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Historic Sites Tasmania

There is a rich array of cities, towns and other historic sites across Australia. All reflecting events and population movements in the two centuries following European settlement and offers fascinating insights in the country’s history. Some historic sites can be found in National Parks which are protected by national park authorities. However, most are a within the nation’s cities or towns. Many of buildings are now in public ownership and are being used for various things like a museums. Others have been acquired by the National Trust to preserve the past and display to the public. And to conclude, the things to see in Tasmania, like the historic site’s that can be found will please most tourists. Enjoy the things to see in  Tasmania when you visit. 

 

 

 

Macquarie Harbour, Strahan, Tasmania

Macquarie Harbour is six times the size of Sydney Harbour and surrounded by rugged mountains, ancient forests and fascinating history. If  you approach from the sea, you will enter through an inlet called Hells Gate. This was the location of the cruel and isolated Sarah Island Convict Station. Strahan is a 4.5-hr drive (300 km) from Hobart and a 3-hr drive (226 km) from Devonport.

In the heart of the Coal River Valley wine region, Richmond that tells the story of an early Australian colonial village. This former military outpost and convict station is noted for its 1825 stone bridge and an impressive assemblage of 50 elegant Georgian buildings. Richmond is a 30-min drive (24 km) east of Hobart.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Learn about Port Arthur’s evolution from a feared convict settlement to a World Heritage-listed Historic Site and world-class tourist destination. This grand, atmospheric and magnificently preserved complex of buildings dates from the mid nineteenth century, when Port Arthur operated as a penal settlement. Port Arthur is 97 kilometres (60 mi) southeast of Hobart.

 

 Aboriginal Tasmania

Aboriginal settlement of Australia has been traced back mare than 500,000 years. The nations first people have left us a rich and diverse legacy.  Mainly taken the form of rock and cave paintings, carvings and engraving as well as a collection of artefacts. Interest in this cultural heritage has never been stronger. But their fragile nature dictates that the sites be carefully managed and presented so they can be preserved for the appreciation and education of future generations. Respect the custodianship of the descendants. And remember that all Aboriginal sites and artefacts are protected by law. Do not pick up or remove any objects you may come across on your visit – any damage or removal is a serious offence. Now discover more things to see in Tasmania 

TIAGARRA is one of the oldest Aboriginal operated Museum and Keeping Places in Australia (officially opened on 16 October 1976) This centre in Devonport has a notable collection of rare rock engravings.

Wildlife Watching Tasmania

Isolated for millions of years from other landmasses, the Flora and Fauna of Australia evolved into distinctive and often unique forms. Australia has giant saltwater crocodiles, forest-dwelling crustaceans, possums that fly, platypuses, echidnas, stinging trees and cycads. In short some of the most diverse and fascinating animals and plants on earth. Australia’s east coast rainforests are diverse in their formation. With the tropical northern rainforest with its strangler figs, giant tree ferns, vines and epiphytes. Then there is the sub tropical rainforest  with its palms and laurels. And also there is the southern temperate rainforest, mossy with mist-shrouded beech tree. All having their own diverse  creatures abounding them. These range from colourful parrots, rare insects, butterflies and tree dwelling kangaroos. 

Then there is central Australia. Far from being just barren wastelands, this arid land also process drought adapted plants. From mallee and mulga trees to the spectacular wildflower display after the heavy rains. Then their are the creatures who inhabit this land. you can find massive colonies of termites that build towering chambers, frogs that stay underground for long periods of time and of course emus and kangaroos. Along the coast you can catch migrating humpback and southern right whales and well as green turtles hatching or little fairy penguins returning nightly to there nest. A must do for all is to explore the unrivalled coral reefs and the colourful inhabitants of these reefs.

Maria Island, Tasmania

A veritable Australian Ark, this island provides a breeding refuge for numerous rare, threatened or endangered native animals. The eastern side of Maria Island, providing a perfect vantage point for watching birds dive and swoop into the ocean. In season, you may even be lucky enough to spot the whales that frequent these waters during their annual migration

 

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