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.
Rob Blakers spent many years capturing the images featured in this special portfolio from his latest book Freycinet. See more here
BIKE HEAVEN | There’s no better way to see Tasmania than by bicycle. Every second year there’s a Great Tasmanian Bike Ride that attracts cyclists from all around the world to partake of our island’s scenery and hospitality. For one keen participant’s reminiscences read more here
What’s in a name?
Well, it’s official. Just ask Muddles, officially named by Trina Mangels of Hobart.
We decided our bedraggled little Adelie penguin needed a name and out readers responded with zeal, and often, tongue in cheek.
Five of them will be receiving a copy of Images of Antarctica as a reward for their effort.
Lorraine McNeair of Wynyard came close with Mudwaddle (really, really, close at the judge’s lunch, the tie being decided by the waiter).
Other names submitted included Adelie, Mudelie, Mudslide, Mudson, and some more obscure ones, including Pengathlon, Percy and Maximus. There were many more and we thank our readers, from all parts of the globe, for their submissions.
The calendars are on their way to the finalists.
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.
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.
Somebody has to do it
Roger Butler’s working life was once ruled by figures. As an advertising executive and accountant, he was feeling the pressure for a change. He found it by launching Red Tag Trout Tours. Today he enjoys showing clients from Europe, Asia and the Americas why Tasmania has some of the world’s best wild brown trout fishing. Read more here.
Portfolio: Sheila Smart
In her own words:
My husband and I have lived in Australia since 1974 but it was not until 2004 that we decided to visit the only State we had yet to see — Tasmania.
It was long overdue and was very much an eyeopener for both of us.
We were immediately struck by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the wonderful people.
Enjoy Sheila’s portfolio here
Tasmanian DVD journey
Huon Valley couple Mike Sampey and Ros Barnett, are the creative force behind this evocative visual and musical journey celebrating Tasmania’s unique scenery, people and spirit.
They took their cameras underwater, into the skies, and along road, rail and wild rivers to capture the essence of our island state.
Their Tasmanian Journey DVD covers Tasmania’s eclectic scenerey, from rustic rural, to urban byways, to inaccessible wilderness … more here
Shipstern Bluff plays up
Writer Dustin Hollick and photographer Stuart Gibson drop in on the fanatical surfers who take on the massive power of the big ones at Shipstern Bluff — a surfing mecca in southern Tasmania that delivers some of Australia’s biggest waves. There’s lots more , including some amazing video footage here.
Rob Blakers portfolio
In his own words:
The further west that one travels in Tasmania the wilder it becomes. There is, in the tangled forests, wild rocky coastlines, tumultuous rivers, wild coastlines and untracked ranges an ever-present sense of rawness and untamedness. Being open to the full force of the Roaring Forties, rain and storm prevail.
From Cape Grim in the far north, to rugged Southwest Cape, Australia’s wildest seas crash upon a coastline which is largely devoid of human habitation. Eight to ten metre swells are not uncommon. Wild weather shapes the landscape.
View Rob’s amazing portfolio here
The last wilderness
Editor Allan Moult shares images from a 22-day walk through the Southwest National Park, a journey he says he could easily have extended for another 22 days.
See more here.
Wait, there’s more
A specialty beer brewed in Tasmania has snared the coveted title of the world’s best amber lager.
Cascade Autumn Amber, a seasonal drop produced at the historic brewery in Hobart owned by Carlton and United Breweries, received the accolade at the World Beer Cup 2004, held in San Diego, California.
Much more than froth and bubble, the event attracted some 1,500 entries from more than 390 breweries across 40 countries.
As well as taking gold for Autumn Amber, Cascade also bagged bronze in the American-style wheat beer category for its Summer Blonde - part of the brewery’s Four Seasons range.
Top travel rating for Tasmania
Tasmania has done it again, coming fifth in an international survey showcasing a “destination stewardship index’ conducted by National Geographic Traveler.
The researchers surveyed 200 specialists in sustainable tourism, destination stewardship, and related fields.
Tasmania scored 77 on a 100-point scale, being narrowly beaten by Cape Breton Island, Canada (78), South Island, New Zealand (78) and Torres del Paine, Chile (78). Norway’s fjords came in first with 82 points.
ABC TV tunes in
Geoff Murray’s fabulous wilderness portfolio — featured here in our launch issue — has made a big impression. The ABC is featuring Geoff in George Negus Tonight at 6.30pm on April 28. The video editor emailed Geoff with this deserved compliment: "I have to say that they are stunningly beautiful images … and I see 25 images a second, 40 hours a week …"