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Glow worms adorn the walls of an abandoned train tunnel like rare jewels in this fascinating capture from @ukperth. This is the Spray Tunnel, a 100-metre long tunnel that leads to what was once the Spray Silver Mine near the historic township of Zeehan in @tasmaniasnorthwest. The Spray Tunnel Loop is an easy, one-hour return walk that allows you to explore this intriguing excavation and site, which includes relics of buildings and abandoned boilers. Established in the late 1800s after tin, silver and lead discoveries sparked the largest mining boom in the west, Zeehan quickly grew into Tasmania's third largest town and the hub for the West Coast. This days the town is much smaller and quieter. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Umar.
Jun 23, 2017
Overlooking the distinctive twists and turns of the road to the summit of Ben Lomond with @luxlusive. Located in @northerntasmania, the magnificent mountain of Ben Lomond is dominated by an alpine plateau over 1500 metres high and surrounded on all sides by precipitous escarpments. As a result, its stark, treeless profile is visible from much of Tasmania's north. Being able to drive - or pedal - to the plateau is a unique feature of this mountainous national park. The vegetation of Ben Lomond is different to other parts of Tasmania and in the summer months, the alpine wildflowers are a delight. In contrast, during winter, Ben Lomond is Tassie's main destination for downhill skiing and snowsports. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Aidan.
Jun 22, 2017
Celebrating the start to another stunning winter's day from the summit of kunanyi/Mount Wellington with @colourblindom. At this time of year, Tassie's bracing and frost-covered mornings retreat to reveal spectacularly blue days with floods of warming sun. It's a daily routine for locals and visitors in the know to seek out sheltered, sun-drenched places to sit, soak up the warmth and recharge - almost like human solar cells! And its recharged batteries that are needed to live life to its fullest in Tassie over winter. With a season of festivals celebrating food and drink, lifestyle and community, arts and culture, there's never a shortage of ways to get amongst it in true #TassieStyle . Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Dom.
Jun 22, 2017
"Hiking towards and up Precipitous Bluff was one of the most challenging walking experiences I have had. Making it to camp totally exhausted after trenching through waist deep water for 10km. Would still do it again..." Motivational words from @dylan.oswin. Multi-day adventures remote areas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Southwest National Park are not for the faint-hearted. They can be tough, unpredictable, perilous, and require weeks of preparation and years of experience. That being said, the shared experiences of a dedicated few are nothing short of inspirational, with many resolving to return. It's no surprise really - Tassie's wild places can have that effect on you. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Dylan.
Jun 21, 2017
'Early morning traffic at Cape Pillar...' @phillipmahoney recently captured this inspirational shot during a sunrise fly-over of the Tasman Peninsula and Cape Pillar. Located about 90 minutes' drive south-east of @hobartandbeyond, the Tasman Peninsula boasts a range of breathtaking landscapes and seascapes and startling geological formations - the Blowhole, Remarkable Cave, Tessellated Pavement and Devil's Kitchen - to name a few. Whether you're fortunate enough to experience it from the air, or you choose to explore the region on foot or via the water, there's a range experiences for all ages and abilities that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. It certainly looks like you had fun, Phil! Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania .
Jun 21, 2017
Where will today's path to adventure lead you? In @_emwilson_'s case, it's to one of a number of locations on the flanks of @HobartandBeyond's kunanyi / Mount Wellington. There are many ways to enjoy the beautiful natural features of 'The Mountain', including walking tracks that lead into the park from the city and suburbs. Walks range from easy strolls to tough climbs through cool forests and past springs, waterfalls and the soaring dolerite columns of the Organ Pipes. Only in Tassie would you find so much wilderness so close to the city - 18,000 hectares of it just a short drive away! "I feel so lucky to live in a city where I am a twenty minute drive from great walks like this", says Emily. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania .
Jun 20, 2017
"A beautiful sense of peace and calmness. I sat in reverie and rested, absorbing the quietness and the beauty of my surrounds..." It's a state of mind that's commonly described by visitors and locals when taking time in our world-class wilderness areas. And judging from her words, @melissafindley's recent visit to Cradle Mountain and @tasmaniasnorthwest didn't disappoint. Tassie has a total of 20 national parks covering a diversity of unspoiled habitats and ecosystems with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. They're all stunningly beautiful and most are within easy reach of our major centres. The hard part is choosing which one to visit first - or next! Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Melissa. (📷 by @laurenepbath)
Jun 20, 2017
Cruising through the towering forests of the Tasman National Park with @manuelmeurisse - en-route to Fortescue Bay on @HobartandBeyond's Tasman Peninsula. At road's end is arguably one of southern Tassie's most picturesque campgrounds and the step-off point for the 5-hour return track to Cape Hauy - one of the 60 Great Short Walks of Tasmania. Fortescue Bay is also the point where walkers of the Three Capes Track are collected for return to the Port Arthur Historic Site after four days and three nights of spectacular cliff-top coastal vistas. A day trip to Fortescue Bay is certainly possible - it's about 90 minutes' drive from Hobart - however we thoroughly recommend staying a while... Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Manuel.
Jun 19, 2017
Horizon gazing at sunset with @pyh_insta at Bicheno on @eastcoasttasmania. This is the location of the Bicheno Blowhole - a crevasse in the lichen-covered granite that in the right conditions shoots water skyward as the waves roll in. If you're around at the right time, the sound and spectacle is something else - not to mention the sea-spray! Located mid-way along Tassie's glorious East Coast, just north of the famed Freycinet Peninsula, Bicheno is a relaxed coastal town that's perfect base for local explorations, wildlife and wilderness adventures, and foodie degustations. The town was named after James Ebenezer Bicheno, the British Colonial Secretary for Van Diemen's Land from 1843 to 1851. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Paul.
Jun 19, 2017
'Bushwalking Euphoria' was the title given to this shot by @rogpogli9 and is it any wonder? Those who have stood in silence on the gently lapping shores of Dove Lake and taken in the 360-degree magnificence of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park certainly wouldn't argue! When the dual peaks of Cradle Mountain are bathed in brilliant blue and mirrored by the reflective surface of the Dove Lake it makes for some magnificent memories - regardless on whether you're on a casual stroll from the nearby carpark or you're embarking on a multi-day wilderness adventure. Unsurprisingly, this is one of Tassie most popular natural attractions. Congratulation on a stunning image, @ame_dep. And thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Roger.
Jun 18, 2017
The setting sun throws tranquil pastels across the sky in @luxlusive's image of the Hospital at @hobartandbeyond's Port Arthur Historic Site. Built above the prisoners’ barracks on Settlement Hill in 1841-42, this hospital was the third constructed at Port Arthur. The hospital included wards, a kitchen, baking room, laundry and morgue and was staffed by a doctor and untrained convict orderlies. @PortArthurTassie’s convicts laboured in heavy industries such as timber-cutting - an inherently dangerous job that meant accident victims were common inmates at the hospital. The building was sold to the Catholic Church in the 1890s, and damaged by bushfires in 1895 and 1897. A evocative image - thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Aidan.
Jun 18, 2017
"I hate goodbyes! - This Humpback Whale may have left quickly, but not before leaving us with eternal memories..." Not everyone gets to experience the majesty and breathtaking beauty of these gentle giants from under the surface like @submerged_images, but at this time of year it's certainly possible to see them from above the water - especially off the Tasman Peninsula in @hobartandbeyond. The Humpbacks have commenced their annual winter migration north to breeding grounds off @Australia's northern coast. Fortunately for locals and visitors, that means sightings are commonplace along the entire East Coast - either from shore, or from on the water. Or under the water if you're lucky enough! Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania , Danny.
Jun 17, 2017