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Tassie On My Mind, May 2014 -- make the most of it
May 17, 2014

Tassie On My Mind, May 2014
- make the most of it

Welcome to the May 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.

The weather has been unseasonally mild in Hobart lately. Temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees C are above average for this time of year and some have been making the most of it!

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Get there
  • Savour Tasmania
  • Colours of autumn
  • Visits from the wild
  • 10th anniversary

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

Get there

Get where? Tasmania of course! Before you can make the most of Australia’s beautiful island state, you have to get there first.

You can fly there, or travel aboard Spirit of Tasmania! True, that would take more time (about 9 to 11 hours), but it’s still worth considering.

The ship leaves from Melbourne, arriving at Devonport on Tasmania’s north coast.

You can bring your car with you!

There’s lots to keep you entertained on board - restaurants, bars, movies, not to mention the magnificent ocean views.

I certainly had lovely experiences on my journey.

For more information, visit the Spirit of Tasmania website - while you’re there, you can discover some fun facts about Tassie!

Savour Tasmania

Events celebrating Tasmania’s world-class produce and beverages, shining the light on passionate Tasmanian food producers - that’s what Savour Tasmania brings!

Commencing 21st May, events include:

  • cocktail party opening event with whole traditional roasted pig Tasmanian style
  • 5 course dinner with matched wines
  • dinner featuring rare and interesting dishes with one of Tasmania’s oldest beverages
  • long table dinner Asian style
For more information visit the Savour Tasmania website.

Colours of autumn

When’s the best time to visit the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart?

Some might say autumn - for enjoying the spectacular colours of the autumn leaves!

Since the spread of colour has come later than usual it’s expected that the season will be shorter.

Already visitors have been flocking to the gardens to see the changes in the trees.

According to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens head horticulturalist David Reid,

It’s an incredibly popular time of year at the gardens, it’s so impressive to see the garden in full colour.

Well, for me the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens certainly showcases the beauty of nature - at any time of the year!

Visits from the wild

Even the wildlife seem to enjoy exploring around Tasmania!

I just read about more amazing wildlife sightings around Tasmania. First there’s the seal that’s found its way up the River Derwent all the way to the Styx river. It’s believed that the animal got there while chasing spawning trout.

Then there’s the giant blue whale that’s been sighted regularly over the last few weeks off Bruny Island.

According to Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) senior marine biologist Rachel Alderman,

It is unusual for Tassie and pretty exciting to see a blue whale hanging around in the one location.

The whale is estimated to be 18m long - which is still not quite the length of a fully grown adult! Did you know that the blue whale is the largest mammal on earth?

DPIPWE are monitoring both the seal and whale situation thankfully...

10th anniversary

I’m referring to the 10th wedding anniversary of Tasmanian-born Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Ten years is a good length of time to be married these days, no less for royals!

I send warm wishes to Princess Mary and Prince Frederik not just because Mary is Tasmanian-born but also because of the great work they do for many communities.

I’ve seen photos of Mary visiting refugees and also participating in demining activities in Uganda. The Mary Foundation was set up to focus on issues related to "Bullying and Well-being", "Domestic Violence" and "Loneliness".

Nice to see royals trying to have a positive impact on communities and the world.

Well done Mary and Frederik!

Well that's it for this issue.

For those of you getting off the Spirit of Tasmania at Devonport, why not visit the Devonport Regional Gallery - there’s an exhibition on esoteric art - how’s that for something a little different?

Would you prefer something more familiar - like the Wizard of Oz? Then don’t miss the Devonport Choral Society’s presentation of this well-loved musical!

See you in June!

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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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