Yearly archives: 2017

Hobart fish prices on December 31, 2017
At forty bucks a kilo you don’t overcook your fish. Cheap? Expensive? You tell us. Regardless, it looks like people knocked off all the crays at $120 a kilo. Who says Tasmanians are poor? Or was it just politicians and real estate agents buying them? Who’s up for some KFC?

Hobart fish prices

The proposed Southwood Fibre port at Dover, in southern Tasmania. Source: Southwood Fibre
New woodchip plan for southern Tasmania A woodchipping project has been proposed for southern Tasmania, to be located at Southwood on the Huon River, with a port at Dover. The plan has caused quite a stir. A huge increase in the number of log trucks using roads is one of […]

Southwood fibre project

A rare albino echidna on Bruny Island. Picture: Honorata and Seb Pasek
There’s a lot of them around An albino echidna is the latest white wonder spotted strolling the Apple Isle. There’s also been a wallaby, cockroach, magpie and peacock. Please don’t joke about Tasmanian inbreeding, it’s not nice, although a tiny gene pool did possibly contribute to the Tazzie Devil facial […]

The Tasmanian Albinos

Missed our byte of startup pie Tasmania was first to get Australia’s NBN optic fibre rollout. Was this a chance missed? Could Hobart have been ‘Gig City?’ Chattanooga did it …

Why isn’t Hobart ‘Gig City’?

It's not a MONA exhibit but like all great art it does provoke a reaction
Confronting art is all around Don’t get us wrong, we think MONA is great. But if you don’t make it there, don’t despair, there’s confronting art to be seen outside the gallery walls. This piece is at Ranelagh, just around from the awesome Summer Kitchen bakery and cafe. Even if […]

You don’t need MONA

Tasmania is accessible by the Spirit of Tasmania vehicular ferry
And not a moment too soon. Tasmania is accessible only by air and sea. The vehicular ferry Spirit of Tasmania is the vital link, running between Melbourne and Devonport. Anyone who has endured the frustration of being unable to obtain a timely vehicle booking, especially when coming home to the […]

Bigger, better Tasmanian ferries in 2021

Hobart real estate is on the up. Photo: aussiejeff/flickr
Hobart real estate prices are going up while Sydney and Darwin go down. Is this part of an overall rise in Tasmanian real estate values? It had to be expected, given that Sydney people can sell up and retire in Tassie and put cash in the bank. We’ll look at […]

Hobart real estate prices rise 3.3%

This road in the Huon Valley, near Judbury, melted in late November 2017
Don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t get warm in the Huon Valley. In late November part of the Glen Huon road melted, about 1km from the Judbury bridge. The bitumen became shiny and drivers could hear the tar sticking to their tyres. The road was only resurfaced about two […]

Road melts in the Huon

Tasmania isn’t just apples, cherries and trout. It’s got MONA art gallery, Hobart’s Salamanca markets, a vast World Heritage Area, magnificent bushwalks, an abundance of seasonal regional festivals, secluded beaches, serene lakes, bush camping … You’ll find specific attractions on our other pages. But here, a bit about Tasmania. “Tassie” […]

About Tasmania

Port Arthur Penitentiary Building
Port Arthur was intended to be a state of the art prison, using new psychological incentives to reform inmates. You’d never guess so, looking at its macabre remains today. It was a brutal place. The British turned Tasmania into a penal colony in 1803, and to this day it is […]