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Footprints on Misery Beach, Western Australia

Welcome to Roaming Down Under, an independent hobby website where I share some of the great locations and activities I've enjoyed on my travels in Australia and New Zealand.

My main focus is on places of natural beauty which are quiet, out of the way, or just a little overlooked. Although I do cover well known places too (preferably out of season). The cooler southern parts of "down under" which I write about are:

The About page has a bit more about this website and its author.

Finding your way around

There are more than 150 pages on this site, with original photos and some videos. Ways to explore them include:

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Ida Bay Railway

Tucked away in the far south of Tasmania is a railway notable for two reasons ... it is Australia's most southerly, and is the last remaining bush tramway in the country. The two hour return ride is a pleasant way to taste the area's scenery and history, and access a remote beach walk.

South Cape Bay walk

The 16km return walk to South Cape Bay is the most southerly day-walk you can do in Australia. The mostly gentle slopes, beautiful Tasmanian bush and birdlife, and wild beach at the end make it a delightful wilderness walk for anyone able to cover the distance.

Tarraleah Falls

Waterfall afficionados will enjoy the way this Central Tasmanian waterfall plunges over a cliff into empty space - a fine sight even when water flow is low. Visitors may be scarce, but Tarraleah Falls is not far from the main road across the middle of Tasmania, and accessible to anyone who can spare an hour to walk through beautiful forest to get there.

Steppes sculptures and homestead

Bronze sculptures on a circle of stone blocks - not what you might expect in an isolated patch of bush in Tasmania’s highlands. But there they are, with a historic homestead nearby. Both make for an interesting and probably unexpected stop for travellers on the high road across central Tasmania.

Extreme south

How far south can you go in Australia, and what's it like there? On my first visit to Tasmania, this curiosity led me to drive south until I ran out of road. The landscapes and coast I found there have lured me back to Tasmania's far south on all visits since.

Waddamana Power Station Museum

If a power station museum doesn't sound like a must-see sightseeing attraction, then a visit to the Waddamana Power Station Museum might change your thinking. It's not like a museum, because it's a real hydroelectric power station - Tasmania's first - preserved as it was on the day it closed down. For a gadget lover who is curious about how things work, it can be surprisingly enchanting.

Winter on the WA south coast

Cold, wet, miserable ... words used by some people to express their reluctance to visit Western Australia's south coast in winter. But is it really that bad? I don’t think so. With words and pictures I illustrate some of the positive things about winter on the WA south coast.

Duckhole Lake walk

This walk in Tasmania's far south leads to a tranquil small lake hidden in forest. If you fancy a not-difficult walk in beautiful quiet forest, walking to Duck Hole Lake can be pleasant. The biggest challenge is finding it.

Mawson's Huts replica museum

On a remote piece of Antarctic coast stand a couple of huts built by explorer Douglas Mawson. They are still standing after a century of blizzards in the windiest place on earth, but few will get to visit the originals. However, anyone visiting Hobart can walk through very authentic replicas ... and get a rich taste of the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration.

Mt Jukes lookouts

Visitors to Queenstown in the west of Tasmania are often just passing through. But if time and weather allow it, a side trip along the Mt Jukes road can reveal some fantastic views of Tasmania's west coast wilderness.

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