Mr Tasmania


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?


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?


Enjoy Tasmania (ET) had a post on here titled “Hobart’s parking mafia” that was a dig at Hobart’s bombers nailing shoppers almost the minute after a parking metre expires. We explained how this could turn people off shopping in the CBD, especially when online shopping is an easy alternative. ET […]

2/3/2019 – Hobart’s parking meter fiasco


Our post on January 22 “Fire fuse is lit” was providential, heralding one of Tasmania’s more severe and perhaps unusual fire seasons. No one was killed, but homes were destroyed. The famous Tahune Airwalk through the forest canopy suffered minor damage. The Southwood timber mill was not so lucky, with […]

13/2/19 – A story of fire and ice



Even a wonderful place like Tasmania can’t be perfect. Tasmania’s Achilles Heel is fire. This summer Tasmania has dozens of fires burning, courtesy of a dry thunderstorm that passed over the state on January 15. If a weather front with strong winds comes through between now and the end of […]

22/1/19 – Fire fuse is lit