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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessie Luckman: wilderness pioneer
Geoff Law talks to Jessie Luckman AO, who joined the Hobart Walking Club in 1936 and, when he spoke to her in her 90s, was still a member. Jessie fought to protect the wonderful untrod wilderness she helped explore.
Some causes were lost but others, like the fight to save the Franklin, were won. Read more here.
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