Mar
20
2013

Secure your place in foodie heaven this May by purchasing your tickets to Savour Tasmania!

Savour Tasmania will present a number of fantastic events celebrating the island's world-class produce, wines, beers and ciders.

Tickets for the event are available now, so make sure to get your hands on them now or risk missing out on all the culinary delights from the top local, national and international chefs.

The celebration of Tasmanian food and beverages kicks off on May 29 with the Pop-up PorkStar event at the newly refurbished Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, featuring Sydney chef Colin Fassnidge and the island's very own Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans.

Fellow Tasmanian chefs Waji Spiby and Terry Clark will also be on hand to whip up innovative culinary delights, with guests treated to a taste of the Huon Valley with wines and ciders.

On May 30 and 31, two chefs will bring together their cooking experience to present two degustation dinners at Garagistes using naturally produced Tasmanian ingredients.

Tasmanian Luke Burgess and Belgian Kobe Desramaults will be combining their two culinary styles to cross the cultural divide and create meals that will inspire and satisfy guests with its flavour and texture.

The degustation menu and selection of Tasmanian wines is designed to "provoke thought, conversation, understanding and appreciation" of this meeting of young culinary minds.

Savour Tasmania attendees have more to look forward to with the Long Table Dinner at the prime spot of Princes Wharf 1 on June 1.

Chefs including Kobe Desramaults, Shane Delia and Darren Purchese, will each prepare a dish for every diner, with platters to share between six people bringing a "more intimate" feel to the foodie festivities.

A range of Tasmanian wines will be available for purchase, as well as chocolates from Anvers and breads by Daci and Daci.

If you're a big fan of your wines, then make sure to also head along to the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend at Princes Wharf 1 from June 1 and 2 for master classes and tastings of the island's famous cool-climate beverages!

Purchase your tickets by calling 1300 795 257 or (03) 6221 1700.

Savour Tasmania Gourmet Food Experience - Image Credit: PlanBookTravel

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Mar
19
2013

The last of the MONA Markets (MoMa) will be taking place in the last two saturdays of March (March 23 and 30), with two fantastic themes to farewell the fun markets in style.

All summer Hobart's MoMa has been attracting visitors with various food and crafts on offer, as well as fantastic musical performances on the lush green MONA lawns.

There's something for everyone to enjoy at the markets, with a MoMa Minors kids tent (re-vamped and ready to go) keeping your little ones entertained throughout the afternoon.

MoMa has been running weekly since mid-December but is drawing to a close at the end of March, with the last two themes MoMa Chinatown (March 23) and Mad Hatter's MoMa (March 30).

MoMa Chinatown will see Sally Ives whipping up traditional home-style Beijing cuisine to tuck into, with your kids able to create fun Chinese crafts at MoMa Minors.

The last MoMa for the season will be a tea party celebration inspired by the Mad Hatter. There will be a Easter egg hunt on the lawn, white-costumed gin picnic and croquet games – dress up in the "trippiest tea party attire" to be in to win some bubbly prizes!

MoMa runs from 11:00 to 16:00 on the MONA lawns on Saturday March 23 and March 30.

Wooden towers on the lawns at MoMa.

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Mar
18
2013

Capture the beauty of Tasmania in the golden glow of Autumn with Overland Track Photo Tours, in the heart of the region's glorious World Heritage Area.

These wonderful photographic tours allow visitors to experience the "wonders of the Tasmanian wilderness" on a six day journey of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Overland Track Photo Tours accommodate for everyone, whether you're a seasoned photographer or a snap-happy beginner ready to embark on your first proper photo expedition.
Keen photographers will tackle the famous Overland Track which covers 65 kilometres of the amazing World Heritage Area.

The scenic walk will begin at the world famous Cradle Mountain and then conclude at Australia's deepest lake, Lake St. Clair.

You will encounter huge dolerite mountains such as Barn Bluff during your journey, as well as majestic waterfalls like the D'Alton Falls and make your way through ancient rainforests, catching views of scurrying wildlife that live in these timeless areas.

The walking season starts on October 1 and finishes on May 31, so make sure to get your bookings in now before winter fully takes over the track!

Accomplished professional photographer and fully accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Cameron Blake will provide professional hands on advice and tips on how to better your photography skills and knowledge of the craft.

The price for an Overland Track Photography Tour includes transfers from Launceston to Cradle Mountain, and from Lake St. Clair to Hobart, accommodation for a night each at Cradle Mountain and Hobart, all Overland Track and National Park passes, finale dinner in Hobart, 12 month magazine subscription, a tour pack and more!

Make sure to get your booking in now, with the last Overland Track Photography Tours taking place in May.

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Mar
17
2013

Bruny Island will be filled with music, food, dance, film and good vibes this April, with the Nayri Niara (Good Spirit) Festival taking over Great Bay from April 5 to 7.

The festival returns for its fourth year, for a three-day gathering of "knowledge sharing and arts", providing a "powerful opportunity" for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to honour ancient traditions and modern innovation.

This family-friendly event will feature a number of international, national and local performers including musician and environmental and cultural activist Xavier Rudd, musical trio OKA, one of Australia's finest indigenous singer-songwriters Emma Donovan and the signature "island soul" tunes from Bobby Alu.

Other fine performers and presenters making an appearance at Nayri Niara are Jim Tree (James Medicine Tree), Akeyulrre Healers, Jim Everett, Bob Randall, Tav Sparks (USA), Frank Ansell, Dewayne Everettsmith and Deline Briscoe.

Day one of the festival will see guests welcomed to the home of the Neunone people (Bruny Island) with an opening ceremony dance taking place as the sun sets, followed by musical performances from Dewayne Everettsmith and Xavier Rudd.

Rise and shine early on day two for a walk in the country at 06:30 and a healing Pipe Ceremony.

From 10:00 you can engage with knowledge at The Speakers Forums, with the afternoon bringing more performances from Tasmania's local talent.

There will be various workshops, dances, healing circles and visual arts-related activities happening throughout the day with an evening program featuring Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Bobby Alu and OKA.

Soak up the last of the talks from speakers and elders for the final festival day on Sunday, with a Concluding Ceremony taking place nearby the beach as new friends part and "leave with good spirit, Nayri Niara".

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Mar
16
2013

Get in on the high energy action of the AFL with the North Melbourne Kangaroos taking on the Sydney Swans at Bellerive Oval in Hobart!

Last year's reigning champions the Sydney Swans will look to bring their winning ways to Tasmania as they battle the Kangaroos in the round three clash on Saturday April 13.

There's nothing like kicking back and watching some live footy, so get your friends and family along for this superb sporting event!

Round one of the 2013 season officially kicks off next week (March 22) but make sure to secure your seats early for the Tasmanian game in mid-April to get up close to the action.

You can purchase your tickets now from Ticketek with general admission from $25 for adults, $5.50 for children (aged six to 14 years), $15 for students/concession and $50 for family passes (two adults, two juniors).

For a prime viewing spot, book yourself in for the premium undercover seats with adults $48, children (aged six to 14 years) $17, children under six $11.50, students/concession $38 and families (two adults, two juniors) $123.

Make sure to also check out the sights of Hobart before and after the game, with Salamanca Place a fantastic spot to find lunch or dinner, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) a must-see attraction to visit!

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Mar
15
2013

Travel down Tasmania's south coast for a day trip to Australia's second oldest and longest continually staffed existing lighthouse at Cape Bruny.

The Cape Bruny Lighthouse was built almost 180 years ago, to help guide vessels past Bruny Island following a series of shipwrecks south of the island which included the "catastrophic wreck" of the convict transport, George III.

The 13 metre high lighthouse was designed by colonial architect John Lee Archer, and was constructed using free convict labour.

The lighthouse stood as Tasmania's third lighthouse (Australia's fourth) when it was first lit in March 1838, but has now become one of the country's most significant due to the length of time it was manned.

Life for Cape Bruny's lightkeepers in the nineteenth century was noted to be harsh with the evening task of maintaining the light incessant, and Tasmanian lightkeepers paid poorly and many toiling for years without leave.

Cape Bruny's light was lit for the last time on August 6 1996 and was replaced by a solar powered light.

In December 2000, Cape Bruny Lighthouse was added to the South National Park, which is known for its strong historic Aboriginal ties and wildlife including little penguin (fairy penguin) colonies, short-beaked echidnas, Tasmanian pademelons and Bennetts wallabies.

The light station is open for vehicle access from 09:30 to 16:30, with pedestrian access only available outside these hours.

Visitors can camp at nearby Jetty Beach in the South Bruny National Park, with accommodation also available at Lunawanna, Alonnah and Adventure Bay on Bruny Island.

There are a number of spectacular sights to explore during your visit to the lighthouse, with South Bruny National Park the home of dramatic sea cliffs and various walking tracks with breathtaking views.

Make sure to head along on the Fluted Cape short walk, which will have you following the Grass Point track until you reach open grassland at Penguin Island.

You can then jump on route to a steep climb following the Fluted Cape circuit sign, staying close to the coastal cliffs and providing glorious views of Fluted Cape and the distant Tasman Peninsula.

Visitors should note that specific and varied exclusions apply from rental car companies with regard to taking a hire vehicle onto the island by ferry. You should ensure that you are aware of those restrictions or exclusions – as they apply to insurance, it is important to know what each renter imposes or does or does not cover.

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Mar
14
2013

Picture an animal paradise roughly the size of New York's Central Park, teeming with native Australian animals, beautiful plant life and sweeping scenic views of the coast – well this haven exists, and it's nestled in Tasmania's far north west at King's Run.

King's Run Wildlife Tours allows visitors to view an abundance of wildlife and rare flora, from the Orange Bellied Parrot which migrates through the property in autumn and spring to its nocturnal wildlife that creep through the buzzing bush in the dead of the night.

The marsupial lawn is a big attraction at Kings Run, with large numbers of wallabies grazing the land as well as bandicoots and wombats.

You will also get to have a peek at the island's very own native animal, the cheeky and ferocious Tasmanian Devils, as well as their fellow marsupial kin the Spot Tail Quolls.

If you wait at the rustic fisherman's shack, you may be able to view some Tassie Devils within an hour of sunset, as they follow a scent track which leads to this very spot.

Guests can watch in candlelight through a window, as the Devils snack on their morsels of road kill.

The four hour tour operates all year round, but be sure to book well in advance as it is only held five nights out of every fortnight.

Groups of up to 10 people can be accommodated, with warm clothes and sturdy footwear appropriate for the experience as visitors venture through the wild landscape.

Families with young children and babies are also welcome too, and when possible given a private tour.

If the wildlife and nature tour has left you feeling a little thirsty and peckish, you can take delight in the drinks and light snacks provided.

Get along to this fantastic wildlife experience for a rare glimpse into the lives of these threatened yet majestic animals with Kings Run Wildlife Tours.

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Mar
13
2013

On any trip to the 'nature state', it's worthwhile checking out the treats and crafts on offer at northern Tasmania's largest undercover market, The Penguin Market.

Taking place every Sunday on the corner of Arnold and King Edward St in Penguin, you'll find over 80 stalls stocked with fresh produce, jewellery, fashion, handmade crafts, homewares and fine Tasmanian woodwork.

Penguin is situated in Tasmania's stunning north west coast, and is positioned halfway between Burnie and Devonport, and only a ten minute drive from Ulverstone.

Make sure to also bring the kids along with face painting and jumping castles to keep them entertained, as well as performances from local musicians.

There's also a range of food stalls to whet your appetite, with The Penguin Market also having its own licensed wine bar.

The market is open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, with some of the stalls featuring furniture and crafts from Tassie Timbers, artwork from KevnLee and Evelyn Antonysen, and fine antiques and collectables from Selective Antiques.

If it's your first visit to the town of Penguin, make sure to get your picture snapped with the local icon – the giant penguin statue!

Kick back for a chilled Sunday in Tasmania at The Penguin Market!

Market at Penguin - Image Credit: schristinebrink

Penguin foreshore

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Mar
13
2013

Take a journey back in time to Hobart in the 1800s with the award-winning strolling theatre experience, Louisa's Walk.

Set in the heart of Tasmania's historic capital city, you will learn about the life of Irish convict Louisa Regan, who was sent to Van Diemen's Land in 1841 to serve a seven year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread.

The walk is set in and around the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory, where women were incarcerated with up to 1,000 other people including guards, nurses and babies living there at any one time.

Louisa will tell her harrowing story about her arrest, conviction and transportation to the island for what would now be considered a petty crime.

Louisa's walk will "challenge, entertain and inform you", so make sure to book your journey!

Performances are at 14:00 daily, with special performance times available for groups of ten or more.

Tickets for adults are $35, $90 for a family (parents plus up to four children aged five to 18), with children under five free.

You can book your walk online now, purchase a gift voucher or contact Judith or Chris Cornish on +61 3 6229 8959 or mobile 0437 276 417.

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Mar
12
2013

The proclaimed 'Town of Murals' will once again play host to Tasmazia's International Mural Fest this year, with the unique art competition held annually in Sheffield, Tasmania.

Since the first mural was commissioned almost 30 years ago, more than 60 other permanent murals have followed with the common theme of the beautiful north-west Tasmanian town's history.

The murals are based on real stories and events of the past, featuring community leaders, pioneers and farmers.

Brian Inder of Tasmazia founded the Mural Fest to provide unique and contemporary artworks that "complement the Town of Murals colourful landscape", ensuring that visitors have something new to see each year.

Every Easter Sunday the Mural Fest kicks off with a public 'paint off', with each artist needing to complete a 2100mm x 4800mm mural using the same poem as their mural's central theme and inspiration.

No two Mural Fests are ever the same, with a new poem selected each year – allowing for a new splash of creativity in the region.

The Mural Fest competition takes place in Sheffield's "very own outdoor art gallery" at Mural Park, in the heart of Tasmania's Cradle Mountain touring region.

The end of the paint off week will see a panel of qualified judges make a decision on the winner of the event's $12,500 award.

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