Tassie On My Mind, August 2011
- Tasmania is outstanding

Welcome to the August 2011 issue of Tassie On My Mind, a free monthly newsletter keeping you informed of the latest news on what makes Tasmania such an attractive travel destination.

Tasmania really does stand out above the crowd.


In so many ways...

For example - talented youngsters, food produce that is second to none, scenery that is like nothing else in this world.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Outstanding young talent
  • Outstanding food produce
  • Outstanding cycling
  • Outstanding musical performances
  • Outstanding lunch

Plus... your chance to be a part of tasmania-attractions.com!

Outstanding young talent

Tasmania's got loads!

Thomas Powell-Davies of Goulburn Street Primary School won a gold medal for his efforts on World Maths Day. In Australia he came in first. Internationally he came in eighth.

What Thomas found most challenging was "to keep on going at the same speed while staying excited". Don't you just love that? Keeping with the pace is important but you have to be enjoying yourself! A great lesson for us all.

Thomas hopes to be a statistician so that he can collect data about people and what they like. He makes it sound so interesting, doesn't he? I'm sure he'll be outstanding at whatever he chooses to do.

Back in the July 2010 issue of Tassie On My Mind, I mentioned RoboCup. It's an annual competition where teams from all over the world compete using robots they have designed, built and programmed. RoboSquad United, a team of very talented Tasmanian students had won RoboCup Junior Dance Challenge Secondary and the Best Collegiality awards at RoboCup 2010.

They've done it again! World champs at RoboCup 2011, winning the Secondary Dance Challenge.

Congratulations team!

Another Tasmanian team, Thylacine 3.0 also scored a win with a team from Portugal and a team from Singapore.

Well done, young Tasmanians! Way to go!

You can find out more at the RoboCup 2011 website and RoboSquad United's Facebook site.

Outstanding food produce

Award-winning too!

ABC's delicious. Magazine has just announced the winners of this year's Produce Awards. The awards recognise Australian producers who focus on quality and sustainability in what they grow and create.

Tasmanian producer Shima Wasabi won a major category, namely From The Earth, with their fresh wasabi stem & leaves.

Medals were awarded to other Tasmanian producers too:

  • Woodbridge Smokehouse Smoked Ocean Trout in the Artisan category
  • David Moyle of the Stackings at Peppermint Bay for Outstanding Use Of Regional Produce By A Chef
  • Huon Valley won the Regional Award
And another magazine, Australian Traveller has recognised Tasmania as the ultimate foodie destination. Bruny Island was highlighted as the foremost "up and coming" gourmet getaway.

Oysters, trout, quail, cheese, wine, olive oil, truffles and beef were all mentioned as just some of the wonderful food experiences to be had in Tasmania.

So food lovers everywhere - you'll have to go to Tasmania to find out what the fuss is all about. And I'm sure you will!

Outstanding cycling

According to the world renowned international travel guide, Lonely Planet, the West Coast of Tasmania has some of the best cycling roads in the world.

In Lonely Planet's estimation, the West Coast actually came in ahead of Mont Ventoux in Provence, which hosts a stage of the Tour de France.

What makes the West Coast so outstanding for cycling?

Lonely Planet described the region as "untouched, untamed and fierce". Ascents can be steep but the breathtaking scenery make it worthwhile.

Good roads, very little traffic, a variety of rides, stunning views all come together to make the West Coast an attractive destination for experienced cyclists.

Lonely Planet named Cradle Mountain, Montezuma Falls, Strahan and Lake St Clair as highlights of riding in the West Coast.

Keen cyclists out there, Tasmania is the place to be!

Outstanding musical performances

Once again, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has got my attention. This time they will be performing with Australian icon, singer and songwriter John Williamson, showcasing his biggest hits.

John Williamson: In Symphony with TSO can be seen on 5th August at the Wrest Point Entertainment Centre.

You can also enjoy the The Magic Flute at the Theatre Royal, Hobart from 5th to 7th August. Mozart’s final masterpiece will be performed by the University of Tasmania Symphony Orchestra and a principal cast of professional opera singers from throughout Australia

Have you ever heard the music of The Magic Flute? It's delightful. The story is enchanting too. It features love, adventure, reconciliation, a Prince, a Queen, her daughter and a Priest. And of course there is a flute in there too...

Outstanding lunch

Say goodbye to winter in style by attending Winter's Longest Lunch. The event will showcase wines and produce from Tasmania's east coast region.

What do you think of this:

  • a six course lunch including starter, entree, sorbet, main, dessert and cheese
  • live entertainment
  • catching up with Pyengana Cheese producer, John Healey
  • meeting the makers of some of Tassie's finest Pinot, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
If any or all of these appeal to you, make sure to be there on 13th August.

Winter's longest lunch will be held at White Sands Estate, located at: 21554 Tasman Highway
Ironhouse Point
Four Mile Creek, Tasmania, 7215

Well that's it for this issue.

Tasmania is outstanding at any time of the year. In winter too as you can see! But all good seasons must come to an end...

And then another good season rolls around! I'm looking forward to see what Tasmania has in store for us in Spring 2011

See you in September!

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