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Tassie On My Mind, March 2013 -- like no other
March 01, 2013

Tassie On My Mind, March 2013
- like no other

Welcome to the March 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.

This month I celebrate how Tasmania is like no other place.

Tasmania is special in so many ways. Words can express this to some extent. But there are unique events that can help you get a better sense of this.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Windy roads
  • A part yet apart
  • Real or imagined?
  • Ten Days
  • Unique events

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

Windy roads

Did you know windy roads such like those found in Tasmania are sought after?

Who by?

Passionate motorcycle riders.

Here is evidence that Tasmania is considered a motorcycle riders' paradise:

  • British TV adventurer Charley Boorman will be leading a 10-day motorcycle tour of Tasmania later this year
  • According to the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council, over the past decade motorcycle registrations have increased 7 per cent a year, with the number of women riders doubling

According to life-long motorcycle rider Ian Sylvester, who runs the Hobart waterfront business Motoadventure, Tasmania is seen as a premier riding destination in Australia. As he put it:

"There's about 100 really great rides in Tasmania...

If people decide to stay in Hobart for a few days there would be about four rides you could do out of Hobart that are all beautiful and completely different to each other...

The roads are nearly all windy. Motorcyclists love windy roads, and there's such a low population that there aren't very many people on the road...

The distances are relatively short between really beautiful places."

Tempted, anyone?

A part yet apart

A great new exhibition will showcase original works of silver created by Tasmanian designers and jewellers.

What makes this exhibition so special? It's this - the designers are expressing their ideas about Tasmania through their creations.

As described at the Salamanca Arts Centre website:

"Being a part of something bigger while also being apart from it is something keenly felt by Tasmanians. We wouldn't be who we are if ‘the Mainland’ wasn't hovering over us, and we can't help feeling just a bit different, and at the same time a little bit special, because of it.

As Tasmanians we may be a small cog in a bigger machine but we are also fiercely independent; and while we may be viewed as geographically remote we build supportive tight-knit communities and grow our own strong creative language."

Apart sounds like a very special exhibition to me.

What sets Tasmania apart for you?

Real or imagined?

That's what we sometimes wonder when we hear about a thylacine sighting.

What's a thylacine?

It's the Tasmanian tiger, believed to be extinct... Or could it still be around?

A new free exhibition in Hobart Like Something Which I've Never Seen focuses on the bizarre world of thylacine sightings.

Through their work, Hobart photographer Rachael Duncan and writer Emily Bullock explore the cultures surrounding sightings of the Tasmanian tiger.

The artists highlight the elusiveness of the animal, setting a melancholic and haunting atmosphere.

This exhibition appeals to that part of me which enjoys a little mystery. We know deep down inside that some questions can never be answered.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Never Seen website.

Ten Days

Tasmania's premier cultural event, Ten Days on the Island is back again this year. A biennial event, it explores the cultural uniqueness of islands.

Artists from around the world will gather in Tasmania to share stories and celebrate what makes islanders distinct and individual.

Come and learn about how island life has shaped how these artists express themselves through their work.

The Ten Days 2013 programme features activities including theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film and food events.

Here's your chance to enjoy many regions throughout Tasmania plus soak up the festival atmosphere.

Unique events

Here are a couple more unique Tasmanian events coming up in March:

Wooden boat rally
Missed the Wooden Boat Festival last month? Not to worry, you can still get to the Wooden Boat Rally on the weekend of 23rd and 24th March, at Seaport Marina, Launceston.

Held annually, the wooden boat rally is an occasion for wooden boat lovers and collectors of all things maritime to celebrate their shared passions.

For more information, visit the Wooden Boat Rally website.

Gem and Mineral Show
The Hobart Gem and Mineral Spectacular 2013, Tasmania's Hidden Treasures, will be held at the Hobart Showground, Glenorchy on the weekend of 16th and 17th March.

Presented by the Lapidary Club of Tasmania Inc, and supported by The Mineralogical Society of Tasmania, this is your chance to enjoy:

  • jewellery, gemstones, crystals and minerals
  • fossils
  • children's activities
Raffles, books and demonstrations await you at the show. Plus you can learn about fossicking!

For more information, visit the Tasmanian Lapidary website.

Well that's it for this issue.

There's always plenty going on in Tasmania. But even more than that, events in Tasmania are often unique to Tasmania. The only way you can enjoy these special events is to actually go there.

And the attractions of Tasmania make the trip well worth it!

See you in April!

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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?

If selected, your photo and story will appear as a page at

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

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