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Tassie On My Mind, December 2014 -- getting together
December 18, 2014

Tassie On My Mind, December 2014
- getting together

Welcome to the December 2014 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.

Now is a great time for getting together with loved ones, to cherish each other, reflect on what we love about life, make more wonderful memories, and just enjoy ourselves. And thanks to Tasmania, there are lots of opportunities to do just that.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Sydney to Hobart
  • Taste of Tasmania
  • Falls Festival
  • The Kettering Incident
  • Record-breaking

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

Sydney to Hobart

It's that month of the year again for the great 628 nautical mile yacht race which begins in Sydney Harbour and finishes in Hobart.

Any Tasmanians in it?

Anthony Williams’ IMX 38 came 26th overall last year and was the best finisher of the Tasmanian entries. For these efforts it was awarded TasPorts Trophy, plus the CYCA Trophy for finishing third in ORCi Division 3

David Rees’ MBD36 is arguably Tasmania’s best known racing boat, last contesting the Rolex Sydney Hobart in 2011 for 10th overall and second in Division 4. This resulted in Whistler’s name being engraved on the Tasports Trophy for first Tasmanian overall.

For the first time ever, I'm going to be onboard a vessel at Sydney Harbour myself - watching the start of the race! I'll definitely be on the lookout for these 2 and any other Tasmanian yachts!

Taste of Tasmania

At this festival, you get to sample the best of Tasmanian produce.

What's lined up for us this year?

Tasting Table sessions
Taste a selection of Tasmania's finest while discovering the intricacies of wine making, beer brewing and cider pressing.

Taste Food Tours
Jump on a food tour where the selections have been made for you by professional foodies and producers! Your guide will share in-depth industry knowledge and introduce you to local producers. Depending on your passion, choose a "Ciderlicious" tour or one with "Sweet Eats" - or why not join multiple tours?

And that was just a taste (pardon the pun) of what's available at the festival.

For more information, visit the Taste of Tasmania website.

Falls Festival

Hey you music lovers! There's something for you too!

The Falls Music and Arts Festival is a major annual Australian music festival held on a beautiful farm in Tasmania overlooking the stunning Marion Bay and out over Maria Island, with the backdrop to the stage being the Tasman Sea!

Tickets entitle you to three nights of free camping on site and three glorious days and nights of entertainment on two stages. Acts include a diverse range of top bands, DJs and comedians.

Need more encouragement? How about this - for the second year in a row, The Falls Music & Arts Festival in Marion Bay has been awarded the Tasmanian Tourism Award as the leader in 'Major Festivals & Events'!

Apart from enjoying the music, you can head to The Village for yoga sessions, samba classes and circus workshops, followed up with puppetry, burlesque and comedy, and more.

And for kids:

  • Face Painting
  • Beauty Parlours
  • Craft Corners
  • Kids movies screened daily
and more…

Visit the Marion Bay Falls Festival website for more information.

The Kettering Incident

I'm not referring to a real-life incident, but the first major adult TV series to be set and shot entirely in Tasmania.

The mystery/drama series was co-created and written by Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden. Plus there are 7 Tasmanians in the cast and 40 in the crew.

The series is being produced by Foxtel, Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia.

According to Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh:

"The stunning and enigmatic landscapes are an essential element of The Kettering Incident and, with these amazing backdrops, coupled with a compelling story and remarkable cast, this will be one of the most highly anticipated Australian television dramas of 2015".

How exciting that Tasmania will be one of the leading characters in a TV series - I look forward to seeing it!


I was just reading about how Tasmanian tourism figures continue to break records.

According to the latest Tasmanian Visitor Survey figures, a record 1,062,700 tourists travelled to Australia's beautiful island state in the 12 months to September. This is an increase of 6 per cent over the previous 12 month period.

Tourist visits to Tasmania hit the one million mark for the first time in 2013!

And there's another record - according to Premier and Tourism Minister Will Hodgman, visitors spent a record $1.74 billion while holidaying in the state.

Queenslanders in particular seem to be drawn to Tasmania. (Well, if you already live in a beautiful location, you only want to visit other beautiful locations, don't you?)

The number of visitors from other Australian states grew by 3 per cent, with a 20 per cent increase in Queensland travellers. And from outside Australia itself, 67,800 tourists visited Tasmania.

Nice to see that more and more people are recognising Tasmania for the awesome travel destination that it is!

Well that's it for this issue.

Best wishes to you during this holiday season! May 2015 bring you much peace and joy.

See you next time!

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Here's your chance to be a part of!

One Day In Tasmania

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

Share your dream with us. If selected, your dream will appear as a page at

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.

Hit us with your best shot

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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This is your opportunity to shine. Let's share our stories around.

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