Sun Apr 11, 2004
k) Personal archive
Possessed by the devils
This letter was written after a trip to far North West Tasmania to watch a Tasmanian devil feeding. The photos were taken by Daniel Gilmore.The Tasmanian real estate boom has reached its geographical limit, and like any stretched balloon will soon pop.
I spent Friday and Saturday March 26th and 27th at Marrawah near Tasmaniaís far north west tip. Here gales blow so often even the people lean east. But that hasnít stopped the value of the neat little unit I stayed in doubling in less than two years.
The problem is mainlanders arrive on the kind of exceptional days I enjoyed Ė clear skies, no wind, views of long, pristine beaches and distant mountains that fade in and out of the sea mist. Sydney and Melbourneís speculators and hermits-to-be donít understand that in Tasmania outstanding beauty can mask profound ugliness, an ugliness they are often ill-prepared to face.
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