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Far From The Paddling Crowd

The Hollyford Track is wet and wild and lacks the traffic of Milford Sound. Jenny Tabakoff tramps it, knee-deep.

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Back To The Track

For years Amanda Hooton heard family stories about The Walk From Hell - a cold, exhausting trek by her parents along New Zealand's Milford Track in 1972. But was it really that bad? Her father's plan to do it all again gave her the chance to find out.

Column 8

"I am pleased to announce that I lost 15 kilograms overnight, or at least that's what CityRail would have me believe," writes David French. "Their latest train safety ad at Meadowbank Station tells me that: 'A train weighs 500 tonnes; you weigh 65 kilograms.' Thank you CityRail. I feel great."

Column 8

MORE on Walter James Hale (he of the mysterious tankards, Column 8, a couple of weeks ago; we are trying to find descendants of this World War I digger before the tankards are given to a school in Villers-Bretonneaux on Anzac Day, readers may recall). "He died in 1969," writes..read more

Summary
Sandfly is a tiny suburb situated in the state of Tasmania in Australia. It belongs to the Huon Valley local government area. There are about 2692 people living in Sandfly today, 86% of which are born and raised in Australia. The other Sandfly settlers are mainly from United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, and Ireland.

Surrounding
The little suburb of Sandfly also shares its 7150 postcode with the other nearby towns and suburbs such as Adventure Bay, Allens Rivulet, Alonnah, Appolo Bay, Barnes Bay, Dennes Point, Gordon, Great Bay, Kaoota, Killora, Longley, Lunawanna, North Bruny, Oyster Cove, Pelverata, Simpsons Bay, South Bruny, and Upper Woodstock.


Name Derivation and History
The word sandfly is a colloquial term for a blood-sucking Dipteran. In Australia, the insects referred to as sandflies are correctly named biting midges. Biting midges, especially those belonging to the Forcipomyia tasmani species, are very abundant in the area.   read more

Geography
The little suburb of Sandfly is located in the town of Huonville and it is relatively near Huon River.

Attraction
One of the most popular attractions near the area is the Abalone Adventures that is located along Sandfly Road. It offers a very scenic area where people from all over the world can collect their very own abalone. Abalone is a group of shellfish or marine snails that also goes by the names ear shells, haliotis, sea ears, Venus' ears, muttonfish, and muttonshells.

Transport
Sandfly is just around 23 km away from the Tasmanian state capital of Hobart. A simple route from Hobart to Sandfly is a drive along Macquarie Street to Campbell Street, Davey Street, Southern Outlet, Huon Highway exit, Huon Highway, and Sandfly Road. The drive from Hobart to Sandfly usually takes only a little over 20 minutes. The nearby airports include the HBA of Hobart, located around 31 km northeast of Sandfly and the LST of Launceston, located around 160 km north of Sandfly. Other people prefer a ride through the Sandfly tramway.

Recreation
The list of recreational activities enjoyed by tourists and locals alike in Sandfly's Abalone Adventures include fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and marine sightseeing. Some people also enjoy having picnics and barbecues in the area.

Alternative Places
Other towns and suburbs in the nearby area that also offers numerous recreational activities, amazing attractions, great geographical wonders, and warm Australian hospitality include Grove, Leslie Vale, Lower Longley, and Margate.

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