Ten Things That Attract Me to Tasmania

by Roger Findlay

If you asked me to name ten things that attract me to Tasmania as a holiday-maker I would come up with the following:

  1. Beauty of the island, breath-taking scenery and clean air.

    Ten Things That Attract Me to Tasmania - Scenery
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    The breath-taking scenery and clean country air of Tasmania

  2. Temperature and climate, most suitable for a Pommy!
  3. Unspoilt places.  Slow to exploit tourism through changes.

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    The pristine wilderness, another Tasmanian attraction high on Roger’s top ten

  4. Sailing on the Spirit of Tasmania.  It’s a great experience every time.
  5. Salamanca Market and any farm gate market that we find along the way.
  6. Food: especially seafood, cheese and beef.

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    Roger enjoys the Tasmanian produce, including seafood, cheese and beef.

  7. Pubs: Knopwoods, Shippies and the Royal Oak.  Gunners Arms – R.I.P.
  8. Fish punts, Tassal and the Wursthaus.
  9. Walking on the deserted beachesDouglas River springs to mind.

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    Beaches make Roger’s list of top ten attractions for holiday-makers in Tasmania

  10. People we’ve met and friends we’ve made
    The Madsden family, Patricia, Eddie & Dulcie, to name a few.

That’s ten things that attract me to Tasmania but there are so many more.

People often ask me why I choose to travel and holiday in Tasmania so much.  They often ask whether I get tired of visiting the same place year after year.  My answer is always the same; but I don’t have to change my lifestyle to suit them or anyone else.


 

I must confess that in recent weeks, I have been toying with the idea of a first visit to New Zealand.  I’m sure it is a very beautiful country with the South Island being exceptional, but for now I have unfinished business in Tasmania so NZ will have to wait until I retire in a few years’ time.

I first visited Tasmania in the mid 80’s.  I was chasing a job at the ACL plant in Launceston but it didn’t lead to anything except a brief look at the island.  The drive north and then down the east coast to Hobart convinced me that this was the place for me and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

Beware: Sub-Standard Accommodation

There is only one criticism that I have to make and that is the rapidly increasing price of accommodation.  Some of it is mediocre and we have found a few of our hosts unsuited to the hospitality industry.


 

Beware!  Don’t be fooled by some of the places you find on the internet.  The photos and write-ups published by the owners themselves can make the accommodation look most attractive; when in reality it can be well below expectation.  If you do get caught out, don’t put up with it.  Let the owner know of your objections and demand a refund.  Then take your business elsewhere.

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Rustic accommodation! Beware the tourist of the internet booking…

Beware Tasmania!  Don’t price yourself out of the market.  It is a fact that I can holiday in Vietnam or Thailand cheaper than Tasmania but that’s not for me.  However, when it comes to the decision of others, the attraction of a cheap overseas holiday may be their choice.

To attract the tourist keep the price reasonable, ensure good quality and make it so that the visitor wants to return.

Photos that accompany Roger’s article titled
Ten Things That Attract Me to Tasmania
have been taken by Dan Fellow of Tasmania Photos.

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