The A-Z guide to Tasmania

Written by realestateview.com.au in Property News on December 3, 2018

A Tasmanian Devil sitting on the ground, sniffing the air.

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Antarctic Research – Hobart is a hub for Antarctic explorers, with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere department, and the Australian Antarctic Division all based there.

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Bridge – The stone arch bridge in the town of Richmond, on the outskirts of Hobart, is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia, built by convicts in 1825.

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Cradle Mountain – A popular holiday spot, Cradle Mountain the Central Highlands boasts amazing views and walking tracks.

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Dark Mofo – This festival is held in Hobart to coincide with the winter solstice each year, exploring all things quirky and confronting using food, films, music, art and light.

A dark hall filled with eerie lighting, neon crosses and candles, with people sitting down for a meal.

Photo credit: Dark Mofo

E

Eastern Shore – The local slang for the suburbs on the eastern side of the River Derwent, such as Bellerive and Lindisfarne.

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Foodie Festival – The Taste of Tasmania is held over the Christmas and New Year period each year, with a mouth-watering array of decadent local produce.

G

Gordon River – This 172km-long river flows through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from Strahan to Macquarie.

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Howrah – An upmarket suburb on the “Eastern Shore” where homeowners enjoy stunning river views.

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Invermay – This Launceston suburb is home to York Park, also known as UTAS stadium, where AFL matches are held.

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Jericho – No, not the one in Palestine! This historical town lies in the centre of Tassie, just off the Midland Highway, and has some fine examples of convict-era stone architecture on display.

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Kunanyi – Also known as Mount Wellington, this imposing mountain rises up beside the Tassie capital and looks especially pretty in the winter, when it gets a dusting of snow.

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Launceston – Tassie’s second city, Launceston, has a lot to offer, including City Park, which has a display of monkeys free of charge for the public.

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MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art is the largest privately-funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere, and hosts an eclectic array of ancient, modern and contemporary art with risqué themes from the collection of David Walsh.

Photo Credit: Discover Tasmania

Photo Credit: Discover Tasmania

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North Hobart – Directly north of the CBD, as the name suggests, North Hobart has a fabulous dining strip along the main road, Elizabeth Street, with loads of great cafes and restaurants.

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Orford – 70 kilometres from Hobart on the Prosser River, Orford is a quaint village with few permanent residents, but lots of holiday homes.

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Penny Royal – Located in Launceston, Penny Royal is a world of adventure, with rock climbing, zip-lines and bushranger-themed barge rides the whole family will enjoy.

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Queenstown – The largest town on Tassie’s west coast, Queenstown has a rich mining history and a unique landscape likened to that seen on the moon.

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River Derwent – Beginning 700 metres above Hobart and flowing out into the Tasman Sea, “The River”, as it’s known by the locals, can be traversed using either the Tasman or Bowen Bridge.

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Salamanca Place – The place to be on a Saturday morning in Hobart if you want to experience the ultimate street market.

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Tassie Devil – These cute, carnivorous little creatures are found all over the state, but you’re unlikely to stumble across one in the wild as they are nocturnal.

Photo Credit: WikiCommons

Photo Credit: WikiCommons

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Ulverstone – On the north coast of Tasmania, Ulverstone is one of the largest towns in the state, and a popular tourist destination.

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Valley – The Huon Valley is the name given to the geographic area around the town of Huonville, famous for apple growing.

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Wharf – Princes Wharf is the where you’ll need to head if you’re looking for a gastronomic feast. There are some amazing restaurants down there, not to mention the Taste of Tasmania every December.

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XI – Wild Oats XI holds the record for the most Sydney to Hobart wins, taking line honours nine times in the famous race since 2005.

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Yachts – The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race ends, unsurprisingly, in Hobart each December, with tourists and locals flocking to the dock to watch the boats come in.

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Zeehan – Located on the west coast of the state, Zeehan has a long and fascinating history since it was first settled as a base for mining operations.