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Getting to Tasmania?
If you were not already clued in, Tasmania is an island. You may choose to arrive by air, or by water (driving here is discouraged(!) ... but you may bring your vehicle across on the ferries!).
Why not try the following for more information; Spirit of Tasmania, Rex Airlines, Qantas, or Virgin.
Interested in the local area and its history?
Derby /ˈdɜːrbi/ DERR-bee is a small Australian town located in the northeast of Tasmania.
The area had been surveyed in 1855, but was not settled until 1874, when George Renison Bell discovered tin in the area. The Krushka brothers discovered a large lode of tin, and set up a mine (named The Brothers Mine) in the area, assuring the town's economic future. The town was originally known as Brother's Home until renamed Derby (believed to be after Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom).
Brother's Home Post Office opened on 1 August 1882 and was renamed Derby in 1885.
Derby reached its peak in the late 19th century, when its population reached over 3,000, and the Brothers Mine (renamed the Briseis Mine after the winner of the 1876 Melbourne Cup) was producing upwards of 120 tonnes of tin per month. Derby has a current population of approx 220 people including children.
On 4 April 1929, the Briseis Dam used by the mine burst after heavy rains and the Cascade River flooded the town, killing 14 people. The mine was closed, but re-opened five years later although it never reached the same level of output as it had in the last century and closed in 1948.
Derby was served by a branch railway line which extended from Launceston to Herrick, 4 kilometres (2.4 mi) short of Moorina. The line through Derby station opened on 15 March 1919 and ran through the hills 2 km (1.2 mi) from the town. The railway closed in April 1992.
In 2015 a network of Mountain Bike trails (MTB) opened in the wooded hills surrounding Derby. The trails are called Blue Derby and stretch out to the Blue Tier area. MTB tourism has reinvigorated the town and region and there have been several MTB events. In April 2017, Derby hosted a round of the Enduro World Series, a premier MTB race.
It was the first time that Australia has hosted a round of the EWS.
Many people are of the fond belief that Tasmania is alway 'freezing'. This is indeed far from the truth. The local district lies between 41 & 42 degrees south which leaves the area with a temperate climate (that science tells us is the best for the human metabolism and also for plants and animals).
A close look at our temperature chart shows Tasmania's mean winter temperature is about 1 degree less than other states who boast about their warmer winter levels.
In summer our mean lowest temperature is actually higher than many of our mainland neighbours, while our highest temperature is many degrees less and therefore not miserably hot.
In short, our climate is not cold, it's just that it is not hot... for more detailed weather information - click here.
*Remember that our unique weather is very changeable, so be prepared to bring a change of clothes wherever you venture...
Roads in Tasmania?
In general, Tasmania's road network is in excellent condition. Well maintained highways with reasonably well signed directions are interspersed with our 'famous' picturesque windy country roads.
Tourism and Forestry are popular industries in the state, so please be well aware of 'other' tourists, and the many log trucks on the narrower roads.
What about roadkill?
Unfortunately, one of the sad things about this beautiful district is the road kill. There is an enormous amount of wildlife here, testimony to the fact that the environment supports them in large numbers.
Once the sun goes down, you will often come across wildlife on the road attracted by the warmth of the bitumen. They will move off the road for you if you are patient. Sometimes the animals are impossible to avoid, but please don't depair. Nature wastes nothing, and these animals in their turn provide sustenance for Tasmanian Devils, crows, hawks, ravens, and even quoll, which are continually cleaning up.
You will come upon then often. One animal's demise is another's life. It's nature's way...
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