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#958981 - 10/02/2011 09:02 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
DaveM Offline
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Registered: 21/05/2001
Posts: 9825
Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Yep we left 2 years ago and we wish we still lived there. Best place to live full stop. We spent every weekend out in the mountains/beaches/lakes/rivers etc.

Just the ability to whiz up Mt Wellington for a fix of cold air and an awesome alpine environment just minutes from town. Sometimes the Mt was so vicious but others it was incredibly benign.

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#959253 - 10/02/2011 21:57 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: DaveM]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
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Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Would have to agree DaveM, we especially loved going down to Cockle Creek, and doing the free camping at the boundary to the National Park. It's a very special place.

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#959464 - 11/02/2011 13:01 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
DaveM Offline
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Registered: 21/05/2001
Posts: 9825
Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Aaa Cockle Creek on a sunny day - snow white sand brilliant blue green (absolutely crystal)water and a lot of the year - big snow banks on the impressive ranges just to the north.

Mind you it was a bit chilly in the water most times. smile

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#959659 - 11/02/2011 20:39 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: DaveM]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
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Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Ahhh yes, I remember the kids in their Anchor wetsuits even during Summer. Water temps up here at the moment are 25/26, a very stark contrast. We lived near the Surf Beach at Carlton (Park Beach to be specific), also at Taroona, where we could walk down the sides of the cliffs down to beaches along the Derwent. So much beautiful water everywhere, but you need a 10 mm wetsuit, just to enjoy. Very refreshing difference up here on the Tweed Coast. I just remember watching the fronts come through and all the angry waves along the beach. You would remember, one low would pass, have a couple of days break, before the next one would come through. Also, the front page of the Mercury due to the most amazing storm, where it flashed for hours. This is my only memory of a storm in Hobart lol.

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#959789 - 12/02/2011 09:32 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
DaveM Offline
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Registered: 21/05/2001
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Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Our last couple of years were in Taroona - just above the channel highway in line with Taroona beach. Uphill from the little service station. Stunning views but a mountain goat block smile

I actually liked the fact that the weather was always changing, temp was a yo yo but I liked the fact you did not have cold OR heat too long generally. Changes do whip through there much more often than the mainland for sure.

I remember that storm, up here it would be just another ok storm but down there it was very special. Having said that I went through a very solid downpour with many sparks right in Campbell Town and it's the only time in my life I pulled off the road for about 15 minutes because I was completely unable to see the road. So wonders will never cease.

I also remember walking into Lake St Clair/Labyrinth area in 30 cm of snow as it was coming down - best memories ever. The options of beach vs mountains etc awesome down there.

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#960105 - 13/02/2011 09:49 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: DaveM]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
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Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Same our last few years in Tassie, we did a renovation house, at the top of the bends, last street at Taroona, before you proceed onto the Shot Tower. The street ran along the edge of the cliffs there. It was amazing to see the Saphire Princess come through the Derwent over Summer. It felt like you could reach forward and touch it. To see it docked into the wharves as you came over the Tasman Bridge and see it larger then most of the other buildings in Hobart was amazing. You would see the occasional snow flurry at Bathurst? We had snow at Taroona, and my Hubby who was working down at Seven Mile Beach, said it was also snowing down there. The diversity in weather was amazing. Would you be able to move back down there again ?? I would describe so much of the weather down there as "Moody".

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#960329 - 13/02/2011 19:48 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
Dr Philosophy Offline
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Registered: 26/07/2009
Posts: 154
Loc: Campbelltown, NSW
I'm only 24 years old, but I wouldn't mind living down in Tassie, particularly Hobart, even at a young age (personally, Sydney isn't really the city for me, both in terms of their climate & lifestyle). grin

I've been down to Hobart in July 2007 for a week-long holiday, which was during the middle of winter. Maximum temps were mostly at around 10-12C during that time, which for a person that was born & bred in Sydney, was acceptable for me. Then again, I was well prepared to dress for a Tasmanian winter. It was during that holiday that I walked on & touched the snow for the first time in my life, which happened at Mt Wellington.

My parents, who both migrated from Poland in the early 80s, really liked Hobart, to the point where they wouldn't mind living down there for their retirement (it is just over 1.5 hours by plane from Sydney). Even though they currently like living in Sydney, they don't really like the heat & humidity that characterises Sydney's summer weather. This is particularly evident during the week-long heatwave in Sydney earlier this month, in which my mother concluded that she hates Australia's summer weather (she doesn't like hot weather in general). That statement obviously doesn't apply to Tassie, in which whilst we were suffering the heat & humidity back home, we looked down to Tassie in envy, where it rarely gets hot, and even when it does, it only lasts for a day.
A family friend of mine, who also migrated from Poland in the early 80s, had recently went on a week-long trip to Tasmania for a holiday, which coincidentally happened during a week-long heatwave back home in Sydney. They concluded that they also wouldn't mind living down there for retirement, particularly near Hobart.

Due to my young age, I would only move to Tassie if a job came up down there that would suit my qualifications.
At least real estate prices are still very affordable, especially when compared to most of mainland Australia. wink

Overall, I really like the climate & lifestyle that Tassie has got. smile

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#960330 - 13/02/2011 19:50 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Dr Philosophy]
H'Bay Qld Offline
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Registered: 12/01/2011
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Hey Guys,
Just saw your post.
My partner and I are getting married in August and I'd love to have our honey moon in Tassie.
Some friends of our toured Tassie in a motor home and said that that was the way to go.
What would you guys suggest.
I would really like to tour and stay in local pubs and B&B's to get a feel of the local towns etc.
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Hervey Bay, Whale Watching Capital of Australia and Gateway to Magestic Fraser Island

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#960393 - 13/02/2011 22:15 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: H'Bay Qld]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
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Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Hi Dr Philosophy, what sort of work do you do ?? H'Bay Qld, I would highly recommend a BB & pub stay throughout Tasmania. Some gorgeous Heritage Pubs, and divine B&B's right throughout Tassie. I would allow at least 10 - 12 days unrushed to travel to most parts of Tassie. Depends obviously on what your wants are. If you are wishing to do hiking tracks and stays in National Parks, I would say longer. You can travel the island in 7 days if you wished, but it would be extremely hurried, and you wouldn't really get the "full" experience. If you let us know what your expectations are, then we can possibly advise.

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#960411 - 13/02/2011 22:52 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
Dr Philosophy Offline
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Registered: 26/07/2009
Posts: 154
Loc: Campbelltown, NSW
Originally Posted By: Prettymillielovestorms
Hi Dr Philosophy, what sort of work do you do ??


I'm not working at the moment (wish I do though frown ), but I have completed 2 Diplomas at TAFE: one in Library/Information Services & the other in Spatial Information Services.

Hobart does have a number of institutions/organisations that would have jobs that fit my qualifications, such as:

Library/Information Services


* State Library of Tasmania
* University of Tasmania

Spatial Information Services


* Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment
* Various local government institutions (eg. Hobart City Council)

The problem is, there's not many job vacancies in my line of work in Hobart. Checking out Seek online on those jobs proves just that.

Feel me to PM me to discuss further about employment opportunities in Hobart & Tasmania, especially in regards to Library/Information Services & Spatial Information Services. wink

Back on the topic of weather in Tassie, while most of Sydney sweltered in temps of mid 30s to low 40s during the week-long heatwave earlier this month, Hobart stayed in the high teens to mid 20s, which is much more moderate for my climatic tastes. smile

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#960413 - 13/02/2011 22:55 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: DaveM]
whirlygirl Offline
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Registered: 28/01/2011
Posts: 46
Loc: Rocky,Qld
Originally Posted By: DaveM
Aaa Cockle Creek on a sunny day - snow white sand brilliant blue green (absolutely crystal)water and a lot of the year - big snow banks on the impressive ranges just to the north.

Mind you it was a bit chilly in the water most times. smile

LOL!

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#960763 - 14/02/2011 21:46 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: whirlygirl]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
Posts: 95
Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Yes, employment can be a bit tricky if you are in specialised fields. The Trades are easy enough, and never a shortage of work. Don't be totally fooled by the temperatures. 24 degrees in Hobart is quite a warm day. If you get the hot Northerlies, then you can be getting up into the 32's 33's, which is very warm. I know, it sounds weird at 24 it's quite hot, the Sun has bite. Even though it may be a 24 degree day t-shirt for comfort, as soon as the sun sets, you need long sleeve tops on again. There's always sea breezes, and I mean always. I didn't have a Summer or Winter wardrobe, it was always a winter wardrobe with a few t-shirts. However, I did miss a Mainland Summer. It's not quite the BBQ Summer lifestyle that you get on the Mainland. The days during Summer are very long. There is a long twilight. It can still be light around 9.30 in the evening. Great for outdoor activities etc.

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#960765 - 14/02/2011 21:48 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
Posts: 95
Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Oh and forgot to mention. It's extremely windy smile

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#960781 - 14/02/2011 22:11 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
-Stranger- Offline
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Registered: 21/12/2010
Posts: 31
Loc: Hobart, TAS
Pretty muched summed it up, apparently Hobart has the highest amount of sunshine hours during the summer solstice (late december) so it does stay light for a long time.
I remember a few times complaining how hot it felt only to discover later that day it only reached 20 degrees or something.
I really enjoy the winters here, as i like colder weather. Yet i do enjoy a few 30 degree days here and there but not all the time.

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#960788 - 14/02/2011 22:25 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: -Stranger-]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
Posts: 95
Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
Lol, I would remember, the weather forcast. They'd say 24 and fine. I'd say to my Husband... ooo It will be a hot day, and seriously 24 would be equivalent to a mainland 30 degree day. I would tell Family on the mainland, add another 6 degree's to get the real "feel's like temperature".

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#960880 - 15/02/2011 09:14 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
DaveM Offline
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Registered: 21/05/2001
Posts: 9825
Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
That temperature thing is very very real and no one seems to know why. I even remember they (UTAS I think) were going to study why a 24 (say) degree day in Hobart area felt much hotter. Even visitors to the state would say gee it was hot today and if you replied "it was only 24" or something they would not believe you.

Very very long days in summer but a bit short in worst part of winter.

WIND - yep very regular.

All in all though I loved the climate down there. (Except the heavy wind)

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#961077 - 15/02/2011 16:13 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: DaveM]
Prettymillielovestorms Offline
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Registered: 11/09/2008
Posts: 95
Loc: Banora Point - Tweed Coast
I haven't done any research on the temps recording as say a 24, but feels like 30 etc. There was a couple of theories going around when we were down there. One was that there was a hole in the ozone and the other was that the atmosphere was thinner. I really didn't know what to think about that, when I was told. It would be very interesting to find out the true reason. I might start my search with google...

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#962126 - 17/02/2011 10:19 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: Prettymillielovestorms]
HumphreyBear Offline
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Registered: 31/01/2008
Posts: 4167
Loc: Southern Sydney
Ah Tassie, that long revered sanctum for summer weary Britons:

http://www.joseflebovicgallery.com/catalogue/archive/cat-124-2007/Large/0057.jpg

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#962129 - 17/02/2011 10:25 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: HumphreyBear]
DaveM Offline
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Registered: 21/05/2001
Posts: 9825
Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Obviously an day/night average with 62 being below 20 for memory 20c is about 70 or 72F.

Never sighted that poster before - love it.!!

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#962140 - 17/02/2011 10:56 Re: What's happening in Tassie? [Re: DaveM]
HumphreyBear Offline
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Registered: 31/01/2008
Posts: 4167
Loc: Southern Sydney
Yeah, that would be an average temp- 62F is around 16.5C. Looks like it could be a tad lower than that over the coming days with that 0C isotherm lurking over the Apple Isle.

Does anyone know what happened to that guy who moved to Liawenee from Darwin? He posted some February snow pics in 2009 or 2010.

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