A little bit of Switzerland in Northern Tasmania
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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.