The Tasmania Blog


Tasmania is famous for its forests. It is a very special experience to walk into Tasmanian wilderness areas and experience these forests from within. Forests worldwide are under threat from climate change. Trees are dying in many areas. Are Tasmanian forests under threat? Or are the dead trees we see […]

12/7/2019 – Dead trees in the Huon


The grey goshawk is a white bird in Tasmania. Picture: Francesco Veronesi
It’s proper name is the grey goshawk, but the Tasmanian version is pure white. This striking bird is rarely seen, but its unusual appearance means it is rarely missed. Despite the presence of nearby sulfur-crested cockatoos, this bird was not lost in the crowd, being immediately identified as “a white […]

8/7/2019 – The Tasmanian white hawk




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’


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



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. Keep in mind that the West Coast is a wet part of Tasmania, a place where thick moss grows on roadsides. That has started to change, and the […]

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



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