Apr
01
2013
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The magnificent Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day guided walk that takes you on a wondrous journey across the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast.

Walk the pristine sands of the iconic Wineglass Bay, hike the pink granite mountains and encounter towering forests as you visit top spots such as Coles Bay, Schouten Island, Bluestone Bay and Saltwater Lagoon.

During your Freycinet experience you'll also get to stay at the secluded, 'invisible' Friendly Beaches Lodge, set on a 400 acre property surrounded by Freycinet National Park.

The eco-lodge is "tucked into a pristine coastal forest of native pines, banksia and wattle" and is described as a place for visitors to unwind and watch visiting wildlife.

After a long day of discovering Freycinet's natural treasures, you can retreat back to Friendly Beaches Lodge to indulge in a hot bath or shower, tuck into a hearty meal, browse the library and rest from an action-packed day in a comfy bed.

Friendly Beaches Lodge is the winner of awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture for its sustainable design, with the sun and rain providing energy and water.

The lodge's kitchen produces minimal waste with a comprehensive recycling program and composting toilets to help make sure that the lodge keeps its pristine beauty.

There is a shared dining and living area, with two sleeping lodges known as North and South, branching from the main lodge.

Both North and South have a collection of double and twin rooms, incorporating a relaxed lounge area with a wood-burning stove, bathroom with a claw foot bath, separate shower room and two composting toilets.

Individual travellers can also have their own private room at no extra cost.

Enjoy fresh local foods such as beef, oysters and regional wines, with a menu that is fresh, healthy and delicious.

The lodge is also happy to cater for special dietary requirements – so include any requests on the booking form.

Book your next Tasmanian experience with Freycinet's Friendly Beaches Lodge.

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Mar
31
2013
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For 40 years, the City to Casino Fun Run and Walk has been bringing thousands of people to the streets of Hobart to take part in a variety of events for the experienced athlete, down to school children!

Participation has grown from just 229 entrants in its inaugural event in 1973 to over 3,000, with this year's fun run and walk holding a special event to honour previous winners and those who participated in the first event.

There are a number of different races taking place including a 2.7km run, 7km walk, 7km run and 11km run.

All the events will begin at 09:00, with runners and walkers provided with race packs that include a race bib with a timing chip attached.

The finish times will be recorded as you cross the finish line, with results published in The Mercury and all participants finishing under two hours receiving a finisher's medallion and certificate.

The top three male and female placegetters of each race will receive vouchers, with the male and female winners of the 11km run receiving the GT Briggs memorial trophy.

You can register as an individual or enter a team now on the City to Casino Fun Run and Walk website, with entries closing on Friday May 17.

There will be no late entries available on the day – so make sure to get registered before the close-off date!

Individual entry for adults is $30, children and school students (under 18) $10, parents and guardians (wishing to accompany their child in the 2.7km event) $10 and families (two adults and two children under 18) $60.

The Heart Foundation corporate team entry is $35 early bird before April 15, with standard entry after this date $40.

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Mar
29
2013

Discover Tasmania in a whole new way, riding along the streets, paths and parks with your family on a pedal buggy!

Pedal Buggies Tasmania is a family-owned business based in the beautiful north-west town of Ulverstone, next to the Ulverstone Waterslide.

These buggies present a unique way to explore the city, with people of all ages able to get amongst the fun!

There are a variety of buggy styles available, catering for wheelchair users.

The family buggy can be made into a train of up to sixteen people, ten of which would be pedalling and the other six small passengers who can sit back and relax while taking in the scenery.

Pedal Buggies Tasmania operates from The Beach Hut, a relaxed side kiosk that features artwork painted by a resident artist.

If you have a little one celebrating their birthday soon, why not bring them along for some fun on the pedal buggies?

You can sit in the enclosed yard area and keep an eye on your little ones as they burn off energy on the mini buggy track, which comes complete with a roundabout and road signs!

Please note that Pedal Buggies Tasmania doesn't offer EFTPOS or credit card facilities.

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Mar
28
2013

The freezing lands and glaciers of Antarctica are quite a distance away from the Tasmanian capital Hobart, but a piece of Australian antarctic history could be remade to sit in the grassy area beside Lark Distillery.

The Mawson's Hut project involves the construction of a "full-scale replica" of the hut that was built and occupied by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) over 100 years ago.

Project organisers are planning to build the hut close to where Sir Douglas Mawson and his team left for the AAE in 1911.

The original Mawson's Hut still stands at Cape Denison in Antarctica today, but Mawson's Hut Foundation chairman David Jensen said that most Australians knew very little about the importance of that expedition.

Mr Jensen told The Mercury that $650,000 was needed to create a tourist attraction that would "educate the public about the expedition and Australia's connection with the polar continent".

The Mercury mentioned that the Mawson's Hut project has "full government support".

"It will enhance Hobart's reputation … as the gateway to Antarctica for the Asia-Pacific and generate revenue for ongoing conservation of the huts at Cape Denison," Mr Jensen said to The Mercury on March 18.

Mawson's Hut - the real one in Antarctica

The Hut Drawings

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Mar
27
2013

Enjoy movies like they did back in the golden haze of the 1950's at Country Club Tasmania's Drive-in Cinema.

Country Club Tasmania is located in parkland on the rural fringe of Launceston, the island's second-largest city after Hobart.

There's fine movie choices for both kids and adults, with Madagascar 3 and This Means War showing at the Drive-in Cinema on Friday April 5 at the Country Club Paddock.

Gates open 18:00, with the Madagascar 3 beginning at 19:00, followed by This Means War at 20:30.

Make sure to drive in early and get parked up to ensure you and your family have a prime viewing spot!

Tickets are $15 per car for a movie, with both movies $30 per car – purchase your tickets online from TixTas.
Pick up some dinner before leaving at Country Club Tasmania's Bolters Pizzeria.

Bolters has a delicious combination of wood-fired pizzas including Aussie, Ham Fungi, Meat Lovers, Wood Fired Pumpkin and Margarita.

There's also calzones available in bolognaise and four cheese flavours, with tasty starters such as nachos and potato skins with bacon, sweet chilli, cheese and sour cream on the menu.

Madagasca 3 - Image Credit: singlemindedmovieblog

Nighttime signs at Launceston Country Club

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Mar
26
2013

The popular Port Arthur Historic site will be a buzzing hub of activity this Easter, with a range of exciting experiences to take part in over the weekend!

From Friday March 29 to Thursday April 4, there will be three history plays performed twice daily.

The Man Who Threw a Stone is a play by Richard Davey about convict Dennis Collins, who found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him.

This play will be performed in the Separate Prison at 11:45 and 14.45, with guests encouraged to be seated early, as the prison will close two minutes before the performance to enable a prompt start.

David Young's play The Shingle Strike is the story of Irish poet Francis MacNamara's endeavour to overcome the bullying tactic of a crooked overseer.

The Shingle Strike will be performed behind the Penitentiary at 12:30 and 16:15 (weather permitting).

The final play is A Boy's Life by Les Winspear, about a London street kid sent across the world to Point Puer.

This will also be performed behind the Penitentiary at 13:15 and 15:30 (weather permitting).

Families can also try their hand at the traditional Port Arthur trade of stone masonry from March 31 to April 7.

Tradition Trades – Carved in Stone will have daily sessions from 13:30 to 15:00 located near the Convict Church.

Admission to these activities is included in the cost of admission to the site.

If you and the kids are feeling hungry after a long day of stone carving, make your way to Felons Bistro for dinner.

Felons Bistro serves some of Tasmania's finest local produce including oysters, quail, venison, Porterhouse steak, mushrooms, venisons, rabbit pies, smoked mussels and more!

Port Arthur History Plays - Image Credit: Bay Retreat Port Arthur

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Mar
25
2013

If you've got a love of all things seafood, then the Freycinet Marine Farm on Tasmania's East Coast is the top island attraction for you!

Six different growing regions spanning just under 150 acres make up the marine farm, with a mixture of estuarine and fully marine growing areas.

Native oysters and Tasmanian blue mussels are just some tasty delights grown in the fully marine areas, with Pacific oysters in the estuarine areas.

Freycinet Marine Farm offers tours for groups of ten people or more, with guests taken down to the farm and shown how oysters and mussels grow, and given a great overview of the industry.

The tour takes approximately one hour and costs $40 per person, with a tasting of oysters and mussels fresh from the sea also included.

Take note that bookings are required four days in advance.

You can also purchase some fresh farm oysters and mussels to take home at the sales room, where the expert staff can cook your seafood right before your eyes!

Rock lobster is also seasonally available (December to May), as well as fresh wild caught Tasmanian abalone and calamari.

Dining in splendour on fresh oysters at the farm

Freycinet Marine Farm looks like many other but with a difference.

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Mar
24
2013

Spend a day in the enchanting Tasmanian waterways and forests with Par Avion Wilderness Tours!

Par Avion has a range of breathtaking scenic tours on offer, with flight and cruise opportunities also available.

The Day in the Wilderness Tour sees guests embark on an unforgettable full day adventure, exploring the "incredibly remote" waterways and wilderness of Bathurst Harbour/Port Davey.

Your journey will begin at Cambridge Airport where you will hop on an aircraft to fly over this remote area via the South Coast, soaring over Hobart's eastern suburbs and the Derwent River, making your way down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Tasmania's most southern point, South East Cape.

This is the destination in which you will "leave civilisation behind" and journey into the vast south west wilderness following the south coast track to Melaleuca.

You'll have the opportunity to explore some of the area visiting the endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot at the Deny King Bird Hide, before taking some short local walks.

Afterwards you'll head out on the water for a trip down Melaleuca Inlet and into Bathurst Harbour, an untouched waterway the size of Sydney Harbour.

Take out your camera to capture images of the remote Celery Top Islands and settle down for some lunch amongst the untouched wilderness, away from any distractions.

In the afternoon, you'll hop back on the aircraft to return to Cambridge Airport, flying via stunning Federation Peak, Mt Picton, over Huonville and Hobart City.

The tour takes around eight hours, with the price including lunch (with wine and morning tea/coffee), boat trips, scenic flights to and from Melaleuca and the ground tour.

Check out Par Avion's other wilderness tours including the South West World Heritage Tour, The East Coast and Wineglass Bay Tour, and Sailing in Port Davey.

Par Avion in our Wilderness

The Strip at  Melaleuca - Image Credit: TripAdvisor

Western Wilderness Flight with Par Avion

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Mar
22
2013

Have you ever wanted to know what it would feel like to fly? Well the people at Adventure Forests may be able to bring you a bit closer to that feeling with the Eagle Glide Hang Gliding adventure at the Tahune AirWalk.

Feel the wind under your wings as you pass through towering Tasmanian eucalypts and the rushing Huon River.

A 400 metre cable glide runs from the tree tops to the forest floor, with admission to the attraction from $18 – but you don't only get one turn, but two!

If you're keen to hop on the glider then remember to wear enclosed footwear and allow for safety briefing time.

The Tahune AirWalk has a number of other thrill-seeking attractions including the multi-award winning walk through the canopy of eucalypt forest, the Huon Pine Walk, the swinging bridges and fully guided segway tours for a unique experience of the forest.

Guests also have the option of staying at the AirWalk Lodge with exclusive night time trails on offer!

The AirWalk Lodge is ideally suited to families, school groups and backpackers, with a total of eight rooms which can accommodate up to 23 guests.

To make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable there is a communal lounge with a fireplace, free WiFi network, LCD TV and DVDs, and a fully equipped kitchen with shared bathroom facilities.

Tahune Eagle Hangglider zipping along its wire

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Mar
21
2013

Would you call yourself an antique buff or maybe a hoarder of vintage collectables? Then keep reading, as we'll be sharing which sites to visit on your travels to Tasmania.

You're bound to find some true antique gems in your shopping trips around Tasmania, with the island playing a huge part in Australia's history.

Here are some key emporiums and antique stores to visit!

The Drill Hall Emporium

Decorative pieces, fine dining, furniture, lighting, kitchenware and collectable pieces – The Drill Hall Emporium in New Norfolk has it all.

You'll make unique discoveries of both the decorative and practical variety, from fine French pieces to country oak and pine items.

New Norfolk is only a thirty minute scenic drive along the stunning Derwent River from the capital of Hobart, with New Norfolk particularly known for its antique shops which also include Old Maypole Collectables & Antiques, New Norfolk Antiques and Ring Road Antique Centre.

The Antiques Market

Explore The Antiques Market in central Hobart, browsing through two floors of collectable items including jewellery, tableware, original artwork, furniture and glass.

Over 15 antique dealers have functional and decorative items on display, with The Antiques Market also offering restoration and upholstery services.

You can also enjoy some great coffee from the cafe within the antique complex!

Shoe Lasts from Drill Hall Emporium

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