where I live

A Little Bit Of (Down Under) Heaven On Earth...

I live in George Town on the north coast of Tasmania, an island south of the mainland of Australia.

George Town is recognized as the oldest town in Australia, and the third oldest settlement (after Sydney and Hobart).

Apart from vineyards and other agricultural pursuits in the area, the George Town/Low Head region is a popular tourist destination.

Some of its attractions are (source Wikipedia):

  • "The Grove" Georgian home built in 1829 attracts many visitors, as does the 1805 convict built pilot station at Low Head.
  • George Town is also a popular seaside destination for swimming, surfing, and fishing and boating enthusiasts.
  • George Town is home to a Little Penguin colony at the nearby beach at Low Head.
  • The George Town Football Club, George Town Bowls Club and the George Town Cricket Club are notable among its clubs and associations.
  • The Bass and Flinders Centre has a collection of historical boats including a replica of the 1798 sloop Norfolk.
  • The Watch House in Macquarie St. built in 1843 was the town gaol (jail). The building was refurbished and reopened in 2004 as a gallery and local history museum. It features a scale model of the town as it was in the early nineteenth century.

Bell Buoy Beach, just north of George Town on Bass Strait. Photo by Graham Pockett


my country

Australia’s most popular poem is My Country by Dorothea McKellar, often called “The Sunburnt Country” (shortened from “I love a sunburnt country” which is the first line of the second verse). Click on the poem’s title and experience a feel for Australia – more than just the Sydney Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge but a vast dry land which hides an enormous mineral wealth, the oldest continent on this planet.


Two views of Australia – the dry red centre and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
Jeremiah 31:34c NIV

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