Mickey Mouse and his band of friends will be rolling into Tasmania this summer – so treat your kids to some prime entertainment with the Disney Live! show in January.

Free up the dates of January 30 and 31 for Mickey's Rockin' Road Show at Launceston's Silverdome and February 2 and 3 for the shows in Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre, where Mickey and friends such as Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Tigger and Cinderella will take Disney fans on an adventure-filled journey.

This is also the first time in Disney Live! history that Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie from Disney/Pixar's Toy Story join in with the show, where you and your little ones will be taken on a 'thrill seeking journey'.

Expect an entertaining 90 minutes of adventure with 'unexpected twists and turns and exciting encounters along the way' where you can have a boogie along to the hip music and fun choreography.

Launceston will be holding three shows with the first beginning on January 30 at 10:00, followed by another on January 31 at 10:00, and ending on the same date in the afternoon at 13:00.

There will be four shows in Hobart, with both February 2 and 3 holding sessions at 10:00 and 13:00.

Tickets for the Launceston shows are available from the Silverdome website, with Hobart tickets from Ticketmaster.

A-Reserve tickets are $37.50 each (children over 12 months require a ticket), B-Reserve tickets are $29.50 and a family pass (four people)  is from $110.

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Welcome in summer with a glass of wine and some of Australia's finest rock acts at A Day On The Green in Tasmania.

The music event will take place at Josef Chromy Wines among the beautiful vineyards on Saturday December 8, with legendary Australian rock band Hoodoo Gurus set to take the stage as well as The Angels with Dave Gleeson, Baby Animals, James Reyne and Boom Crash Opera.

ARIA Hall of Famers The Hoodoo Gurus mark a special milestone this year, celebrating the 30 year anniversary since the release of their debut single Leilani.

The Gurus – as they are often coined by their fans – are known for providing the soundtrack for many Australians in the eighties with hits such as My Girl, I Want You Back, Bittersweet and What's My Scene?

To celebrate their 30 year anniversary the Gurus have put together their top singles and 'fan favourites' to release an album compilation of hits, Gold Watch: 20 Golden Greats.

Get in on a stellar experience of A Day On The Green by purchasing tickets for the concert and dining package!

This is an all-inclusive concert and hospitality package which is positioned in the winery restaurant or hospitality marquee, where you can enjoy an exclusive dining experience while also enjoying the concert.

Treat your tastebuds to delicious gourmet food and avoid toilet queue lines outside with designated private toilets, where you have the opportunity to experience the concert in a seated sectioned off area.

If you're wanting to get amongst the crowd, but still have a good view of the stage, you can choose from platinum, gold or silver tickets.

Platinum tickets give access to premium reserved seats in front of the stage, gold tickets give access directly behind and to the side of platinum seats and silver ticket holders are seated behind the gold seats.

Wanting to just relax on your picnic blanket and deck chairs? Then you can purchase a general admission ticket that allows access to an unreserved area that operates on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster with general admission $89.90, gold reserve $129, platinum reserve $149 and the concert and dining package $295.

Stage and location for Day on The Green at Josef Chromy 2011

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For the first time this year’s Tasmanian Tourism Award winners are showcased by a brand new Smartphone And Tablet App showing the very best of Tasmania’s tourism offerings to potential travellers.

The free downloadable e-magazine style app features compelling information and beautiful imagery of each of the award winners from the luxurious accommodation at Saffire Freycinet and the family friendly Big 4 St Helens Holiday Park, to the delicious Taste Festival and thrilling Bruny Island Cruises.

The App also features website links, YouTube footage and location maps.

Profiling our very our finest tourism experiences the App allows easy reference when researching a visit to Tasmania, or travelling around seeking out the winners.
Luke Martin, CEO of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania said “On an iPad, tablet computer or smartphone, the App looks simply gorgeous and is very easy to follow. Visitors to Tasmania can download the App when they are travelling to check out all of the award winners around the State.”

This year’s Tasmanian Tourism Awards received more entrants than ever before including a number of new products and first-time entrants.

Screenshot Array from the App

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Sullivan's Cove waterfront docks are set to come to life in February with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival!

A huge collection of wooden boats – numbering over 500 – fill the docks in a lively weekend of food, music and water activities.

This four day festival allows festival goers to learn essential nautical skills, how to build a boat and also enjoy the fine entertainment on display – it's a fun event for the whole family!

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a 'celebration of Australia's rich maritime culture, heritage and craftsmanship' attracting local and international visitors to view the boats on display at the Hobart docks on the Derwent river.

You don't have to worry about finding money for tickets, with entry to the festival absolutely free.

The festival takes place from February 8 to 11, and is recognised as the 'most significant event of its kind in Australia'.

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival begun in 1994, with Cathy Hawkins, Ian Johnston and Andy Gamlin and the Tasmanian state government helping to bring the event to life.

Last year's festival was the 'biggest and best yet' holding the theme of "Celebrating our Maritime Culture' and showcasing international villages from Japan and Indonesia.

Over six hundred boats were showcased in the 2011 festival, including tall ships Enterprize, James Craig, Windeward Bound And Young Endeavour – Gretel 11, the famous seventies America's Cup Challenger was also present too!

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Hobart Waterfront transforms at the time of the show

Wooden Speedboat of an earlier era

Dining on board a vessel - image credit: Tomislav Nikolic

Superb wooden lighter style craft

Just a few boats moored and on show

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One of Australia's finest country duos Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, will be bringing their tour to Tasmania for three dates this November.

The ARIA award winners will be touring their second album released in October, Wreck & Ruin, featuring single Adam and Eve.

The duo will begin their Tasmanian shows at Hobart's Wrest Point Entertainment centre on November 23, followed by two shows on November 24 and 25 at the Country Club Show Room in Launceston.

Their debut album Rattlin' Bones was released in 2008, taking the number one spot on the ARIA albums chart in its first week.

Chambers and Nicholson have won a number of awards including an ARIA for Best Country Album in 2008 for Rattlin' Bones, APRA's 2009 Country Work of the Year and were recipients of five awards at the 2009 Country Music Awards of Australia.

The married couple spoke to Kate O'Toole of ABC Darwin about the blend of music that they created with their latest album.

"We kind of wanted to make an album together that was sort of like a band with two singers," Kasey told Kate O'Toole.

"We didn't really have anything specific though that we wanted to achieve…we wanted it to be fresh and exciting so we got a lot of musos we've never played with before."

Tickets for the shows are available from the TixTas website – so make sure you get in quick to secure your seats!

The duo before their tour

Kasey Chambers & Shane_Nicholson

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Tourism Operators on Tasmania’s East Coast have swept the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Awards winning 10 categories, while tourism icons the Port Arthur Historic Site and Pennicott Wilderness Adventures confirmed their status as Tasmania’s leading tourism experiences, with multi-awards across categories, and appearing again in this years awards after previous year’s winning spots.

From a local tourism industry’s ‘night of nights’ at Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino the majority of awards went to nominees from outside the capital, proving that for the visitor to our State, there is a wealth of experiences and choice in regional Tasmania.

Look out for these 2012 award winners during your journey planning, or pick up the Smartphone and Tablet App:

Major Tourist Attractions – Port Arthur Historic Site
Tourist Attractions – Bruny Island Cruises
Major Festivals & Events – The Taste Festival
Festival & Events – Festival of Voices
Ecotourism – Bruny Island Cruises
Heritage & Cultural Tourism – Port Arthur Historic Site
Specialised Tourism Services – Austrips
Visitor Information & Services – TVIN Hobart
Meetings & Business Tourism -The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Major Tour & Transport Operators -Spirit of Tasmania
Tour & Transport Operators – The Maria Island Walk
Adventure Tourism – The Maria Island Walk
Tourism Marketing – Pure Tasmania
Tourism Education & Training – Rosny College
Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services – Cable Station Restaurant
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries – Puddleduck Vineyard
Tourist & Caravan Parks – BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park
Hosted Accommodation – Sheoaks on Freycinet
Unique Accommodation – Rocky Hills Retreat
Standard Accommodation – Sandpiper Ocean Cottages
Deluxe Accommodation – Avalon Coastal Retreat
Luxury Accommodation – Saffire Freycinet
New Tourism Development – Port Arthur Paranormal Investigation Experience
Sustainable Tourism – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Health and Wellbeing Tourism – Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
Tourism Student of the Year – Emily Bremner
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual – John Hamilton
People’s Choice – Sandpiper Ocean Cottages

Port Arthur Historic Site

The Bruny Island  Cruise

The Taste of Tasmania

The Festival of Voices

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Port Arthur Historic Site's Heritage Experience

Australian Trips

TVIN in Hobart

The Old Woolstore

Spirit of Tasmania

Maria Island Walk Adventure

Pure Tasmania's Heritage Railway on the West Coast

Rosny College's Training Program

The Cable Station Restaurant

Puddleduck Winery

Big4 St Helens

Sheoaks Hosted Accommodation at Freycinet

Rocky Hills

Sandpiper Resort on the East Coast


Sapphire at Freycinet

Pennicott Wilderness Tours Awarded in Sustainable Tourism

Bay of Fires Walk

Young Tourism Talent Emily Bremner

Veteran Tourism supplier John Hamilton

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If you're making your way to Tasmania this summer, make sure to visit Australia's oldest brewery, the Cascade Brewery in Hobart.

The historic brewery boasts a variety of world-class beers including Cascade Premium Lager, Cascade First Harvest and Cascade Pale Ale.

In your visit to Hobart you can taste the Cascade Bitter, Cascade Draught and Cascade Lager only available in Tasmania!

The brewery has an interesting history indeed, with English-born Peter Degraves drawing up his designs for the Cascade Brewery in his cell at the Old Hobart Gaol.

World renowned travel guide, Lonely Planet, put the Cascade Brewery tour and visitor centre in its Bluelist, topping the Best Brews section in 2008.

The brewery has two different tours to embark on, the heritage tour and brewery tour, as well as a fantastic food and beer experience.

The heritage tour will have visitors strolling around the surrounding areas of the brewery that include the three acre heritage 'Woodstock' gardens and the Cascade museum.

The tour will share stories about its eventful past and creator, with a beautiful backdrop to capture your memories.

The tour includes tastings and is suitable for families with adults $15, children under 18 $12 and a family ticket for two adults and two children $42.

The brewery tour has been called a 'must-do Hobart experience' where you will get an inside look at the brewing process of Cascade's finest beers.

You'll also get the opportunity to try these brews for yourself, fresh from the taps!

Brewery tour visitors must be over 18, with adults $22, students and seniors $17.

Try a selection of Cascade beers and gourmet foods at the visitor centre restaurant in the Cascade 'Ale & Hearty' beer and food matching experience.

You'll also get a special gift to take home, a beer with your face printed on the label, with the experience $55 per person, with a minimum of six in a group.

Historic Cascade Brewery in South Hobart

Cascade Brewery bar in the Reception/Visitor Centre

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The historic village of Cygnet will come to life with sound, sights and performances for the annual three day Cygnet Folk Festival from January 11 to 13.

Nestled in the scenic Huon Valley, located just fifty minutes away from Hobart, Cygnet becomes a 'vibrant festival space' with concerts, workshops, jam sessions, markets and a festival parade.

The Cygnet Folk Festival is a 'rich cultural community event, providing entertainment from local Cygnet performers, other entertainers in Tasmania and interstate.

Many dedicated volunteers band together to organise the festival – which was established in 1982 – to create an wonderful event that is pretty impressive for a town with a population less than 1,000.

The festival aims to offer music from a variety of genres including folk, world, ethno, roots, world and acoustic, showcase dance and poetry, engage visitors with workshops, encourage awareness and interest in folk music, provide support for young musicians and foster 'mutually beneficial relationships' with the local community, associations and businesses.

Around 4,000 to 5,000 visitors flock to the festival to watch performances, engage in workshops, dine at restaurants and cafes, and also take some local Cygnet produce home!

A taster of the acts to perform include Queensland celtic four-piece Sanas, one of Australia's 'best known' Indigenous acts Stiff Gins, Brisbane-based bluegrass band The Company, ARIA winning group Zulya and The Children of the Underground and 'modern travelling troubadour' Rory McLeod.

Over 100 acts are expected to perform, with Frank Yamma, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Kristina Olsen, Jo Quail and Mal Webb also billed on the festival lineup.

Festival goers are also invited to camp at Burtons Reserve – located on the edge of the Cygnet waterfront – from January 9 to January 14.

Earlybird tickets are on sale now until December 21, with children (aged 5-15) $15 and adults from $90.

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If you love to explore antiques and make amazing discoveries, then you are going to love this Tasmanian festival.

The Hobart Collectors Antique Fair takes place from December 18 to January 1, showcasing a range of antiques and collectables from more than 30 local and mainland dealers.

The event comes in the holiday season, a great time of the year to visit Tasmania, with the Sydney to Hobart race in full swing and the fantastic Taste food festival taking place.

The fair is in its 18th year and will be held at the City Hall on Macquarie Street, Hobart, where it is in close proximity to Hobart's waterfront to visit the Taste festival and view the exciting events of the Sydney to Hobart race.

Last year's fair saw a record number of people attend, with organisers assuring that the 2012 fair will have 'items to please the antique connoisseur and the casual collector alike'.

Entry for adults is $7 with children under 16 admitted free to the fair – this event is one that antique lovers definitely can't miss!

Articles on Display at the Antique Collectors Fair

Swapping and buying antiques - mostly buying

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TNT Magazine (au) features Tassie during November 2012 with a great set of articles each week which will provide in-depth information about what Tassie offers. Better yet, there is also a competition where you can win a holiday to the Apple Isle for you and a mate.

With a value of over $2800 there will be an UnderDownUnder Tour for 5 nights and 6 days, airfares from Sydney or Melbourne (and back again), positioning accommodation at the Pickled Frog in Hobart. There are runners up prizes from Port Arthur, a day trip pass from FunTassieTours at Cradle Mountain, and a caving pass with VIP guide into the Gunns Plains Caves.

Tasmania is great for escaping the everyday. It’s an unspoilt playground for abundant wildlife, with scenery unlike anywhere else on Earth. You’ll hopefully win and be able to check it out. Or put it on your bucket list. We know we would!

Competition closes: December 16th 2012.

TNT_Magazine - NovWeekONE featuring Tasmania ...quite simply it rocks

TNT_magazine page for the competition and Tassie feature

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