Tasmania's journal of discovery

Close up and personal


Close up and personal | Ardent nature lover and conservationist, the aptly named Bob Green, has added greatly to our knowledge of Tasmania’s wild life, and in the process taken wonderful photographs of some shy and rare species in the wild. See more of Bob Green’s photography here.

“We are making a new world”


"Cruel Tasmania, an island of secrets, threats, lies; of an often pitiless exploitation of both its own land and its own people, has wounded Richard Wastell into an extraordinary response — a series of beautiful paintings and drawings inspired by the ongoing clear-felling of Tasmania’s old growth forests.” There’s more here …

Beauty and mystery in rare Antarctic clouds


A rare and spectacular cloud formation appeared at the end of the polar night at Australia’s Mawson station in Antarctica.

These so-called nacreous clouds were situated high in the stratosphere, some 20km above the ground, and indicate extremely cold temperatures in the rarefied atmosphere. 

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Revolving sheep success

revolving sheep bank

Tasmania’s only homegrown international charity has succeeded with an experimental project to help poverty-stricken nomads in Tibet.

The Benevolent Organisation for Development, Health & Insight (BODHI) launched the Revolving Sheep Bank, a 5-year micro-credit project, in 2000 with the purchase of ewes and nanny goats from wealthier nomads to lend to poor nomad households in the community. 

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Dances with dogs


On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June one of Australia’s top stockwomen and Kelpie breeders, Nancy Withers, held up her bidders’ card until the selling price of a Kelpie reached a world-record, crowd-gasping price of $5,400 at the Casterton Dog Auction in Victoria. Get the inside story from bestselling Tasmanian author Rachael Treasure, who happens to own the expensive Kelpie’s sister.

Tasmania briefly ‘Centre’ of the Universe


By SHEVILL MATHERS | Stargazers with large telescopes and attached suitable cameras will be able to make useful contributions to science when they attempt to capture one of astronomy’s rare events – an ‘occultation’ of a star by a planet. This rare event will occur on 13 June 2006. So, what’s an occultation? Well, it has nothing to do with mysticism or astrology but everything to do with astronomy.

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Coasting through Tasmania


The perfect way to travel Tasmania’s lovely East Coast is on a bicycle. That’s the promise behind Bicycle Victoria’s Great Tasmanian Bike Road in February, 2007.

The ride starts at the Launceston Festival on Saturday, February 10, and finishes in Hobart the following Sunday. The route winds through Pipers Book, Branxholm, St Helens, Bicheno, Swansea, Orford and Richmond. 

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Tasmania’s wild foods

Tasmania's wild foods

By LIZ McLEOD and BERNARD LLOYD | A country’s cuisine, like its culture, emerges from its forests; from the things that grow in that place and the way they grow, especially the things that grow only in that place: the endemic ingredients. Explore Tasmania’s wild foods.

Tasmanian photographer’s national award

The stunning image below, taken at Port Davey, comes from a portfolio of four Tasmanian landscape photographs that have earned a prestigious national award for Hobart photographer Geoffrey Lea.

Port Davey — Gold Distinction

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Pam Verwey: My Tasmania


Hobart-based Pam Verwey first became passionate about photography on a trip around Australia in 1984 and, in 1986 moved to Tasmania, continuing her work as a medical scientist, but determined to combine her desire to study fine art with her interest in photography. Enjoy the results here



Only in Tasmania. Regular contributor Maria Fletcher sent us her delightful photograph of ‘Strawhenge’ taken recently along the Midlands Highway. Who needs crop circles?

Leatherwood Online welcomes readers’ photographs of Tasmanian subjects. Email them to us at .

Underground terror

By Maria Fletcher | One of the world’s most deadly ants, Myrmecia pilosula — better known as the Jack Jumper, is native to Tasmania. The Jack Jumper (also called the Hopper) ant exists only in Australia and a close encounter can prove deadly to the more than 60,000 people who are allergic to its sting.

It is estimated that around 10 per cent of the Tasmanian population may be allergic to the Jack Jumper, with around 3 per cent suffering life threatening anaphylaxsis if attacked by the ant.

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A threatened jewel


French explorer D’Entrecasteaux led his ships to grateful shelter in Recherche Bay, southwest of Hobart, in 1792 and 1793, recording “ancient forests, in which the sound of an axe had never been heard”. Barely 200 years later, the forest of Recherche Bay is being threatened by the sound, not merely of axes, but of bulldozers and chainsaws. In spite of public protest and National Heritage listing, the green light to log the area has been given. Helen Cushing updates the ongoing saga to save Recherche Bay.

Southern Aurora from space


NASA has just released an amazing video showing the Southern Aurora from space.

The video is now showing on TTTV — one of our member sites at thisTasmania.

About the time this vision was captured from space, we featured some superb photography from Shevill Mathers of the same southern fireworks.

A devil of a time

TIM DUB: A scream of chilling ferocity shatters our comfort. I leap to my feet, goosebumps and neck hair rising — a jelly of inadequate reflexes. The high-pitched prolonged howl has a souless abandonment that is not of this world …

Follow the adventure here

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