Tassie On My Mind, June 2012
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Welcome to the June 2012 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.

Natural beauty, inspiring people, special events, talented locals - how amazing that you can find all these and more in Australia's island state of Tasmania. You need look no further.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Films that inspire
  • 100 years ago
  • Magical Maria Island
  • Support for the Devil
  • Tassie champs

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

Films that inspire

Now I love a good film festival or too. So I was delighted to discover that the Banff Film Festival will be hitting Tasmania in June.

Have you heard of the Banff Film Festival? It's an initiative of The Banff Centre, who describe themselves as "Canada’s creative leader in arts and culture."

What are the films about? Inspired by the majestic mountain setting of Banff in Canada, the films showcase the beauty of nature and how people respond in different ways. For example, the films feature ice climbing, wild river kayaking and exploring an Alaskan icefield. Not only are there magnificent images to behold, there are some inspiring stories to hear as well.

You can catch these films in Launceston on 13th June, and in Hobart on 14th June.

100 years ago

It was in Dec 1911 that Douglas Mawson's Antarctic Expedition left Hobart. Special events to mark the centenary are still being held in Tasmania, for example:
  • Latitude, an exhibition of jewellery, design and installations by marine biologist and artist Dr Karin Beaumont and Aboriginal artist Vicki West
  • The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's White Continent concert, conducted by Andrew Grams, with guitarist Slava Grigoryan.
  • An Awfully Beautiful Place, an exhibition of the Antarctic art of Melbourne mixed-media artist Stephen Eastaugh
  • Antarctic the Musical and Pure Antarctic Festival
  • Longest Night Film Festival, marking marks the mid-winter solstice, featuring documentaries and rare historical clips, including recently restored footage from Amundsen's South Pole expedition

A hundred years may have passed but Tasmania still has strong links to Antarctica.

Magical Maria Island

I was pleased to hear that there has been a noticeable boost in tourist numbers at Maria Island.

According to Stuart Lennox from the Parks and Wildlife Service, this could be due to lower transport fares. Also, there has been discounted accommodation on offer at the Darlington campground on the island.

I certainly have fond memories of visiting Maria Island. I still recall the outstanding beauty of the Fossil Cliffs, and the Painted Cliffs. Not to mention the breath-taking views from the island.

And I do want to go back and do more. When I was last there, I considered heading to the Bishop and Clerk peaks, but in the end decided to take it easy and hang out at Darlington.

One day I've got to get back to Maria Island and reach those peaks!

Support for the Devil

Do you enjoy cooking? Or maybe you prefer to taste the finished products? Sometimes just reading a good cookbook can be an uplifting experience. Does that sound like you? Then you might want to check out Devil of a Cookbook by Fiona Hoskins.

The book is the latest in the Thermomix collection of cookbooks. (Thermomix is a kitchen appliance).

Recipes in the book were donated by Hoskins as well as Thermomix consultants and customers. There are even a few recipes from world-renowned chef Tetsuya Wakeda, who wrote the foreword for the book too.

Do you know what is the best thing about this cookbook? Proceeds from sales will support the Devil Island project. And of course this means more help for our beloved and endangered Tasmanian Devil.

Let's hope we can save the Devil from the deadly Facial Tumour disease before it's too late.

Tassie champs

Recently there were a couple of major achievements by Tassies, one in sport, the other in music:

Matthew Goss
Launceston born professional racing cyclist Matthew Goss and his GreenEDGE team won the team's first Grand Tour stage win on the Giro d'Italia. Tour de France is on next month so these are exciting times! Goss recognises the importance of team effort, saying,

"It's an important win for me and for the team because it's our first in a Grand Tour. I want to dedicate it to my teammates."

The Wolfe Brothers
Tasmanian country-rock group The Wolfe Brothers have done Tasmania proud by winning the first of the semi-finals in Australia's Got Talent (AGT). On The Wolfe Brothers website, Nick, Tom, Casey & Brodie thank all their supporters for helping them get this far. To all you AGT watchers, think about voting for The Wolfe Brothers in the next round!

Well that's it for this issue.

According to the European wine publication The Drinks Business, Tasmania's wine industry is the second-best in the world to invest in. (The best is China).

I don't know about wine investing but I do like to have a glass of wine on occasion. Unfortunately I suffer an allergic reaction sometimes. However, I've recently found that wine from cool climate regions (like Tasmania), particularly from hand-picked grapes, seem to suit me better.

Well, more of that Tassie wine then please!

See you in July!

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