Our final day in Tasmania

Well here we are on the final day in Tasmania.

The first part of our dream has now been completed. After 2 months we’ve seen a lot if this wonderful place but we must also leave a lot unseen.

We both have very mixed feelings about leaving tomorrow. Part of us is excited about the next leg of the adventure – where will God take us next – and part of us is sad to end a chapter that has been thrilling, way beyond our expectations.

It’s all gone so quickly. It just seems like yesterday we arrived on the Spirit of Tasmania and now we are watching it berthing this morning knowing the next time it leaves we’ll be on it.

Here is a map with the places we have been in red. Just click the map to enlarge it.

The route around Tasmania

The route around Tasmania

What will be our “enduring image” of Tasmania?

What will we see whenever we think about this place?

For me it will be a combination of crystal clear waters against rugged landscapes, pristine forests, waterfalls, rolling green hills and fascinating history.

Did we have a “favourite” place?

For me it would probably be Stanley, which epitomises Tasmania in so many ways for me.

Could we live in Tasmania?

Definitely!

If it wasn’t for love of the family and friends and the desire to be as near as possible to them we would move here as soon as we’ve been round Australia.

Possibly our most livable place would be Burnie or Hobart. Stanley, although beautiful, is a long way from basic facilities.

We could easily live in any of the three main cities Hobart, Launceston or Devonport, but Burnie has everything we could ever need and is close to the Northwest coast which we have fallen in love with.

Our goal of eventually becoming as self sufficient as we can on a small property has been strengthened as we’ve seen the glorious small property gardens here and the extent to which Tasmanians grow their own food.

Has Tasmania taught us anything about ourselves, has it helped to discover something that was hidden by years of just getting by?

I think definitely yes!

We have learned that we can be extremely content with very few material goods.

We can invent, think things out, innovate and plan.

We are not afraid to have a go and are not afraid of failing.

We can accept people for who they are and we can see great beauty and wonder in simple every day things.

We have come to realise that even though our possessions are few, we are among the most prosperous people on earth.

In all the inventions and endeavors of both the early pioneer Tasmanians and the latter day ones we have seen how human beings can triumphantly achieve almost anything if they stand firm and focus on the dream and push forward no matter how hard the journey sometimes gets.

We have learned the great value of a loving relationship and how to enjoy being with that someone you love above all else.

We have learned the value of family since it’s sometimes when they are not there that you realise how much you love them.

We don’t need to hide our belief in and our love for God. We have seen His awesome power in so many different forms.

We’ve also learned that there are two distinctly different types of living on the road.

The first type is the holiday or extended holiday where you know that sometime soon you will be back in your house with all its comforts such as shower, toilet, fridge, freezer, ezy chairs and comfortable bed.

In this scenario you can basically live in anything from a tent to a small caravan with limited facilities, like ours, knowing it’s temporary.

The second type is the long term permanent or semi permanent traveler.

This is where there is no “home to come back to”. You are already living in your home.

This scenario requires more facilities than the camping trip or extended holiday if it’s going to provide long term satisfaction and the desire to keep travelling without life becoming a string of frustrations.

We’re convinced that you don’t need to have a 3 bedroom home on wheels to achieve this, just a few basics that allow simple yet organised living with good balance between comfort and practicality.

So Tasmania has taught us what we need to provide for ourselves if we are to stay on the road for the longer term.

The goal of the house and land is still out of our reach and we can’t see it being a reality for at least another 18 months to two years.

This means we’ll need to provide accommodation for ourselves for this time and we might just as well be doing it on the road.

So while we’re in Melbourne, even though we love our “Little Home”, we’ll search out a bigger van that provides the best possible balance of comfort, cost, mobility and general quality of living for the medium term.