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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:

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Tarraleah Falls, Tasmania

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.
26 May 2018

Four of the Steppes stones. Steppes sculptures, Tasmania

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.
17 March 2018

The Huon River near Franklin, 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.
16 December 2017

Waddamana Power Station Museum, Tasmania

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.
14 October 2017

Dusk at Conspicuous Beach, Western Australia

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.
29 July 2017

Duckhole Lake, Tasmania

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.
8 July 2017

Mawson's Huts replica museum, Hobart, Tasmania

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.
6 June 2017

Lake Burbury from Mt Jukes

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
17 April 2017

Elachbutting Rock, not Wave Rock

The other wave rocks

Well known natural features are often promoted as being unique, but that isn't always true. Sometimes the most visited attractions are just the best examples out of many, such as the rock wave formations in Western Australia. Wave Rock is the famous one, but there are all these other versions scattered around ...
05 January 2017

Part of the heritage listed main street, Yackandandah, Victoria

Back to Yackandandah

This little town near Beechworth in north east Victoria oozes history and charm. It can be a pleasant place to stay while exploring the region, especially if you like quiet heritage-listed towns which have good coffee and a bakery
5 November 2016

Gear for playing music in cars

Playing your own music in rental vehicles

Listening to favourite music is a great way to make long drives more enjoyable, and scenic drives memorable. However the actual method of playing your own music in rented vehicles is a detail sometimes overlooked when planning a trip. I've tried a few ways, and gadgets, and this is what I've found
1 October 2016

Wildflowers on Frenchmans Peak near Esperance, Western Australia

Stopping to smell the flowers on Frenchmans Peak

“Stop and smell the roses (or flowers)” - an old piece of wisdom, urging us to pause and appreciate the beauty all around us. It may be wise, but can be easily forgotten when travelling. So much to see, and so little time! On a climb up Frenchman's Peak in Western Australia I took the old saying literally, and was very impressed with what I saw ... once I stopped long enough to really see it.
27 August 2016

Hiking track near Walpole, Western Australia

Five things I've learned while hiking

Years of bushwalking have taught me a few things. On another page I share some of the lessons specific to the Bibbulmun Track. Here I share some other things I've learned which apply to long hikes in general, regardless of where that happens to be.
2 July 2016

Lake Monger, Perth, Western Australia

Alternative viewpoints for photographing Perth city

Just about every visitor to Perth photographs the famous view of the city and river from Kings Park. For those looking to capture the city skyline from other, different angles, here are some of my favourite alternative viewpoints.
19 May 2016

Whale watching at Kaikoura, New Zealand

Whale watching at Kaikoura

Boat trips to see whales at Kaikoura are well publicised as must-do activities, and draw large numbers of tourists. I usually focus on less crowded attractions, but fancied the idea of seeing whales along such a beautiful bit of New Zealand's coast - so I did the boat trip to see if the hype was deserved.
1 May 2016

Coal Mines historic site, Tasmania

Convict ruins at the Coal Mines historic site

If you want to explore the colonial remains of a notorious Tasmanian penal colony, the Port Arthur historic site is the obvious place to go. In the same general area, but far less known, is another historic site where some of Port Arthur's worst convicts were sent to mine coal ... and where visitors can roam the ruins without cost or crowds.
28 March 2016

Waratah, Tasmania

Why visit Waratah?

One of the things I enjoy about travelling in Australia and New Zealand are the small country towns. Despite some common features they are not all the same; many have their own unique character. One distinctive town is Waratah in the north west of Tasmania - an old mining town on the edge of the Tarkine wilderness.
5 March 2016

Lucky Bay, Western Australia, from east end

Lucky Bay - the far side

Anyone visiting Esperance in Western Australia would know of Lucky Bay - one of the more popular highlights of a stunning stretch of coast. The access point is at the west end of the bay, but not all visitors get to experience the different landscapes and ambience at the far east end. The lure of a slightly less travelled path compelled me to go and have a look.
30 January 2016

Creek crossing the main beach at Thistle Cove, Esperance, Western Australia

Thistle Cove

When I first visited the Esperance area of Western Australia in the 1990s, I thought Thistle Cove was close to perfection. That is, if you like charming secluded bays with gorgeous beaches and picturesque rocky backdrops. All unspoiled by humans. I returned more recently for a closer look, to see if it really is as lovely as I remembered it.
9 January 2016

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