Left off the map
Recently I paid my first visit to Tasmania. My girlfriend's mother and partner have moved down their and are refurbishing an old church with ubiquitious stunning water views. We weren't there long enough to tell whether the locals have the kind of Cinderella complex that sandgropers were always so prone to but it is well known that the island does get left out of some discussions on Australia.
You can see my history listing of the place in the February archives but for now just wanted to give you a quick impression. It's a truly beautiful place.
It's still relatively unspoilt, with lots of old style grocery stores and service stations quite close to the capital. And there are any number of small, and very cute, marsupials that have been wiped out - or never made it - on the mainland. The good thing is, given that A and her mother are close, we will be going back.
Everyone's tip before I went: visit the Salamanca Markets. Quite so; they are probably the best markets I have been to. And the food is impressive too.
And, yes, we did go to Mount Wellington.