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On her 60th birthday, Coral Waight set out, alone, in her little hatchback, thermos and Esky in the boot, to begin the first of four road trips around the island of Tasmania, south of where she lives in Melbourne, Australia. She planned to the 'nth' degree, but nothing could have prepared her for getting stuck on the side of a mountain, in the dark, her petrol tank on empty. Nothing prepared her for being alone in a caravan park at Arthur River in the middle of a violent storm, or forgetting she gets sea-sick and spending a boat cruise around Tasman Island with her head in a bucket.

The wild, untamed west coast contrasted with the ethereal beauty of Great Oyster Bay and the fishing villages of the east. Cheap country pubs offered friendliness and warmth - and the odd hole in a window taped over with cardboard and packing tape - more like the homes of friends or relatives than hotels. The giant ferns and the great trees of the rain forests nurtured and replenished her spirit, and the history, white and indigenous, not too far in the past, filtered through everything.

"Told with gentle humour and keen observation, this book will make readers want to visit Tasmania for themselves, all the while getting to know and like a woman whose unfailing good humour shines through the adventures she encounters." Elizabeth Kemp - Writers Victoria.

"An inspirational story, told with empathy and unfailing good humour." Dr. Glenice Whitting - Author and Tutor of Creative Writing.

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