Jul
25
2012

Tasmania’s greatest entrepreneur Sir Henry Jones wasn’t around to celebrate his 150th anniversary the other week, but that didn’t stop supporters throwing a party.

The morning tea event was held at the Henry Jones Art Hotel and attended by a number of high-profile Tasmanians from the Federal Group business community and public sector, as well some of the well-known figure’s descendants.

Helping to toast the publican was Federal Group director of corporate affairs Mr Daniel Hanna, who spoke affectionately of one of the state’s most recognisable industry identities.

“Sir Henry Jones was a phenomenal individual who, perhaps more than any other person in the state, helped to grow the Tasmania economy and Tasmanian exports,” he said.

“Sir Henry is a Tasmanian icon and his name has a strong level of recognition with Tasmanians. It is hoped that in the future there can be other ways to celebrate the life and contribution of this extraordinary man.”

The life of Sir Henry Jones has been passed down from one generation to the next, but it never fails to entertain and enthral young listeners.

Born in 1862 in Hobart Town and of Welsh descent, Sir Jones was originally a jam manufacturer who started his career pasting labels on tins and eventually became an expert jam-boiler.

During a difficult period for the industry in the mid-1880s, Jones was promoted to factory foreman and later went on to take control of the jam factory where he was first employed.

He then set up a partnership with his former boss’ son to start IXL – a pun on “I excel” – and went on to build a successful business within the food industry.

Ventures in mining also helped to boost his personal wealth and public profile. However, it was his role in building Australian industry that saw him knighted in 1919.

The factory floor before redevelopment by Morris Nunn Arctitects winning an international award for the transformationfactory floor redeveloped into large covered atrium areaThe imposing facade of the buildings today still paying homage to its originsHenry Jones relatives at the function - image credit: The Mercuryatrium area todayThe pierside factory in early times

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Jul
24
2012

Tasmania is dotted with small towns with a big story to tell from coast to coast, but every so often you manage to stumble across one that is truly special.

Sitting on the edge of the famous Tarkine Reserve, this once rich mining town is now a popular tourist attraction.

Along with the magnificent Waratah waterfall – which can be found in the main street – you will also find a number of sites and artefacts that tell the story of the town’s long history.

On your list of things to do in the region is the Waratah Museum, which has a large collection of antique goods and photos on display.

To help you step back in time and really gain an appreciation of the town’s mining history, you will want to make a beeline for the replica of Philosopher Smith’s Hut sits which sits alongside the museum.

Here you can find a real-life depiction of what life would have been like for miners at the turn of the 1900s.

As you head back into town, you will want to stop for a picnic or coffee overlooking the waterfall and stroll around the lake looking for platypus!

Waratah is a 4.5-hour drive from Hobart and 75 minutes from Devonport.

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Jul
23
2012

For many people, the best part of Hobart is a short walk away from the tourist centre and uphill from Elizabeth Street towards NoHo – the cheeky name locals have come up with for North Hobart.

For almost six city blocks – the distance between Elizabeth and Burnett and Federal Streets – you can lose yourself in a sensory and culinary explosion of bright colours, tasty food and the some of the best shopping in town.

Even the sidewalks have an artistic edge to them, featuring brightly coloured pavers in a range of designs that are sure to lighten your mood.

And it is this almost carnival-inspired atmosphere that separates NoHo from other parts of Hobart and Tasmania.

As you turn into Tony Haigh Walk, it is hard not to feel as if you are entering an imaginary world where the boundaries between make believe and reality blur into one Trompe L’oeil inspired streetscape – which features murals of dogs, roosters and everyday items that play a trick on the eye by fooling you into thinking they are real.

Making art accessible is obviously important to the residents of NoHo, who have added photographs of their beloved city to numerous light posts and in the process helped to turn an otherwise mundane object into something inspiring.

Catching up with friends is also easy due to the large number of public places to mingle in without feeling any pressure to buy, while the so-called cultural billboard is something of a hotspot when it comes to finding out the latest news and events that are on in the area.

For those who like to understand a place by learning about its history, you want to keep an eye out for the historical pavers and old, brightly painted post office.

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Jul
22
2012

Mainlanders with a taste for Tasmanian wines will have the luxury of sampling some of their favourite drops a little closer to home this winter, as Tasmania Unbottled 2012 kicks off around the country.

Bookings are now open for Australia’s largest showcase of Tassie wine and gourmet produce in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – which is a drawcard event for the country’s wine enthusiasts, as well as trade and media specialists.

Featuring both consumer and trade sessions, it seems as if there will be something for everyone on offer at this one yearly event.

Sydneysiders and Melburnians will be treated to a crash course on cheese and wine matching with the Bruny Island Cheese Company.

Sommeliers Australia members attending the event will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive masterclass – which is based on the International Cool Climate Symposium workshop facilitated by Julian Alcorso and Dr Andrew Pirie.

The talk will focus on difference between actual and perceived sugar levels in wine and how they influence consumer habits.

Those who are living north of the border will want to make a beeline for the tradeshow tutorial entitled Wines from a Small Island.

Adding to the various reasons to take part in the food and culture exchange is the recent track record of Tasmanian wines performing well on the world stage.

In the last year, the island state has so far won a number of prestigious awards for its wine making and expert blends, including the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy, Best Pinot Noir in the Sydney International and International Cool Climate Wine shows, Champion Wine of the National Cool Climate Wine Shoe, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Winemaker of the Year and Young Wine Maker of the Year.

To find out more about the event and any booking information, you can visit the Wine Tasmania website.

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Jul
21
2012

From rivers to lakes and wild beaches, the waterways of Tasmania do their best to inspire and refresh those who visit them.

And while it is easy to unwind relaxing on a riverbank in the afternoon sun, the same isn’t always true when it comes to photographing these places.

The Hobart Photographic Society Mono group is currently exhibiting a series of works in black and white that attempt to recreate these priceless moments, while also presenting its own unique interpretations of the natural environment.

In addition to water-based photos, the exhibition will also take a closer look at the many eco-systems that are supported by these waterways and the wildlife that lives alongside our coastlines and inland rivers.

Featuring works from a range of artists, including Ian Robertson, the event aims to not only inspire people with the rich tapestry of images but also generate greater appreciation for the importance of water for our survival.

In this way, the artists manage to share their own love of the outdoors in all its beauty, while also helping to educate visitors about environmental issues.

Tasmanian Waterways is currently on show at Salamanca Place and the exhibition will come to a close on July 22.

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Jul
20
2012

Looking for a quiet getaway? You may want to make a beeline for the seaside town of Port Sorell.

Located just a stone’s throw from Devonport, this seafaring town is often overlooked by tourist who are keen to see the state’s main attractions.

However, it is still a popular holiday destination among locals who are keen to getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living to relax on the coast.

With white sandy dunes, fantastic fishing spots and a top of the line golf course, you will find something for people of all ages.

It is also a great place to gain new appreciation of the simple things in life such as taking a walk along the picturesque foreshore or snacking on a mean of fish and chips with friends.

And with some of the best views in Tasmania, Port Sorell is a popular destination among artists and photographers wanting to reconnect with nature.

Families will benefit from the child-friendly activities including mountain biking, bushwalking and swimming in summer.

There are also a number of wildlife parks nearby, which make for a fun outing when you have little kids to entertain and keep amused during school holidays or family vacations.

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Jul
19
2012

Seahorse World is a truly unique aquarium that is suitable for anyone with a passion for one the ocean’s most fascinating inhabitants.

Featuring a touch pool, behind the scenes look at seahorse farming practices and a variety of sea creatures in the Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium, a trip to Seahorse World really is an unforgettable experience.

You will also learn some interesting facts that are sure to come in handy at your next trivia night. For example, how many people know that seahorses have what’s known as “prehensile tails” – which means they can grip onto almost anything in much the same way as a monkey?

Or the fact that seahorses regularly change colour with the help of special organs in the skin that can be expanded or contracted to display different hues?

Mums will surely be impressed by the male seahorses’ ability to take on responsibility for carrying the fertilised egg in his pouch, taking on the weight of the gestational period.

However, you can learn about all this and more when you go on your own tour of the aquarium and see these fascinating creatures up close.

For those who have to been to the underwater museum before, there are a few beginners’ tips that might help you to better organise your visit.

It is always a good idea to book ahead to ensure that there are places available for the many guided tours that are on offer almost hourly.

Admission prices for adults start at $20, while children between the ages of four to 16 can enter for $9 and concessions are $18. You may want to take advantage of the family pass for $50 if you are travelling in a group of two adults with children.

Seahorse World is located at Shed 1A, Inspection Head Wharf, Flinders Street, Beauty Point.

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Jul
18
2012

If your idea of the ultimate weekend away involves walking along sandy white beaches that are free from crowds, you might want to consider visiting Tasmania’s east coast.

With its intense aqua water, diverse marine life and laidback lifestyle, it is hard to go past this part of the island state for a relaxing holiday.

And while you may not feel like dipping your toes in the water during winter, you can still find plenty of things to do.

Among the top winter activities are kayaking in Wine Glass Bay, sea cruises to Maria Island and numerous coastal walks – the latter proving popular with people of all ages.

When it comes to accommodation, you will want to stay in one of the many eco-lodges that dot the horizon and get to know other travellers who are also in the region.

Another hot tip is to indulge in the region’s delicious seafood – which is all harvested freshly and sure to make your mouth come alive with flavour.

For more information about travelling through the east coast, you will want to drop into the local Visitor Information Centre or visit the Tourism Tasmania website for the latest itineraries.

Wineglass Bay East Coast Tasmania - site of large scale whaling in the 1800's

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Jul
17
2012

If you have ever travelled to Tasmania, you will know that it is the state’s many small towns that make it so unique.

The historic town of Swansea overlooks Great Oyster Bay and the world-famous Freycinet National Park – which means that it may just have some of the most spectacular views in all of Tasmania.

However, it is not just the area’s jaw-dropping good looks that will make you want to take out your camera and start clicking away.

It is also a great tourist destination for people who have a love of the great outdoors and enjoy reconnecting with nature.

Among some of the things that you will be able to do on your next visit to this coastal town are swimming, diving and fishing.

Or for those who prefer to completely unwind while they are on vacation, you will have fun spending hours lying on the white, sandy beaches.

A number of self-guided walks are on offer for those who like to get to know a little about the history of the local area.

You can take a trip through Swansea’s past by visiting the Schouten House, Meredith House and Morris’ General store.

For tips on leather staining and design, you will want to make a beeline for the Swansea Bark Mill Tavern.

While it is hard to go past the quirky profile of Spiky Bridge, you will have plenty of time to get to know the town between early morning swims and late afternoon hikes.

And after spending a day out and about in town, you will probably want to refuel – which is a great excuse to try the regions best seafood.

In fact, the perfect Swansea day is one where you get to enjoy dining on oysters as you sip on local wines and soak in the afternoon sun.

 

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Jul
16
2012

For those who are passionate about classical music, you will know that there is nothing better than hearing a top artist perform.

And when that top artist is also young, daring and possibly one of the finest musicians of his generation, you know that you are in for a great night of music.

Enter Simon Tedeschi. The Sydney-based composer is something of a teen idol in classical music circles.

In fact, the talented performer already has a string of awards to his name, including the prestigious Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, a recording contract with Sony Music and movie appearances in Shine (where he played the hands), as well as an Archibald-winning portrait of himself – and this all happened before his 21st birthday.

Tasmanian audiences will have a chance to hear works from some of the world’s best composers – Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin – played by one of the industry’s rising stars for one night only this August.

Ticket prices start at $42 to $72 for adults and the performance will take place as part of the Musica Viva Tasmania festival – which is showing at Hobart Town Hall. For more information, you can visit the Musica Viva website.

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