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Tassie On My Mind, June 2014 -- so many drawcards
June 09, 2014

Tassie On My Mind, June 2014
- so many drawcards

Welcome to the June 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.

Tasmania's the place to be for top soups, travel experiences, historic treasures, outstanding artwork and more.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Hobart wins
  • Souperb!
  • Wonderful west coast
  • Rich history
  • Embrace the darkness

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

Hobart wins

And the winner is... Hobart - for yet again being the most affordable capital city in Australia!

With a median dwelling price of $345,000, Hobart properties are nearly 50 per cent cheaper than the most expensive capital city, Sydney. The median dwelling price has grown $45,000 in just seven months.

For May, all state capital cities saw a fall in values, but Hobart experienced the lowest drop of just 0.6 per cent.

For the year to date, capital growth in Hobart has been the second highest at 4.2 per cent.

Apart from being simply affordable, Australia's second oldest city has been described as the most picturesque of all the capital cities of Australia.

This is the city where you will find Australia's oldest brewery and Australia's oldest running theatre. Hobart has many delightful attractions as I discovered for myself.


Don't you just love some nice hot soup especially during the colder months of the year? I know I do!

I've just been reading about the amazing soups you can get in Tasmania's capital city.

Most Hobart eateries have soups on the menu at the moment. With ingredients like organic vegetables, quinoa, seeds and masterstocks, and accompaniments like pides, pitas, baguettes and even naan breads, no wonder the soups are popular!

Fuller’s Bookshop’s Afterword Cafe has joined forces with soup maker Passion Pot to serve up a range of vegan and gluten free soups.

According to cafe spokeswoman Jane Ralph, they’re full of superfoods like kale, chip seeds and quinoa. She added:

"What Passion Pot are trying to do at the moment is make them full of really good, healthy, organic vegetables with the added extras of things like nuts, pineuts and seeds..."

According to Soup Stop owner Harcharan Kaur:

"We make all of our soups from scratch, we make our own stock and everything... We serve them with a baguette and butter and some people love to have them with naan bread too".

Is it just me, or anyone else hungry after all that talk about food? Bring on the soups!

Wonderful west coast

Another great winter experience would be seeing some of Tasmania's wonderful west coast as part of the Steaming Winter Experience.

This outstanding travel experience is being offered by the West Coast Wilderness railway. It gives passengers a gourmet food and wine experience on a four-hour wilderness steam rail journey from Queenstown. The trip is available three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 10 to August 9.

Running through the rainforest of the King River gorge, the journey promises spectacular views. Not only that, you will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history associated with the railway too.

Visit the West Coast Wilderness Railway website for more information.

Trish of Ormeau, QLD would probably love to try the Steaming Winter Experience, as would I!

Rich history

Tasmania is rich in Aboriginal history. Tasmania is famous for convict history.

But did you know that Tasmania has heritage apple trees, some dating back to 1830 and used to feed convicts?

I was just reading about Rowena Howard and Grant Horne from the Free Settlers Historical Plant Nursery who have kick-started a project to protect more than 200 heritage apple trees on about five hectares of their property in the Huon Valley.

The nursery is also working in partnership with Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority to conserve heritage trees at the site.

I agree with what Ms Howard has said:

"They are a baton of time - we want to safekeep rare heritage apples for genetic diversity and for everyone to truly savour their delicious flavour".

Each plant carries a story through history - for example, the Court-Pendu-Plat is a clone from a 16th Century tree.

Mr Horne dreams of everyone having a heritage tree in their backyard.

The Port Arthur project will make plants available to Tasmanian gardeners and ensure their survival.

Find out more at the Free Settlers Historical Plant Nursery website

Embrace the darkness

With winter starting, there's less daylight so why fight it? Go ahead and embrace the darkness:

As part of the Dark MOFO program, enjoy:

A night at the museum
Once a year, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) hosts a night at the museum. No guarantees you'll have the same experiences as Ben Stiller during his own Night at the Musuem (the movie that is) - but truth can be stranger than fiction.

See the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery by night at this free event. There will be surrealist films, talks, forums, delicious food and drinks, as well as a Tasmanian single malt whisky lounge.

In praise of darkness
The Tasmania Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will mark the night of the winter solstice with a special concert of darkness and light conducted by Anu Tali.

Nude solstice swim
Who knows, the TSO performance may move you to take a dip in the ocean at Long Beach, Sandy Bay next morning. Although a free event, it could be said there is a certain price to pay at this event I think...

For more information on all the events, visit the Dark MOFO website.

Well that's it for this issue.

Winter's a good time to be indoors enjoying exhibitions of outstanding Tasmanian art, for example:
2014 Bendigo Bank Material Girl - Tall Poppies: Late Bloomers - celebrating and promoting the work of Tasmania's women artists, and International Women's Day, held at Burnie Arts and Function Centre from Saturday, 31 May to Sunday, 29 June 2014.

See you in July!

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One Day In Tasmania

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

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