Oct
12
2012

Oktoberfest is a 16-day annual German festival celebrating beer – so why not get amongst the festive activities and make a visit to James Boag's Historic Brewery?

Only a short distance from Launceston's central business district, you can enjoy quality beer tours which begin at the Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers in the historic Tamar Hotel.

The historic hotel has been a hot spot for beer drinkers since the 1830s, so its a fitting place to start the tour.

The centre features a museum which holds over a hundred years worth of the Boag family and brewery history and is an experience that shouldn't be missed.

There are two beer tours that you can choose to go on, with the first option the Boag's Discovery Tour.

This 60 minute tour will guide you through workings of the brewery, giving insight into how the beers are brewed and packaged. The brewery tour is then followed by an educational tasting session, so you can sample the finest brews Boag's has to offer.

The alternative tour on offer is the Boag's Beer Lovers Tour, a highlight activity for true beer fans! You will explore the processes of brewing in detail over a 90 minute guided trip, where you will then finish the day with a selection of Boag's beers and tasty Tasmanian cheeses.

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Oct
11
2012

October holds the spookiest event of the year, Halloween, and this holiday is fast approaching us.

Plan a trip to Launceston, one of Australia's oldest cities located in northern Tasmania, for a spine-tingling night with Launceston City Ghost Tours.

Delve into the history of Launceston's deep and dark convict past, where servants, thieves and murderers used to wander the buildings, churches and streets – their ghosts may still be there today!

You can take part in the main tour to learn about the grisly true stories of the people that once inhabited the town, in a 90 minute guided walk around Launceston's alleyways and inner laneways.

In the tour you will be plunged into darkness and may hear loud noises and screaming, with many guests saying that they have experienced unexplained paranormal feelings.

It's recommended that you don't bring along children under ten on the main tour, due to the adult themes of the stories, but they need not miss out on the spooky experience with a children's tour available.

Recommended for children aged ten and up, the tour will take patrons through Tasmania's history also exploring Launceston's alleyways, lanes and parks, where at the end of the tour each child will be presented with a certificate to mark their completion.

Before taking part in the tour it's advised that you wear comfortable walking shoes, dress prepared for varying weather conditions and bring your camera – you never know what you might spot!

The ghost tours depart at nightfall with adults $25, children under 11 $5, children 12-16 years $15 and pensioners $20. Families consisting of two adults and three children under 16 can also get a pass for $55.

If you happen to be in Launceston this October, then make sure to check out Launceston Ghost Tours for an eerie experience to remember.

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Oct
10
2012

Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has revealed its lineup for January's annual MONA FOMA festival – and the acts announced do not disappoint!

The fifth installment of the festival will take place from January 16-20 2013, with a variety of performers to take the stage from rock to experimental, allowing music lovers to gather together to watch and discuss collective music tastes.

David Byrne & St. Vincent were announced to take the headline show a few weeks ago, with some class performers such as Dirty Projectors, Amanda Palmer, Pretty Lights, Neil Gaiman, Death Grips, Bickram Ghosh, Chicks on Speed and Orchestra National de Jazz revealed on October 5 to join the lineup.

More musicians were unveiled in the announcement including Mat Ward, Graveyard Train and Los Coronas, with the full program due for release in early December.

The opening night party on January 16 will feature performances from Bickram Ghosh, Los Coronas, Mat Ward, Tania Bosak and the Barefoot Orchestra, Vicky Browne and Darren Seltmann, Pretty Lights and Tina Havelock Stevens – and you don't have to worry about forking out money, this event is free!

Also featuring at MONA FOMA is the R18 Faux Mo, the festival nightclub which comes bigger and better than the previous years.

Events are a little hush, hush at the moment for the Faux Mo, with the big reveal for activities coming in early December with the release of the MONA FOMA app.

Tickets are on sale now, where you can purchase a festival ticket for $90, giving you access to all the events at PW1 (the main event space) on January 17, 18, 19 and 20 including the show by David Byrne and St. Vincent.

There are also day passes available for $40 per adult or $30 concession from January 17-19, with tickets $80 for adults and $65 concession on the final day of the festival. These passes can be purchased on the door if the events have not sold out on the day.

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Oct
09
2012

Tranquilles Bed and Breakfast in Port Sorell, north west Tasmania, are now offering cooking classes with a range of experienced chefs!

Improve your culinary skills and learn how to prepare a variety of meals with meats, seafoods and fresh produce from Tasmania.

Cooking classes begin on October 28, where budding chefs will learn Indian culinary art with Ajay.

Chef Ajay Kumar works at Aaj India – which won the Best Indian Restaurant Award 2012 Tasmania – and counts stuffed mushroom, lamb shank, mango shrikhand and cheese and mint chicken tikka among his signature dishes.

In Ajay's class you will learn how to prepare and serve a range of dishes, that you can take home to share with your family.

The next cooking class will take place on November 11, where you can learn how to cook traditional Yum Cha with head chef at the Red Ruby Chinese Restaurant, Anthony Kwong.

Whip up delicious Chinese dishes including Cha Sui bun, prawn, pork and chive dumpling, and Siu Mai (Chinese-style pork dim sim).

There are more cooking classes to come in the next few months including a paddock to plate course and two healthy eating workshops with nutritionist, wholefood chef and TV presenter Janella Purcell.

If you would like to take part in Tranquilles cooking classes email reservations@tranquilles.com or call 03 6428 7555.

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Oct
08
2012

Celebrate the beautiful and vibrant spring blooms at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Burnie, Tasmania.

Held at the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, the festival features Japanese artists and crafts on Saturday October 13.

The event is part of the Blooming Tasmania festival celebrating Tasmania's gardens and distinct experience of the four seasons.

Over 22,000 plants have already been planted at the gardens, with the venue covering 11 hectares.

Entry fee for adults is $8 and children are free, with the gardens open from 09:00 to 17:00.

Also taking place the weekend after the Cherry Blossom Festival is the Celebration of Spring from Saturday October 20 to Sunday October 21.

Taking place again at the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, the season where the Rhododendrons reach their peak flowering – mid September to mid November – is celebrated with plant sales, cake stalls, sausage sizzles and other fun activities for the whole family!

In your time at the gardens explore the lakes, walking tracks and bridges where you may also spot the resident platypus, echidna and various bird life.

The Tea Room is also open for the season, where you can stop for refreshments after a long day out in the gardens.

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Oct
06
2012

Rewind back to the late seventies and early eighties to enjoy hits such as Heart of Glass, when legendary American band Blondie roll into Tasmania on December 1.

The band led by the iconic Debbie Harry will be headlining Sydney's Homebake festival, and have also announced additional tour dates for Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville.

Promoter Andrew McManus said: "I’m so excited to bring Blondie back to Australia. They enjoyed their first taste of success here back in the ‘70s and have a legion of fans awaiting their return."

"Deborah Harry is like no other front-woman in the industry – fans can expect a first-class show."

Emerging from the punk and new wave scenes of New York in the late seventies, the band have established themselves as pop culture phenomenons selling over 40 million albums internationally in a career spanning 37 years.

They are known for popular hits such as One Way or Another, Call Me, Rapture and The Tide Is High, with their success recognised in 2006 where they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Blondie will be taking the stage at an all-ages show at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Glenorchy with tickets on sale October 9 from Ticketmaster.

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Oct
05
2012

Pack up your hooks, rods and bait for a magnificent day out on the the boat, fishing in the superb waters of Flinders Island.

The waters surrounding the islands are home to many species of fish, where you may find Snapper, Yellowtail Kingfish, Albacore, Striped Trumpeter or Yellowfin Tuna at the end of your line!

Flinders Island is noted as Tasmania's best fishing holiday destination, where you can not only enjoy a day reeling in the fish, but you can also explore the beautiful beaches, cruise the waters and watch the seals swim by.

The island is located 60 kilometres off the north east tip of Tasmania and is the largest of the 52 islands that make up the Furneaux Group that sits between Victoria and Tasmania.

Fishing and farming are important industries to the island – which has a population of around 900 – with fisherman gathering abalone, crayfish and scallops and farmers producing quality meats and wool.

November is a prime time to visit the island with the Southern Rock Lobster (crayfish) season beginning on the fifteenth.

Discover the best fishing spots by heading out on the water with Flinders Island Fishing Charters.

Enjoy a day out on a ten metre Powercat to fish in the warm waters of the Continental Shelf with rods, gear and bait supplied or get in on one of the brilliant fishing packages that could have you taking part in some night fishing and relaxing in a comfortable holiday cottage with delicious breakfasts and lunches.

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Oct
03
2012
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Tasmania's east coast town Swansea, about a 90-minute drive from Hobart, is the foodie paradise that culinary fans must visit!

The historic township is also ideal for fishing, diving, swimming and relaxing on the beach, where it overlooks the renowned Freycinet National Park and Great Oyster Bay.

You can treat yourself to oysters, olives, berries, walnuts, wines and seafood as part of your Swansea food tour – so get stuck in trying all the local catch and produce!

Start your foodie experience at Kate's Berry Farm, where you can indulge in some mouth-watering cool climate berries while overlooking the magnificent east coast landscapes.

Kate's Berry Farm is open daily from 09:30 to 16:30, seven days a week (closed on Christmas Day), where you can try some tasty sweet treats in Kate's popular Just Desserts Café.

The menu is filled with yummy delights such as crisp Belgium waffles with poached berries and creamy ice cream, fruit pies made with Kate's berries and fresh local fruit and freshly baked scones topped with Kate's own range of jams.

Take some Kate's Country Produce with you, where she has created her own range of handcrafted chocolates, jams, sauces and jellies using home grown fruits.

You can also expect to find additional foods on offer such as relishes, chutneys, marmalades, local olive oil, walnut oil quince paste and a selection of other seasonal produce.

If you're looking for a place to dine in during your stay in Swansea, then you will want to check out The Bark Mill Tavern and Bakery.

The tavern is popular for its wood-fired pizzas, where you can choose from delicious toppings including garlic prawn, smoked Tassie salmon and sweet chili seafood.

Other tasty dinner menu offerings include the surf and turf made with scotch fillet, and prawns and scallops in a creamy garlic sauce, house-made beef lasagne and the Bark Mill seafood platter filled with calamari, fresh fish, smoked salmon and oysters.

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Oct
02
2012
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October ushers in the beginning of the season for the breathtaking Cradle Mountain Huts six-day walk, a wonderful journey that explores Tasmania's World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

Take a trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, to delve into the relaxing natural environment boasting of spectacular landscapes mountains, lakes and rivers.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk offers a brilliant journey held over six days, where you will follow "Australia's iconic 'must-do' long distance bushwalk" the Overland Track.

You will be led on your 65 kilometre trek by passionate and educated guides, who will also act as your cooks preparing delicious three course dinners each night while you kick back and relax with a glass of Tasmanian wine.

Here's the dinner menu for day four to give you a taste of what trekkers are in for with an antipasto platter on arrival to the hut with dried apricots, Lactos brie, Tasmanian pickled onions and Ashgrove cloth matured cheddar, a hearty minestrone soup for the entree, forest mushroom and pea risotto with parmesan for the main course and lastly for dessert a freshly baked cherry pie with cream.

Trekking groups don't have to worry about camping out in the wilderness, with guests having exclusive use of the private hut accommodation along the Overland Track. You can enjoy a hot shower, a drying room and a comfortable bed after a long day out.

In the first three days of the Overland Track, you'll witness many wonders starting with the glacially-carved Crater Lake, spectacular views of the Cradle Mountains from Marion's Lookout and outstanding views of Mt Oakleigh.

The remaining days of the trip will see you climb to Pelion Gap to witness great views of the north and south, wander through the oldest forest in the National Park, visit beautiful waterfalls and in your final day take a trip to Australia's deepest natural lake, Lake St Clair.

Cradle Mountain Huts six-day walk is an outstanding wilderness adventure that you must try in your stay in Tasmania.

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Oct
01
2012
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Tasmania's beautiful Marion Bay, located on the south east coast, plays host to one of the island's most anticipated events of the year – The Falls Music and Art Festival.

Described as a "music and art lovers' getaway", festival punters can enjoy three days of music, art, sun and sand as Marion Bay celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The first Marion Bay Falls Festival took place in 2003, counting acts such as Groove Armada, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Pennywise, Cut Copy, Regurgitator and Paul Kelly on the lineup.

Ten years later the lineup for 2013 reflects a mix of international and local bands, which includes The Flaming Lips, The Hives, Beach House, Best Coast, Angus Stone, Coolio, Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip and SBTRKT (Live), with more stellar acts to be announced!

The tickets for its sister festival in Lorne, Victoria has sold out, but there are still some available for Marion – but be sure to get in quick as these may also sell out too!

There's the option of the standard three day festival ticket (December 29 – January 1) or a two day festival ticket (December 30 – January 1).

For those campers who would like their tent pitched up and ready, they can purchase the three day gimme shelter ticket which gives use of a two man tent (shared with another gimme shelter ticket holder) and a personal sleeping mat.

Make sure to bring your sleeping bag as personal bedding isn't included. Tents are allocated as festival goers arrive, so to share your tent with a friend, ensure you arrive at the same time.

There won't be one dull moment in your New Year's experience at the Falls Festival, with plenty of entertainment on offer, food, art and craft stalls to visit and workshops and activities to keep you busy in your campground downtime.

Countdown to 2013 with thousands of other festival goers at the spectacular Falls Festival in Marion Bay.

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