Used in the manufacture of lead shot for muskets, Taroona Shot Tower was built in 1870, at which time it was the tallest man made structure in Australia. One of three surviving in Australia (the most well known is in the heart of the Melbourne CBD), it is a remarkable tapered structure 48 metres tall and features an internal spiral staircase of pit-sawn timber and an external gallery at its top which was probably used to store firewood for the upper cauldron. The gallery is now a viewing platform. I won’t tell you how many steps there are to the top, as those who make the trek and get the count right are given a certificate to say they climbed it. Entry fees apply.
Location: 234 Channel Hwy, Taroona. How to get there: travel south from Hobart along Sandy Bay Rd, the tower is one the left on the outskirts of Taroona just before a sharp bend.