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Tassie On My Mind, September 2012 -- Tasmania has it covered
September 03, 2012

Tassie On My Mind, September 2012
- Tasmania has it covered

Welcome to the September 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.

It seems to me that just about whatever appeals to us, Tasmania's got it covered. Food, film, festivals, fun for kids, and so much more!

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Food and drink
  • Favourites from the past
  • Funky festivals
  • Fun for kids
  • Future for our wildlife

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

Food and drink

Do you like alfresco dining? Soon it may be easier to enjoy good food and drink in the outdoors at Salamanca Place. There have already been a couple of trials to make outdoor areas more pedestrian friendly. Let's hope the outcome will be good traffic management plus happy customers and businesses.

Want to learn more about Tasmania's food and wine offerings? Watch SBS series Destination Flavour! One of the hosts is a previous Masterchef winner - Adam Liaw. Liaw has already spent ten days filming in Tasmania, visiting many locations including Bruny Island, Freycinet and Hobart. I'm sure that the episodes based in Tasmania would be some of the "tastiest"!

And now for a special gin, produced by Hobart's Lark Distillery. It has the striking name of Godfather! What makes it so unique? Pure Tasmanian water, native pepper berry (tasmannia aromatica) and a certain copper-pot distilling method, according to Ross Dinsmoor of Lark. Interested in getting a bottle? You can pick one up for $55.00.

Favourites from the past

Classic movies and classic sounds never seem to go out of fashion. No wonder we call them oldies but goodies.

Interested in evergreens? Here are some ideas for you:

2012 Josef Chromy Winter Film Festival
Each second Friday in September and October, at 7.30pm, iconic films will be screened at the Josef Chromy Vineyard's new function centre. On 7th September you can catch Some Like It Hot and Rebel Without A Cause. Isn't it great that Marilyn Monroe and James Dean are still "around"?

Did you ever sing along to the sounds of America, the classic rock band from the 70s? Some of their hits were "A Horse With No Name", "Ventura Highway" and "Sister Golden Hair". Interested in seeing them perform? You can catch their show at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart on 7th September.

Could be a tough choice between classic movies and classic sounds on 7th September!

Funky festivals

Coming up in September - not one but two extraordinary festivals! Both bring back the past in special ways.

Bring back the medieval era
I'm referring to the days of knights, dragons and damsels in distress! Do you want to re-live those days? Then you don't want to miss the Burnie-Wynyard Medieval Festival starting 14th September. You'll get to see jousting, sword-fighting and birds of prey.

Living in medieval times must have been pretty amazing, don't you think?

Bring back the Tassie Tiger
On the 21st September, the inaugural Tiger Trail Festival will commence. Activities include open gardens, wine samplings, a market, a bush dance, and a play featuring two actors from the movie The Hunter.

Did you see that movie? I did and I loved it. It was quite a moving story about the Tassie Tiger.

At the festival you can learn more about the Tassie Tiger at Mt Field National Park. Apparently you may even see a tame Tassie Tiger walking around Maydena!

Find out more at the Tiger Trail Festival website.

Fun for kids

Can classical music be fun for kids? Of course! Let the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) show you how.

On 20th September you can catch their Family Classics concert called Tell Me A Story. An hour of beautiful music and entertaining storytelling will capture the hearts of the young ones for sure.

Children will love the tales and music of Tubby the Tuba, Swan Lake and Mother Goose.

I reckon adults will have a grand time too!

Find out more at the TSO website.

Future for our wildlife

After what happened to the Tassie Tiger, I think we should work to protect our native animals, don't you? I was pleased to learn about these recent actions:

Devils on Maria Island
For many years now the Tasmanian Devil has been an endangered species due to the deadly Tasmanian Devil disease. To fight the threat of extinction, an "insurance" population of uninfected devils has been established and maintained by the state government.

There is now a plan to move about ten Devils from this quarantined pool to Maria Island by the end of the year. The idea is to try and rebuild wild populations. Sounds terrific but there is some concern about the potential negative impact on native birds. Let's hope it goes well for all the wildlife on the island.

Educating Tour Guides
On their travels, tour guides often come across injured animals. Recently, some guides from Under Down Under visited Bonorong Nature Park to learn about how to rescue and care for native wildlife. Now they will be better equipped to deal with animals needing help.

Well that's it for this issue.

Those events I described above - I wish I could go to all of them! Even ones I'm familiar with. For example, I attended a medieval festival named Winterfest in Sydney a little while ago. I was thrilled by the jousting, the medieval music and the people in costumes. I learned heaps about how things got done in those days - weaving and even medical procedures. Where surgery is concerned, I know I'm definitely better off in the 21st century!

See you in October!

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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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