Tassie’s smokin’

• Fires in the background make a dramatic image in south west Tasmania. Photos by John Nettleton

WITH Australian prime minister Scott Morrison urging Aussies to overlook a bit of singeing and help out their Tasmanian cousins with a holiday to the Apple Isle, the Chook thought it appropriate to whip out WA photographer JOHN NETTLETON’S reflections on his recent trip. As you can see from the above photo, the looming fires weren’t enough to spoil a wonderful holiday.

TASMANIA is the most compact and diverse region in the world!

After travelling for two weeks around Tasmania we can safely say it is the most desirable and easy destination to navigate to see scenery that is different each town and almost every turn in the road.

We started like many in Hobart and stayed in a beautiful B&B in Fern Tree, a 15 minute drive from Hobart and next to the turn off to Mt Wellington.

Travelling up to Mt Wellington was an exciting adventure with winding roads and changing views from giant trees to tundra vegetation as Mt Wellington peaks at 1270 meters.

Port Arthur holds the true history of Tasmania as it is the UNESCO World Heritage listed one of eleven important “Australian Convict Sites”.

Haunting stories

It explains how Hobart-Tasmania was born and formed along to this day.

The ruins of convict buildings has a real sense of life there and the museums display haunting stories of the traumatic life and the impact of forced migration of Australia’s first European settlers.

Not many people go to Dover but we enjoyed swimming in the warm thermal springs and walking through the amazing Hasting Caves.

In Strahan we cruised down the Gordon and Franklin Rivers in the World Heritage listed region of unique Huon pine, Hells Gates, salmon farms, Sarah Island and the Heritage Landing boardwalk to listen to a botanist explain exactly why it is heritage listed and see pristine plants.

The north part of Tasmanian wilderness is Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

It covers one million hectares of beauty like nothing else on Earth.

The diversity of the landscape of the wild alpine landscapes and ancient rainforests is unique to Tasmania.

In Stanley we were lucky to stay in a unique B&B which in the last century was an Irish Inn and Pub.

Climbing “The Nut” was a challenge but we chose the chair lift to enjoy incredible beach and town views from the comfort of a chair.   

At Penny Royal in Launceston we experienced rock climbing, a rope bridge climb walk, and zip lines that force you 100 metres across the huge cliffs in the Penny Royal grounds.

Still in Launceston you can walk a few kilometers along a high walkway to the spectacular Cataract Gorge with Victorian gardens, swimming holes in the Tamar River and the world’s longest single-span chairlift across the First Basin.

Swansea has dramatic and rugged white beaches stretching around to Wineglass Bay lookout.

We climbed up to the lookout which is a little strenuous for beginners, but if you make it an incredible view awaits you with sweeping views across the Tasman Sea and the Tasmanian coast.

If you are fit and an enthusiastic trekker, the actual beach of Wineglass Bay below is well worth it being one of the best in the world.

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