THIS eBOOK is our INVITATION to you to set forth and explore Australia’s fascinating island state. This companion guide will help you familiarize yourself with the historical and cultural aspects of Colonial Tasmania. We begin with a European history of Hobart and Risdon. Then look at life in Van Diemen’s Land during the rule of successive governors. Tasmania’s story includes the brutal clashes between her Indigenous peoples and her European colonisers, and the development of a penal settlement.

Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 visited his distant island colony twice, travelling the route between Launceston and Hobart, naming most of the places along the way. Tasmania probably has the greatest concentration of Georgian era buildings outside of Britain. You’ll love it!

ACCOMMODATION: We stayed in a variety of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts including Richmond, along with colonial cottages at Brickendon and Woolmers. Across the island colony, all the accommodation we sampled was good and hosts friendly. Local food proved excellent!

A SAMPLE ITINERARY: We begin our 14-day journey in Hobart and explore this capital of Colonial Tasmania. We travel along the Derwent valley and visit sites of early settlement such as Risdon. We visit Mount Nelson and the site of Trugannini’s memorial. Then to Port Arthur to see the old penitentiary. From there we spend the next few days following in the footsteps of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie along the Heritage Highway visiting all the main towns, such as Ross and Campbell Town.

ITINERARY CONTINUED: We arrive at the area of the Norfolk plains to explore the towns of Longford, Evandale, Perth and Hadspen, enjoying accommodation at the famous Brickendon Estate and at Woolmers. A visit to Launceston and walking tour, and a trip to the historic Low Head Signal Station before enjoying a celebratory colonial dinner and returning to Sydney.

We’ve detailed our experiences of life on Tasmania’s Heritage Highway to help you plan your own journey. Of course, there’s nothing like doing it yourself. EXPLORING Historic Tasmania includes:

  • Explore Launceston on a walking tour.
  • Visit Franklin House.
  • Fully Illustrated – 165 Images, 287 pgs.
  • Overview Maps – 14 maps.
  • Explore the northern villages and towns of Tasmania.
  • Visit Cascade Brewery and Cascade Women’s Factory.
  • Explore Ancanthe – Lady Jane Franklin’s first Museum.
  • Travel to Ben Lomond National Park.
  • Visit James Cox’s Clarendon property.
  • Explore Historic Entally House and farm.
  • PDF ebook.

EXPLORE Historic Tasmania


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