The Tasmania Blog


A September 2002 stratospheric warming event is shown compared compared to the 2019 forecast for this September. The forecast was created by the Weather Bureau on August 30, 2019
An unusual severe stratospheric warming event over the South Pole could have big implications for Australian weather, making it windier, drier and warmer in SEQ/NSW, an area which is already suffering drought and early bushfires. Tassie can expect cold, wet weather, a relief after last year’s fire season. This story […]

8/9/2019 – Rare weather event may hit Tasmania and SEQ/NSW



Spring has sprung, at least on this Huon Valley almond tree. The official start date is September 1. Spring is also the time when Tasmanian gales get serious. Looks like they already have started getting serious in Melbourne, with a jetty snapping off and floating away … story here. With […]

9/8/2019 – Spring blossom and gales



No, he's not a speed bump
Wombats are nocturnal animals, but they haven’t all read the script. This Huon Valley wombat often comes out in the daytime. We’ve called him Prince Harry, for no particular reason. Locals posted the sign for motorists to slow down. Concerned residents also had the council install a speed-limit sign on […]

31/7/2019 – Day wombats


This list of major events for the coming year will help you plan your holiday. Event Location Date Festival of Voices Hobart 28 Jun – 14 Jul 2019 Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival Rannelagh 12 – 14 Jul 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival Devonport 25 – 28 Jul 2019 Chocolate Winterfest Latrobe […]

Tasmanian Events Calendar 2019-20


Early morning colours in Judbury
Tasmania’s Snowy Range is pictured above in one of its more colourful moods, the montage of joined photos taken looking west from Judbury on the morning of this post. There has been a lot of yellow and magenta colour in the sky at dawn and dusk. The two yellow pictures […]

21/7/2019 – The colours of Judbury



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, one of these birds was immediately identified as “a white eagle” by our children […]

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