Mr Tasmania



Thylacines (Tasmanian tigers) were officially extinct in the 1930s, but sightings continued into the 1950s. In more recent times, two cases stand out. Both were reported by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Officers. In 1982 Parks biologist Hans Naarding was camping at a remote spot near Togari, east of Marrawah, in […]

17/6/2019 – The most recent thylacine reports


A pair of thylacines, male and female, in an American zoo, 1902
This writer recently answered a post on Quora about the supposedly extinct thylacine (Tasmania tiger), and it got my wife and I thinking again about an event that happened at our farm. I live in the upper Huon Valley with my family. We moved to the farm about eight years […]

17/6/2019 – The thylacine’s ‘yip yip’



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And why we all love iodised table salt … story here. BTW, the woman pictured in the external story may not be from Tasmania. This suggests she is Norwegian. In fact, the whole story is a bit dodgy. I was in two minds about posting it here.

16/6/2019 – Origin of ‘the two-headed Tasmanian’


Tasmania is great, but try not to get sick … https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/ambulance-driven-by-patients-family-member-in-tasmania/11269164? Paywalled story here. And full respect to those hard-working people at the hospitals. We know it’s not about you.

31/5/2019 – The dud hospital system


What do the brackets signify? Insignificance?
We published a blog post last year asking what the brackets mean on Tasmanian road signs. Here’s the link … https://www.enjoytasmania.com/2018/01/14/brackets-on-tasmanian-road-signs/ This post proved surprisingly popular. Other people were asking the same question. This week we finally got around to asking the Transport Department why the brackets are there. Their […]

29/4/2019 – Brackets on Tassie road signs Part 2



Tasmanian rainfall anomaly over six months
Is Tasmania a climate refuge? Perhaps. But it is not escaping climate change. The Bureau of Meteorology anomaly maps here are self-explanatory. They don’t mean a lot on their own, but they do seem to be following recognised trends. Keep in mind that the West Coast is a wet part […]

22/4/2019 – Is Tasmania a climate refuge?


Brave move by Hobart City Council to ban single-use plastic … external story here. Good on them. Should have happened 30 years ago though. Humanity moves too slowly, as we are discovering with CO2. But it’s nice to know that when the planet boils, there will be less plastic lying […]

9/3/2019 – Hobart to ban single-use plastic


Is Adelaide's heat record 47.7C?
The Bureau of Meterology said Adelaide cracked a heat record of just over 46C this year. January 2019 was Australia’s hottest recorded month. We found an interesting figure on one of Adelaide’s suburban weather stations, a high of 47.7C in Kent Town on January 24. This was around the same […]

7/3/2019 – Adelaide weather station records 47.7C



It nudged 40C in southern Tasmania yesterday. The thermometer pictured is in the shade at the cool east end of a Huon Valley house. It was also blowing a gale too, but thankfully a northerly, which blew the existing smouldering bushfire back on where it came from. Today the smoke […]

3/3/2019 – Howabout this heat?