So, why might you like to locum in Tasmania? What will blow you away about the place is the wilderness, the astonishing coastline and the island's remoteness.
It's quite hard to explain the sheer scale of Tasmania. There are huge gorges, fast-flowing rivers and long stretches of untouched forest and coastline. More than 40 per cent of it is protected in national parks and World Heritage Areas.
Its coastal waters are among the clearest of all temperate seas, with forests of 30m kelp. Some of the inland caves contain Aboriginal rock art dating back 12,000 years.
Ten years ago, the island was an unknown quantity as far as tourism was concerned. Now it's a popular place to visit to relax and rejuvenate.
It is the sort of place that just nurtures you. The air and water are so pure, the wilderness so vast, the sea so clean. You are also surrounded, day after day, by intense beauty and the chance to engage with nature properly. You get to see all kinds of animals, from wallabies outside your bedroom to black cockatoos flying through the forest canopy.
When you're out canoeing you might pass offshore islands that are havens for wildlife, and birds soaring above fluted cliffs that tower 3000m above the sea.
We can't write about Tasmania without talking about it's capital, Hobart. Everyone loves Hobart, particularly Salamanca Place with its cobbles, pavement cafes, and old harbour. After decades in the shadow of Sydney and Melbourne’s food scene, Hobart has come into its own and now has a successful Taste Festival. Talented young chefs are using fresh, locally sourced produce such as paua, oysters, ocean trout, berries and organic vegetables to create a distinctive Taswegian cuisine. People rave about Monty's on Montpelier, Me Wah, Smolt and the new gourmet sensation, Garagistes, which serves unusual things such as smoked eels and fried pig's ears. You can even get a good English-style pint at Preachers, which is just up the hill from Salamanca Place.
Tasmania has its fair share of culture and sport as well. Among the highlights are MONA, a world-class private art gallery in Hobart, and a magical golf links called Barnbougle Dunes, near Bridport. Also worth seeing are some of the oldest convict ruins at Port Arthur.
Parts of this article taken from NZ Herald article by Mark Webber, March 6 2014