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:
- Mainly Tasmania, the south of Western Australia, and the south island of New Zealand
- Some parts of Victoria and southern New South Wales.
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:
Most places I've written about
are also on my Google map
- Explore by location - pages grouped by state or region (WA south coast, etc).
- Explore by category - pages grouped by subject (beaches, scenic drives, etc).
- Browse the Articles - my opinions and tips on travel, photography, hiking, packing, etc.
- Watch the videos - some of my pages are illustrated with a video; the Videos pages gather them together.
- Otherwise, there is a Sitemap which lists every page, or the search box (top) if you're looking for something specific.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.