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by Stephanie Williams 27 February
Road Trip: A Sunday Well Savoured

Sometimes on a Sunday morning in the warmer months we like to head to a beach. You have to make the most of it while the weather is remotely warm and the water temps aren’t so arctic. On a Sunday recently, we decided to head toward Carlton Beach, not knowing we were about to spend a whole day exploring.

by Elizabeth Osborne27 February
Bellerive Beach To Little Howrah Beach

Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on this exhilarating coastal trail.

by Elizabeth Osborne27 February
Peter Murrell Nature Reserve

If you enjoy a tranquil walk on sandy terrain, an abundance of wildflowers, scenic ponds, and maybe even a sighting of an elusive forty-spotted pardalote or an eastern barred bandicoot, then head for the Peter Murrell Reserve. The 260-hectare Reserve stretches behind Kingston, Tinderbox and Blackmans Bay, with access points in these suburbs. It is a 20-minute drive south from Hobart.

by Peta Hen27 February
Explore Tassie’s Big Things

With the summer holidays around the corner, many will crisscross their way around our state, either to visit family or to spend some quality time away from home. Depending on where you live and where you’re headed, you may even come across one of the Big Things Tassie has to offer.

by Amanda Double27 February
Twamley Farm

Fancy getting away from it all for a night in the country? The historic Twamley Farm is about 46 km from Hobart, on the Tea Tree Rivulet just outside of Buckland. Here you can step back in time to stay in one of several delightful and comfortably renovated historic buildings.

by Elizabeth Osborne27 February
Pipeline Track Waterworks Reserve to Ferntree

The Pipeline Track from the Waterworks Reserve in South Hobart to Fern Tree, nestled in the foothills of kunanyi/Mount Wellington, is a pleasant 3.5 kilometre walk.

by Peta Hen27 February
Massive Month for Mountain Biking

Tasmania has become a mecca for mountain bike riding in recent years, with local councils spending on upgrading infrastructure and trails all over Hobart. Our rugged trails have attracted tens of thousands of mountain biking tourists keen on exploring Hobart’s bushland, while injecting millions of dollars into Tasmania’s economy. However, us locals are pretty keen on the sport too, and with the newest trails opening at our three mountain bike parks, mountain bike fever is running high.

 

by Stephanie Williams27 February
Fall in Love with Falls Creek

My first ski was at the age of about 16 at Ben Lomond. We only had one day up there and it was a literal crash course in skiing.

 

by Liz Osborne27 February
Mortimer Bay Tangara Trails Coastal Reserve

After too many wet days cooped up inside, a walk was needed to blow away the winter cobwebs.

by Amanda Double27 February
Standing at the Edge of the world

It’s exhilaration I feel as I stand at the Edge of the World, my hair whipped into a crazy wind-dance as I gaze out upon the endless sea.

by Liz Osborne27 February
Exploring Mount Nelson Bicentennial Park

Have you wandered any of the tracks of the Bicentennial Park at Mount Nelson?

by Peta Hen27 February
Photographic Picnic by the Salmon Ponds

Around this time every year, I try and think about where to take mum for her birthday. It’s cold, it’s wet and it’s usually gloomy, but I’m always determined to get her out of the house, even for just a few hours. And while I sit and rack my brain for somewhere new to take her, an old faithful always pops up and to this day, continues to always put a smile on my mum’s face.

by Hobart Magazine27 February
A Walk From Kingston Beach to Boronia Beach

Nothing beats Kingston Beach for an interesting stroll. We walked along Osborne Esplanade on a sunny day when the river views sparkled, the water and the sky merged into a blue shimmer.

by Elizabeth Osborne1 May
New Town Rivulet Track: Walk from Lenah Valley

Easter Monday was the perfect day for a relaxing walk along the New Town Rivulet Track to Wellington Park.

by Peta Hen1 May
Tarraleah and the Search for The Fluffy Highland Cows

When I was thinking of a rejuvenating weekend getaway for our ten-year wedding anniversary recently, wandering through fields searching for fluffy, longhorned cows wasn’t what I had in mind. But as it turns out, that’s exactly what we needed. Nestled on a mountain top in Tassie’s central highlands is the tiny town of Tarraleah; the place that stole our hearts.

by Stephanie Williams11 March
A Short Geelong Getaway

Since the Spirit of Tasmania terminal moved from Melbourne to Geelong late last year, a visit to Geelong has been on the radar.

by Elizabeth Osborne11 March
How the Threat of War Led to the Establishment of Knocklofty Reserve

In World War Two, young Australians were fighting in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Families with sons serving overseas waited for news, dreading the arrival of a telegram that meant the worst news. In 1942 and 1943, after the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, many feared Australia was in imminent danger of invasion. This fear was heightened when a Japanese submarine launched seaplane flew a reconnaissance mission over the Hobart area in March 1942.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Blue Mountains Weekender

On a recent trip to Sydney we decided to tack a few extra days on and explore the Blue Mountains. It had been a while between visits and we were surprised to find a whole host of new, creative busi­nesses and experiences to enjoy.

by Elizabeth Osborne1 May
Clarence Coastal Trail, Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach

One of my favorite walks is the Clarence Coastal Trail from Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach. This gentle walk, just a little over three kilometres each way, follows the coastline at the base of undulating hills. The views of distant coastlines, sea and sky uplift the spirits. The sky seems bigger, the colours more intense as we walk by the sea.

by Lily Whiting1 May
King Island: Less Royal, Still Grand

Anchored in a stretch of no man’s land between us and Victoria, King Island is an uber relaxed, grassy island, equally hugged and battered by its surrounding oceans. More of a fishing-like village than a commercial tourist hotspot, a recent four day trip was spent a little slower than anticipated, but like its wallaby and crayfish population, widely welcomed by all.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
A Sporty Launceston Family Weekend

It was a wet night as we rolled into Launceston for a weekend of family fun and a soccer tournament.

by Lily Whiting1 May
A Radelaide Weekend Off the Island

With a four-day gap in both mine and my good friend’s calendar, it seemed like a sign from above to shoot over to South Australia for a long weekend.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Cold Water Wake Up Call

It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about or participating in cold water swimming right now.

by Fiona Howie1 May
Fagus Turning it on in Tassie

Autumn sweeps into Hobart, filling our streets with colour. This is a sign that our own deciduous beech, fagus (Nothofagus gunni) is soon to burst into gold, and later dark red, before dropping its leaves entirely. It is the only temperate deciduous native tree in Australia, a descendant of ancient Gondwanic plants.

by Amanda Double1 May
Arve Falls Lookout

Feeling stifled from long days of mask-wearing? Luckily, in Tasmania we are never far from somewhere beautiful to escape to on our days off – and breathe in lungfuls of restorative fresh air, mask-free.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Derby First Timers

“If I can do it darling, you can,” I said to my seven-year-old son, who was hesitat­ing at the start of a mountain bike track.

by Lily Whiting1 May
A Convict Camp Turned Hikers Glamp

There is something otherworldly about an island brimming with wombats, a bounty of hikes and gorgeous beaches to laze on.

by Lauren Rowlands, Biosecurity Tasmania11 March
What’s Happening At Tasmania Borders

The inquisitive noses of Biosecurity Tasmania’s (BT) detector dogs at Tasmania’s airports and seaports continue to sniff out restricted goods hidden away in luggage, despite the reduced number of incoming flights in recent times.

by Sarah Aitken11 March
Sand Surfing on the Peninsula

The half-day walk to Crescent Beach in the Tasman National Park offers so much- including epic sand dunes for surfing and incredible views.

by Stephanie Williams11 March
Winter in Tassie is Made for Eating

You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again, Tasmanian produce is amazing. And winter is the perfect time to get out and eat it all. Explore the markets, head straight to the farm gates or expand your cooking skills across the island.

by Stephanie Williams11 March
Exploring Tassie These Winter School Holidays

We know that staying indoors with the family isn’t always fun. And while it’s obviously cold outside, you’re only a puffer jacket and beanie away from being comfortable and ready to explore. There’s lots of family fun to be had in all sorts of weird and wonderful places across the state these school holidays.

by Stephanie Williams11 March
Embrace the Cold at These Tassie Winter Events

This month, with Dark Mofo on and interstate visitors wander­ing the streets, it might not seem so quiet, but now is the time to mark some events and weekends in your calendar to keep you going through the rest of the ‘off season’.

by Amanda Double16 March
South West Wilderness

After initial postponement due to wild weather, the sun is shining and the aerial views unsurpassable when we finally depart from Cambridge airport near Hobart, with Par-Avion.

by Amanda Double16 March
Truffle-Hunting in Northern Tasmania

At the special Q&A launch screening of The Truffle Hunters documentary recently at Hobart’s State Cinema, welcome memories of truffle hunts flooded back.

by Stephanie Williams16 March
Charming Little Franklin: Apples, Boats and a Whole Lot of History

I nearly called my son Franklin. It was high up on my names list. I’ve always like the look of the word. The way it sounds. And while he ended up Francis (he’s Frankie for short), Franklin is still on my mind.

by Peter Carey16 March
250 Million Years of History at Fossil Bluff

Keen on our geological, botanical or marine biological environ­ment, and are confident of tackling a moderately steep incline on foot? Then the Fossil Cove Conservation Area, just off the Tinderbox Road, and about three and a half kilometres south of Blackmans Bay, is worthy of a look.

by Peter Carey16 March
Rolling on the River at Echuca

Our colonial history is a common motive for exploring our many regions. One Victorian town so committed to the special theme of the colonial river trade is Echuca.

by Sarah Aitken16 March
Trekking the Three Capes Track Three Ways

With various interstate trips vanishing before her eyes thanks to covid-induced border closures, Sarah Aitken booked herself in to hike the world-class Three Capes Track within the Tasman National Park on the Tasman Peninsula. Her legs are still recovering.

by Stephanie Williams16 March
Looking through the lens at Spring Bay Mill

Everyone loves a road trip right? Get out of Hobart for the weekend explore what lies beyond the city. Spring Bay Mill, at Triabunna, was once home to the world’s largest wood chip mill.

by Peter Carey10 March
Feel the Mystery of Hanging Rock

As we gradually conquer the Covid travel restrictions we’ve been enduring, dreams of exploring mystical locations can soon be a reality again.

by Zilla Gordon9 March
The Pyramid that Controls Tassie’s Weather

We all know Tassie is cold – but could the end be in sight for our mild summers?

by Zilla Gordon10 February
How to Cover Maria Island in Under Seven Hours

When you’re hiking in Tasmania, it’s normally a push to the peak. But Maria Island is different.

by Bonnie Mary Liston8 December
Wet and Wild Active Summer Adventures

Tasmanians have always been keen on boats, understandably as an island girt by sea and, accordingly, many glorious beaches. Hobart already has a high rate of boat licence holders and that number is set to increase with Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) reporting boat training bookings are up two-and-a-half times on previous summers.

by Stephanie Williams11 November
I’m Dreaming Of The West Coast

“So we’re going for a drive in our house?” my six-year-old asks when I announce we’re taking a motorhome trip in the school holidays. “Kind of,” I reply. “You get to sit in the kitchen while Mum and Dad drive the whole house along.” Lots of laughter and questions flow and it’s obvious that the kids are going to love it. I’m a little apprehensive, I’ll be honest. The practical side of eating, driving, sleeping presents more questions than answers, but in this weird year I’ve learnt that you just have to go with it.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Black Diamond Skiing At Thredbo For Every Budget

We all know skiing and boarding can be expensive, right? If you don’t have your big 4WD, a private chalet and the latest gear it can be a bit daunting.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Fresh Tracks At Falls Creek

Skiing with kids really can go either way. At one end of the spectrum it can be all snowballs and hot chocolates, but on the other it can be meltdowns in puffy clothes with heavy ski boots on. Either way, where you stay while you’re at the snow has a massive bearing on how these things play out – with kids in tow or not!

by Stephanie Williams1 November
Bicheno Bolthole

With Bicheno local Shane Gould recently taking out the title of Australian Survivor, the coastal hamlet has been enjoying some time in the national spotlight.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Getting Wild On The Gordon River

The evening before we’re due to take a day trip on the new Spirit of the Wild vessel in Strahan, we take a slow wander along the waterfront to check it out as the sun sets. An imposing charcoal grey and reflective glass structure, the boat was purpose-built to take passengers across vast Macquarie Harbour and down the glassy Gordon River. It’s an impressive sight and we’re now excited to board in the morning.

by Marie Barbieri1 January
South Pacific Dreaming

Imagine hiking to view a volcanic archipelago; plunging into the chilly waters of a limestone cave; and dining with locals in remote island villages. That’s a nirvana found in Fiji.

by Annabelle Williams1 March
Mornington Peninsula Weekend

As the crow flies, the Mornington Peninsula is practically part of Tasmania. But with wineries, chic restaurants, boutique hotels, shopping and beaches galore on offer, it suddenly becomes a hot destination for a weekend getaway.

by Genevieve Morton1 May
Women-Only Adventures

Women-only adventure tours are taking off in Tassie with more women opting for women-only hiking and camping holidays in some of the state’s most remote locations.

by Genevieve Morton1 September
Catch The Show

Once you’ve experienced your first Aurora Australis sighting, you’ll be forever chasing the next one. That’s the promise from devoted ‘Aurora Chaser’ and Hobart photographer Luke Tscharke.

by Danielle Ross Walls1 September
Experiencing Greatness

I’ll confess that I had anxiety about snorkelling for the first time. It certainly didn’t expect it to be quite so life changing I’ll explain.

by Genevieve Morton1 September
Escape To The Country

Pet the animals, walk in the wilderness, pick your own berries and enjoy colonial accommodation… Farmstays and day tours are popping up across the state, providing a fun weekend away for visitors and Hobartians keen to get their gumboots dirty. Here are four farms to visit this Spring.

by Bonita Grima18 May
Thala Beach Reserve

On a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas, a small collection of deluxe stilted bungalows sit amongst the treetops, protected by native forest, as far as the eye can see.

by Stephanie Williams1 February
Northern Exposure

As far as city weekenders go, Launceston ticks a lot of boxes. It’s only two hours away (including lots of great options for stops – usually a vanilla slice in Ross or park time in Campbell Town for us) and it’s a bit like a choose your own adventure depending on your interests. We recently went north for a mountain bike race and made a fun weekend of it.

by Bonita Grima1 December
The Australian Everglades

Most Australians have heard of Florida’s Everglades but most don’t know there’s a version here in Australia. Well-known for its beaches and laid back lifestyle, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is also home to one of only two ecosystems of this kind in the world.

by Gwen Luscombe1 March
Choose Your Own Adventure

Despite the recent fires, Victoria’s Gippsland region, just a threehour coastal drive from Melbourne, is welcoming visitors – especially if you’re after swathes of space, beautiful nature, and plenty of things to do, as active or as relaxed as you choose.

by Bonita Grima1 April
The World’s Widest Canyon

The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas suffered greatly during recent bushfires but slowly the National Parks in New South Wales are reopening, with some ready to welcome visitors back.

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Cold Water Wake Up Call
It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about or participating in cold water swimming right now.
A Short Geelong Getaway
Since the Spirit of Tasmania terminal moved from Melbourne to Geelong late last year, a visit to Geelong has been on the radar.
27 Hobart Friends Get Snipping For One Off Wine
The borders were declared shut in Tasmania on the 30th of March, 2020; the first stare to do so amid the COVID- 19 pandemic and hard lockdown of Hobart followed.
Danphe Nepalese and Indian Food + Peppermint Bay Bar and Bistro
Nepalese food is a comfort in our house. Having spent much time trekking and mountain climbing in Nepal as a younger man, Nepalese food is something I always love to go back to.
That’s DR Hannah Gadsby To You
From Smithton to Netflix and the Emmys stage, Tasmanian stand up comic Hannah Gadsby has forged an unlikely path. Following on from the massive success of her shows Nanette and Douglas, Hannah brings her new show Body of Work to Hobart this month.
PODCAST: Incat founder Robert Clifford on why electric boats are the future
Robert Clifford is the founder of Incat, a Hobart company building fast ferries for the world. Always looking to future opportunities, he has identified where Hobart sits in the next wave of transportation. For more of this interview listen to The Hobart Magazine podcast.
Is Tourism Ready For More Forestry Wars?
Tasmanian forests are special. They’re home to centuries-old trees, including the tallest flowering trees on the planet, and support unique native species. Yet not everyone agrees on how these forests should be managed.
Hobart Chefs: When The Obsession Becomes Real
Tasmania’s brand as a foodie haven is cemented. But within the local hospitality industry there are those who love to use local produce...and those who are next-level obsessed with it. We spoke to a bunch of Hobart chefs who are top of the game when it comes to fostering relationships with local farmers and growers.
Did You Know Australia’s First Female Doctor Was Hobartian?
Tasmania, despite its small size and population in comparison to the mainland, has produced more than its proportionally predicted percentage of significant figures and heroes of Australian history. 
Return Travellers Adding Pressure to Hobart Housing
For all of us 2020 was a year like no other, punctuated by rapid change and plenty of new challenges. For vulnerable people in Tasmania, including people facing homelessness, those on low incomes and those facing increasingly higher rents, it was very challenging. We are seeing a growing demand for homes in Tassie from international travellers returning home, people moving for work and others seeking the lifestyle that our Apple Isle has to offer.
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Just when you think your cousins are alright. NZ Opposition Leader Judith Collins took aim at Tassie during her recent (unsuccessful) campaign, calling us Australia’s “poor cousin.” She also seems worried about us nabbing tech businesses, “It’s a lovely part of the world but do you necessarily want to go there with your high- tech business? Possibly not,” she said. We beg to differ!