No. 37, September 2016

Sumptuous Tasmanian Sojourns


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As spring approaches and the blossom starts to emerge on the trees, we're going to take you on a journey through on of our favourite places in Australia, Tasmania.

To help you on your way, how about entering our competition this month? We're giving one lucky couple the chance to win a weekend break.

This fantastic prize, which has been generously donated by our friends in Tasmania, includes:

  • Airfares for two, from any east coast port (Syd/Bri/Mel)
  • Two nights B&B at Driftwood Cottages in Dover
  • A River to Rainforest day trip (including lunch at Frank's Cider Bar and cafe and a visit to the famous Tahune Airwalk)
  • Car hire for 2 days

The stories we've chosen for this edition focus on two of our favourite regions - Franklin, about 40 minutes south of Hobart and Mountain Valley, about an hour from Devonport in the north.

You'll read the fascinating story of the Huon Pine and its role in creating the economy you see today - right down to the construction of authentic wooden ships, and how this is still done today.

"Tasmania is famed for its modern art, wooden ship-building, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, unique wildlife and landscapes."

For wildlife, we go to Bruny Island in the south and Loongana in the north. Four or five-star rated on Trip Advisor, you still need inside knowledge to find these hidden gems. The last time we were in Loongana, we met a professor from Harvard University and his partner - it was recommended to them by colleagues as the place to see native wild animals.

As for cuisine, there's cider like Frank's brewed using apples from 150 year-old orchards, locally-made cheeses, the world's best whiskies, oysters and salmon are on the menu ... there's hardly a restaurant in Tassie that doesn't thrive on local produce. It's unavoidable!

As always, we would love to hear from you, if you are looking to plan a trip to the island state. While it's only a short flight south, it's the size of Switzerland, a fact first-time visitors often overlook. We've written a short article with some pointers on travel and given some ideas to explore.

Our hope is that you'll enjoy reading the stories and seeing the films we've made and maybe, when you're ready to visit, you can drop us a line and we'll make sure you get to see and love Tasmania the way we have come to.

Best wishes,

Simon Mustoe
Founder, Wildiaries

Frank's Cider

The Nexk on Bruny Island

Tasmania's most awarded cider is a cool climate, tree-ripened cider that's grown from heritage trees in the Huon Valley. In this article, you'll hear from Naomie Clarke-Port about her family's six generations farming, then orcharding since the 1850s. Naomie's great great grandfather was the first white settler in the area and Frank, who the cider is named after, was her grandfather who fought in the great war. Naomie's family still harvests fruit from the trees he planted when he returned as a veteran.

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The Nexk on Bruny Island

The Power of Many

While we strive to conserve species nearing extinction at one end of a spectrum, super-abundance is a real asset to a functioning world at the other. Short-tailed Shearwater is a global super-power in its own right, a biological machine we have a lot to thank for ...

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Tasmanian Pademelon

A Winter Trip to Tasmania's Best Wildlife Watching Spot

In Finland there are heated hides where you can watch and photograph bears and Wolverines. In Tasmania, there's Mountain Valley. For those 'in the know', it's world famous.

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Tasmanian Echidna

Photos of Tasmania

A selection of annotated images of Tasmania from our travels around the state over the last couple of years. Animals like Echidnas (pictured left) are different to their mainland cousins. Many of the birds and mammals are endemic to the island.

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The Story of the Huon Pine

The companies that have come together to bring this story to life are truly special. It's not often you come across a day out that's so innately authentic and it's a pleasure to know that a day out in Franklin is supporting families still making a living the way people would have over a century ago.

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The Fantastic Story of the Huon Pine

The Fantastic Story of the Huon Pine

About 80 million years ago, just as the first modern turtles were swimming the world's oceans, southern conifers were growing in Tasmania. Our land mass was still just connected to the Antarctic. The Huon Pine, a descendant of these early conifers, still grows in Tasmania today and has played a pivotal role in the industrialisation of the region's trade routes

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The Belle Miners Tour Tasmania

The Story of the Huon Pine

Canadian trio The Belle Miners are back again to tour Melbourne and Tasmania in February, headlining at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Fitting perhaps, that just this month, governor Franklin's ship was found in 'pristine condition' in the Canadian arctic and his widow, Lady Jane's piano resides in the museum and cafe at Frank's Cider in the town of Franklin, named after him.

The video features a variety of Southern Tasmanian backdrops and wildlife experiences. Don't forget to sign up to their mailing list (for a FREE single download)and maybe, even come and see them perform in Melbourne and Tasmania in the New Year.

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Don't Miss Out

Now is the time to be booking these small group tours. Many of these exclusive trips are booking up a year in advance. We have limited spots, as many of the tours are only 6-8 people and we create them based around availability of the very best guides.

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