2 weeks in Tasmania

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To celebrate our thirtieth anniversary my wife and I recently put our car on the ferry, and travelled to Tasmania.
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Dawn over the Tamar River near Launceston.
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The Blue Tier Giant, a massive Swamp Gum reputed to be the largest flowering tree in the southern hemisphere. At over 60m high and 15m wide measured at chest height, it is certainly impressive.
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Saint Columba Falls and surrounds.
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St. Helens and The Bay of Fires area.
 

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These Photo's were all in the first day. We were lucky with the weather, while most of south-east Australia was being soaked we only had a few days of rain.
 

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Apsley waterhole near Bicheno
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Fishing boats, Bicheno.
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Bicheno blowhole
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Crabs in tidal rock pool behind the blowhole
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Sunset, Honeymoon Bay, Frecinet National Park
 

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I think when many Americans hear "Tasmania", they think of a cartoon character. Thank you for another perspective. :)

And yes, congrats on the anniversary.
 

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How long is the ferry ride?
Congrats on 30 years.
It's a 10 hour journey from Melbourne to Devonport, Tasmania.
I think when many Americans hear "Tasmania", they think of a cartoon character. Thank you for another perspective. :)

And yes, congrats on the anniversary.
I think you are right about that. My wife is from Pennsylvania, and Tasmania was one of the places on my Father-in-laws list of must see places in Australia for just that reason. He absolutely loved his visit there 13 years ago. Sadly the Tasmanian Devil was one of the animals that we didn't see in the wild on this visit. They are becoming quite rare in the wild due to a facial tumour disease.
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I’ve read that the Bass Straight is one of the roughest patches of water on the planet, right up there with the seas around Cape Horn. Here’s hoping you had relatively smooth sailing!
 

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3 image stitch of the view back to Coles Bay on the climb to Wineglass Bay Lookout.
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Wineglass Bay Lookout.
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Wineglass Bay
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Lookout, and surrounds.

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Wineglass Bay from Cape Tourville
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Freycinet Peninsula from the town of Coles Bay.
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The aptly named, convict built Spikey Bridge.
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Darlington Probation Station, Maria Island
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Wombats, Pademelon, Wallabies, and Cape Barren geese, Maria Island
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Whale bones from days gone by near the ferry pier, Maria Island
 

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I’ve read that the Bass Straight is one of the roughest patches of water on the planet, right up there with the seas around Cape Horn. Here’s hoping you had relatively smooth sailing!
It can be very rough, and for the voyage to Tasmania it got a bit lumpy. As the photo of the sister ferry shows, we were taking an occasional wave over the bow. The return trip was very smooth though.
Congrats on the anniversary, great way to celebrate it and I like seeing the Tasmanian scenes, a place where I'll very probably never will come. Apart from the scenic views, this picture made me look longer, a rock and a volcano of water.
Thanks Ad. the spouts of water are from the Bicheno blowhole. It was a fairly calm day when we visited, as can be seen by the photo of the fishing boats. They were literally only 200 metres away, but protected from the ocean swell.
 

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Tasman Peninsula, Tessellated Pavement, a naturally occurring unusual erosion pattern in the rock tidal shelf in this area.
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Officers quarters for the officer of the guard for the area known as "Eaglehawk Neck" a narrow low lying piece of land forming the only land exit from the Port Arthur penal colony. In the convict days it was deforested, lined with broken shell and rock, and had a chain line of vicious guard dogs.
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Surfer near "Eaglehawk Neck"
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Blow Hole, Doo Town
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Sea cliffs, rocks and breaking seas, near Fossil Bay
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Tasman arch, and coastline.
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Ruins of the buildings, and cells at the convict coal mine, near Saltwater River.
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Just a left-over convict in his cell.
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Echidna, near the ruins.
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Path following the old trolley tracks from the mine to the nearby loading wharf.
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Bay with remnants of the wharf visible.

The area is so peaceful and beautiful now, it's hard to imagine how violent and ugly it was, in those early days of European settlement.
 

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Between 1830 and 1877 Port Arthur was used as a convict labour camp. The current historic site was the site of the majority of the buildings, although there were several other sites such as the coal mines, all situated on the Tasman Peninsula. Escape by land was only possible via Eaglehawk Neck, a strip of land only 30m wide. It was a brutal place in many ways, but very progressive for its time in others. The deep water harbour is larger than Sydney Harbour, and deep enough that even modern cruise liners often visit.
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The "penitentiary" building from the rear. Its main use was as a mill, and a factory.
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The watch towers.
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Radcliffe Creek and the Penitentiary building. All walls and stone work were quarried and made by the convicts
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Point Puer from the Isle of the Dead. Point Puer was used for the boys prison, housing transported boys aged from 9 to 16 when they were transferred to the adult facilitiy.
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The Isle of the dead. 1646 bodies are buried here, with headstones, and markers only given to the 180 officers and non-convict civilians.
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The old shipyards, slipway, and lime kiln.
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Memorial to the 35 people murdered, in Australia's worst gun massacre.
  • Winifred Joyce Aplin, 58
  • Walter John Bennett, 66
  • Nicole Louise Burgess, 17
  • Sou Leng Chung, 32
  • Elva Rhonda Gaylard, 48
  • Zoe Anne Hall, 28
  • Elizabeth Jayne Howard, 26
  • Mary Elizabeth Howard, 57
  • Mervyn John Howard, 55
  • Ronald Noel Jary, 71
  • Tony Vadivelu Kistan, 51
  • Leslie Dennis Lever, 53
  • Sarah Kate Loughton, 15
  • David Martin, 72
  • Noelene "Sally" Joyce Martin, 69
  • Pauline Virjeana Masters, 49
  • Alannah Louise Mikac, 6
  • Madeline Grace Mikac, 3
  • Nanette Patricia Mikac, 36
  • Andrew Bruce Mills, 39
  • Peter Brenton Nash, 32
  • Gwenda Joan Neander, 67
  • William Xeeng Ng, 48
  • Anthony Nightingale, 44
  • Mary Rose Nixon, 60
  • Glenn Roy Pears, 35
  • Russell James Pollard, 72
  • Janette Kathleen Quin, 50
  • Helene Maria Salzmann, 50
  • Robert Graham Salzmann, 57
  • Kate Elizabeth Scott, 21
  • Kevin Vincent Sharp, 68
  • Raymond John Sharp, 67
  • Royce William Thompson, 59
  • Jason Bernard Winter, 29
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Remains of the old church.
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One wing, and cell of the seperate prison, a punishment facility. Prisoners here were strictly segregated from all contact with others. They were only referred to by number never by name, and confined to their cell for 23 hours a day. When leaving the cell for the exercise yard they were required to wear the mask seen at the rear of the cell. They were even kept seperate when attending compulsory church service by a system of doors and narrow cubicles (standing room only).
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Prisoners eye view of the pulpit.
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Courthouse and penitentiary buildings from the guard tower building.
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Some of the stone blocks used in the guard tower buildings, all the stones used in this building were made by the boys in the Point Puer facility.
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Remarkable Cave a natural sea cave near Port Arthur.
 

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Richmond stone bridge, Australia's oldest stone span bridge, built by convict labour, and completed in 1825.
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Salamaca Market, Salamanca Square, Hobart
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Ron Fellowes standing alongside the 1910 four cylinder Fabrique National 500cc 5hp motorcycle he restored. He then rode it across a large part of asia into Europe, and back to Belgium.
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Yachts in the Derwent River at Sandy Bay, Hobart
 

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Visit to Bruny Island, south of Hobart.
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