Wooden Boat Festival a big success
Australia’s rich maritime culture was celebrated at the seventh Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart recently. Since 1994, the biennial event in and around Hobart’s docks has celebrated the unique character and appeal of craft constructed from timber, the world’s traditional and time-honoured boat-building material. With its superb native specialty timbers such as Huon and King Billy pine, Tasmania is the ideal location to showcase the craft and art of wooden boat design and construction. This festival showcased a record number of vessels with more than 500 boats ranging from dinghies to tall ships. End-to-end they would form a 4.5km flotilla!
A Tassie vote needed
Since our launch nearly three years ago, Stuart Gibson’s stunning surf portolios have been among the most viewed features on Leatherwood Online. The young photographer’s dedication to his vocation is now beginning to pay off, and he can do with a little help.
Cornerstone of history
By PATSY HOLLIS | Slicing like an arrowhead where Forest Road splits left from Goulburn Street in West Hobart, Pendragon Hall is outwardly a church, with mind-blowing leaded windows, a steeple and tall lancet-shaped heavy wooden doors. Inside it has been adapted for private living, though still retaining charming ecclesiastical detail. This 150-year-old landmark is now on the market again. Read more 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.
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.
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