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Tassie On My Mind, October 2013 -- so many reasons
October 10, 2013

Tassie On My Mind, October 2013
- so many reasons

Welcome to the October 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.

There are so many reasons to go to Tasmania - pristine wilderness, amazing beer and whisky, outstanding events, captivating cities, remarkable history.

For some it might even be about finding out if the world's cleanest air and water is really in Tasmania!

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Travel in luxury
  • Most pristine of all
  • Bailey's Tasmania
  • Royal Hobart Show
  • Burnie Shines

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

Travel in luxury

Not that we needed further encouragement to visit Tasmania...

But Qantaslink will be introducing luxury services for passengers on Hobart-Sydney and Hobart-Melbourne flights from next year. The upgraded 110-seat Boeing 717 jets will be based in Hobart.

Passengers will get to enjoy individual iPads plus premium food and drinks.

It's not a very long journey, but a little luxury goes a long way, don't you think? It's a great way to prepare for the beauty of Tasmania...

According to QantasLink executive manager John Gissing,

"The continued investment in our fleet shows the commitment and confidence we have in the Australian domestic market and in particular to Tasmania."

The search will soon be on for 30 cabin crew and 15 pilots, all based in Hobart.

So if you're interested, you'd better fly!

Most pristine of all

Qantas isn't the only airline showing confidence in Tasmania's future.

Virgin Australia co-founder Brett Godfrey has just purchased award-winning Tasmanian Walking Company. The company comprises the six-day Cradle Mountain Huts Walk on the Overland Track and the four-day Bay of Fires Lodge Walk on the East Coast. Both are recognised in the seven Great Walks of Australia experiences.

As Godfrey put it

"Quite frankly, we think it is a fantastic business in a tourism market still unfulfilled."


"...there's no more pristine place in the country than Tasmania..."

Already in the company portfolio of Godfrey and his business partner Rob Sherrard are:

  • Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula (still under construction)
  • Hagley's Quamby Estate
  • The Pilot Station at Low Head
  • Lake House at Cressy
It warms my heart to see these magnificent Tasmanian locations and experiences being recognised and promoted!

Bailey's Tasmania

Have you heard of British comedian Bill Bailey? You may know him from the British sitcom "Black Books".

In a recent interview he explained why he loves Hobart:

"It's not too big, it's next to the sea, it's got a bit of history, lies in the shadow of a mountain and is just a stone's throw away from some amazing countryside."

What else does Bailey recommend?

- "stout boots" for the walking tracks, lookouts and national parks
- swim wear for the good beaches
- Cascade beer
- Hobart's waterfront and Salamanca Place
- Mount Nelson lookout
- historic Parliament House
- Lark whisky

And last but not least, visit a national park for a glimpse of a Tasmanian devil.

Sounds like a fine list to me - but of course, there's always more...

Royal Hobart Show

Yes there's always more... For example, the Royal Hobart Show coming up at Hobart Showground, Glenorchy from 23rd to 26th October.

There will be carnival rides, showbags, free entertainment - all the great features we have come to associate with these shows!

Look out for:

  • Farm Wednesday - when judging of the livestock takes place
  • Thursday Public Holiday - Show Day
  • Festival Friday
  • Family Fun Day
And don't forget the fireworks! The kids, both big and little, usually go in for that!

For more information visit the Royal Hobart Show website.

Burnie Shines

And there's another terrific Tasmanian event coming up, this time showcasing Burnie.

Burnie has certainly transformed itself and here's an opportunity to see how!

So what's lined up at Burnie Shines?

- 1940s music such as the hits of Glen Miller, Andrews Sisters and Duke Ellington
- popular romantic classics played by virtuoso pianist David Helfgott (more famous after the movie "Shine")
- book launches
- Cherry Blossom Festival
- skateboarding fun at Sk8 Jam
- Makers' Workshop featuring metals, jewellery, glass and ceramics

and so much more of course...

For more information visit the Burnie Shines website.

Well that's it for this issue.

I just read a Readers Digest article about someone who decided to travel to Tasmania from Chicago, after seeing a bottle of water labeled as being from Cape Grim, Tasmania "Home of the World's Cleanest Air and Water".

He visited Salamanca Market, Styx Valley, and finally Cape Grim.

He got to see a couple of Tasmanian devils in the wild in the process! Good on him...

See you in November!

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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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