May
21
2013

Australian fans of the smash hit TV show Mrs. Brown's Boys have reason to celebrate, with the UK cast of the BBC series to make their way down under in March 2014!

'Mrs. Brown Rides Again' will come to the Derwent Entertainment Centre on Wednesday March 26 2014, with the live show to also make its rounds to Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Newcastle.

Agnes Brown and the rest of the family will be performing on a specially constructed stage set with screen projection.

Mrs Brown confirmed that she was going to the other side of the world to visit "all my Australian friends", stating from her dressing room in her current sell-out UK stage tour that she was planning on going everywhere, including Perth, Brisbane and Wollongong, AND TASMANIA!

Mrs. Brown's Boys has scooped up a number of UK television awards including Scottish, Irish and British BAFTAs and People's Choice awards.

You can register your details now for the waitlist, with Hobart tickets for the show to go on sale Monday May 27 – don't miss out on your chance to see Mrs. Brown and her family in this humourous live show! If you are travelling in Tasmania at the time, it may be a chance to catch the show away from main centres so-to-speak. Judging by advertising … Tasmania could be in for a very special show.

Stage Tour announced - News-dot-com-dot-au

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May
20
2013

If you're a proud owner of an expansive veggie patch or think your flower beds are worth showing off, why not consider entering in the Gardener of the Year competition?

After all, winning the title of Gardener of Year could take you to the glorious nature state itself, Tasmania!

The competition, run by ABC Gardening Australia magazine, is in for a shake up this year with new prizes and categories.

The titles of Gardener of the Year and Young Gardener of the Year are up for grabs in 2013, with entries now open!

All you need to do is tell Gardening Australia in 300 words or less about you and your passion for gardening.

Send in a completed entry form, a sketch of your garden's layout and recent photographs of the whole garden (prints, disk or email). Also make sure to attach one or two 'before' shots to demonstrate how your garden has grown.

The winner of 2013's Gardener of the Year title will board a plane to enjoy the magnificent sights, sounds and tastes of Tasmania, in a fantastic four-night, five-day trip for two!

Fly into Tasmania to enjoy a wonderful gardening journey to a number of brilliant attractions including the Tasmanian Arboretum, Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Wychwood Garden & Nursery, Woolmers & National Rose Garden, and the Heritage Rhododendron Gardens at Lalla.

The Young Gardener of the Year recipient will take a trip round to some of the island's most noted garden sites including the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden, the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, Crawleighwood Garden, Brickendon Estate, Clarendon Estate and Inverawe Native Gardens.

Email your entry to ga@newslifemedia.com.au with 'Gardener of the Year competition, ABC Gardening Australia magazine' as the subject, with your answer, name, address, telephone number and email on the official entry form.

You can also mail your entries to Gardener of the Year competition, ABC Gardening Australia magazine, Locked Bag 5030, Alexandria, NSW 2015. Including all your key details mentioned above on your entry form.

If you'd like your entry returned, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Entries close on September 9 2013, and will be judged on September 16 2013 – Good luck to all gardening enthusiasts!

Gardening Australia Gardener of The Year Competition 2013 (entry form)

Link to the entry form

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May
19
2013

Tasmania is well-known for its prestigious wine offerings, with the signature cool-climate wines leaving many wine lovers across the country and around the world wanting more!

Frogmore Creek 2012 Fume Blanc, the Josef Chromy 2011 Chardonnay and the Penfold 2010 Yattarna Chardonnay took home gold awards at the wine challenge, labelled as one of the most comprehensive and influential competitions in the world.

A total of 81 Australian wines were awarded Gold medals at this year's International Wine Challenge, taking home the second highest number after France.

Co-chairman of the IWC, Charles Metcalfe, said that the Australian Gold medal wines at this year's challenge have been "absolutely stunning".

"Never before have the judges tasted such a strong selection of Gold medal winning Chardonnays," Mr Metcalfe said.

"Australian winemakers seem to have a gift for producing Gold medal standard Chardonnays – you might say they have the Midas touch."

Tasmania scooped up 22 awards at the annual challenge, including three gold, nine silver, five bronze and five commendations.

Josef Chromy's fine Chardonnay - Image Credit: The Examiner

Frogmore Wines' Winery and Restaurant between Cambridge and Richmond in the Coal River Valley - Image Credit: Australian Good Food Guide

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May
18
2013

Do underwater rivers, spacious caverns littered with stalactites and stalagmites, and enchanting sea caves sound like something you want to explore?

Then make sure to explore the caves of Tasmania, offering unforgettable sights and loads of adventure!

Here are a few popular caves that you can visit in your Tasmanian journey.

Gunns Plains Caves

Take a guided tour of the Gunns Plains Caves, located in Tasmania’s north west, witnessing sparkling crystals and amazing cave formations!

The cave is renowned for its astounding formations including flowstones and calcite shawls – as well as a magnificent glow-worm display.

Gunns Plains Caves was formed by an underground river, that to this day still flows, containing freshwater fish, eels and crayfish.

Tours run daily from 10:00 to 15:30, with a 275 m long tour route through the caves.

All TripAdvisor reviews for the Gunns Plains Caves have been given the top rating of excellent – so this is one Tasmanian attraction that you must visit!

Mole Creek Caves

Summer or winter, the climate never changes inside the Mole Creek Caves, so it’s a perfect place to visit year round. Temperature is 9 degrees, so dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Best thing is, there are two cave systems to choose from with three different tours to enjoy.   Marakoopa Cave – This highly decorated cave features two different tours.

Underground Rivers and Glow-worms Tour (10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm daily, plus an additional 4.00 pm tour between 1 Oct – 31 May). Visit the lower chamber and be dazzled by its sparkling crystals, reflection pools, stalactites and stalagmites. Take time to listen to the music of underground streams and soak up the silence of abandoned river passages. This easy tour caters for all age groups and levels of fitness.

Great Cathedral and Glow-worms Tour (11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm daily)
The magnificent cavern known as the ‘Great Cathedral’ is a highlight not to be missed. The ‘Gardens’ feature delicate formations and beautiful colours. Medium fitness levels are required for this tour, to ascend the stairway to the ‘Great Cathedral’.

And the nearby King Solomons Cave – Tours 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm daily, plus additional tours at 10.30 am and 4.30 pm from 1 Dec – 30 Apr.

This compact cave features lavish colours and formations, with sparkling calcite decorating the chambers. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Hastings Caves

Located 125 km south of Hobart, the Hastings Caves started to form around 40 million years ago, but were undiscovered until 1917 when timber workers came upon an entrance.

Australia’s largest tourism cave, the Newdegate Cave, is also located in this region with visitors able to explore the underground wonders in a guided tour.

You’ll be introduced to unique features of the cave, as well as the species that inhabit the area, fauna and its history.

Make sure to bring along your swimming gear, with a thermal pool filled with warm (28 degrees celsius) water located near the cave.

There is also a souvenir shop and cafe if you’re feeling a little hungry during your journey.

The amazing caves at Mole Creek

Glow Worms in the Mole Creek Cave System - Image Credit: Thibaut (Melbourne based Asian blogger)

Hastings Caves Thermal Pool - Image Credit: Event Seeker

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May
17
2013

The cool-climate whites and reds of the ''nature state' are being highlighted in Tourism Australia's new food and wine campaign, Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia.

This initiative is aimed at profiling the land down under as one of the world's leading wine tourism destinations, showcasing a number of iconic wineries and vineyards across the country.

Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said that research shows a 30 per cent increase in people's motivation to travel to Australia when they understand the quality of the country's food and wine.

"It’s an area where we can stand out – and perhaps a missing ingredient in igniting people’s passion for our country," Mr McEvoy said.

The Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia profiles top wine destinations such as the McLaren and Barossa Valleys in South Australia, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and the Tamar Valley in Tasmania.

Tasmania's Josef Chromy Wines in the Tamar Valley, and Moorilla Estate at Berriedale are showcased in Tourism Australia's campaign, with each bringing a different experience of Tasmanian wine.

Moorilla is "the newest winery built on Tasmania's oldest vineyard", creating cool-climate wines crafted from grapes grown in the Tamar and Derwent Valleys.

The Berriedale winery offers varieties such as pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, syrah and cabernet merlot, with tasting tours also on offer!

The Moorilla Winery Tour and Tasting operates from Wednesday to Monday at 15:30, which includes a guided tour of the vineyards and the 'gravity-assisted winery', as well as a tasting in the barrel room or at cellar door.

Josef Chromy Wines in Relbia, Tasmania was also singled out for its fantastic range of wines which includes pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling and sauvignon blanc.

The Josef Chromy Cellar Door, Vineyard and Winery is only a fifteen minute drive south of Launceston, with visitors able to join in on the Sunday winery tours or stop for a bite to eat at the estate's decadent restaurant!

Visit the Tasmanian wineries highlighted by Tourism Australia's 'Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia' campaign!

The Moorilla Cellar Door Experience

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May
16
2013

Tasmania's Festival of Voices edges ever closer to the capital city, with the island's largest winter cultural event to dazzle the city from 5 – 14 July 2013.

The Festival of Voices is Australia's "premier celebration of the human voice" with this year's event featuring exclusive international and national guests including iconic Indigenous singer Christine Anu, The Voice's Darren Percival and contemporary a cappella artist from the USA Deke Sharon.

More exceptional talent joins this lineup including the most awarded vocal group in history, Christian vocal jazz ensemble Take 6, musical director Charlie Beale, Brisbane-based composer Harley Mead and Australian artist Kate Ceberano.

A number of workshops will also take place during the festival, such as The Power of Voices, with teachers meeting vocalists and choristers to perform in "uniquely Hobartian" venues.

Take 6 will also lead a four-day Gospel workshop, in an Australian first, allowing you to work up close and personal with the best in the business.

Conductors across the country also have the opportunity to take part in a workshop catering to conductors of semi-professional and school choirs, community and church choirs as well as interested choristers.

The intensive sessions will cover topics such as vocal techniques and sound building for singers of all ages and experience, developing your conducting skills, and break out sessions specifically for A Capella, adult community and youth choirs.

The Festival of Hours will be set across a number of fantastic venues in Hobart including the C3 Conference Centre, Castray Esplanade in Salamanca, Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall, Federation Concert Hall, MONA and Hobart Town Hall.

You can purchase your tickets online from Eventbrite now! Stay tuned to the Festival of Voices Facebook page for the latest updates.

Festival of Voices

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May
15
2013

Tea aficionados have more reason to make the trip down south to Tasmania, with Australian tea retailer T2 to release a special Hobart Breakfast Tea as an ode to the island's capital city.

T2 is dotted all over the country and is known for its dedication to everything tea, with fresh brews such as cocoa loco, pumping pomegranate, southern sunrise and even T2 kids available.

Hobart Breakfast will be the new flavour on the menu, with The Mercury reporting (May 15) that the black Ceylon tea mix featuring juicy apple pieces, will be launched at the Hobart T2 store on Friday May 17 from 07:30 to 09:00.

The tea's promotional material says that Australia's "new art capital" inspired T2's latest breakfast brew.

"Home to markets overflowing with fresh produce and a very impressive art museum filled to the brim with old and new art, we felt it was high time that we made a cuppa that's all things Hobart."

The tea launch is an invitation-only event for T2 Tea Society members, with tea brewing demonstrations and ideas for food to match.

Make sure to try some of T2's other teas including gorgeous geisha, a green tea with flavours of strawberry and cream, and gone surfing, a relaxing brew of chamomile, lavender, spearmint, passionflower, rose petals, linden and lemon balm.

the T2 range at GourmetGrocerOnLine

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May
14
2013

Passionate wine connoisseurs and red wine drinkers alike – keep the weekend of June 1 to 2 free for the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend in Hobart!

This highly anticipated wine event is part of Savour Tasmania, showcasing the island's world-class produce and signature beverages.

Wine makers and vignerons across the state gather together for the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend to display their fantastic range of reds, vintages and famous cool-climate wines for you to try.

There are a number of brilliant wine workshops and events taking place throughout the weekend including Sparkling Secrets with Curly Haslam-Coates, Gold Medal and Trophy Pinot Noir Tasting, How to become a wine snob in 40 minutes, and Food and Wine Matching.

The red wine weekend will be held at the Princes Wharf Shed No 1 from 12:00 to 17:00, with entry to the event including tasting of all wines, a Plumm wine glass etched with the WineSouth logo to take home and a complete tasting booklet.

You'll also have an entry into the lucky door prize to win a case of top Tasmanian wines!

Don't miss out! Online sales are $21 (including all fees and charges), with door sales $25.

Red Wine Weekend Logo and Site Header

The Event is part of Savour Tasmania at the Henry Jones IXL Hotel

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May
13
2013

There's no need to go looking overseas for that special bottle of whisky, with some of the finest liquid gold produced right here in Australia.

The Nant Distillery sits in the very heart of Tasmania, resting on the Clyde River, only three kilometres outside of the historic town of Bothwell.

Australia's only Highland Single Malt Whisky is produced at the historic Nant Estate, in the central highlands of Tasmania, made from 100 per cent Tasmanian brewer's barley and water from the River Clyde.

Nant Whisky's 'liquid gold' achieved a brilliant 95.5 rating in whisky writer and critic Jim Murray's highly prestigious 2012 Whisky Bible.

The Batt family acquired the Nant Estate almost a decade ago, with the passionate team breathing new life into the distillery in 2005, restoring the old water-driven flour mill, homestead and farm complex.

The Mill (circa 1823) now has a full production whisky distillery, private tasting room and an Atrium Lounge and Whisky Bar, with visitors able to enjoy a glass of high quality whisky in a luxurious environment decorated with custom-made furniture, antiques and original artwork.

If you have a soft spot for a good glass of whisky, then don't delay your visit to the Nant Estate; they have distillery tours and the newly opened Cellar Door Cafe ready and waiting!

You can visit the Nant Estate's cellar door for a tasting of the Nant single malt or book a fully guided tour of the old Nant water mill and whisky distillery for you and a few friends.

Tours are only $15 per person and are available daily at 11:00 or 13:00.

Don't forget to also dine at the Nant Cellar Door cafe, which boasts homegrown estate fresh produce and Tasmania's "finest culinary samples"!

Tuck in to meals such as lamb cassoulet with roasted Nicola potatoes, spicy smoky seafood chowder with crusty Huon Valley bread or mouthwatering beef bourgogne.

The convict era flour mill at Bothwell now Nant Distillery

Distillery still room - Image Credit: Nant Distillery Bothwell

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May
12
2013

The Corinna Wilderness Experience is offering a once in a lifetime workshop, with keen photographers able to enhance their skills in Tasmania's pristine Tarkine region alongside Australia's most recognised nature photographer Steve Parish.

The Tasmanian Steve Parish Tarkine Photography Workshop will take place from August 18 to 23, with photographers taken on a five day journey capturing some of the most dramatic landscapes and wildlife in Australia.

Guests will stay at the beautiful Corinna Wilderness Retreat, with Steve offering daily workshops and guided photography expeditions to help enhance your creating and editing skills.

"If I were to close my eyes and revisit the highlights of my fifty year career, a three hour shoot at dawn on the Piemen [sic] River one misty morning would be right up there at the top of the list," Naturalist, author and photographer Steve Parish said.

Steve Parish is a pioneer of photo sharing in Australia, developing the largest privately-owned photographic library in Australia, housing over 650,000 images.

Parish was awarded the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the publishing industry through the publication of nature photography, holding twenty five years of experience in teaching photography to people of all ages.

Photographers at the workshop are able to witness the majestic river for themselves, capturing their own views of the waters and its surrounds.

Highlights of the region include the fish in the Pieman, including brook trout, eels, ocean running trout and quinnat salmon, various other wildlife such as sea eagles, platypus and the odd Tasmanian devil, at least 40 waterfalls between Reece dam and the rugged West Coast, and cabins surrounded by enchanting forests.

Secure your spot in Steve's magnificent photography workshop in the ancient Tarkine by downloading your booking form!

Steve Parsh wielding a camera for a close up - Image credit: Mark Jesser & Healesville Zoo

Steve Parish - Image Credit: Wikipedia

Corinna Wilderness Sign

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