There’s so much to do in this amazing state of ours

There’s so much to do in this amazing state of ours, here are a few things to get you started…

Port Arthur

If you’re looking for a great day trip then go to Port Arthur. Port Arthur is a former convict settlement with lots of ruins and largely intact buildings that you can tour around!

There are plenty of tours available but you can just walk around yourself.

It’s only an hours drive from Hobart so this make it perfect for day trips. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Hobart then look at our Hobart Accommodation site for some great deals!

Motorbike Hire

In a surprise to no-one, one of the best holidays I’ve ever had was with a bunch of mates traveling around Tasmania on motorbikes.

We hired the bikes – new BMW’s and Honda’s, from Ian at the biggest (by far) and best motorcycle hire in Tasmania business – MotoAdventure.

Brilliant bikes, fantastic service (Ian is a top guy who just wants to make sure you see his much loved home state) and incredible scenery.

MotoAdventure’s Details

You can get Ian on 0447 556 189 or atwww.motoadventure.com.au.

Being the idiots we are, we (the guys on the motorbike tour) did up a web site telling about our adventures.  Just one thing – don’t tell our wives what we got up to!

Cheers

Brendon

South Coast Track

The South Coast Track is one of the world’s last true wilderness walks remaining.

It’s an 84km walk between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek on Tasmania’s South Coast. It presents numerous challenges as well as some incredible scenery for walkers.

If you’re interested in walking the South Coast Track check out our site – it’s the biggest resource on the track with hundreds of photos, videos, packing lists and much more!

Cheers

Jack

Plenty of Summer Left

Traditionally February and March are Tasmania’s most settled month’s as far as the weather goes.  You can look forward to long sunny days with a slight pleasant breeze.  This is Tasmania’s best time to show itself off.

J Boag and Son Brewery

Come see the where the brewing tradition of J Boag and Son started at the J Boag and Son Brewery in Launceston, northern Tasmania.

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Rottnest Island Travel – Out Of State in W.A.

The Wildlife of Rottnest Island

If it’s a stunning shoreline, a friendly atmosphere and dozens of indigenous species that interests you, then Rottnest Island could be the way to go. Whether you prefer to stay inland, or venture out towards the coast; it’s almost impossible to avoid seeing the island’s collection of birds, mammals and reptiles. So what sort of wildlife can you expect to see on Rottnest? Here’s a look at some of the most popular animals on the island.

Bottlenose Dolphins

Whether you’re standing on the shoreline or enjoying one of the fantastic boat ride services that the island offers; you’ll be in awe of the playful attitude of the local bottlenose dolphins. These underwater mammals travel in pods and can be seen playing at the surface of the ocean, as well as hunting for small fish around Salmon Bay (located at the northern side of the island). Seeing these stunning creatures up close has never been easier than when booking a trip with the Rottnest Express. You’ll get to take to the ocean on board an award winning vessel and see the ocean’s wildlife up close.

Ospreys

Ospreys aren’t just beautiful to watch – they are actual avid recyclers too! Some of their nests are 70 years old and generation after generation call them their home. They’ve seen thousands of ospreys brought in to the world and it’s a common sight to see a pair of ospreys perched together to usher in their young. Ospreys are by no stretch small birds either, and their wing spans measure up to 1.5 meters in length (the height of an average adult female).

Wild Birds

If the sight of an osprey isn’t enough for the avid bird watches amongst us, then the dozens of other wild birds on the island are guaranteed to hit the mark. From banded stilts and red-capped plovers, all the way to the native crested terns that can be seen during the day or later at night; there really is a limitless amount of wildlife to enjoy. You’ll notice the crested terns almost instantly due to their cool ‘Grease Lightning’ styled hair dos.

Night Dwellers

It’s not just the same time that plays host to these amazing animals – the evening opens the doors to a whole host of other creatures. One of the indigenous bat species can be seen gliding from pillar to post as the sun begins to set, and you’ll recognize it instantly from the white stripes that are present on the tail of the bat.

There are also three unique species of amphibians on the island; all of which frogs. One of these frogs live in trees, and the others prefer to dwell underground to hide from predators whilst scouring the surface of the ground for small insects. There are also two reptile species on the island that have long been considered residents of the location. These are geckos, and they can be spotted on trees, walls and sometimes even indoors!

They are entirely harmless however, so there’s really no need to worry if one of these little guys crawls in through a window or doorway – just a bit of movement in their direction is usually enough to send them scattering for cover.

If you want to visit Rottnest Island a great way to get around is with the Rottnest Express at http://www.rottnestexpress.com.au/.

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Tasmanian Devils

tasmanian_devil_24Once inhabiting nearly the whole of mainland Australia, the Tasmanian Devils are now found only in Tasmania – the island state of Australia. Tasmanian Devils are marsupials and nocturnal animals, which prefer to live alone rather in groups. The habitat of these nocturnal animals includes forests, countryside and shrubs swamps of towns. The deafening growl and screech that Tasmanian Devils make while having a communal feeding of carcasses has earned them the name ‘Devils.’

Tasmanian Devils have a body covered with black fur along with white markings on the chest, rump and shoulder and at times on tail. The looks of the devils are similar to that of baby bears, and their tracks are in a diamond pattern. Tasmanian Devils can reach a top speed of 13 kilometers per hour. While the average males are around 2.5 feet in height, the females are around 2 feet, both the gender weigh around 12 to 18 pounds. The sense of hearing and sense of smell of the devils are very good, with a very sharp vision.

Though they are carnivorous in their dietary habits, Tasmanian Devils are not good hunters. They mostly feed on dead animals, an eating habit which is common among the hyenas as well. From amphibians, to reptiles, birds, small mammals, kangaroos, wallabies, insects and possums these devils eat anything and everything. Tasmanian Devils are known as ‘mini-vacuum cleaners’ since they eat everything of their preys’ dead bodies including bones, fur, skin and skull. The devils are known to be noisy eaters while eating in groups.

Tasmanian Devils begin to breed in their second year, when the female devils become sexually mature. The mating time of the devils is in March. The new devils are born in April, though 20 young devils are born only 4 manage to live. By the end of the 40 weeks, the young ones become independent. Tasmanian Devils have a life span of 7 to 8 years.

Tasmanian Devils was made into a famous cartoon character Taz by the Warner Bros in 50s. This popular cartoon character has featured in a number of animated movies, commercials and television series.

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Escaping The Tasmanian Winter – An African Safari

Unless you live in the remote wildernesses of Africa, getting to experience the sights, sounds and scenes of an exotic location is something that most people can only dream about. Although it’s a once in a life time experience, that doesn’t stop people from coming back time and again, just to be a part of the fantastic feeling of being on a wildlife safari. Fortunately, times have changed and this once in a lifetime experience is now available to people from all walks of life, but why should you choose to plan your holiday around an African safari?

Well it’s not just the exotic nature of your trip that will really get your heart pumping, but it’s the sheer level of experiences that you’ll have whilst on the safari itself. Does anything quite say ‘adventure’, like the stunningly beautiful country of Kenya? From its open plains filled with rare birds, mammals and predators, all the way to its crocodile and snake infested rivers. The location is filled with things that you wouldn’t even have known existed if you went elsewhere.

So what makes choosing an African safari an even better choice? Well for a start, Kenya is home to the original Masai tribe, whose rich heritage and traditions have stood the test of time, with their practices no different now to how they were when they were first invented centuries ago, so if you want a Kenya safari in the Masia - this is the place to look. Witnessing their unique, diverse and stunningly extravagant culture, is something that only a handful of people get to enjoy in their lifetimes; so why not combine a mix of safari adventure with Masai culture today?

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