Dec
22
2013

Tasmania by its very nature was always bound to have a strong maritime heritage. After all, it's a remote island location so in the early days, sailors had to brave dangerous waters to make their way to its shores.

Now, even with planes allowing for easy travel between Tasmania and mainland Australia, it has remained an island of great seafarers. The state has more boats per head of population than any other Australian state and it's no surprise why.

There's so much beauty in and around Tasmania to explore by boat. The variation in landscape is breathtaking and you can sail anywhere from beside impressive 300 metre-high dolerite sea cliffs to calm rivers throughout the island.

Some enthusiasts will even sail all the way from the mainland to Tasmania. This route usually follows the east coast, where there are many small coastal communities who welcome sailors.

There is an alternative western route, but this is notorious for fierce westerlies. That means big swells and often, a rough ride – not a great idea for first-timers!

Remember, the Bass Strait between Tasmania and the mainland is known as a tough sail, perhaps even one of the toughest in the world, and in earlier days claimed many ships. That means you always need to check the latest Marine and Safety Tasmania notices to make sure you're up to date with conditions.

A lesson in history

The sailing community is always a tight-knit one, so you never know when you'll meet new friends, come across a seafaring legend or hear a daring tale from the high seas.

As well as the fantastic sailing itself, there's also plenty of Tasmania's maritime history for enthusiasts to explore on the land.

When Europeans first settled on the island, boat-building was one of the industries that truly began to thrive. Many convicts were put to work building ships, too.  Today,  some of the old boats survive, including the May Queen ketch. This was built all the way back in 1867 on the Huon River in Franklin.

She's a great example of the style of boat often used during that time period. The May Queen was primarily a trading vessel, carrying around 25,000 super feet of timber each week from Raminea to Hobart. If that might feat wasn't enough, she also did well in racing regattas!

The boat served Australian seas until 1974 and then underwent a five year long restoration at the hands of the Hobart Marine Board.

Visit this vessel for yourself in Constitution Dock, Hobart. You'll be impressed by its 36 tonne weight, 21 metre length and 5.4 metre beam.

Then of course, there's the history of the Lady Nelson tall ship. This arrived in Tasmania in 1803 and was a proud part of the original Port Dalrymple's history.

While the original ship did not survive the test of time Robert Sexton, an expert on historic marine architecture, studied the vessel's plans and then Ray Kemp, a shipwright, built a replica. This was funded by a variety of individuals, clubs, schools, groups and more in a true show of Tasmanian community spirit.

The amazing replica can be visited at Elizabeth Street Pier in Hobart. You can even board the vessel and embark upon a trip to the Derwent River for a truly unique Tasmanian experience. As well as this, exploring this boat and learning about its history will open your eyes to the fascinating world of tall ships and the traditional art of boat building. Itching to set sail yet?

MayQueenStern - Image Credit: State of the Environment Blog

Yacht moorings at the Royal Hobart Yacht Club Sandy Bay - Image Credit: Tasmanian Visitors Bureau

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Dec
20
2013

Tasmania is not only full of magnificent wildlife and plantlife above-ground, but also in its surrounding ocean.

When you stand on Tasmania's many white sands, toes wiggling in the shallows, there is a whole world waiting beneath you to discover.

Here is a bit of information about what kind of creatures can be found under the surface of Tasmania's water – you might be surprised!

In Tasmania's oceans

Tasmania is extremely lucky to have well-looked after, pristine marine areas. In these waters there are many magnificent creatures and plants.

One of the most momentous marine animals you might find in Tasmanian waters is the Southern Right or Humpback whale. These creatures used to be extremely common in the area until they were hunted and the population withered. These whales are now rare and endangered, but thankfully as they are now protected, populations have started to increase again.

Your best chance of spotting these majestic animals is during June and July when they travel along the east coast on migration.

You might also spot bottle-nosed dolphins while travelling through Tasmanian waters on the look out for whales, although they can be seen at any time of year. Take your time observing these rather friendly fellows, too!

Australian fur seals are another type of marine creature you might come across in more untouched areas. They are usually found on rocky islands and reefs, in particular on the north-west coast and off Bruny Island where they can be seen year round. Although easy to find fur seals, however, are another extremely rare animal, having also been hunted to near-extinction when Tasmania was colonised. If you spot one of these beautiful creatures, you'll see how truly big some of them get and you'll also delight in their playful antics. They seem natural performers.

If you are an experienced diver and head underwater in Tas, you're likely to come across seahorses, sea dragons, pipefish and pipehorses, a bunch of extremely intriguing creatures. What is often cited as one of the most interesting facts about this 'family' of creatures is the males are the ones that become pregnant! The female transfers the eggs to the male, where they are fertilised and later born.

Look for these creatures in sheltered areas and near kelp beds. Try Waubs Bay in Bicheno and Waterfall Bay on the Tasman Peninsula.

Speaking of kelp beds, these are another fascinating feature of underwater Tasmania. These gently swaying masses of green provide a great home for many marine species, similar to the way trees  in a forest function. You're best bet at finding these lies off the south coast of the island.

While you're down there, you might spot handfish and cuttlefish. Handfish are unique as they look like they have 'hands,' which are actually fins they use to walk on the seafloor. Cuttlefish, on the other hand, are clever camouflage artists who can adapt their colour and pattern to avoid prey. They can grow to around 23 inches and cut a fine figure in the ocean.

You can even spot adorable penguins near the River Derwent, on the Bruny Island Neck and along the Bass Strait Coast – so make sure you keep your eyes peeled if you're in the area.

There are a huge amount of other marine species you might come across on your adventures in Tasmania, so make the most of the amazing opportunity.

Remember if you want to go diving, seek out a professional Tasmanian diving tour provider, as conditions in these waters can be very different to what you are used to elsewhere!

Bruny Island seals. Image credit: Bruny Island Blogspot

Fascinating seahorses - Image Credit: Seahorse World Beauty Point

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Dec
19
2013

If you're thinking about heading to Tasmania, remember it's only a short flight away!

All of Australia's East Coast mainland capitals fly direct to Hobart or Launceston, with Melbourne to Devonport and Wynyard services also available, making getting to your Tassie destination very convenient.

It's not too long a journey either. While flying to/from somewhere like Darwin will take a few hours, Tasmania is only an easy hour's flight away from Melbourne or a few minutes more on direct services from Sydney.

You can also rest assured you'll have your pick of the bunch when it comes to airlines. A number of different operators fly between mainland Australia and Tasmania, including Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Tiger.

That means options aplenty for flight times, cost and comfort levels.

Once you're in Tasmania, you might even get the urge to fly to one of its offshore islands.

You can actually fly to Kings Island from Melbourne, or head there from Launceston or Burnie airport on Regional Express, Sharp Airlines or King Island Airlines.

Flinders Island is also only a hop, skip and a jump away. You can fly there from Launceston, or even straight from Victoria. Check out Sharp Airlines and Airlines of Tasmania.

If it's so quick and easy to get to Tasmania – what's stopping you? A veritable paradise awaits.

Board Hobart Int'l Airport

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Dec
16
2013

Off the east coast of mainland Tasmania, you can find many fascinating offshore islands, some of which can be explored.

The East Coast Islands are made up of various sub-groups, such as the Schouten, Maria, Tasman, Sloping, Partridge and Actaeon Island groups.

Some of these are popular with tourists and easily accessible, while others take a little more nous to reach, or are reserves! All of them however provide the perfect opportunity for travellers to experience something new and original away from crowds. The only crowds may be wildlife.

Get back in touch with nature by exploring some of Tasmania's offshore islands – you'll be glad you did.

Exploring the islands

Maria Island – actually pronounced Mariah – is ripe for exploration and penguin fans in particular will have a joyful time at this spot. The entire island is a national park and has been since 1982, because of its lush natural environment. Its aboriginal name is Toarra-Marra-Monah, so it is strange that the name given to it by European settlers after Maria van Diemen (née van Aelst), wife of Anthony van Diemen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies in Batavia, should sound similar.

Once upon a time, Aboriginal tribes used the land as a winter hunting group. With the arrival of European settlers in the 1800s, Maria Island became a convict prison. There wasn't always the need for bars and locks though, since the remoteness and ocean surrounds acted as the perfect cell.

Visitors to the island today can stay in the former penitentiary and see explore the remnants of convict society, a fascinating part of Tasmania's overall heritage.

Other interesting facilities appeared on the island after it was decommissioned as a convict site, including cement works, vineyards, guesthouses and the still-standing Coffee Palace. A particular fun activity for visitors these days is to explore the ruins of the cement silos as well some of the other former sites.

Of course, Maria Island's status as a national park makes it a great place to look out for animals. Aussie favourites like Kangaroos, wallabies, Cape Barren geese and even pademelons are common creatures to come across on this islet.

Take some of the walks to stunning sites of nature's magnificence, including Fossil and Painted Cliffs and Bishop and Clerk Mountain where you might spot some of these creatures.

Remember, there aren't any shops or facilities on the island, although there is accommodation including camp sites. That means you'll need to bring all the food and water you're going to need along with you on your journey.

Those who want to experience a slightly lesser-known island might want to head to Ile des Phoques. Divers love exploring the rich undersea life of this location and animal-lovers will be on the watch for the seals that frequent the area.

There are also plenty of amazing cave and tunnel formations, forged from years of flowing water. Set some time aside to explore these incredible structures to their fullest.

You might also want to check out the Schouten Island Group. The eponymous island was used in the 1800s as a base for whaling and sealing. Now, the island offers fun and adventure to campers and holidaymakers and is especially renowned for its kayaking.

When it comes to the Tasman Island Group, the Hippolyte Rocks are unmissable. You can visit by charter boat to check out the local wildlife, including unique birds and seals – even black-faced cormorants.

On your Tasmanian adventure, there's nothing like getting even further off the beaten track and visiting places that few before you have experienced!

Not many tourists have much time at their disposal to explore the magical offshore islands, so make the decision that you will and you'll come home with some incredibly unique holiday snaps and memories.

Painted Cliffs on Maria Island

Maria Island - East Coast Cruises

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Tasman Island as seen from a Tasman Island Cruise

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Dec
11
2013

Driving in Tasmania is one of the best ways to get around. As the island is fairly compact, it's one of the best ways to get out there and explore all the landscapes on offer.

Car hire is readily available on the island, if you haven't transported a car over from the mainland on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Hire a standard passenger car or a 4WD vehicle, a campervan or motorhome or even a motorcycle if you like the feeling of the wind in your hair.  The kind of vehicle you choose will depend on your type of holiday. Will you be staying at lodges, hotels or motels, or do you like to 'rough it' and go camping?

Are you going to be sticking to main roads, or will you be heading out on some off-road adventures? Answers to questions like these will inform your vehicle decisions.

Driving around Tasmania is an amazing experience for most people, but of course, as with any journey there are some things you will need to be aware of. For example, if you're visiting from a nation like the US that drives on the right side of the road, take heed! In Australia, we drive on the left-hand side, so always bear this in mind and go on a few short practice drives to orient yourself before tackling any long distances.

Because of Tasmania's relatively small size there are few freeways, but most roads are very well maintained with two-lanes. You won't come across traffic jams here!

Before you head off, you might want to have some rough estimates of driving times in your head.

Devonport to Launceston is about 1 hour 15 minute drive. Launceston to Hobart will take you about 2.5 hours. From Hobart, a drive to Port Arthur will take about 1.5 hours, while getting to Cradle Mountain from the capital takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes. Getting to Strahan takes 5 hours from Hobart.

As you can see, most parts of the state can be accessed in a matter of hours from the main centres, giving visitors great scope to explore a lot of the country in a short timeframe; you can even base yourself at main centres and do hub-and-spoke outings each day, but the real Tasmania is found in its regions and small centres.

However, even though Tasmania is relatively compact, it's important to always have the right supplies on hand, just in case you break down in a more remote area. As you are likely to be visiting areas of beautiful wilderness, it's extra important you stock up on fuel regularly and keep your tank full. This takes on even greater importance if you are heading well off the main routes or are driving in the evening or night.

You might also want to make sure you have some water, snacks and warm clothing with you, too – just in case! Don't forget to always inform someone of where you plan to travel and when … mobile phone coverage can vary between carriers.

Always drive to the conditions. If you come across unsealed roads, make sure you slow down and take extra care – and only drive where your car hire conditions allow you to. Take note that sometimes in winter and spring, roads can be covered in ice or snow, so you may need to take additional safety measures at these times. 

Once you've got the basic safety precautions down, you can have a great experience amongst our magnificent countryside. Leave aside plenty of time to get out and explore – there will definitely be more than a few eye-catching views along the way.

Back country and off-road areas near the canals at Tarraleah - Image Credit: Aussie Overlanders

Driving up Jacobs Ladder Ben Lomond near Launceston - Image Credit: Graham Barker

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Dec
10
2013

Tasmania's many offshore islands provide ample opportunity for exploration and discovery. Some are extremely popular, such as Bruny, King and Flinders Islands. Others lie mostly undisturbed, protected and in remote locations that make them a little too far off the beaten track for most travellers.

But what do you know about the group of Furneaux Islands in particular?

This group consists of 52 islets in total, and the largest and most famous is Flinders Island. Flinders and the rest of the scattered islands are the last remnants of the land bridge that once connected mainland Australia to Tasmania, around 12,000 years ago.

Flinders is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its shipwrecks, diving sites, and vast and rugged beaches. Mount Strzelecki and Killiecrankie are undoubtable highlights, too. There are also significant sites of Aboriginal heritage, contributing to the island's historical charm.

Not to mention, Flinders Island also has a small permanent population, meaning that at the main centres such as Whitemark, Lady Barron and Killiecrankie, you can make yourself at home. You don't need to worry about getting stuck on a remote atoll here – there are shops, restaurants and accommodation options.

But what about the rest of the islands in the Furneaux team? The remaining ones are also bunched into categories, such as the Badger, Babel and Big Green Island groups.

Here's a little information about the various groups and what makes them so special.

The Badger Islands: Nature and heritage

The Badger Island Group is significant due to the conservation efforts surrounding it.

Badger Island, as well as Mount Chappell Island, are known as Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) and are therefore managed by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. Current efforts on the island include removing invasive introduced plant life and preserving heritage sites.

On Badger Island, there is a focus on preserving the limestone and granite structures around the island, which are particularly spectacular.

Cattle, sheep, pademelons and wallabies roam the island, which has a few simple buildings.
While some of the islands are private property or cannot be accessed, you can visit others by sea or helicopter.

Big Green Island Group: Full of unique birdlife

The Big Green group is made up of beautiful havens such as Chalky Island, which is full of seabirds of all different species. Watch out for fairy terns in particular! They come under the watch of the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act, and find refuge on this island. The small, round-bodied bird is an absolute delight to see.

Other birds you might come across on these islands include the little penguin, sooty and pied oystercatcher, Caspian tern, silver and Pacific gull – and even more intriguing species.

The Babel Islands: Abundant wildlife

Babel Island is extremely unique thanks to its granite makeup, making it of considerable geological interest. Not only this, it's also home to a variety of extremely significant wildlife.

Wallabies and pademelons roam the land, as well as a number of reptiles like lizards and snakes – some are even native to the island.

Birds such as short-tailed shearwaters, crested terns and silver gulls also call Babel Island home.
Storehouse Island and Cat Island also make up this group of wildlife-rich islets. 

While you might not venture off mainland Tasmania or some of the more popular and well-known islands during your stay in Tasmania, it's worth keeping in mind what else is out there.

Remember, while some of these islands cannot be visited or are not easy to get to, others can be explored if you are truly keen to head off the beaten path and see what few others have.

Farsund Wreck on Flinders Island

Furneuax Island Map - Image Credit: Sydney Postcard Co

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Dec
09
2013

Anyone who is looking to add some fresh, local produce to their Christmas dinner this year should look no further than the Cradle Coast Farmers Market, which takes place every weekend.

Held on Sundays from 08:30 to 13:00, the market boasts all manner of fresh produce that is primarily Tasmanian caught, grown and raised.

Visitors can expect to find everything from locally made preserves and chutneys to olive oil, wine, herbs, meats and even milk.

The Wharf on Crescent Street in Ulverstone hosts the Cradle Coast Farmers Market each week, so there is plenty of opportunity to stock up ahead of the big day.

A number of the stalls also sell food that is ready to eat, so if your taste buds can't wait until they get home, you can satisfy your craving for some of the best produce Tasmania has to offer.

Ulverstone is also a great place to stop off and explore if you want to extend your visit to the Cradle Coast Farmers Market.

Situated at the mouth of the Leven River on the north coast of Tasmania, the town boasts a number of picturesque locations and perfect for all the family to enjoy.

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Dec
08
2013

There's certainly no shortage of artistic talent in the city of Hobart, with enough galleries and exhibits to keep a visitor occupied for days.

If you're an art aficionado, appreciate a good painting or sculpture, or would like to learn more about Tasmania's talent in the field, read on to find what you can discover in Hobart.

MONA

MONA, also known as the Museum of Old and New Art, is one of Tasmania's most treasured attractions. Just north of Hobart, this renowned museum is located on the River Derwent, about a 15 minute drive from the central city.

It mixes the modern and traditional, with anything from exhibitions showcasing ancient mummies to work from confronting contemporary artists on show.

The whole approach of the museum is fascinating. You won't find yourself reading scores of text on a wall about a certain piece of art. Instead, there is a touch-screen device that allows you to get all the information you want and need as you travel through the building looking at various works. It also lets you vote whether you 'hate' or 'love' a certain piece or exhibition, providing a truly interactive and immersive experience. 

Exhibitions are switched up regularly so there will always be something new and exciting to witness and there are also plenty of other attractions located on-site.

For example, indulge in a sumptuous meal at the The Source restaurant, a tasty drop at the Moo Brew Brewery or Moorilla Winery or read one of the 5,000 books in the Mona Library.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is also home to a number of exciting exhibition and pieces of art. From sculpture to exhibits of the natural environment, or photography, drawing or painting, there is plenty to marvel at in this museum.

On-site you will also find a cafe, a shop, a museum dedicated to maritime history and the Markree House Museum and Garden home to rare arts and crafts. 

There are hours to be spent pouring over artefacts, discovering new objects and deciphering paintings in this museum, so give yourself a generous amount of time to explore.

It's also a great place for spending time as a family, with certain exhibits geared towards entertaining and enlightening the children. Family days, learning programs and science week are just some of the activities that the young ones in particular can engage in.

Salamanca

Head to Hobart's hotspot Salamanca Place for a look at some of the smaller, boutique galleries on offer.

Along this main strip you won't run out of places to explore and art to wonder at. Fall in love with a new favourite piece or discover a new beloved artist on your mid-morning stroll and then sit and enjoy a coffee at one of the street-side cafes.

Don't miss the Salamanca Market, either.  This takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a number of impressive stallholders sharing their arts, crafts and foods with visitors.
Here you might also find some impressive artwork nestled amongst stalls, so definitely set aside a few hours to explore this Tasmanian treasure trove.

Art lovers – don't delay in travelling to Tasmania to discover all of this and more. After all, this is only what's happening in Hobart and there are plenty of other artistic hotspots throughout the rest of the island, too.

Savour the experience of discovering new art, challenging yourself at MONA with its contemporary exhibitions and mingling with local crafts people at the Salamanca Markets.

Mona Interior Hobart - Image Credit: ArtBlart

The Courtyard and Bond Store  TMAG Hobart - Image credit: Heritage Tasmania

Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart - Image Credit: The Mercury

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Dec
05
2013

Sarah Island is one of Tasmania's offshore treasures, and is located off the mainland's west coast in the Macquarie Harbour.

It's of particular interest to those fascinated with Tasmania's convict history, as the island served as Tasmania's first penal station. It was in operation from 1822 until 1833.

The conditions on this island were notoriously harsh and those imprisoned were made to work arduous jobs, including felling Huon pine trees used for boat building. The landscape was bleak, the island whipped by wind and the prospects of escape or freedom were grim.

Some desperate convicts, however, did try to swim across the perilous harbour to claim their liberty. Even if they happened to make it across the water, they were greeted by thick rainforest on the coast, adding to the fight for freedom and survival.

Amazingly, 112 convicts did escape but of these, 62 passed away during their escape, 9 were murdered by other convicts and the rest were eventually recaptured.

If you go to the island today, you can visit the remains of some of these eerie sights, which offer a fascinating insight into early Tasmanian history and the penal system.

Here are some of the locations on the island you might want to check out. Not much does remain still standing, but you can orient yourself around the island and imagine what would once have been standing in front of you. 

The officials' quarters

Explore these cottages, where the commandant, military officer and assistant surgeon held residence.

These eerie quarters housed the staff and soldiers posted to guard the facilities but many of them were corrupt themselves, supplying prohibited materials to prisoners.

The Chaplain's house

The first chaplain at the island, Reverend William Schofield, formed a school and choir, and worked to convert some of the prisoners to Christianity. Mandatory services were held for convicts each Sunday.

The 'gaol' itself

A grim facility, there were tiny cells without windows. Prisoners were sent here to serve out 'solitary confinement' as opposed to a labour sentence, and subsisted on only water and bread.

Some preferred being sent here rather than out to work, considering the harsh conditions a labour sentence entailed.

The Bakehouse

This is a great example of convict life in an early Tasmanian settlement, where prisoners weren't necessarily locked away for life but lived in a form of society. Convicts worked at the bakehouse and even slept there.

Considering Sarah Island was so remote and surrounded by rough seas, locked doors and bars weren't always mandatory.

Others lived at their place of work too, including at the hospital, signal stations, farms and work camps. There was, however, a penitentiary that housed many of the prisoners.

The hospital

This building had facilities for around 15 patients and four staff members. There were two wards and a dispensary, and eventually an additional ward was added and reserved for the military.

Sawpits and windbreak fence

Sawpits were where convicts worked at shipbuilding.

In addition, prisoners worked at building a fence around the island to protect it from fierce winds, but these were often blown down by sheer force.

These aren't the only structures or ruins to look out for on the island, however, as there are actually many more!

To get to the island, hop aboard a ferry or cruise tours that can transport you there and back, or head out in your own boat.

Even for local Tasmanians, this is a fascinating place to visit thanks to its rich and sometimes salacious past. Experience it for yourself, and with the island's troubled history, you just never know what kind of eerie sounds you might hear floating on the wind. There’s a lot of wind.

The haunting ruins of the dormitory on Sarah Island - a place to now walk and reflect. Image Credit: TrekEarth contributor  Jeannie Kingston

Sarah Island intepretation board - Image Credit: ABC open and Vera Rayson

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Dec
04
2013

Golfing enthusiasts searching for the next best green would do well to head over to Tasmania!

Full of golfing challenges and triumphs, Tasmania has more than 80 courses on offer. Due to the island's small population, you won't find busybody crowds or less-than-pristine greens. Instead, you'll have wide open plays in front of you, or even cliffs and ocean views.

So many reasons to golf in Tasmania

Home to Australia's oldest golf course, Tasmania has a significant soft spot for the sport. In the 1830′s, Scottish migrants to the country were homesick for their treasured game, and so built Ratho in the town of Bothwell, and the course still operates today.

Building on this golfing history, championship 18 hole courses have been built atop the island's best locations, enhanced by a huge variety of scenery be it mountains, beaches and or drops.

Those in search of a quality public course should head to Barnbougle Dunes in the north-east, rated Australia's top public green. It too takes its cues from Scotland and offers plenty of breathtaking views of the ocean over the Bass Strait. It belongs to Great Golf Courses of Australia; there are six Top World 100 courses in Australia – Tasmanian has two of them!

If you're holidaying in Hobart and want to find a challenging course, go no further than the Tasman Club nestled in the tranquil and historic environs of Point Puer, near Port Arthur. The eighth hole is particularly famous for its shots over chasms, vertical sea cliffs and huge ocean swells below, so don't go chasing after your ball!

The Royal Hobart club is another fantastic experience close to the capital. While not as old as Ratho, this club was established in 1896. Enjoy its well-maintained fairways,  immaculate presentation and overall beautiful scenery. For the non-golfer it is also a great lunch spot.

Discover more about the Ratho

For an insight into golfing history, Bothwell's Ratho course is a must-visit. Not only is it Australia's oldest course, but is also the oldest to be found outside of Scotland.

When you visit, you'll soon notice the old, farming influence is still very much present. After all, the town only has about 400 residents! The original course has been well-preserved, to the point where sheep still wander the course keeping playing areas short! Never fear – fences keep them out of the square greens.

You'll also note teeing sports are hard up against greens – a feature of old Scottish golf.

It also operates seasonally, with no automatic watering keeping the grasses from drying in summer.
To experience this true feat of golf pioneering, head to Ratho. You won't forget this unique sporting experience and you'll have some great tales to tell come game's end.

Get involved in golfing history

You can also find the Australasian Golfing Museum in Bothwell, the idea of which was sparked by Tasmanian golfer Peter Toogood.

He, as well as the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Bothwell locals, have brought together a number of significant pieces of golf memorabilia, kept at Bothwell's historic sandstone school house, the site of the museum.

The collection includes golf clubs dating back to the 1800′s and a collection of balls displaying the evolution of the game.

There is also a host of photos, documents, paintings and more that help to trace the development of golf right from the arrival od earliest migrants, to today.

You'll find Bothwell about one hour's drive north of Hobart, or two hours south of Launceston. Also in the town you'll find beautiful old buildings, a public park and a number of shops.

If you're a true golf aficionado, don't delay your trip to Tasmania, a golfer's paradise.

Tasman Golf Course Tasman Peninsula - a challenging 9 holes along cliffs and chasms

Barnbougle Dunes in North East Tasmania

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