Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Have a Devil of a Time in Tasmania

There are many destinations that I have crossed off my list of "must sees." Part of it has to do with the sheer cost. Some of it has to do with the instability of the area. I just do not want to go anywhere where it is unsafe to travel. One place that has never been crossed off is Australia. In particular, I would like to go to Tasmania. Someone who had lived there once told me that they grind up quartz crystals and sprinkle them on the road instead of salt. I wonder if it is really true. She says the dirt roads would sparkle.

There are Devonport Tasmania accommodations that are very reasonable. In fact, you can stay in the city for $62.00 and up. Devonport is located on the northern Tasmanian coast. If you are looking for a frame of reference, find Melbourne on a map and go south across the water.

If you are looking to stay in southern Tasmania, book one of the Central Hobart hotels. Hobart is located on the southern coast. Hobart has some fantastic museums. One of the quirkier sites is the Alpenrail Swiss Model Village and Railway. A family has spent more than 20,000 hours creating a tiny replica of a Swiss village, complete with rail cars and chair lifts up the mountains. It is truly a wonder to behold if you prefer to see the unusual on your vacations.

If you prefer to be a bit more inland, you may prefer a
Launceston accommodation. Launceston is located in southeast Tasmania, but it is not on the coast. Cataract Gorge is a major attraction. It boasts the longest single span chairlift in the world, stretching over 1,000 feet. Launceston is also home to the Tasmania Zoo, which is famous for preserving the Tasmanian Devil, among many other species only native to the island.

I will let you know when I can scratch Tasmania off the list. It wouldn't be because I decided against it, but because I was finally able to go!


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