A little bit of Switzerland in Northern Tasmania

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Driving into Grindelwald, a little bit of Switzerland in Northern Tasmania

After lunch, dad and I made our way to our accommodation for the night.

Roelf Voss established Grindelwald Village, on the northeast side of the Tamar River from Launceston, in 1980. He was inspired to create his village after a visit to Switzerland with his wife, Miep, where Roelf fell in love with the Alpine style of architecture. The first stage involved the creation of a seven-hectare lake, and then Roelf constructed authentic Swiss-style chalets with high-pitched roofs, wide eaves, exposed beams, white-painted exteriors and balconies.

Grindelwald now covers almost 405 hectares and has hundreds of homes as well as a restaurant and bar, golf course, tennis courts, hotel accommodation and self-contained chalets. The only thing I can think of that may be missing is gorgeous ski fields.

Dad and I checked into our room and then went exploring. We found a little lookout sitting on top of a little hill. The views of the surrounding area are gorgeous, but I imagine would look spectacular if the grass in the surrounding fields was green. There were patches of green, on the golf course, the trees and on some private lawns, but like the rest of our state, all we could see was brown. I have to say, I would be very surprised if, when I go to Switzerland it looks like Grindelwald, but the houses do look like Swiss Chalets and it was interesting.

Sweetski says:
The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence :)
Posted on: Mar 15, 2009
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Driving into Grindelwald, a little…
Driving into Grindelwald, a littl…
A Swiss chalet in the Tasmanian co…
A Swiss chalet in the Tasmanian c…
Exploring the hotel facilities
Exploring the hotel facilities
Oooo look, a lookout
Oooo look, a lookout
There it is
There it is
On the way to the lookout
On the way to the lookout
Still on my way up to the lookout
Still on my way up to the lookout
The path to the lookout
The path to the lookout
... still on my way up to the look…
... still on my way up to the loo…
Yeah, I made it! :)
Yeah, I made it! :)
What we could see from the lookout
What we could see from the lookout
Off in the distance is Ben Lomond …
Off in the distance is Ben Lomond…
From the lookout
From the lookout
Heading back to the hotel
Heading back to the hotel
A Swiss Chalet in northern Tasmania
A Swiss Chalet in northern Tasmania
A Swiss chalet and an Aussie Gum t…
A Swiss chalet and an Aussie Gum …
A beautiful Aussie Gum Tree
A beautiful Aussie Gum Tree
We met these two near a lake ...
We met these two near a lake ...
When they realised I didnt have a…
When they realised I didn't have …
The lake in Grindelwald with a lit…
The lake in Grindelwald with a li…
Travel all over the countryside...
Travel all over the countryside...
A cute little detail
A cute little detail
Look Rudolph, I did get a photo of…
Look Rudolph, I did get a photo o…
Grindelwald
photo by: Sunflower300