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Please suggest a place to settle for a while
Posted February 5th, 2013 - 8:00 am by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Hi Guys

Could you please help me with some suggestions? I would like to stay in one of Tasmanian towns for a while starting somehow mid March. I am looking for a town which would be Tasmanian equivalent of Queenstown in New Zealand. A town that would have alpine vibe, rather chilly, with mountains around, rather cloudy and green. I don't care much whether it has ocean access. I definitely don't care whether it is touristy as Queenstown in New Zealand, even better if not.

Take Care

Fiann

Posted February 11th, 2013 - 7:01 am from Franklin, Australia
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Posted February 13th, 2013 - 4:09 pm by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Thank you!

I researched it but it appears to be rather flat land around unless you drive away, am I right?

Posted February 14th, 2013 - 9:51 pm by from Saint Helens, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Fiann,

You might like St Marys on the East Coast. It is in the hills with some nice forest around.

Cheers
Paula

Posted February 15th, 2013 - 5:26 am from Saint Marys, Australia
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Posted February 17th, 2013 - 5:41 am by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Guys, please tell me if I am wrong but after my research I got to conclusion that the only cities located somehow in the hills are Hobart, Kingston and New Norfolk. Am I right? Cradle Mountain area is super beautiful but this is a national park and the cities are a while of driving away. So to stay in the hills/mountains choice seems to be narrow?

Posted February 19th, 2013 - 1:36 am by from Hobart, Australia (Permalink)
Hello Fiann,

I found your question especially interesting as I had just returned from South NZ when it was posted, and had made an especially careful study of Queenstown NZ.

I've been fortunate to travel extensively on both of these islands, and the short answer is"Nowhere".

There are a few reasons for this- geographical, cultural, tourist, economic, geologic. Hobart and Kingston are on the coast, not in the mountains. New Norfolk is in a broad river valley, not in the mountains. Liaweenee is on a flat plateau, Cradle Mountain is a national park in which you can't really settle, and while St Mary's is exceptionally lovely, it is in a coastal forested region at a much lower altitude than the major mountain ranges of Tasmania.


There is no equivalent town, but, similarly, there is no equivalent to any Tasmanian town anywhere else in the world. While there is much about Queenstown NZ that is enviable, please take our little island on its own terms, not in reference to NZ.

Can I propose the best destination to you, and to others reading this thread? Would you like to go to one of the most characteristic and important towns in Tasmania?

Go to Queenstown, Tasmania. It is in the west coastal mountains of the island. It has a great history for mountain travel and a wealthy history. It is in some of the most rugged and wild regions of the state, with meteorite craters, rainforests, jagged peaks, and wild ridges. There is no other town in Tasmania that is within such steep mountainsides. It is also the site of an astonishing environmental disaster. There are places in that region that do not even see a single visitor per year. There are people there with exceptional skills for navigating mountain and rainforest, and a much greater geological diversity than the central and eastern part of the island.

It isn't quite as young or sexy or busy as the Queenstown NZ scene, but it is a fascinating place. There is a spiritual link between the two Queenstowns, but you will have to work to find it. It won't be as *easy* an hanging out on that lakeside in NZ, but surely you are here to see new places and different things?

Queenstown desperately needs someone to bring the adventurous backpacker vibe to it- maybe this person is you. It is chilly, has mountains all around it, and is rather cloudy and potentially green. At the moment, however, it is a remarkably degraded landscape, and would be a great place to understand the mountains of Tasmania in their raw geological state.

I'd be especially interested to hear about the results of your discoveries.
Let us know if you ever find the town you are looking for. Good luck!

-Yo
www.tasmaniangeographic.com




Posted February 19th, 2013 - 6:13 am by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Thank you very much for very precise response. In fact geographically it looks perfect. But I am afraid it might happen to be too small. Why? Because I have to have proper training going on. Yes, I know, now I am making it complicated but that's why I mentioned I wouldn't like it to be too small because I experienced that rowing ergometers which I need are usually available in 10k+ towns.

Mabye I will go to NZ again but I really don't like to go to the same places again and again. Feels too monotonous. I thought of Tasmania because many of my friends told me some parts offer the same. But I realise now these parts will host you only in the tent, there are no towns really there.




Posted February 19th, 2013 - 9:35 am from Franklin, Australia
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Posted February 19th, 2013 - 9:52 am by from Hobart, Australia (Permalink)
Could indeed ask the Queenstown gym if they have an ergo. Personally though I think you're a little doomed to keep going back to the same place if your specs are as rigid as up in the mountains, 10K+ residents, gym with an ergometer and so on.

I'm with Yo. You're either keen to see a place on its own merits or you're keen on an ergometer I guess in the mountains with 10K other people, but it might hard to have it both ways.

Don't worry Emma, I found the original quesiton a tad silly too, I mean my hat's off to Yo (big time) but frankly there's enough toursit info on-line to asnwwer these questions really, as it's hard to imagine a town of 10K+ people with a gym with an ergo in the mountains that isn't prettty easily findable in on-line toursit info ... not out of the question, but strikes me as an unlikely gem of information. ;-).

Posted February 19th, 2013 - 12:02 pm by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Emma, I prank CSers so often that I don't mind if it gets back to me sometimes. I honestly took your response quite seriously and after researching the place I concluded that Australians relate to what is living in the mountains differently, so I stopped asking. But the weather there looked really cool it was nice to get to know about the place.

Brend, I agree my life is too complicated for traveling sometimes. Bag limit is 20kg, 10kg is photo equipment and another 10kg sports clothes because these are my two main sources of income. And as I am competing the whole summer 4 months prior to July I have to row 30k a day. 15 times more than people in Queenstown (Tazmania) :) So all my questions related to it definitely sound messed up.

And, yes, after researching Tasmanian towns and Tasmanian landscapes thoroughly this question was indeed silly.


Posted February 27th, 2013 - 2:56 am by from Hobart, Australia (Permalink)
Ah, so it is rowing you are training for. Hobart is probably the go,

Thank you for your kind words, Emma.

Posted February 25th, 2013 - 7:39 am from Wilmot, Australia
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Posted March 2nd, 2013 - 6:38 am by from Reykjavik, Iceland (Permalink)
Sarah, thank you, that would be great. I sent you PM.

Posted March 7th, 2013 - 4:47 am from Triabunna, Australia
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