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Tassie On My Mind, May 2013 -- a lot to love
May 08, 2013

Tassie On My Mind, May 2013
- a lot to love

Welcome to the May 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.

A lot to love? Yes, there is a lot to love about Tasmania, as far as I'm concerned. Gorgeous natural wonders, cultural attractions, tasty Tasmanian produce and more!

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Shippies does it again
  • TMAG rocks
  • Loving Mount Wellington
  • Bushwalkers beware
  • Lilydale Larder

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

Shippies does it again

What is Shippies and what has it done again?

I'm referring to Shipstern bluff, located in the south east part of Tasmania.

It's hit the news again.

In the past it's been mentioned in the news for being:

  • featured in the book "50 places to surf before you die"
  • featured in an award winning photo by Tasmanian surf photographer Andrew Chisholm
  • number 1 on the list of top 10 Tasmanian icons by the National Trust
  • the location where Tassie Tyler Hollmer-Cross nabbed the Biggest Slab Award (for riding waves thicker than they are high)

Shippies was in the news again because the world's most famous surfer, Kelly Slater (11 times world champion) just made his second visit to the big wave surfing mecca. Apparently Slater caught about 10 waves all up.

Shipstern bluff is an amazing location.

Is it any wonder one person's One Day In Tasmania dream is visiting Shipstern?

TMAG rocks

Now I'd like to talk about one of my favourite places to visit in Tasmania - in fact, the world!

I'm referring to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

Here are just some of the exhibits I've enjoyed at TMAG:

  • Islands to Ice exhibition
  • Wax cylinder recordings of songs by Fanny Cochrane Smith
  • Footage of Tasmanian tiger

TMAG recently re-opened after a $30 million revamp. Since its re-opening, 100,000 visitors have come to see what's new.

According to TMAG deputy director Peter West,

"What we want to do is embed the museum into the psyche of all Tasmanians... "We want it to be a place that Tasmanians are proud to bring their visiting friends and relatives to."

I think that's a great aim for TMAG. And I'm certainly proud of it!

Visit the TMAG website for more information.

Loving Mount Wellington

Of course there are other Tasmanian places which I just love - like Mount Wellington, the impressive 1270 metre high mountain which is the backdrop of Hobart city.

Where you can do the amazing Organ Pipes walk...

Where you can try to catch a glimpse of the elusive Aurora Australis...

Last year a dual use bushwalking and mountain biking track, the North South Track, was opened on the mountain.

And now a Hobart City Council trial will open up the Pipeline Track between Fern Tree and Gentle Annie Falls.

This will give bike riders even more access to Mount Wellington.

According to Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas,

"We acknowledge that bicycle riding is growing in popularity and people want more experiences open to them. The situation will be monitored to ensure users, both bike riders and pedestrians, can use the track in harmony,"

Sound like good news for Mount Wellington enthusiasts - bike riders as well as pedestrians!

Bushwalkers beware

POLICE have reminded bushwalkers to be better prepared for adverse weather after two rescues from a popular walking track.

Some bushwalkers were unable to complete the walk back from Lake Rhona, north of Maydena, and had to be rescued.

I don't mean to cause any alarm. But bushwalking can be dangerous - if you're not careful, don't consider what could go wrong and don't take the necessary safety precautions.

I have put together some bushwalking tips in the hope that they can be of help.

You can't know what's going to happen in the future. But being prepared is the best you can do.

Lilydale Larder

I received an email from an ezine subscriber letting me know about Lilydale Larder.

According to the Lilydale Larder website,

"Our focus at Lilydale Larder is to celebrate the best of Tasmania and share our passion for local produce with each and every visitor."

With Tassie-roasted coffee, award-winning Leaning Church wine, breakfast, lunch and dinner being served, and loads of other Tasmanian offerings, it sounds like a great place to check out.

Find out more about the terrific work Sarah and Mark Hirst and their team are doing at the Lilydale Larder website.

Well that's it for this issue.

I just read an interesting newspaper article entitled "Museum not for the faint-hearted".

Guess which museum the article was referring to?

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart.

According to the article, "You will love or you will be provoked, even angered, but you will never be bored by it."

See you in June!

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One Day In Tasmania

What if you had just one day in Tasmania? Where would you go? What would you do?

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It doesn't matter if you have never been to Tasmania. I would love to hear your thoughts too. It's easy to find out about Tasmania, at or elsewhere.

This is your chance. Join in the fun. Share your thoughts with us.

We all gain so much from each other's ideas.

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Your best wildlife shot, that is...

Have you ever been in just the right place at just the right time and snagged a great wildlife photo?

Share that photo with us. We would love to see it. Not only that, we would love to get your tips on how you got the photo.

How did you manage not to scare the animal away? What did you do to prepare for the shot?

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