love islands. I think it’s the sense of remoteness and adventure, the idea of exploring something visibly finite. Granted, it’s sometimes a misguided sense for the exotic or romantic, but Maria Island won’t let you down--its colorful history, inspiring natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, and national park status guarantee it.Yet strangely, it gets relatively few visitors. Halfway between Hobart and the famous Freycinet Peninsula, and only a 20-minute ferry ride away, most travellers hurry past, unaware of the treasures on the horizon.The Experience…The 10:30am ferry de...Read More

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Maria Island Sights & Attractions
Maria Island
Tasmania, Australia

Freycinet National Park

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Attraction | "Romance in the Wild - Freycinet Peninsula"

Freycinet National Park Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Traveler’s Rap Where else can you abseil granite giants, explore remote bushland, hug towering eucalypts, lose yourself on deserted beaches, and swim with dolphins--in one day? Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s showcase destinations. It’s 22 degrees Celsius in late autumn and the sky reflects the cobalt sea. One kilometre from our cabin’s sundeck in the Iluka Holiday Centre is the national park entrance--our gateway to adventure. We didn’t abseil, but we did climb those granite giants, and we d...Read More

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Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park
Tasmania, Australia

Freycinet National Park

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Attraction | "Where Elephants Roam - The Central East Coast"

Freycinet National Park Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Traveler’s Rap More east-coast treasures unfold as we travel north from Freycinet. Past some of the island’s oldest wineries are more seaside gems--little towns guarding precious secrets, their pristine coastlines and natural treasures wooing passing travelers. Inland, the surprises continue. Forested mountains shaped like elephants reveal fertile valleys and unique national-park wilderness, and have even inspired one of Tasmania’s icon eateries. Come for a drive--oh, and bring your appetite! The Experience… These are my favorite days on a driving holiday. Days traveling between destinations, where the excitement is the journey, the thrill of explorin...Read More

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Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park
Tasmania, Australia

Caves and Canyons

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Attraction | "No Shoes Required - Bay of Fires"

Caves and Canyons Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Traveler’s Rap Tasmania’s northeast coast defines kick-your-shoes-off real estate. From the region’s capital of St. Helens, north to the Bay of Fires and beyond, a thriving fishing industry shares sublime expanses of powder-white sand that kiss the horizon. This is soul food with chocolate sauce. Thankfully, although only recently discovered by travellers, much of the area is now protected. Come and visit. Go wild. Your body and mind will thank you.What price paradise? St. Georges Bay shelters a fleet of fishing vessels as we enter St. Helens, picturesque capital of the northeast. Its 1,200 residents are proud, and a dedicated History Room in t...Read More

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Caves and Canyons
Northern Tasmania
Tasmania, Australia

Lactos Cheese Tasting Centre

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Attraction | "Cheeses, Waterfalls, Fairies and Drunken Pigs"

Lactos Cheese Tasting Centre Photo, Tasmania, Australia
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Traveler’s Rap Endless arcs of white sand, turquoise waters, and deserted coastal scrubland not enough? Tear yourself away for a day and head inland; there’s gold--well, tin--in them there hills [sic]. Not to mention rain forests, towering waterfalls, stinky cheese, and drunken pigs! There’s more to Tasmania’s northeast than beaches--venture off the highway into its lush hills and valleys and you’ll find many surprises, but not many people. This is a region rich in history, a region of little-explored wonder. The Experience… We exit the highway west of St. Helens, winding through sculpted farmland on an undulating, narrow road that soon turns to gravel. Ente...Read More

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Lactos Cheese Tasting Centre
145 Old Surrey Rd.
Tasmania, Australia
(03) 6433 9255