Australia Timeline


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Part of Australia's charm is its history. It also makes for some great places to visit! So take a journery down Australia's timeline & see what you can discover, or even learn.


03 January

Name 'Tasmania' replaced Van Diemen's Land.


14 June

Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) becomes a separate colony


03 January

Agricultural Society formed in Tasmania.


20 February

The Risdon settlement was moved to Sullivan's Cove (now Hobart) by Colonel David Collins.


12 September

Rear-Admiral John Bowen arrived at Risdon Cove, which later became Hobart. Among the original 49 settlers at Risdon Cove were 21 male and 3 female convicts, members of the New South Wales Corps and free settlers and their families.


20 August

Lt. William Bligh in HMS Bounty, en route to Tahiti, anchored at Adventure Bay, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). The party planted apple trees, fruit stones and various vegetables before departing on 4 September.


24 November

Abel Tasman sighted the west coast of Tasmania, north of Macquarie Harbour. He named his discovery Van Diemen's Land.

Things to See

  • Dockyard Slipway

    Dockyard Slipway

  • Gordon Dam

    Gordon Dam

  • Mt Wellington Lookout

    Mt Wellington Lookout

  • Port Arthur

    Port Arthur

  • Russell Falls

    Russell Falls

  • Tasman Fountain

    Tasman Fountain