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  1. So sorry to hear that. They certainly leave a gaping hole. I'm sure she had a wonderful 12 years with you.
  2. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    While on the north west coast visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden just behind Burnie. Although it won't be rhodo flowering season in February it is a beautiful garden in any season. (Also a good chance of spotting a platypus). https://www.emuvalleyrhodo.com/ Also worth visiting for roses is the Woolmers Estate at Longford (near Launceston), although again, won't be peak rose season in February: https://www.woolmers.com.au/woolmers-estate-rose-garden/ I haven't seen it but I believe the garden at Home Hill in Devonport is also lovely: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/home-hill/
  3. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Yes, I love being lectured about the place I've lived, on and off, since 1954 - by someone who has never visited...even once.
  4. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    By "the" Cradle Mountain walk do you mean the (6 day) one way Overland Track? If so, that has a booking system and is fully booked through to 24th April: https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/cradle-mountain/overland-track https://apps.customlinc.com.au/tasparksoverland/BookingProduct/Availability/?Category=OVERLAND However there are several shorter iconic walks at the Cradle Mtn. (northern) end: https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/cradle-mountain as well, of course, as walks at the Lake St. Clair (southern) end.
  5. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Obviously decline in educational standards started some time ago in other places. I am sure she - I mean those type of people - would be at pains to keep well away.
  6. Skani

    How many members were here from the start?

    December 2009 and have had the same name since then.
  7. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    "I...should have written..." Thank goodness for my excellent Tasmanian education (alongside future Oxford dons, Man Booker prizewinners, M.I.T. mathematics professors and Nobel laureates). They aren't actually: they correlate with socio economic areas but no surprises there. However, rather than lecturing us you should be devoting your energies to your escape from that hell hole of Perth. And when you've found the perfect location you can tell us all about it.
  8. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Fortunately the educated people - even the "uneducated" - in Tasmania know that they don't cross the Tasman unless they are going to New Zealand. It is true many go to the mainland (via Bass Strait) or overseas for employment opportunities and it's equally true many return in their 30s or 40s when they have children because they think it's a great place to bring up a family. I can't think of anyone in my circle of friends or professionals (doctors etc.) who hasn't lived/worked on the mainland and/or overseas at some stage. What it does give is a broader world view than that of someone who has lived in Sydney all their life. Not true of the N.T. The main discrepancy in Australian health outcomes - throughout the whole country - is between regional and metropolitan areas due to differing level of access to health resources. Health statistics in Tasmania reflect this difference because a greater proportion of Tasmanians live in regional areas than in any other state or territory
  9. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Not if you dress appropriately.
  10. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Fee structures are quite complex as they are means and asset tested and vary according to level of care and the type of residential home. This link may help: there are some typical scenarios at the bottom: https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/aged-care-home-costs-and-fees
  11. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Sorry, I'm just repeating what Toots already wrote: I hadn't read her comment when I wrote the above.
  12. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    No. There are suburbs/areas which may be described as "bogan" but that's no different to any other state. From memory SBS had a ridiculous program several years ago running a bogan competition and I think George Town in northern Tassie put its hand up but who takes that seriously? The suburb I live in (in Hobart) apparently has the highest number of scientists of any suburb in Australia - and the second highest suburb is just down the road - and "bogan" it certainly isn't. As long as you have a reasonable budget you can select an area where you feel comfortable.
  13. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    Apart from the difference in size Launceston has more temperature extremes than Devonport. It sits further inland in a broad valley basin and is usually hotter in summer and frostier in winter whereas Devonport, sitting right on the coast, has more equitable temperatures.
  14. Skani

    Retiring in Tasmania

    For your trip in February here are a couple of links which may help with planning: https://lapoftasmania.com.au/must-see-tasmania-highlights/ https://tasmaniaexplorer.com.au/tasmania-road-trip-14-days-itinerary/ You will at least get a feel for various locations as possible retirement spots. The east coast of Tasmania is very popular for retirees (particularly St. Helens and Bicheno) but it sounds as though you may want somewhere with a larger population. Plenty of beautiful great outdoors and mountains everywhere in Tasmania to enjoy. Toots mentioned Cygnet. A poster on PIO called Russ1976 moved there from the UK a few months ago - having previously lived in Perth some years ago - and described it as a "smashing" little town. AFAIK he is renting there and working in Hobart. I live in Hobart and weather in Tasmania is notoriously changeable and unpredictable so you just come prepared for everything and dress in layers. I've experienced both 40+ days and snow in Hobart but on average I find it an excellent climate for living and it's rarely too hot, cold or wet to get outdoors. The very rare very hot days are usually a dry heat, not humid. (I don't do heat though so I am biased towards a milder climate).
  15. Skani

    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    Victorians are not "intrastate people" in Perth: they are from interstate. Strangely, my local area in Tasmania is also swarming with Victorian number plates. Let me think - would they all be swarming over on the ferry to pick up some illegal substances? Or could it possibly have something to do with the strange coincidence that this is peak tourist season when all of the country is on school holidays and much of the employed population is on regular summer annual holidays? And, in addition, the first time in a couple of years that people have been able to plan interstate holidays without the threat of border closures? The very same reason Victorians are touring other parts of the country, including Perth.