Along a narrow dirt road, about 90 minutes from Tasmania’s provincial capital of Hobart lies the small, residential community of Lucaston. It’s an area of rugged, natural beauty that draws people looking to live a quiet life.

“A couple hundred acres of bush, wet forest thick with ferns and the like. Splendid, it is,” says Lou Geraghty as she describes her homestead near the top of a slope along a rolling valley. Along with her fisherman husband, this grandmother has dreamt of setting up an eco-tourism retreat here. Ideally, this would mean little more than building a few small cabins out in the bush and allowing city folk to come traipse through the primordial old growth forests that carpet this Ireland-sized isle off the southern tip of Australia.
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