Jun
21
2013

Tasmania is home to many marvels of nature, open for you to discover and explore throughout the state. For example, the Cradle Mountain Canyons offer a wide variety of activities to fully experience the natural wonder of the island.

Found 60km from Devonport, the canyons are part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, and home to idyllic streams and rugged mountains that are guaranteed to mesmerise you.

Cradle Mountain Canyons offer quality outdoor activities including abseiling and canoeing through the deep quartzite canyons.

The Lost Canyon trip gives you a first hand look at the beautiful upper section of Dove River, and is recommended for those looking to take some time out and soak up the wonder of nature.

For the thrill seekers out there, Dove Canyon showcases the Tasmanian wild at its best. The trip involves a combination of abseiling, slides and jumps through a 50m deep canyon. While there is no prerequisite for canyoning or abseiling experience, competence at swimming is a must!

If you're keen to climb to the summit of Cradle Mountain, you should put aside five to six hours for the trip. But reaching the top graces you with an incredible 360 degree view of the surroundings that needs to be seen to be believed.

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Freestyle Falls, Dove Canyon

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Jun
20
2013

With the recent proliferation of craft beer and microbreweries popping up throughout New Zealand and Australia, it's time to take a look at one of the latest breweries in Tasmania.

Moo Brew is a state of the art microbrewery located on a private peninsula by Derwent River at Berridale – a mere 15 minutes north from the state's capital, Hobart.

The brewery produces five core beers that help to encapsulate a wide variety of styles, flavours and tastes. The pilsner is light and crispy, with a toasted malt palate, and redefines the classic larger style.

Among the other beers is a Hefeweizen, which pays homage to the classic Bavarian-style wheat beer, a Pale Ale and an American Dark Ale that has to be tasted to be believed – a hoppy, roasted caramel and chocolate smorgasbord for your tastebuds!

They also prepare a variety of seasonal beers, with the latest release being a stout known as The Velvet Sledgehammer. Intensely dark and incredibly smooth, the rich palate is loaded with residual sugar and bitterness – the perfect companion for a cool winter evening.

Moo Brew's beers contain no added preservatives or additives, containing only the essential ingredients needed to make overwhelmingly good beer – malt, hops, yeast and water.

Brewery tours are available from 14:00 every Friday and Saturday, cost $15 per person and last around an hour. However, you're welcome to stay for a drink afterwards! Being part of the MONA stable, you can be sure there is ‘art’ in the exercise right down to the bottle.

The Moo Brew lineup / fine beers (and as it says on the label - Not For Bogans

Brewery Tour

Serving with style at Moo Brew's home - MONA

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Jun
19
2013

Tasmania is long-known for its delicious gourmet offerings, and this July, you can sample the food of kings at The Tasmanian Truffle Festival!

Truffles are a highly sought after food by chefs and fine cooking enthusiasts, with this delicacy found underground by specially trained dogs, who sniff out the scent.

In France, pigs are still used to find the fungus, but here in Australia, dogs such as spaniels are useful in the search as they are easier to train and control according to Truffle Australis.

The Tasmanian Truffle Festival will begin on June 29, with a number of special foodie events including harvesting and cooking experiences, taking place for a month through to July 28.

This year's theme is 'unlocking the mystery of the Black Perigord Truffle', also known as black gold.

Tamar Valley Truffles manager Marcus Jessup told The Mercury that it was a fairly new industry in Australia, with Tasmania now producing truffles to the same high standard as in Europe.

Many of Tasmania's truffle suppliers will be holding special events through the month, with Glencoe Rural Retreat in Sheffield hosting Truffle Weekends from June 24.

Glencoe guests will have the opportunity to participate in the harvesting of the truffles, with the weekend also including one night stay at the retreat, breakfasts and truffle dinners.

These Truffle Weekends will run until the end of truffles season, with bookings highly recommended.

Tasmania's truffle festivities will conclude with the Tasmanian Pinot & Truffle Feast on the weekend of July 27 and 28.

Around 30 Tasmanian producers will pour nearly 50 premium pinot noirs, at the Pinot Shop's sixth Tasmanian Pinot Noir Showcase on July 27. You can then head over to Stillwater Restaurant in the evening for the delicious six-course Tasmanian Truffle Degustation Dinner, matched with Tasmanian wines.

If you still haven't had enough truffle for the weekend, dine in for breakfast at Stillwater on July 28 for house-smoked salmon, truffled eggs and a glass of Tasmanian sparkling!

Black Gold it is called, fine Tasmanian truffles now exported to the world - Image Credit: Tasmanian  Truffle Festival FB

Festival poster - Image Credit: Tasmanian  Truffle Festival FB

Dog harvesters - Image Credit: Tasmanian  Truffle Festival FB

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Jun
18
2013

Make it truly a day to remember by bringing your wedding celebrations to the charming historic town of Stanley!

Set in Tasmania's iconic north-west, Stanley is renowned for its picturesque beaches and 'the Nut', an old volcanic plug discovered in the late 1700s.

While these landmarks may provide a stunning backdrop for your pictures, it's the grand historic houses that are the main attraction for weddings.

The Highfield Historic Site is a glorious location to mark your wedding, where you can choose to hold your ceremony in the 1830s stone chapel, seating around 50 guests plus standing room.

You can alternatively choose to stage your ceremony on the extensive lawns, which provide a gorgeous setting for a garden wedding, with the Nut and Stanley township in the background.

The historic site's barn can also be hired for larger wedding parties, providing a fantastic location for a rustic-themed reception, which can come complete with wood fires, tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery and glassware. It's essential to note that self-catering is required for all receptions.

If a traditional church-based wedding is more up your alley, then you can take your pick of Stanley churches that emit the 'old world' charm of the 1800s.

The St. James Presbyterian Church was opened over 150 years ago (1855) and is noted to be one of the earliest churches in continuous use today.

The building was originally sourced from Scotland, and is believed to be one of the oldest pre-fabricated buildings in Australia.

St Paul's Anglican Church is a gorgeous old weatherboard building that may also be an attractive location for couples tying the knot.

The church is situated on the main street of Stanley, Church Street, and features blackwood pews, baltic pine ceiling, stained-glass windows and a red carpet in the aisle.

If you need more wedding reception ideas or are still on the lookout for the perfect honeymoon package, then check out Bride Tasmania, the essential guide to weddings in the nature state!

Beautiful and historic Highfield - Image Credit: Weddings in Stanley

Historic wooden church in Stanley - Image Credit: Weddings in Stanley

Wedding settings and the big day - Image Credit: Weddings in Stanley

Photos in great surroundings to recall the special day - Image Credit: Weddings in Stanley

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Jun
17
2013

If you're a keen fisherman looking for your next challenge, Tasmania is home to more than 20 national game fish records and could be where you catch your next prize.

The game fishing waters stretch from the north east, past St Helens, all the way down to the Tasman Peninsula.

Charter a boat from anywhere along this vast stretch of coast and within 30 minutes, you'll be put right in the middle of serious fishing territory.

You may get the chance to encounter a number of marine species, including striped marlin, broadbilled swordfish, mako sharks, and bluefin tuna.

But one of the most eagerly sought after fish in Tasmanian waters is the southern black bream, which can grow to well over three kilograms. These are well within reach of any keen fisherman, with Little Swanport and Ansons Bay being the hotspot for catching them.

The best part is you don't need a license for saltwater fishing in Tasmania, and a recreational license is needed only if you're planning on catching abalone, rock lobster, scallops, or if you intend on using a graball, mullet or beach seine net.

So head on down to Tasmania, charter a boat and prepare yourself for a serious fishing frenzy!

Fishing in Tasmania - Image Credit: Fishing for Everyone

Bluefine Tuna haul off southern Tasmania near Pedra Rocks - image credit fishtrack-dot-com photography by Dean Butler

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Jun
16
2013

When one thinks of whisky, images of frosty distilleries in Ireland and Scotland are conjured up in the mind. Any whisky connoisseur worth their weight in grain understands that some of the world's best single malts come from those regions – but what about Tasmanian whisky?

The Nant Distillery is located near Bothwell, Tasmania, and is home to some of the most refined whisky in the state. Each individual cask is matured, decanted and hand-bottled on the estate as a single cask maturation.

The barrels used are traditional American and French oak which have previously held port, sherry and bourbon, imparting characteristics that make Nant whisky unique.

From spicy Christmas cake attributes of the port casks to the creamy vanillas of American bourbon, all three of these single malts are a palatable and decadent flavour experience which Tasmania is proud to call its own.

Daily tastings of the whiskies are open to the public, affording you the chance to enjoy something uniquely Tasmanian washing across your palate.

There are also daily guided tours of the distillery open to the public, which takes you through the whisky distillery and old Nant water mill, built in 1857 and a part of the region’s rich history.

These tours cost $15 per person and are available from 11:00 till 13:00.

The beautiful country based and historic surrounds of the Nant Distillery at Bothwell

Sample time at the Nant Distillery

Atmospheric setting for the distillery in Bothwell - a former water powered mill

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Jun
14
2013

Calling all knitting enthusiasts, keen quilters and crafty cats: Mark the weekend of June 28 to 30 in your diaries and calendars for "Australia's no. 1" Craft & Quilt Fair in Tasmania!

Be inspired by innovative new ideas and designs, with the Craft & Quilt Fair featuring guests artists and selling thousands of unique craft supplies all under one roof at Australia's biggest craft event.

Tasmania's Craft & Quilt Fair will be open from 10:00 to 16:00 for the weekend at Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre.

Some features of the Craft & Quilt Fair include workshops, 'makes & takes', new extended afternoon classes, new pop up classes and a quilt challenge.

Winner at the 2012 World Quilt Competition, Julie Haddrick, will also be at the fair, displaying her amazing work and demonstrating textile art techniques.

Julie's creative skills extend from creating stained glass windows in a home renovation to designing quilts, so you'll be sure to pick up more than a few handy craft tips from her demonstrations.

You can also get a head start on your Christmas decorations, with the fair featuring free 'Christmas in June' demonstrations.

Learn how easy it is to create Christmas Sashiko Star decorations, cards and baubles in these quick 30-minute demonstrations, with some handy tips on how to add the perfect finishing touches to your home for the festive season.

The new 'Make and Take' classes involve you paying a small cost for a project kit, where you'll create a new item for you to take home in a one-hour class.

Some of the crafts you can expect to create are outlined in the Craft Friend publication for this show.

You can purchase your tickets now at the Craft & Quilt Fair website.

The Art of Craft and fine needle work

Classes where you can learn the finer art of finer craft

Craft work - and so much more to see

The busy Craft Fair during 2012

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Jun
13
2013

Tasmania's the place to be this winter, with the island's inaugural Dark MOFO winter festival set to warm up locals and visitors alike with amazing food, entertainment, art and performances.

As well as performances from Martha Wainwright, The Presets, You Am I, Hermitude and DZ Deathrays, Dark MOFO will also host a three-night Winter Feast!

Take a seat at a communal table, with fire to keep you warm while you dine on appetising dishes and watch performances from Ben Salter, Luka Lesson, Laura Mead, Hobart swing band Les coqs incroyables, Born In A Taxi, The Twoks, Pugsley Buzzard and more!

The Winter Feast will kick off on Thursday June 20, with Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz of Porteno preparing a delicious menu for guests to enjoy.

Gourmet Farmer's Matthew Evans will also host 15 minute cooking demonstrations from at the Winter Feast, chatting about food, farm country and sustainability. You can be sure to titillate your taste buds too!

On Friday (June 21), Christine Manfield of the world-renowned Sydney restaurant Universal, will dish up some seriously tasty food as well as share some of her culinary wisdom in three interactive cooking demonstrations.

Frank Camorra of MoVida will be Saturday's (June 22) guest chef, firing up the barbecue to create spicy, but tasty, Spanish food.

Former professional basketball player and chef extraordinaire Randy Livingston will demonstrate his cooking talents at Saturday's Winter Feast event, whipping up finger-licking meals New Orleans style.

Philippe Leban, head chef of The Source, will also show off his culinary talents at the Winter Feast, preparing contemporary, French-inspired cuisine. You'll also witness demos with nitrous oxide and watch him prepare ice cream without a freezer!

Some stall holders at the Winter Feast include Bruny Island Cheese, Bottega Rotolo, Cygneture Chocolates, Frank's Cider, Macarons By Ruby, Pacha Mama, The Creperie and Urban Bounty.

The Dark MOFO Winter Feast is one even that foodies just can't miss out on!

Even the buildings are getting into the spirit of DARKMoFo - Hobart's Lenna Hotel and GrandChancellor 'red'up

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Jun
12
2013

The premium adventure race known as the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will take place in the wild wilderness of Tasmania's west coast at the end of the year.

The sold-out event traverses over 350 kilometres of Tasmania's stunning terrain in an adrenaline-pumping multi-sport race.

Competitors will battle it out across the course, running, trekking, mountain biking and paddling through Tasmania's remote west coast for their share of $30,000 in prize money.

The challenge's course designer John Jacoby said that Tasmania has the perfect environment to meet his requirements of needing a course that is fun but challenging "relatively easy".

Mr Jacoby hinted at some of the places the challenge will visit this year, including harsh alpine terrain, wild coastal environments, rainforests and waterfalls.

He added that he thought Tasmania was such a great location for the challenge because the island had "so much variety", in such a small area.

"It is wild but also close to civilization. The parks are well managed and there is great scope for a range of activities. Even having a variable and unpredictable climate can make for a great adventure."

Mr Jacoby had some tips for those taking part in the challenge this year, adding that participants should train with long endurance-based efforts rather than short-speed sessions, train in all conditions (rain/hail/snow/heat) and practise their race-day hydration/nutrition regime in training.

If you're heading to Tasmania as a competitor – or even as a supporter – then there are a wide range of experiences that you can enjoy during your stay!

A seven-day adventure guide is available on the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge website, highlighting top places and attractions to visit, including Strahan, the 'world-famous' Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and a number of gourmet delights in Latrobe and Launceston. You won’t have to battle it out – they will, but you will enjoy some of the areas in which the event will take place.

The remarkable Gordon River - Tasmania's West Coast

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Jun
11
2013

Peppers Cradle Lodge, one of Tasmania's iconic wilderness experiences, is celebrating their 19th annual culinary event "Tastings At The Top" at the end of June and are offering a fantastic package for you to get along to and enjoy.

The package includes three nights accommodation, a full mountain breakfast each morning and dinners throughout the experience which are matched with wines.

There are a number of wine and cheese tasting workshops, a marketplace full to the brim with local wine makers from various wine-growing regions throughout the state, and a care-free natural environment to help you forget about the worries of everyday life.

Hosted by Peter Bourne, who is widely regarded as "The Wine Man", his intimate knowledge of Tasmanian produce is sure to be an extremely entertaining time away in this forest paradise.

The event runs from Saturday June 22 through till Monday June 24 and offers to be a fun, relaxing time away, sipping the finest wine Tasmania has to offer in a quiet, serene place.

Peppers Cradle Lodge features 86 timber cabins set in the luscious wilderness of Tasmania, the lodge is located on the edge of the Cradle Mountain St. Clair National Park.

Comfort, and the best of food and wine at the Tastings at the Top weekend.

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