Tasmania's journal of discovery

The devil in disguise

Tasmania Devil and pups

For all their blustering, open-jawed aggression, Tasmanian Devils are basically wimps according to those who handle them day by day. Patsy Hollis investigates their undeserved profile and their sad decimation by a vigorous facial cancer that evades solution. More here.

Out of devastation

Marcus Tatton

Marcus Tatton creates statuary from the debris of clearfelled forest.  With his own two chainsaws, affectionately known as ‘Constantine’ and ‘Claes’, he carves monumental tributes to life from the chaos around him. More here

Calendars galore


Rob Blakers, Andy Townsend and Lyn Irvine all have photographs in Leatherwood Online’s portfolios — and now they are also in print with an amazing collection of calendars.

We’ve got more information in our Creative Tasmania section. 

Lemon, vanilla, the spark of rhubarb

Lemon tart

The Sweet Debate continues with ambrosial fervour. The latest contribution comes from Simon West, head chef of Meadowbank Estate, who has come up with a tantalising combination. More here.

Raptor refuge a net success

raptor refuge

Australia’s largest raptor flight aviary stands just a short walk from Craig Webb’s shack on his 10ha of bushland on the outskirts of a pretty Tasmanian fishing village. Read his fascinating story here.

Green entrance to Hobart


An impressive new enviromentally-sensitive Centre for Learning is being constructed by the followers of the Bahá’í faith on what was formerly the ABC parking lot in Hobart. More here.

Tassie sheep farmer rugs up

Tibetan prayer flags

What do prayer flags fluttering at the top mountain passes in Tibet have to do with a fifth generation Tasmanian sheep farmer? Find out more here.

Google loves us

Our new Bed & Breakfast in Tasmania blog has got to Number 1 position on Google if, like most visitors, you search for “bed and breakfast in Tasmania”.

Other variations on the theme also get us on the home page. 

Tasmanian rock


A climbing road trip to Tasmania had its challenges for Phil Box and his mates from Queensland — including a cold snap that demanded they wear all their clothes at the same time, and an errant rock that nearly ended Phil’s climbing days. He has more to say here.

Climax of a canine career


The Supreme Australian Sheep Dog Championships are hard-fought competitions, as their name might suggest. Tim Dub was on hand to record their finesse and finality. More here

The Pipeline Track


A popular walk winding through the foothills of Mount Wellington, the Pipeline Track has historical significance as well as great scenic beauty. For more than a century it played a major part in the supply of water to Hobart. Nick Osborne walks the Track with camera and pen here.

Three Stones


Sculptor Peter Adams has written an evocative essay on three stones he found near Roaring Beach that had obviously been taken to the site by a people long ago. He tries to imagine the lives of the people involved, and the consequences of later actions by today’s inhabitants. Read more here.

The shape of Tasmania


The whimsical, wonderful and weird ways in which Tasmania’s distinctive triangular shape has been used by illustrators, cartoonists and graphic designers are featured in an online exhibition created by the State Library of Tasmania. More is revealed here.

Birds of Heard Island


The bleak landscape of Heard Island, with its volcano, glaciers, and volcanic soils, is an isolated outpost which happens to be home for hundreds of thousands of birds — including several species of albatross, skua and petrels. Photographer Roger Kirkwood captured their many moods here.

Black gold


For our Food & Wine writer, Graeme Phillips, the excitement of holding freshly-dug truffles “in your hand, putting them to your nose, inhaling their heady aroma and realizing that they’ll never smell better than they do right now, straight out of the ground, and that we’re holding and smelling the only fresh truffles available anywhere in the world at that moment, is indescribable”. The saga continues here.

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Stanton Bed and Breakfast
The magnificent convict-built country manor, Stanton, was built in 1817, and is situated on one of Tasmania's first land grant sites — 16 acres of pasture and orchards at Magra, in the heart of the historical and beautiful Derwent Valley.

Red Tag Trout Tours
Roger Butler leads this one-man Tasmanian guiding operation which caters to flyfishers, from all over the world, who share a common goal: getting a wild brown trout to hand.

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