Sunday, December 03, 2006

Traversing Tasmania to Tarraleah (Middle of Nowhere)


Some tourism operators are clever. They buy an entire village and turn it into a mutli-purpose, multi-sport destinations with accommodation and tours from budget to decidedly up-market.
The place: an old Hydro Village on the west coast of Tasmania in a town called Tarraleah. It's a warm spot in the wilderness with a global reputation already for best fly fishing on earth. Brown and Rainbow Trout abound. You can catch, cook and consume yourself or go on a guided tour via helicopter or 4WD into the surrounding lake district.
Apparently fly fishing is on the rise for gay men, having already shown itself to be the fastest growing sport for women. So, grab your gear and head for Tassie's outback of beyond.
Tarraleah retains its 50's charm, right down to the art deco decor in cottages and the rainbow coloured exteriors. I had to laugh that the locals call this place Rainbow City. Yeah, add a few gay cowboys and girls with fishing poles, and it will live up to its nickname soon enough.

It's good to get lost....in fishing heaven. If you don't fish, there's golfing, mountain biking, waterfall walks, even a squash court if the weather doesn't lure you outdoors. Book your escape now; you'll find something for every budget at Tarraleah, from caravan park, group backbackper cottage, family cottages to brand new chalet lodge with spa/sauna facility with a million dollar view.
PS Wildlife is very plentiful here. At night, grab a torch and count the visiting wallabies, wombats and even Tassie Devils.

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