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Derby: Tin Mining History Tasmania

So you’ve been everywhere man, right? Well have you been to explore Derby in north east Tasmania yet? It’s the Year of the Dragon, so why not get on the Trail of the Tin Dragon soon? Derby: Trail of the Tin Dragon by Gina Scott First of all let’s just clarify: north east Tasmania has a very rich mining history. Early European settlers and the Chinese came looking for gold in the late 1800s, but found tin instead. The hills of north east Tasmania are dotted with mining relics and “scratchings”, some are still visible today. The Trail of...

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Marine Grass Science Study: Sea Meadows

by Tony Scott A scientific study of marine grass meadows around the southern coast of Australia has ramifications for commercial fisheries including the rock lobster industry. A group of four marine scientists based in Western Australia were in Tasmania’s north east recently as part of the study which stretches from Shark Bay in Western Australia to north of Sydney. Dr Liz Sinclair said the three-year research project is about halfway complete. “We are collecting specimens from as many of the seagrass meadows we have mapped as we can manage to look at the genetic diversity within and among different...

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North East Tasmania: Now is the Time!

words by Gina Scott and photos by Dan Fellow When was the last time you visited the North East of Tasmania for a holiday? Never maybe! You are missing out on a great region to enjoy local seafood and wine, some great bush walking, swimming in summer, golf at Barnbougle Dunes (and don’t forget the local nine hole course either); visiting vineyards and Bridestowe Lavender Estate, the largest commercial lavender farm in the southern hemisphere! The Blue Tier region is fantastic for taking the family for a walk. Some tracks are easy so take your picnic lunch! When you...

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Ralphs Falls, St Columba Falls & Pyengana Dairy Cheese

by Gina Scott Next stop after Legerwood is Ralphs Falls in the North East of Tasmania. Off we go through the quiet country town of Ringarooma and onto the Falls, up the winding gravel road that has a dry stone wall completed in the 1940’s after the Second World War. This area also has several old tin prospecting and gold mining sites, some of which can still be seen today. Off you go kids, take the forest walk to Ralphs Falls. It’s only 20 minutes (while I have my cup of tea and lunch. They ate theirs in the...

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Legerwood: Discover North East Tasmania

by Gina Scott Legerwood… how did we end up there? It was the school holidays; an opportunity to get away for a while with the teenagers. That’s a great idea. Isn’t it? We loaded up the Travelways, UBD maps, thermos, cameras, hair straightener, MP3, iPod, three mobile phones, assorted coats, hats, scarves and boots. Off we go, just Mum and two teenagers! Let’s not make any definite plans; let’s just go where we like. Stay where we like. No timetable. But we’ve only got five days. Daughter: I would like to do a ghost tour at Port Arthur. Mum: Are you sure...

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