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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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TASMANIA: Cities, towns and scenery

Condensing a series of threads of my own photos of Tasmania, Australia's southern island State, taken last month and previously posted on the Aussie forums. I thought they may be of wider SSC interest as we don't see many posts on Tasmania, a spectacular place.
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Starting out with Launceston, Australia's 3rd oldest city (est 1805), and Tasmania's second largest. Launceston, on the Tamar River estuary, has a population of just under 100,000.


The art deco Holyman's Building is on corner of Brisbane Street, the main shopping drag, which has a mall surrounded by curved streets known as the Quadrant. The city centre streets were unusually deserted when these pics were taken over Easter.




This old brewery has been converted to a College of Fine Furniture-making.





The Quadrant curving away from the Brisbane St Mall.




...which has great facades above the shopfront levels:




Note the guy in the window - i think he was just relaxing:




Evandale:




The whole village of Evandale (pop just over 1000), on the South Esk River 18kms south east of Launceston, is classified by the National Trust. It's a concentrated classic of Australia's Georgian period.

St Andrews Church sits on the main road




With the Uniting Church beauty directly opposite:




It was selected as a town site by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1811.




The classic buttressed water tower sits on a rise as you enter the town.




Like a lot of Tasmanian churches, the Church has its own historic graveyard:






Grandma's House is a B&B




Among the notables who hailed from Evandale at some point were Melbourne founder John Batman; the famous colonial artist John Glover farmed nearby at Nile.





Statue of John Glover in Fall's Park, which hold's the town's famous weekend market






Many sweet Georgian houses, too many to capture them all;





And many cute shops and antique stores: the little place was roaring with visitors over Easter:













Evandale hosts a National Penny Fathing bicycle race championship, which attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.










The 1868 market is surrounded by stalls in a park-setting on weekends, and it is really very special. People come from all over.




Clarendon Homestead, 7kms beyond the village, is a great Georgian country house now owned and operated by the National Trust.













Towns of Tasmania's North West Coast:

Ulverstone's clock tower is very intriguing, and takes new sculpural forms under night lighting:





Furner's Hotel, Ulverstone, was built in 1903, designed by Rudolph Koch






Approaching Penguin the charming little Uniting Church on the waterfront hits you in the eye from right across the bay. .






Wynyard.

Store with everything - guns to guitars - looks like it has been a hotel at some stage:



This is Table Cape.









Stanley, another classified historic town is nestled on the side of the spectacular 152m high volcanic formation called The Nut.






An important fishing port Stanley was selected as the base of the Van Deiman's Land Company in 1825. The hot rods were part of some State-wide event over Easter




Fortunately there's a chair lift to the top of The Nut




From the NW coast its only an hour or so into Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and the Tarkine wilderness:

The peaks here are Cradle Mountain with Barnes Bluff in the farther distance.




I didn't get up to the top of these boys - there was no chair lift.





Queenstown,

Home of the huge Mt Lyell copper mine, it is really more West than North West, and not everyone's cup of tea. But impressed by the townscape, and I'll include a few of that here:











The road up out of town towards the Franklin and Lake St Clair. Typical Tasmanian mountain scenery







Strahan


Well down into the Roaring 40s latitudes, this pretty little
Tasmanian West Coast port is one of the most isolated places in Australia.





It is said to rain on 300 days of the year here.






Established in 1877, Strahan It sits of the 50km-long Macquarie Harbour, a body of water several times bigger than Sydney Harbour - but limited by a narrow and treacherous entry known since the convict days as 'Hell's Gate.'





Historically Macquarie Harbor was most famous for the most severe of all the convict settlements, established for the 'worst of the worst' on tiny Sarah Island in 1822.




Alhough it only ever held around 160 convicts at any one time, during the 11 years that it operated various British commandants handed out more than 57,000 punishment strokes of the lash - almost 10,000 in one of its earliest years.






A few ruins remain on the island, infamous too for some cannibalism incidents by convict escapees. The Harbour is surrounded some of Australia's wildest rainforests, and escape by land was near impossible.



Bruny Island

Just south of Hobart, Bruny Island extends fromthe Derwent River Estuary down into the Southern Ocean, and has some spectacular cliff formations:





There are the equal or second highest cliffs in Australia, I think -1000ft high.






hundreds of seals in colonies there, also sea eagles, cormorants, and dolphins:







but the weather can turn rough:





Hobart, Tasmania's capital, about 200,000 people, is a lovely old historic seaport nestled below Mount Wellington.




Very bustling nightlife on the old waterfront precincts, but my photos couldn't do it justice.











A hour or so South East of Hobart are the most famous
penal settlement ruins, Port Arthur, established in 1833, after the Sarah Island settlement was closed.





But it too was one of the more grotesque British experiments in penology. Subsequently ravaged by bushfires, the ruins are now picturesque, in a wild and beautiful place, and attract visitors from all over the world.










As all Australians know, on April 28, 1996, it was the scene of another great tragedy, when a wealthy but intellectually limited young man attacked visitors in and around site with automatic weapons, killing 35 and wounding dozens of others.


Down by Port Arthur's waterfront, the shell of the Broad Arrow cafe - where 20 people died in 90 seconds of gunfire - is now the site of a silent and deserted little memorial park.




with a rustic wooden cross remembering the victims:




Since there are survivors who still work at the site, the events of 1996 remain almost unmentionable there:




Finally, some scenes on the lovely Freyicenet Peninsula, going up the coast north east of there. These formations are called The Hazards, near Coles Bay:








And that's it for Tasmania. Bronte.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:26 AM   #2
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The building facades in launceston are amazing, the landscape be beautiful.

Great Pictures.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 01:37 PM   #3
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Interesting pictures, thx for sharing
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Lovely set of pics, are those last ones of Hobart?
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Amazing pics!
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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:33 AM   #6
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very interesting place, cities and charming countrysides...wanna see it one day !
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Peculiar and beautiful!
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