4 x 4 Australia
5THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Some 80km north of Hobart on the Midland Highway is the historically important town of Oatlands, containing Australia’s largest collection of sandstone Georgian buildings. The town was established around a military precinct in the late 1820s, with 150 of these mostly convict-built buildings still standing.
02 TUMBLING WATER
Blessed with abundant rainfall, Tasmania hosts plenty of waterfalls. Notable among the many cascades are the Lost Falls near Pyengana, the high Meetus Falls on the Cygnet River, and St Columba Falls 30km west of St Helens, one of the tallest.
03 TIN MEN
There’s no missing the influence tin miners have had on NE corner, with plenty of info highlighting the industry’s old points of interest such as the remants of the Anchor Stampers a few kays from the Halls Falls turn-off.
04 LITTLE BLUE LAKE
Talking of tin, check out the flooded former Endurance Tin Mine near Gladstone. Now known as the Little Blue Lake, it gets its name courtesy of the bright-blue mineral-rich water. Officially there’s no swimming here, but apparently people do in summer. Hmm, you can have that.
05 FREE CAMPING
One of the great things about Tasmania is the amount of free camps, and along the way of this adventure there were plenty to choose from in the forest, lakeside or close to the coast.