Fire in Tasmania
6 January 2013 | Places
I went down to Tasmania with some friends a few days ago and managed to run into the state’s worst bush fire in years. From our holiday shack on Steele Island, about 50km east of Hobart, we could see the smoke blowing over the ridge to the north. The road to Port Arth...
The Otway Fly
24 January 2012 | Places
My January spell at Apollo Bay in Victoria, Australia included a couple of days walking along the Great Ocean Walk and some interesting encounters with Aussie critters. Not this one, this rather fine looking pterodactyl model featured in a dinosaur walk at the Otway F...
MONA makes Hobart?
11 May 2011 | Culture
▲ Erwin Wurm's Fat Car
Maureen and I were in Tasmania with some friend just before Hobart’s amazing new MONA – Museum of Old & New Art – opened in January. It’s the creation of David Walsh who made his considerable fortune from gambling. Not that chasing-the-...
The West Coast Wilderness Railway Abt Train
17 January 2011 | Places
Trains hate going up or down hills, their metal wheels spin on the metal rails, 1 in 25 (a 1 unit rise for every 25 units travelled) is probably about as steep as you’d want. So planning a train line along the King River between the Tasmanian mining town of Queens...
The Heads, The Rip & Pope’s Eye
14 January 2011 | Living
Flying from Melbourne down to Tasmania, Australia’s island state, the other day my flight went right over The Heads, the narrow entrance into Port Phillip Bay. The Rip, the narrowest part of the entrance, is one of Australia’s most hazardous port entrances, a place w...