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Tassie On My Mind, January 2013 -- a great start
January 07, 2013

Tassie On My Mind, January 2013
- a great start

Welcome to the January 2013 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.

January sees 2013 off to a great start in Tasmania. There are some terrific new attractions to check out. Some old favourites return too.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Outdoors in Hobart
  • Redlands Estate re-born
  • Summer at Port Arthur
  • Unique events
  • High time for High tea

Plus... your chance to be a part of!

Outdoors in Hobart

Yes, there is plenty on offer if you care to step outside in Hobart:

Mawson's Skate
An ice skating rink has just opened in Hobart! Well it's a synthetic ice skating rink actually, and it's outdoors. It's located at Mawson Place, Franklin's Wharf on the Hobart waterfront.

Visit the Mawson's Skate website for more information.

State Rooftop Cinema
Hey there movie-goers! For a different kind of cinema experience, try a rooftop session at the State Cinema in Hobart. You'll be able to enjoy a drink or nibble from the bar while overlooking the Hobart skyline.

Visit the State Cinema website for more information.

Redlands Estate re-born

A new Tasmanian attraction which should appeal to everyone is Redlands Estate, just 35 minutes from Hobart. One of Tasmania's most well-known rural estates, it has a beautiful location on the banks of the Plenty River, next to Salmon Ponds in the Derwent Valley.

With an amazing collection of heritage buildings and lovely gardens, Redlands Estate is a working farm, with a whisky distillery, a granary, a bakery and tourist accommodation.

The Estate runs interesting tours of the gardens. And the bakery operates what is believed to be Australia's oldest continually working bread oven.

Visit the Redlands Estate website for more information.

Summer at Port Arthur

I always think of Port Arthur in January because I know there is usually a great summer programme of activities scheduled.

This summer is no exception. Here are some of the activities you can enjoy:

  • High Tea at the Visiting Magistrates House
  • Traditional crafts, design work and trades at the Education Centre
  • Furry and Featured Fiends activity sheet (for kids big and small)
  • History Plays, which are educational and enjoyable as always
Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site website for more information.

Unique events

And now for some one-of-a-kind events coming up in Tasmania:

Southern Skies: Astronomy in Tasmania
Telling the story of Tasmanian astronomy, this exhibition features telescopes and unusual pieces of equipment previously used for research. You will get to see detectors of cosmic rays and a rocket!

The exhibition is being held at the Planetarium foyer, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston.

Featuring a unique score composed of found sounds, electronics and acoustic instruments, this new chamber opera by Dylan Sheridan is on at the Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.

Silent classic no more
Have you heard of Marcus Clarke's 1874 book, For the term of his natural life? It is arguably the best known book about life as a convict in early Australian history.

In 1927, a silent film version of the book was produced by Norman Dawn. It was shot at various Australian locations, including Port Arthur.

On 19th January, at Theatre Royal in Hobart, you can view a screening of this film accompanied by the performance of Colin Offord. Imagine listening to birdsong, Celtic music and sounds from the Australian natural world as the backdrop to this amazing convict story. And it's free!

High time for High tea

Recently, I was delighted to learn about High Tea being served, not only at the Port Arthur Historic Site, but at other great Tasmanian locations as well, such as:
  • Grand Mercure Hadley's Hotel
  • Wrest Point Revolving Restaurant
  • Grand Chancellor
  • Rydges Hobart
Why do I like High Tea? You get yummy sandwiches, a variety of cakes, scones with jam and cream all served on a multi-tiered cake stand, and with fancy china. Not to mention the coffee, tea and champagne (sometimes)! It's a superb way to indulge and celebrate a special occasion.

Well that's it for this issue.

Personally, I would love to visit Mawson's Skate. I actually did learn to ice-skate after taking lessons just two years ago. You guessed it - I was the oldest person in the class!

See you in February!

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Here's your chance to be a part of!

One Day In Tasmania

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