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Old 07-12-2009, 02:41 AM
 
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I'm English. Intrigued by Oz. Supposed to be v beautiful.
Would love to get in touch with ozzies


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Welcome to the forum! Not a lot of Aussies here unfortunately, but there a couple here who are ready to answer any questions you might have about the country.


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Welcome to the forum! Not a lot of Aussies here unfortunately, but there a couple here who are ready to answer any questions you might have about the country.
Ty. I'm actually intrigued by Tasmania and Melbourne most, generally the most southern bits. i have had a toy on google maps. I would love to see some of remote Oz too and have looked at Portland Victoria, looks like there is some great country. I would love to see that, and what are the small towns like?
Where is the best country in southernmost Oz and is it all coastal?
Whats the best time of year to go?


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Hi Chillaxer,
Portland itself is a port and industrial town more so than a seaside resort and the southern coastline is pretty rugged in places but also many great beach/surfing locations but always colder water temperatures - warm by English Channel or Irish sea temps I imagine.

There has been a southern walk developed down along that part which is also referred to as the shipwreck coast courtesy of a few in sailing days because of the stormy waters - winds all the way from artic southern ocean.
Summer is your best time for down there unless you'd particularly like it colder.





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Hi Chillaxer,
Portland itself is a port and industrial town more so than a seaside resort and the southern coastline is pretty rugged in places but also many great beach/surfing locations but always colder water temperatures - warm by English Channel or Irish sea temps I imagine.

There has been a southern walk developed down along that part which is also referred to as the shipwreck coast courtesy of a few in sailing days because of the stormy waters - winds all the way from artic southern ocean.
Summer is your best time for down there unless you'd particularly like it colder.
Summer may be a tad too strong on my skin. I was more thinking loooking at the country as well as towns, but yeah I'd need somehwere to stay.
How long is there between towns? don't really wanna swim cos of shark risk.
Many snakes/spiders?

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Ty. I'm actually intrigued by Tasmania and Melbourne most, generally the most southern bits. i have had a toy on google maps. I would love to see some of remote Oz too and have looked at Portland Victoria, looks like there is some great country. I would love to see that, and what are the small towns like?
Where is the best country in southernmost Oz and is it all coastal?
Whats the best time of year to go?
Hey Chillaxer, been to Tassie, it's beautiful and so are the people, try to imagine, Scotland or Ireland, mix in the best and freshed food, wine and beer, lots of unique wildlife and an extremely chillaxed way of life, with less rain than the British Isles and you have Tassie. Except the Mid-lands, they are like the Mid-Western U.S. miles and Miles of grass land, I was there in November and the grass was so dry and yellow , however much of the state reminded me so much of home, it's full of little hills and hedges where I come from in Ireland that I felt so at home in North Western Tasmania. They also had a wee pipeband so that was another bonus and lots of forests. There are some beautiful places in Tas, hope you get there to experience it as well.

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Old 07-19-2009, 02:29 AM
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Summer may be a tad too strong on my skin. I was more thinking loooking at the country as well as towns, but yeah I'd need somehwere to stay.
How long is there between towns? don't really wanna swim cos of shark risk.
Many snakes/spiders?
Summer can be a burner, literally and you see so much paler skin on beaches here that turns to a lobster red in no time at all and that can also be true for tanned skins too without protection - it's a case of Slip, Slop Slap - good protective clobber, sunscreen and a hat.

You'll find coastal towns on the south coast and in Tasmania a mix of a few larger ones but many more smaller village types, most usually having a pub [or two in some]and shops in something of a main street but being far less in number compared to Ireland you'll likely find them quite a bit further apart in places.

You've got more chance of being run over by a bus than being attacked by a shark if having a swim at ocean beaches if there is a bit of surf as rare is it in deed for Sharks to come in through the surf and even attacks on surfers on their boards outside the breakers sitting on boards with legs enticingly dangling down is not so frequent.

Snakes and spiders can be about in most places, but most people rarely encounter one though it is a possibility when out walking - I had one once come from alongside a path I was walking on and it slithered across just in front of my rear foot still on ground as my forward foot was about to come down, and apart from Oh shit!, it's amazing how reflexes can kick in for a kind of spring off the rear foot to keep me airborne for long enough while the snake had slithered on its way.
One of many I've encountered one way or another and none have ever been in attack mode.

But if bush hiking, it makes sense to have long legged pants on or at least walking boots with gaiters of some description, though I've done a few coastal track walks near home in thongs.

Most spiders are of a harmless nature and the bigger they are the less harmless is rule of thumb, some as big as palm of your hand but they do a good job of keeping insects under control and then there's one called Golden Orb in sub tropical parts that constructs a web that gleams like gold under sunlight.
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