What is the point of moving all the way to Australia and then going to Tasmania? Those were the shockingly short-sighted numbskull thoughts that went through my head when considering emigrating to Oz. Why move all the way to go from one cold place to another, I would wonder.
I now eat my words, although those words were never uttered. I apologise to all Tasmanians for my ridiculous thoughts, and to all those considering moving to Tasmania. I was wrong and you are right. I can now definitely see the point of moving to Tassie.
Any of you who read Mondays post called a quick peek at Tasmania will already know two of them. You will have seen mine and Elizabeth’s favourite moments from the holidays, but I left you on tenterhooks waiting for the favourite place of Mrs BobinOz from our holiday last week.
It was Marakoopa Cave, near Mole Creek…
We also saw glow worms, which didn’t photograph at all on account that cameras were not allowed to be used in that section of the cave. But glow worms here, as it turns out, are kind of cave maggots that can’t walk. So they glow to attract food to them, and it works.
After a year or so, the glow worms turn into the less exotic sounding fungus gnat. This means they have grown wings and can fly.
Then they die within about five days, often by being attracted to a glow worm and getting eaten.
What a life!
We had coffee and hot food in a cosy little cafe just outside of the cave. Great view!
The streets of Hobart and the housing looked typically English. Note the narrow pavements, just like the ones I used to tread when I was a small child….
You’ll probably recognise the little snowman here, bottom left…..
Almost everywhere we drove there were lakes….
Other than that, it’s rolling hills, countryside and a place teeming with wildlife. Tasmania still has a huge population of wallabies and wombats, but not so many of this little fellow. The Tasmanian devil is now classified as endangered…..
We drove from Hobart in the south, all the way to Launceston in the north. I say “all the way”, but it’s not far. About 200 km. We loved every bit of the journey and even saw one or two other cars on the way.
Yes, there are lots of “points” to Tasmania. It’s the Lake District on an island. It’s possibly the cleanest air you’ll breathe. Forget traffic jams. Full of fantastic natural beauty. Rolling hills and countryside everywhere. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Lake and sea views around every corner. It’s just not as hot as mainland Australia.
But it’s also not as cold as England.
Of course, you’ve got to like all of Tasmania’s points and if your idea of heaven is the Gold Coast, then the place is not for you. It’s probably not for me either, but I do see the point.
Tasmania gets the thumbs up!