Travel to Tasmania, Australia – Episode 426

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Hear about travel to Tasmania in Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Robert Reid, the Offbeat Observer for National Geographic Traveler, about his recent trip to Van Diemen’s Land.

Tasmania is a heart shaped island off the southeast coast of Australia about the size of the state of Indiana. Robert is working as a correspondent for Tourism Australia and planned a trip to Tasmania because when he used to live in Victoria everyone talked about getting away to Tasmania. “They dream of getting away and maybe having a cottage or retiring there. They talked about the walks, some of the food they get there. To them it is always sort of this wonder. I like the idea that it is more compact.”

Australia is dominated by the outback, while Tasmania is much more green, much more forested. “It almost looks like the Pacific Northwest or the north of England in a sense, that is if you don’t look too closely because the vegetation and animals are clearly another world. You have the Myrtle Rain Forest and then you get up into these King Billy pines and these more alpine type of things as it gets higher up.”

“I was walking on the Overland Track which is a 6 day track which is kind of the Appalachian Trail of sorts, on a much smaller scale, for Tasmania. You are passing within hours from moors to bogs and button grass. The you go up through these Myrtle forests and you go over these ridges and you see these rock topped mountains that escaped the ice age. They were never submerged under the glaciers there. Very dramatic scenery, it covers a lot of different things.”

Robert also recommends the MONA museum, the Museum of Old and New Art, in Hobart the capital of Tasmania. “Hobart is a great place. Earl Flynn was born there. It is at the base of Mount Wellington, this massive mountain. They are talking about building a cable car to the top. The bay itself is lined with these very crusty fish and chips places and there is some very nice food. In 2011 Hobart really changed. It got on the map because of this museum. They created this museum that you arrive to by ferry. It was built underground. It is a very cutting edge museum.”

We talk about trekking, Tasmanian Devils, Tasmanian Tigers as well as the convict history of Port Arthur.

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Show Notes

Reid On Travel
Offbeat Observer
Discover Tasmania
A Town Like Alice
Overland Track
Henry Darger (The Vivian Girls)
Errol Flynn
James Boags Brewery
Stillwater Restaurant
Launceston Cataract Gorge
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
Rabbit-Proof Fence
The Hunter
Van Diemen’s Land
Port Arthur
The Fatal Shore
In A Sunburned Country
Tasmania: The Tipping Point?
Great Walks of Australia
Storyteller Spinks


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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

8 Responses to “Travel to Tasmania, Australia – Episode 426”



Good Episode. Robert, my namesake, did a good job describing the main places I visited as well. If I was to add 1 more place he didn’t talk about I would recommend Mount Field National park which is around 100km West of Hobart. It’s easy to get there by car but within 10 minutes of leaving the visitor centre you feel like you are in some magical enchanted rainforest hours away from civilisation.

I did the Overland Track as well but organised it by myself. I had walking boots but everything else I had to get myself in Tassie. In total for passes, gear, food, fuel etc I spent around $700. I rented gear from a shop in Launceston and it cost me around $150 in total which is really good value.
Pro tip – on day 1 after you climb Cradle mountain don’t take the wrong route, have to rush to an emergency hut before complete darkness falls and have people looking for you. Just sayin’……

On the tripadvisor world landmark list I’ve visited 4 of the landmarks the Taj, St Peter’s Basillica, Angkor Wat and Banyon. Personally speaking ahead of both Angkor and Banyon(which I categorise together) I would put in the Bagan temple complex in Myanmar/Burma. There are over 4000 temples in a roughly 40 km square area. You go to the top of 1 of the temples and you’re the only person there and as you look out all you see is hundreds of temples in the middle of a mini forest. It’s absolutely stunning. Usually when you go to the really incredible places like the Taj or Angkor Wat you are surrounded by people.but Bagan is the probably the most beautiful man made complex that nobody knows about.



Rob, thanks for both the insights and the advice on the landmarks… maybe I need to reprioritize



I had to laugh a little. Robert compared the size of Taz to Indiana. Then later you discussed other Hobarts and missed Hobart Indiana, home of the Brickies. Hobert is in “the region” of northwest Indiana just across the border from Chicago’s south side.



ha, another Hobart!

Albert Cooke


I have a question to Robert, is Tasmania a great place for travelers, actually my hobby is to know about different places and its attractions.



well… did you listen to the show? Robert says it is a great place for travelers

Wes Snow


Great ep…it certainly has me thinking about my next international outdoors trip and the Tasmanian treks got added to those ideas like NZ’s South Island, Patagonia, Swiss Alps/Mt Blanc.

As for the TripAdvisor list….been to all but Savannah’s Cathedral (how have I missed that with three visits there?). Will have 5 internationally by Christmas with a visit to the Taj Mahal this year.



Sounds like you have a trek in your future Wes

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