Firstly, I must apologise for being late. I lost track of the day I was supposed to write this amongst the busiest week of my working life. This month, on the ChristianWriters.com blog chain the topic is ‘Fresh Air’. I thought I might talk a little about the state in which I live – Tasmania, since it is famous for having very fresh air and water. In fact, scientific studies have found our air to be the cleanest in the world. It is somewhat Ironic though, that the city I live in – Launceston – is right in the middle of a valley, which can cause some air quality issues. This is mostly because of wood smoke, but government pressure to discourage the use of wood heating has made an impact on this problem.
Tasmania is the southern-most and smallest state in Australia. It is also an island – separated from Victoria by a body of water known as the Bass Straight. It was discovered by Europeans in 1642 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. It was initially named ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ after Tasman’s sponsor, but renamed to Tasmania in 1856.
Tasmania is well known for its wilderness areas. Over 40% of the state is protected in either national parks or reserves. Although our mountains are not overly tall in a global scale, Tasmania is considered one of the world’s most mountainous islands.
I took this photo on a recent foggy morning. I walk along here every morning on my way to work. It gives me plenty of time to think about my fiction writing. On the right you can see Aurora Stadium.
The cataract Gorge is a favourite place to relax in my home city of Launceston. There’ll be plenty of people swimming in the basin during summer, and the floods can be spectacular during winter.
While I admit I’ve never actually been up Cradle Mountain, it is one of our most iconic natural features. I have been to Lake St. Clair which is not far away.
Climbing up ‘The Hazards’ at Coles Bay can be an energetic trek, but once you hit the midpoint you are greeted with an impressive view of Wineglass Bay. It is pretty difficult to get to any way other than walking.
About ten years ago I put together a little documentary about Tasmania. You can view it here: Travelling Tasmania with Mongo
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peak into my world. Don’t forget to check out the other entries in our blog chain.
- Map of Australia: The Emir
- Cataract Gorge: Aaroncrick
- Winglass Bay: JJ Harrison
- Cradle Mountain: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
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