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Tasmania in a 4WD.
Tasmania in a 4WD.
The country side of Tasmania
Salmon Ponds in Tasmania.

Tassie 4WD Escape

Thursday, August 3, 2000
If your dream of visiting Tasmania is telling a driver what you'd like to see and do, then let Rex McCarthy be your guide.

Most day trips are to Port Arthur, Freycinet or Cradle Mountain, but he also goes to lesser-known spots. His 4WD LandCruiser can take up to seven passengers, but with other 4WD operators larger groups can be catered for. Multi-day trips are great for those wanting to see wildlife, the forests and unspoilt areas in between checking out some interesting golf venues.

Ratho Links is the oldest course in the southern hemisphere and is located just outside Bothwell, where four Scottish families settled in 1822. They each had a course, and Ratho is the only one remaining. Six of the nine holes are original and the greens are fenced to keep sheep out.

The Australian Golf Museum was established by Peter Twogood, a member of the Australian team that won the World Cup at St Andrews in 1958. It is housed in the lovely stone school which was built in 1887 and is in Bothwell because of the closeness of Ratho. There is all sorts of interesting memorabilia, and you can hire clubs from Mr Twogood.

Tynwald was built in 1830 and modernised in 1890, so it is part Georgian, part Victorian. On the grounds are the ruins of a flour mill, and the owners have turned the 1820 grain storage building into a self-contained cottage. Tynwald has seven rooms in the main house and each room has an ensuite or private bathroom just down the hall. The restaurant specialises in game and general local produce and there are charming linens, laces and antiques right throughout the property.

Mt Field National Park covers 17,000 hectares and was the first area in Tasmania to be declared a national park, in 1885. Apart from Ben Lomond National Park, Mt Field is the only major skiing area in Tasmania. The 10-minute nature walk to Russell Falls is recommended.

The Old Salmon Ponds at Plenty were established in 1860 with eggs brought over in ice boxes from the northern hemisphere. They hatched but did not survive. However, some trout eggs did survive, and the area became a trout hatchery. It wasn't until 15 years ago that they actually got salmon to the Salmon Ponds.

The area is like an English park, surrounded by a hedge, beautiful lawns and trees, and pools of trout. As well as being of historical interest, trout and salmon are hatched here for stocking the lakes of Tasmania for recreational fishing.


Central and southern Tasmania.


Tasmanian Escapes day trips start at $132 per person and overnight trips start at $242 per person per night. They operate all year.
Ratho Links have a $6 green fee.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Tasmanian Escapes (03) 6344 1206
Tynwald (03) 6261 2667
Ratho Links (03) 6259 5510
Salmon Ponds (03) 6261 1076
Qantas 13 1313
Best Western131 779

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