After their first holiday in the Apple Isle, Judith and Robert Alder knew Tasmania was where they wanted to spend their retirement.
Born and raised in Brisbane, after careers spanning close to 40 years it was a matter of timing before the duo would make the big move. But as soon as things fell into place, they didn't waste any time.
As Mrs Alder explained, once she had given notice at her work it was just a matter of selling their Brisbane home, which they had lived in for the past 43 years.
"I told work at the start of 2017 that I wanted to retire in December and move to Tasmania," she said.
"They said: 'you won't move to Tasmania' and I said, oh yes we will.
"After our [Brisbane] house settled, we didn't hang around. We arrived in Tasmania on Monday, May 7th and were staying with some friends at Shearwater.
"We started looking for houses on the Tuesday and signed a contract on the 10th."
While the Alder's originally had their sights set on living in Devonport, it was a new house in Sheffield that they ended up falling in love with.
With views of Mount Roland from their kitchen and a new shed in the backyard providing an ideal 'man cave' for Mr Alder, the couple said they couldn't be happier.
"The house was exactly what we were looking for," Mrs Alder said.
"We only looked at six other houses, but we were after something new. Once we found the house, we didn't muck around.
"We are coming up to our first year here now and it's been just wonderful."
The couple's first holiday to Tasmania was in 2003. After that they visited three times in 2005, again in 2007 and then every two years until their final move in 2018.
Both aged around 70, Mrs Alder said as they were getting older, coping with the heat and humidity in Brisbane was getting too hard.
"We both love the cooler climate in Tasmania and the lifestyle is also just so relaxed," she said.
"We certainly don't miss the traffic in Brisbane. Plus everyone is so friendly and easy going. We have the best neighbours here in Shefield.
"We love going out for a drive to check out new areas and coffee shops. Our favourite place is The Wall at Derwent Bridge. It’s absolutely worth seeing as it tells the history of Tasmania carved in wood."
With their two sons and five grandchildren still living in Brisbane, Mrs Alder said they were looking forward to more family visits.
"My son gave us a surprise visit last year, but it was the middle of winter so I don't think he had the best experience," she said.
"Our family joke that it is like living back in the 80s down here, but we love it."