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Valley of the foodies

In the little town of Cygnet, south of Hobart, big-city refugees are living the dream, writes Winsor Dobbin.

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New Norfolk

New Norfolk (including Plenty)
Fascinating historic town full of interesting and unusual attractions
New Norfolk and Plenty are genuinely fascinating. The richness and variety of their historic buildings, the superb Salmon Ponds, the old Oast Houses and the gentle undulations of the countryside on either side of the Derwent River make this one of the most attractive areas in the whole of southern Tasmania. Mercifully the town has not been over-developed and it is still possible for visitors to wander through the old Oast House, visit the historic asylum, walk along the banks of the river, or inspect the beautiful stained glass windows in Tasmania's oldest church, The Anglican Church of St Matthew.

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In season ... the view of Mount Murchison from Tullah.

On the lightly trodden trail

Nature buffs know Tasmania's landmarks by heart but the island has no shortage of wilderness and unsung whistle-stoops, writes Rick Eaves.

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Hook, line and lodge ... the quest for lake trout.

Lord of the flies

Robert Upe spends a weekend wading, casting, stripping and dining in the nation's trout-fishing capital.

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Your questions

Where can we go to spoil overselves on a group week away, within five hours' flight of Sydney?

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The mess hall at Koonya

Koonya - Places to See

A fascinating convict outstation once known as Cascades
It is easy to forget that Port Arthur was not an isolated settlement. The whole of the Tasman Peninsula - Saltwater River, Port Arthur, Koonya, Eaglehawk Neck and Taranna - was all part of a larger penal colony. Port Arthur may have been the largest and most sophisticated of the settlements but the other places were important and well developed outstations.

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Boats moored at Kettering

Kettering - Places to See

Kettering (including Woodbridge)
Pleasant coastal town on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Kettering (37 km south of Hobart) and Woodbridge nestle into the coast on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel opposite Bruny Island - two tiny settlements gazing across the narrow channel at the island's low lying hills. It is hard to imagine that they were once violent outposts where the local Aborigines were persecuted and maltreated by sealers and whalers.

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