May
11
2013

Don your best runners for a circuit run around one of Tasmania's most beautiful locations, the Freycinet Peninsula!

Runners from all over the nature state and across the country will be taking part in the Freycinet Circuit on Sunday June 23, with participants able to choose between taking the shorter 10 km trail run via Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach or challenge themselves with the 29 km circuit stopping by Mt Graham and Cooks Beach.

If you want to take part in the 29 km circuit it's compulsory to have a space blanket, a thermal top, water (drink bottle or bladder), a head torch, food (chocolate/energy bar) and a roller bandage.

Additional warm clothing such as gloves, beanies and waterproof tops may also be necessary – just in case it turns out to be an unfavourable forecast!

Participants are also able to fully take in their experience of the gorgeous Freycinet, by camping or booking accommodation within Freycinet National Park or Coles Bay, located close by.

The 26 km run will kick off first at 08:30, with participants to register between 07:45 and 08:15 at the Wineglass carpark.

The 10 km run will then begin at 09:00, with runners to register at the Wineglass carpark between 08:15 and 08:45.

Follow the link from the Endorfun website to register, with entries closing Friday June 21.

One of the many locations passed on the Freycinet Circuit

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May
10
2013

Pepperberries are ripe for the picking across Australia, with the spicy black fruit becoming somewhat of a niche product.

Chris Read from Diemen Pepper told the Mercury that it was a good year for the harvest this year, with about 80 per cent of Diemen Pepper's spice exported to North America and Europe.

Mr Read said that he was only one of a few pepperberry merchants on the island.

"But we are now on the cusp of a commercial enterprise for Tasmania and we are looking to perhaps invest in orchards," he told the Mercury on May 9.

Pepperberries – also known as native pepper – is found in the cool Tasmanian rainforests and can be used in vinaigrettes, pasta, savouries and soup.

Diemen Pepper offers a variety of products including fresh leaf, milled leaf powder, frozen berries, fresh fruit, Diemen Pepper tapas oil and Diemen Pepper pepperberry vinegar.

You can explore these Diemen Pepper offerings for yourself by booking your spot in the Herbaceous food and beverage tours!

The Huon Valley-Channel Herbaceous tour allows you to explore a number of food and wine producers in the region, which may include places such as Hartzview Vineyard, Clauson Orchard, Apple and Heritage Museum, Grandvewe Sheep Cheese, Panorama Vineyard and of course – Diemen Peppers!

Visit the Herbaceous tours website to book your foodie experience today!

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May
09
2013

Are you visiting Tasmania this May? Then make the most of Autumn's delicious offerings by making a stop at the Tasmanian Farm Gate Market in the heart of Hobart.

The market opens for business every Sunday at 09:00 until 13:00, in the outdoor car park on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Street, with a variety of spectacular fresh foods on display.

Fill up on seasonal autumn fruits including apples, lemons, fresh figs, raspberries quinces and pears.

For fans of nuts, there are also walnuts from Cygnet on offer, going perfectly with a platter of Tasmanian produced cheese and the island's signature cool-climate wines.

Pick up autumn veges such as pumpkin, silverbeet, beans, carrots, potatoes, corn, turnips and more during your visit.

You can discover other artisan products such as jams, relishes, pasta sauces, coffee beans, preserves and specialty pastas at the market, with baked goods such as fruit crumble, brownies, cakes and sourdough loaves also available to tempt your taste buds.

If you've missed out on brunch, snack on hot waffles, seasonal soup, locally roasted coffee or winter pies (wild caught rabbit, blue cheese) to satiate your grumbling stomach.

Farm Gate Market Collage

The market on the corner of Brisbane and Melville Streets in Hobart - Image Credit: TasEatLocal

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May
08
2013

Lace up your walking shoes and get your furry friend on a collar to raise funds for animals in need at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2013.

The fundraising event will be taking place in several Tasmanian locations including Hobart, Launceston, St Helens, Smithton and Ulverston on Sunday May 19.

Gather your friends, family and four-legged pals to help raise vital funds for RSPCA Tasmania.

The funds raised through entry fees and merchandise sales will be used to help the RSPCA operate its animal shelters, provide community education on animal welfare issues and support its inspectorate services.

To get involved, all you need to do is register for the event, pay your registration fee, create an online fundraising page and then ask your friends, family and work colleagues to support you!

Some items that you will want to pack for the 'big doggy day out' are human and pet sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hat, bottles of water, poop bags and money for parking, lunch or pet products.

For your dog to be eligible to participate in the Million Paws Walk they must be registered and fully vaccinated, wear a collar with an identification tag, be on a leash at all times, have had recent flea and worming treatment (three weeks leading up to event) and must be socialised and generally non-aggressive to people and other dogs.

Leave your other pet friends at home with strictly no other types of animals (cats, pigs, ferrets, etc) permitted to participate in the Million Paws Walk.

Children must also be accompanied by an adult during all stages of the walk. There will be RSPCA staff on hand with first aid equipment for humans and dogs on the event day as well.

So get registered and building your online fundraising campaign for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk on Sunday May 19!

RSPCA Tasmania Walk Supporter logo

The Million Paws Walk How To - Image Credit: MillionPawsWalk dot com

Million Paws Walk Doggie - Image Credit: RSPCA NSW

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May
07
2013

Make the most of the final red, gold and yellow tones of autumn by heading outdoors on a Lazy Runner workshop this May!

The Tasmanian Lazy Runner workshops will run from May 18 to 19, with these two-hour sessions showing how your training is working for you, and what you can do to improve your running or results.

You can also learn some effective ways to make running easier, and pick up various tips including which stretches to do for certain muscles.

Runners with a base of five kilometres or more can attend the Hobart Lazy Runner workshop from 08:00 to 10:00 on May 18, or the afternoon session in Launceston on May 19 from 16:00 to 18:00.

Those keen on getting back into running or who would otherwise consider themselves as a beginner can take part in the workshops in Hobart on May 18 from 16:00 to 18:00, or the sessions on May 19 from 08:00 to 10:00.

There are also beginner workshops in Launceston on May 19 from 14:00 to 16:00 and 16:00 to 18:00.

All workshops are $50 if you book and pay prior to the session, and include a copy of the New Lazy Runner Book.

If the workshop hasn't sold out, participants can join in on the day for $70.

A Lazy Runner Hobart Event - you should join in. Image Credit: EventBrite

Lazy Runner logo

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May
06
2013

Passionate vintage car lovers and automotive enthusiasts alike will gather in the historic Tasmanian town of Ross this May for a special event showcasing hundreds of classic vehicles.

The annual Picnic at Ross will drive into Tasmania on May 19, with the midlands town the perfect backdrop for classic cars and motorbikes, from veteran to 1990.

The event is organised by the Post Vintage Car Club of Tasmania Inc, where up to 2,000 people turned out for last year's event.

Feel free to create your own picnic and bring it along, with this family-friendly event free for everyone!

If you're thinking of bringing your prized possession along, you don't have to fill out an entry form, just turn up at the Ross Football/Recreation Ground at 10:00 and you'll be ready to go.

Clubs are advised to arrive together to display as a group at this 'all weather' event.

Make sure to explore the historic gems of Ross, during your visit to the town, with the picturesque Georgian buildings and convict Ross bridge significant sights to see!

Bring the family down for classic cars, delicious food and a piece of history at the Picnic at Ross.

Picnic at Ross Event turn out 2012 - Image Credit: Post Vintage Tas Org

Picnic at Ross 2012 - A beautiful vintage rig.  Image Credit: Post Vintage Tas Org

Picnic at Rosss  2012 - The cars could not get any more good looking.  Image Credit: Post Vintage Tas Org

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May
05
2013

If your kids foster a great love for animals, then free up your calendar for a trip down to 65 acres of serene sanctuary at Tasmania's family-friendly Trowunna Wildlife Park.

Trowunna is located in the island's stunning northern region, only 45 minutes away from Launceston.

The wildlife park began caring for its native animals 30 years ago, housing the world's largest heritage population of endangered Tasmanian devils.

You and your kids can discover a glorious range of wildlife at Trowunna, with wombats, spotted-tail and eastern quolls, kangaroos, pademelons, wallabies, tiger snakes, birds and of course the Tassie devils themselves all on site!

For an extra special experience of the park, you can opt to go on a Trowunna Wildlife Park tour, with keeper for a day, educational, and group BBQ lunch experiences available.

The wildlife park is open every day (excluding Christmas) from 09:00 to 17:00, so you can come down to visit on school holidays or weekends!

Daily interactive tours operate from 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, with admission for adults $20, children (aged three to 16) $10, concession $16 and a family pass (two adults, two children, $5 per extra child) $50.

All admissions go directly toward helping the park's animals now and into the future – so make your booking or visit today!

Trowunna Wildlife Park Mole Creek - Image Credit: TripAdvisor

Visiting San Diego Zoo keeper Kate Tooker  with devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park near Mole Creek

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May
04
2013

Afrika Bambaataa is the New York music force that was instrumental in the rise of hip hop during the 1980s, touted by many to be the Godfather of the hip hop culture.

The DJ, producer and activist will be bringing his signature sound to north Hobart's Republic Bar and Cafe on on May 12, in a gig that Australian fans should be sure not to miss!

Bambaataa is renowned for his 1982 track Planet Rock, which helped change the foundations of dance and hip hop music and is said to have arguably become the most sampled song in music history.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee also penned hits such as Renegades of Funk – covered by rap metal group Rage Against the Machine – and recorded the single Unity with the Godfather of Soul James Brown.

Bambaataa is the founding member of an international hip hop awareness group, Universal Zulu Nation, which has helped with the spread of the culture around the world, including in France, Australia, Japan, the UK and South Africa.

Make sure you don't miss this hip hop pioneer in action this May, by purchasing your tickets from Mosh Tix!

Afrika Bambaataa

The imposing Afrika Bambaataa and band - Image Credit: Wax Poetics

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May
03
2013

Tasmania passes down its convict history with well known historic sites, a large collection of relics and colonial era items shown in museums, direct family connections with many of today’s Tasmanians able to trace lineage to intact ‘criminal and transport’ records – although many of the offences seem trivial now.

Books and plays complete this rich tapestry and none is better known than Marcus Clarke’s classic Australian novel, ‘For the Term Of His Natural Life’, which over 130 years and never been out of print. It has taken the form of a magazine serial, a novel and three feature films (1908, 1911 and 1927), and the popular record-rating six-hour mini-series.

Tasmania’s longest running play ‘The Ship That Never Was‘ plays daily in Strahan. Based on a real event in 1834 when the last ship built at the convict settlement at Macquarie Harbour was about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur and was hijacked by 10 convict shipwrights.

Completing the ways modern folk can delve into this history is the latest version of Marcus Clarke’s work – ‘For the Term of His Natural Life’ iPad App. Patricia Payne (Producer of the mini-series) has now released an ground breaking interactive eBook app for the iPad, which features a 300-page condensed version of the novel interspersed with segments of the highly-acclaimed international T.V. mini-series.

Presenting a seamless and gripping story-telling experience, bridging the gap between three forms of media: film, literature, and an interactive tablet application, the reader’s experience is enriched by over 40 interactive footnotes, 19 video notes, bios, and over 100 photos, maps, bonus song, and historical documents.
Progressing the story and woven throughout the text are 18 video clips including some from the original 1927 silent film based on the book!

There is also a informative web site to explore.

The App in the iTunes Store

Story and pop-up with linkages to other material

A map showing the locations of the prisons

The App is rich with pictures, videos and pop-ups allowing the reader to explore

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May
02
2013

Foodie fans have been directed to the nature state's capital of Hobart, to try some of Tasmania's flavour-infused local and sustainable produce.

World renowned travel guide Lonely Planet named Hobart's emerging food scene in its list of 'Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies'.

Hobart joined a host of other exotic locations around the world, with Lonely Planet featuring craft beer from Gastown, Vancouver, street food in Hanoi, Vietnam, coffee, cheese and beer in Wellington, New Zealand, and Hawker food in Georgetown, Penang.

The tour guide highlighted Hobart eateries such as Ethos Eat Drink and Garagistes to "pack a healthy appetite", and to try house-roasted chai at Yellow Bernard.

Salamanca's A Common Ground was also recommended, with the guide suggesting visitors purchase artisanal cheese from the nearby Bruny Island.

You can discover the tasty delights of Hobart's burgeoning food scene, by booking your spot on a Gourmania Food Tour!

Gourmania can introduce you to the hot spots that are blossoming on the Hobart food scene, so that you can explore those special finds, off the tourist trail, that are tucked away in the historic city.

Enjoy a "unique slice" of Hobart's local culture, urban history and best food and wine by taking Gourmania's City Tour.

This four-hour morning journey focuses on Tasmanian produce, from the island's exquisite cool-climate wines to fresh seafood and goat milk cheeses.

You will sample your way through ten venues on the tour, including the famous Jackman & McRoss patisserie, A Common Ground and Cool Wine.

The tour is $120 (all inclusive), with bookings essential! You can also email in your dietary requirements ahead of your booked tour to arrange substitutions where necessary.

You can also choose to spend your afternoon exploring more food spots in the city on the Tea to Tapas tour!

Starting the three-hour tour with a delectable pastry and pot of tea, you'll then head down through some of Hobart's best and brightest restaurants, cafes and bars, including Yellow Bernard, Ethos Eat Drink and Sidecar.

You can also get a taste of international flavour with some of the best imported goods including French and Italian cheeses!

The tour is $95 (all inclusive) with visitors recommended to wear a comfy pair of shoes and clothing suitable to the weather.

Book your Gourmania tour today to discover the delicacies of Hobart that await you!

Foodie Tours recommended by Lonely Planet

Foodie  Tours and the Tassie Food Experience

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