Feb
03
2013

Australia's "largest aquatic event", the Royal Hobart Regatta, returns for its 175th anniversary on February 9 for three days of sails, power boats, family fun and entertainment!

Around 30,000 to 40,000 people are estimated to take part in the festivities each year in Tasmania's capital city, with the first regatta held in 1838 to commemorate the discovery of the island state.

The first day of the regatta will see attendees attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most kayaks and canoes launched simultaneously, with participants needing to beat the current record of 303.

The launch will take place on Saturday February 9 at Bellerive Beach at 10:00, with a leisurely paddle of around 2.5km to the Regatta Ground after the record attempt.

Other events taking place on the Saturday include the Bruny Island Yacht Race, the Wooden Dinghy race from Regatta to Wooden Boat Festival, and A Flavour of the Regatta, where visitors can sample delicious food and wine under the grandstand.

The second day of the regatta is kids and family day, with a fishing competition, sports expo, junior photo competition, pirate entertainment show, face painting and other fantastic children's activities taking place.

The last day of the Royal Hobart Regatta is jam-packed with events and activities, with the morning kicking off with a number of rowing races from 07:30 to 10:00.

The Trans Derwent Swim & Fin Swim will also have an early morning start, with other activities such as the Tasmanian Yardstick Regatta, Classic Wooden Power Boat Race and RAAF Roulettes demonstration. 

The afternoon and evening program is filled with entertainment from Tassie Rockers Dance Group, Southern Allstars Cheerleaders, the Navy Rock Band, the Australian Army Band and finally a fireworks display to end the celebrations at 21:20.

Rowing is always a feature of The Regatta

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Rowing under The Tasman bridge

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Feb
02
2013

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a wonderful insight into the cultural heritage of the natural state and the identity of its inhabitants, featuring decorative arts, exhibitions, photographic collections and a Tasmanian herbarium.

TMAG has been closed for the last few months for refurbishment, with the "revitalised" museum, art gallery and herbarium being unveiled to the public on Friday March 15.

The $30 million dollar redevelopment will showcase new exhibitions, facilities and programs, making it a must-visit in any trip to Hobart.

Visitors are sure to be in for a treat when they walk into the new museum, said TMAG director Bill Bleathman.

"TMAG's collection of heritage buildings and the stories contained inside them will allow everyone who visits the museum to explore what makes Tasmania special.

"We are opening up more than 2,000 square metres of new space to public access, and we plan to offer more than 1,200 activities and events for visitors during our first year of reopening."

Mr Bleathman said that more than 40,000 people are expected to take part in these programs which include school holiday programs, curatorial talks and public events, with an additional 20,000 school children gathered to take part in the expanded range of education programs.

"A visit to TMAG will truly be a must-do experience for locals and visitors alike, and I can't wait to welcome people back through our doors in March."

The open and airy redevelopment of the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

New Exhibition Spaces

The final appearance of the Museum Facade

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Feb
01
2013

They're the guides that many of us travellers reach for to discover the best attractions, places to stay and restaurants to dine in, with Lonely Planet the world's "most successful travel publisher" printing over 100 million books.

Lonely Planet allows keen adventure-seekers to experience the world in a way like no other, highlighting hidden gems, top travel tips and handy maps.

Last month, Lonely Planet put the spotlight on Tasmania, sharing some of the island's top experiences.

Wineglass Bay

Lonely Planet points out the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula as one of the island's "principal tourism drawcards", offering scenic hikes such as the 31km peninsula circuit and spectacular views from the Wineglass Bay Lookout.

Take in "sweeping coastal panoramas" from the boardwalk at Cape Tourville or embark on a short hike in the "up-and-over saddle" climb to Wineglass Bay.

Lunch in the Tamar Valley

The Lonely Planet blog post notes Tasmania for its gourmet food and wine, recommending a "lazy, lingering lunch" in the Tamar Valley.

The stunning location is the island's key wine-producing area that has a wine route available, one which the UK's Essential Travel Magazine called "One of the top 10 wine routes in the world".

Discover over 30 vineyards in the region to get your fill of Tasmania's famous cool-climate wines.

Turned Wood Seller Salamanca Market Hobart - Image Credit Jiaren Lau

Beetroot marmelade, marinated goats fetta, wallaby sausage, micro salad, smoked quail, prosciuttini, liver pâté Image Credit - Tim Lucas

Overland Track Cradle Mountain - Image Credit Julie Edgley

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Jan
31
2013

The anticipated Australian Wooden Boat Festival will come cruising into Hobart, Tasmania on Friday February 8 for a long weekend of boat parades, exhibitions, talks and performances, building workshops and kids activities!

To celebrate the event, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is offering a special Wooden Boat Festival cruise to explore Tasmania's most popular attraction and its maritime heritage and dockyard.

Cruise guests will be granted rare access to collections and buildings that are not usually open to the public, with lunch, guest speakers and a special gift also included in the special package.

Departing from Brooke St Pier on the Hobart waterfront on Friday February 8 and Sunday February 10, guests will cruise on the MV Marana past the towering sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula.

On arrival at Port Arthur, guests will be taken on an introductory tour of the site exploring museum houses, the convict gallery, buildings and ruins.

A special tour of Port Arthur's Dockyard will then ensue, with a rare look into the 1834 Master Shipwright's House and Clerk of Works' House.

Learn about the heritage, operation and conservation of the dockyard from special guest speakers, who will also share their insights on the importance of the traditional trade of boat building.

Exploring the historic structures and sites can make for hungry work, with fresh baked baguette, salad, a selection of cold meats and Tasmanian fruit juice available for guests to satisfy that peckish feeling.

Participants will also have a gift to take home to remember their experience, with each receiving a copy of the book, A Harbour Large Enough to Admit a Whole Fleet – The Maritime History and Archaeology of Port Arthur.

Places are limited, so it’s recommended that those interested book in early on the Navigators website!

Adult tickets are $147 with children aged four and over $121. Family passes are also available for $495 (two adults and two children).

Clerk of Work's House Port Arthur Dockyard

The Master Shipwrights House at Port Arthur's Dockyard

Marana Passes Cape Raoul on the Tasman Peninsula

Lady Franklin at anchor

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Jan
30
2013

Treat yourself and a loved one to a luxury experience like no other at the Saffire Freycinet, nestled in Tasmania's gorgeous east coast town of Coles Bay.

Saffire Freycinet is renowned for its luxury accommodation, with cutting-edge architecture and design, magnificent sweeping views of the coast and signature beach and cruise experiences.

Only a two and a half hour scenic drive from the capital of Hobart and two hours' drive from Launceston – Saffire Freycinet is well worth the journey for any visitor to Tasmania.

Guests can further indulge themselves with a selection of treatments at Saffire Freycinet's signature "spa sanctuary".

A highly skilled therapist from Spa Saffire will take you through a consultation, to help prepare for you a program of therapies and day spa treatments that will "reflect your personal needs and preferences".

You can start off with a basic package, the Spa Saffire Relaxation, which is a two hour session that begins with a full body relaxation massage – including scalp, feet, hands and vital tension areas – and finishes with a full body exfoliation, the Saffire Body Scrub, in the Steam Sanctum.

If you want ultimate indulgence, book yourself in for the five and a half hour Spa Saffire Transformation.

The luxury treatment begins with Vagheggi's Latin Body Sculpt and Gold Stem facial to "relax the body and transform the face".

Take a break to snack on some tasty wraps, seasonal fresh fruit and herbal tea, before moving onto Spa Ritual's Love of Hands and Love of Feet treatments.

This is the top gift to indulge yourself in, with the Spa Saffire Transformation one all-day luxury treat you won't forget!

There's a number of other spectacular treatments to try including facials, body scrubs, silken body cocoons, aromatherapy and stone massages, and manicures and pedicures.

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Jan
28
2013

Experience the famous show tunes, energetic performances and glitz and glamour of Broadway itself with The TSO Goes to Broadway in June.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will be joined by "charismatic conductor" Guy Noble and talented vocalists Trisha Crowe and Michael Falzon in a lively concert that will have you singing along to all your favourite tunes!

Expect to be reunited with songs from famous Broadway shows such as Les Miserables, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, at the TSO's show at the Wrest Point Entertainment Centre in Hobart on June 20.

Tickets can be purchased from the TSO website, with silver tickets $73 and gold tickets $83.

Make sure to also check out the other upcoming shows including Discover Schubert's Rosamunde and Letonja and Hudson.

Discover Schubert's Rosamunde is a mix of talk and music from former chief conductor and artistic director of the TSO, Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Lang-Lessing will share his knowledge and fondness for Rosamunde at the Federation Concert Hall on June 28.

Current chief conductor of the TSO Marko Letonja will be joined by the orchestra's principal piccolo Lloyd Hudson in the Tasmanian premiere of Paul Stanhope's Piccolo Concerto.

Enjoy an afternoon of Wagner, Stanhope and Haydn on July 26 at the Federation Concert Hall.

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Jan
27
2013

Breathe in the fresh air of the Tasmanian wilderness and prepare to get the adrenaline pumping with some amazing adventure tours this February.

Tasmania is often billed as the 'nature state' for its sprawling wilderness and beautiful scenic views of the coast, providing the perfect backdrop to get in on some high-energy action!

Here are some adventure activities you must try during your visit to the island.

Hang gliding

Feel the wind whip past your face in an exhilarating ride with Cable Hang Gliding – voted one of the top ten rides in Australia by TV program Getaway.

Soar over an eighteen metre cliff face and take in spectacular views as you glide through the sky to land two hundred metres from the take-off platform.

This hang gliding adventure isn't just limited to the daredevils but can be experienced by people of all ages and abilities!

Cable Hang Gliding is located in Launceston and is open from 10:00 to 17:00, with adults $20, children $15 and a family pass $60.

Abseiling the Gordon Dam

Test your bravery with the world's highest commercial abseil, the Gordon Dam in Tasmania, which stands at a towering 140 metres.

Abseilers can give the 30 and 40 metre descents a try before attempting the big 140 metre drop.

The descent will be a truly amazing experience, with abseilers not touching the wall for most of the journey as the dam itself is concave!

The abseiling experience is $210 per person with the package including all ropes, equipment and safety gear, a CD of digital photographs and a Certificate of Achievement upon completing the descent.

Hollybank Treetops Adventure

Weave through the forest on high wires with this unique attraction, Hollybank Treetops Adventure, located in Tasmania's northern region.

Visitors will embark on a three-hour tour high up in the trees with highly trained, knowledgeable guides, flying down the Pipers River and reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour!

Take a break from flying through the trees to take in the breathtaking views from the 'cloud' stations set up between destinations.

The day treetop adventure is $115 for adults and $85 for children, and is open seven days a week from 09:00 to 17:00.

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Jan
26
2013

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to move to the Spanish guitar – with the Hobart Flamenco Festival handclapping its way into town from February 16 to 17.

Tasmania's heritage-rich capital of Hobart will host a weekend of "culturally rich performances" with workshops in flamenco and "fusion styles" in dance, singing, guitar, percussion and of course castanets!

The weekend was put together by director of Flamenco Australia Marina Tamayo and Hobart's Festival co-ordinator Lorena Cabezas, with Tamayo showcasing her new work, The Sounds of Las Alpujarras Granadinas.

Daily flamenco shows will be held at The Peacock Theatre during the weekend, with courses also available to the public by reservation.

Described as a "musical feast for world music lovers", the festival will feature performance from duo Alin & Melike and special guests Lucy La Rubia Vernon, Damian De Boos Smith, Stuart Henderson, Georgina Cano, Marina Tamayo and Ruth Santamaria.

Tickets are $25 from the Mosh Tix website or the local outlet Ruffcut Records.

If you're thinking of taking part in a workshop, visit the Flamenco Australia website for more details.

You can also pick up some flamenco dancing wear from the website also, with shoes, skirts and accessories available.

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Jan
25
2013

Delight your senses with a journey to Tasmania's "beautiful, bountiful north west" for a food and wine journey like no other.

The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail website showcases the gems for food and beverage in towns such as Burnie, Deloraine, Ulverstone, Latrobe and Elizabeth Town.

You can create your own itinerary to print out, picking your favourite food and wine attractions, which can then be printed for your convenience.

It's also easy to narrow down your search to what most interests you, with the attractions split up into different categories which include: seafood, fruit, beverages, dining, dairy and sweets.

The itinerary feature can also assist you in finding festivals, tours, accommodation and information centres in Tasmania's north-west, so you can have all your journey information in one place!

The tasting trail was just launched yesterday (January 23) and will allow visitors to the region to build their own food journey to suit their own tastes – whether they love fresh produce, consider themselves a huge sweet tooth or love a good glass of bubbly, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Here are some highlights of the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

41 Degrees South (Deloraine/Red Hills)

Only a 45 minute drive from Launceston, 41 Degrees South is an eco-certified inland salmon farm and ginseng nursery set along the Western Creek Rivulet.

Discover the salmon and ginseng farms with a self-guided walk, where you can also take part in fish feeding and make a journey down to the lower half of the Montana Falls.

Free tastings of salmon and ginseng products are also available in the gift shop and if you're feeling hungry tuck into the new salmon burger – the 41er – with some beer.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (Elizabeth Town)

Treat yourself to a country style breakfast at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm in Elizabeth Town!

Some top picks from the menu include sweet potato and potato hash brown waffles, the decadent, new raspberry chocolate french toast served with Meander Valley double cream and the Raspberry Farm taste plate.

Website Screen Shot - Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Salmon Patties with Ginseng available at Farmers Markets in Tasmania

The bush setting of 41° South Tasmania

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Jan
24
2013

Returning to the daily grind can be pretty hard after enjoying a wonderful holiday break with friends and family.

If you need to relax from a stressful week at the office, make your way down to Tasmania's Savoy Day Spa to unwind and treat yourself.

Located in the capital city of Hobart, Savoy Day Spa will bring you back to balance with its unique sensory experiences, helping you to "get to the root of your issues" and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

There's a variety of treatments that you can choose from, including massage treatments, spa, face, hands and feet, men's facials and make-up applications and lessons.

If you're interested in a unique massage treatment, try the Savoy Signature Massage. This fuses deep tissue and Swedish relaxation techniques that will take you on a "sensory journey tapping into your chakra for balance and rejuvenation".

Therapeutic heat packs are used to help in releasing tight muscles, alongside the use of Savoy's signature blend of natural plant-based essential oils.

Purify skin and unclog pores in the deeply relaxing Swedish Steam Experience. The traditional hot-stone sauna will relieve tight and tired muscles to prepare you for the "ultimate Swedish massage" by Savoy's skilled therapists.

Luxurious soaks and treatments

Massages using Aveda products to soothe, relax and invigorate you

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Savoy Day Spa has facilities and appointments to truly relax you

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