For those of you who are my friends on Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve been traipsing around Tasmania for the last fortnight. For sheer rugged beauty, Tasmania is hard to beat. It’s one of those places that can quite literally take your breath away, but it’s also endearingly quirky, so I thought I’d share three of my favourite things about my recent holiday with you.
1. The Beach! Obviously. ;-) Down the road and around the corner from my accommodation was Bellerive Beach. Happy sighs. I spent many a happy hour ambling there. But what was even better was if you went the long way around (along the little headland), you were treated to the most spectacular views of the harbour and Mount Wellington, as well as the beach. This is a small sample of the pics I took:
|The beginning of the walk|
|Steps! They always make me want to explore further. |
|Mount Wellington standing guard over the harbour|
|I fell in love with this house! Naturally it had the best views :-)|
|Little paths and railings led off the main walkway, which had to be explored|
|Bellerive Beach in the distance|
|My destination: Bellerive Beach|
2. The headstone. Now around the other corner and down the other road from my accommodation was this lovely old church with an array of weathered headstones.
You can’t read it here (you could hardly read it there either!), but it says: Margaret died age 57 years. She was a most pious woman who has in death, as she did in life, found comfort in her redeemer.
Beneath it is says: Joseph died 70 years. Long-term resident.
--that's the best they could say about him? Doesn’t that just make you chortle? Don't you wish you had an inside line on that story. Obviously Maggie was a bit of a favourite with the congregation, while Old Joe wasn’t so popular. ;-)
3. Tarraleah: We took a trip northwest from Hobart towards Lake St Clair in Tasmania’s Central Highlands. We were on a bit of a time schedule so we didn’t make it all the way, but we did stumble across the de-commissioned township of Tarraleah (which was once called Ticklebelly—what a great name!). It was a town built in the 1920s and 1930s as part of the hydro-electric scheme. Workers had to walk in with pack-horses as there was no road. But it became a booming township with a population of 2000 before automation made the workers’ jobs defunct.
|The view from Tarraleah lookout|
BUT, and this is the interesting bit, the town (the whole town!) was sold and restored, and it's now a tourist accommodation hub. There’s a grand art deco lodge, fifteen 3-4 bedroom art deco cottages (built for the engineers and architects), accommodation in the old schoolhouse, as well as cabin-style accommodation on the grounds. You can hire the entire place out! I was dreaming of the writing retreats we LoveCats could have. Happy sighs. The lodge comes with its own butler and chef. Happier sighs. Oh, dear reader, there’s a book in that. And I believe I’m the woman to write it. :-) What do you think?
Oh, and who is now dying to visit Australia's Apple Isle? Seriously, the air was constantly scented with apple blossoms (and jasmine, wattle and freesias), the breezes were crisp and clean, and the traffic slow. Nearly every person I passed on my walks said hello. I felt like I'd gone back in time.
WOW thank you for this and the sharing your trip with us on Facebook Tasmania is a place I would love to visit and now you have made it more so fingers crossed one day I think we might cruise there :)
Oh and yes I can see one of your stories set in Tassie bring it on :)
I think you'd love it, Helen...and, yes, it would be amazing to cruise the coastline! The south east coast is just stunning. I've not shared photos from the most beautiful places we went to because half the time I was too busy staring in awe at it all to take pics.Delete
And I can definitely feel a story or three brewing. :-) What fun!
I visted Tassie a long long time ago and definitely need to reaccquaint myself, Michelle. Maybe that retreat you're talking about - I'd definitely be up for that!ReplyDelete
I'm in love with Tarraleah, AA (can you tell?)! It's pretty much smack bang in the middle of the island and surrounded by national park. And it's two hours from all the places -- Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Queenstown -- and no public transport. But I'm pretty sure we could hire a few cars and convoy ourselves down there for a week of writing and taking in the scenery. :-)Delete
Oh, all the things I'm gonna do when this PhD is done! And I'm starting to think a LoveCats writing retreat is on the top of that list. :-)Delete
I'd love to go to the beach! What a great place.ReplyDelete
Tasmania is an island, and Hobart is at the mouth of the Derwent River, so there's a lot of gorgeous water views, Laura. Also, it's so far away from everywhere that it's low pollution and pristine. Just beautiful. :-)Delete
I love the sound of a writers retreat there! Wouldn't that be fun? I haven't been there for years and years but I recall it as being wonderfully scenic, and wet! Glad you found nice places to enjoy and inspire you.
A writers retreat there would be such a treat, Annie!Delete
Yes, Tasmania is ridiculously pretty...if somewhat damp at times. I think carrying a brolly on one's person is a good idea. ;-)
I love, love, love Tasmania, Michelle. Dream of buying little stone cottage with a beautiful garden with those amazing views. I visited Tas three times and loved it both times (once was for a writing workshop).ReplyDelete
Oh, doesn't that sound like living the dream, Jen? There is *so* much to love about Tassie (and I'm betting you wouldn't have any water issues there!). Still, Byron Bay is paradise. :-)Delete
Fabulous photos, Michelle. One day I'd like to get to Tassie. It's on the list of places to go which never seems to get any shorter.ReplyDelete
LOL, I know exactly what you mean, Sue -- so many places to see, so little time. :-)Delete
Wow, that looks like such an interesting place! I haven't been to Tassie before, which is very remiss of me. I'll definitely rectify that in the future :)ReplyDelete
It's a *seriously* interesting place, Stef...but so far away!Delete
Mind you, not quite as far away as Canada. ;-)Delete