Modern Living: Life on De Witt

For a time, Vermont was chic, and Alaska and Spain were favorite places to get away from it all. Nowadays those who really want to drop out head for Tobago, Sardinia and Pago Pago. One potential hideaway that until now has been completely ignored, however, is De Witt Isle, five miles off the southern coast of Tasmania* in the savage, blustery "Roaring Forties." Its assets are 4,000 acres of jagged rocks, tangled undergrowth and trees twisted and bent by the battering winds. Local fishermen call it the "Big Witch," and settlers have avoided it like the plague, but bandicoots (ratlike marsupials...

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