He Said/She Said: Tasmania’s Spell

He Said/She Said: Tasmania’s Spell

Long term travel is the kind of activity that separates you from the familiar and challenges you to constantly thrive in a world of unknowns. So, when a place grabs you and won’t let you go to the point that you actually consider it as a place you could call home it gets your attention.  Tasmania is one of the first places on this trip that has cast that kind of a spell on us, let us tell you why…




There are places we’ve visited that we thought, “this is nice, we could live here.”  All the logical parts added up, there was good entertainment, delicious food and quality jobs.  Hobart though was the first place on the trip that we wanted to stay with no reason at all. There are some good restaurants, but they aren’t cheap, and they aren’t that varied.  The entertainment is outsized, there is more than there should be in a city of that size.  There are probably not that many quality jobs.  Spending time there though we realized, this is the type of place we wanted to live.

As we walked its streets it became clearer to us that we should just stay and figure out what we wanted to do.  Unlike Hong Kong, London or New York city, other cities we’ve wanted to live in, there isn’t much in the way of good jobs.  The best we could figure out was a bed and breakfast, but that was more because we loved the old-style houses that would be more expected in rural Ireland than this far down under.  Really, there was no professional jobs we thought we could find there.

The food options are good, but they aren’t great.  There is no way Hobart could match the options, variety and flavor of much larger, more diverse cities.  That said, the quality of the food, the locally sourced ingredients, and focus on natural foods attracted us.  If life meant that I would have to eat fresh lamb chops and cheeses most of the time, so be it, I could handle that.

What really won me over about the city was how quaint it was.  Older gentleman on bicycles would say hello to each other, by first name.  The streets were filled with antique houses that looked just like in Wicklow, Ireland, but intermixed were all sorts of modern architecture that would be fit in the most modern cities.  There wa constant juxtaposition between the old and new, but it all worked, and worked so well.  It was the first time in my life that I realized how nice it would be to live in a smaller city, one that people know each other, versus the metropolises I’ve always been drawn too.




It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what made Tasmania so magical.  Was it the abundance of gardens in full bloom, the quaint homes, the serendipity of running into a friend from the road or all the boxed wine? It’s hard to say what specifically made Tasmania so memorable, but it continues to stand out as the one place that I would re-locate to without a plan except to enjoy the island that captured my heart in just one short week.

Whenever you visit a new place weather plays an integral role in how favorably you view it when you look back.  We saw nothing but sunshine for the whole week of our visit in Tassie and we took full advantage of our good fortune.  We loved the free camping and there’s nothing more enchanting than camping under the stars.  The weather also made the free outdoor music festival all the more fun as well.  I know these things are temporary, but you can’t go wrong in a place that has free music festivals, camping and whole weeks of blue skies!

But for me the highlight of Tassie were the people.  From our beer-brewing couchsurfers to our travel friend Elinor Rigby all the way to the kind blog reader that showed us the best hospitality we have experienced thus far on the trip.  When you ask yourself “could I see myself living here?” the first thing I think of is my social life and every person I met I wanted to befriend and not just because they brewed beer, offered us a place to sleep or gave us directions when we most needed it but because they were really cool.  I know that might be a sophomoric outlook, but we all want to hang out with the cool kids and Tassie is where they all are.

Other than a promising social life the place I choose to call home in the future better have good food and once again Tassie delivers.  From the Salamanca Market to the Jackman McRoss Bakery I was impressed with the quality and array of mouth-watering culinary delights.  So, whether you are in search of epicurean delights, amazing people or free camping we issue you a challenge: visit Tasmania and try not to fall in love- we dare you!

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» Gerald Englebretsen :
Mar 22, 2012

Great article and thankyou for the rave on Tassie. It is a great little space and you have hit on the remark that people still do have time here. And the delight of Hobart – the 10 minute city.

LOCAVORista Reply:

Gerald, can’t say enough good things about the tiny island. Hope to be back soon to enjoy Hobart and do the Overland Track!

» Bka :
Mar 24, 2012

For me, where one decides to establish “ones roots” will always be based on a human scale, as opposed to geographic or ideal location perspective….ones family and friends provide the “deepest roots”, and the ones offering the most life sustaining nourishment…..peace…..dad

LOCAVORista Reply:

Dad, I agree with your comment, but I still could call Tassie home for part of the year- maybe you should visit, I think you would like it!

» Devonport Tasmania :
May 6, 2012

A great article about Traveling around the world then coming to Tasmania. A great place if you’ve never been here before. Certainly holds no shortcuts on food and entertainment in the apple isle.
Read Devonport Tasmania’s awesome post Things to Do in Devonport Tasmania

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.


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