What’s in a Name?

Mention the name St Helens and for me it creates an image of a town in the Northwest of England famous for its Rugby League team and the industrial north of years ago.  As with many areas in Tasmania, British names have been “borrowed” and used by the first settlers to name their new settlements….

Brief Encounter

After leaving the Woodchopping capital of Australia (see previous blog about Latrobe) it was a short drive to our next stop, Deloraine.  For reasons we can’t remember, we only planned two nights here, which means we have to make the most of our 1.5 days sight seeing.  A brief encounter if you like. Deloraine is…

Cradle Country

Having left Strahan in the rain and dallied a little in Queenstown, we were on our way to Penguin, on Tasmania’s north coast and part of what the locals call “Cradle Country”, after the Mountain that dominates the scenery, Cradle Mountain. Our route took us close to the National Park that bears its name, which meant…

Trains and Boats But No ‘Planes

We are in Strahan, a small village midway up the west coast of Tasmania.  If you set sail in a boat and turn right out of Macquarie Harbour into the Southern Ocean and head west, the next land mass you are likely to bump into is Argentina, which is a long way away. A while…

The Town of the Black Swan

We awoke on the morning after our trip to Bruny Island with the heavy smell of smoke outside, although at this point the visibility was still quite good.  The wind was blowing hard from the west and northwest, fanning the bush fires and creating this smoke which was being spread across the peninsula, tainting the…

Living On An Island – Or Not!

As I mentioned in my previous blog “Our Tour de Tassie”, we have arrived in Kettering.  I also noted that there was not much here, however one reason for coming here was to visit Bruny Island, a short ferry ride across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  We also had in mind visits to Geeveston, the Tahuna Air…

Our “Tour de Tassie”

From Hobart it is a short thirty minute drive to the first stop on our circuit of Tasmania,  the village of Kettering, which lies to the southwest of the capital .  However we never like to make life easy for ourselves and  about 90 mins drive the other way, to the south east of the…

Tour de Hobart

It was time to leave the Sunshine Coast behind and head for Brisbane Airport for our flight to Hobart. However as we had an early morning flight, it meant a stop at an airport hotel the night before.  With this in mind we decided on day out en-route to the airport. Our destination was the…

A Tale of two Cities – Part 2

In part one of this blog I wrote about a town/city called Gympie.  It was a slightly odd place as it did not seem to have a centre.  However our next city visit definitely did have a centre, and a fine one too. Maryborough, together with its close neighbour Hervey Bay form part of the…

A Tale of Two Cities – Part 1

Our base at Cooloola Cove gave us ample opportunities to visit other places of interest around the sunshine coast.  Maryborough got a very brief mention in the last blog but it is worthy of a more detailed narrative as it has an interesting history.  However our first city visit was to a place called Gympie,…