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Achievements

The Brand Tasmania Council has adopted the definition of brand authored by former CEO of Disney, Michael Eisner: “A brand is a living entity – and it is enriched or undermined cumulatively over time, the product of a thousand small gestures”.

Tasmanians and Tasmanian businesses regularly win national and international awards and accolades for their endeavours, products and services. This document lists a selection of achievements by Tasmanians that are examples of those ‘…thousand small gestures’.

 Please note that this list is not an exhaustive list and is added to regularly. It was last updated in November 2017.

Wine 

  • 2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show

> Riversdale Estate Crater Tasmania Chardonnay - has won 30 awards since its release in 2008

  • 2017 Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show

> Wine of Show - for their Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

  • 2017 International Wine Challenge Trophy winners

> Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay, 2014 - Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy, Australian Chardonnay Trophy, Australian White Trophy
> Jansz Premium Vintage Cuvée, 2011 - Australian Sparkling Trophy
> Stefano Lubiana Sasso Pinot Noir, 2013 - Tasmanian Pinot Noir Trophy

  • 27th Tasmanian Wine Show - (Wine Tasmania Trophy) - Champion Wine of the Show was the 2014 Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir

  • 2016 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016 - “Dark Horse” - Sinapius, “Best New Wineries” – Bangor Estate and Gala Vineyard

  • 2016 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016 - top pointed wines by variety include Pooley Pinot Grigio 2014 (96 points), House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2004 (97 points), Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling 2013 (96 points) and Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Late Harvest Sticky 2010

  • 2016 - House of Arras won 4 awards at the London Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships

> best Australian blend, 
> best Australian Blanc de Blancs,
> best Australian vintage rosé, and 
> best value sparkling wine.

  • 2016 - London Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships Jansz took out best Australian NV rosé

  • 2016 - London’s 2016 International Wine Challenge Tasmanian wines won three trophies, four gold medals, 12 silvers and eight bronze medals 

> The 2014 Lubiana Estate Pinot Noir winning the International Wine Challenge Biodynamic Award for 2016

  • 2016 - House of Arras won the Courier-Mail Grand Champion Wine of Show at the Royal Queensland Wine Show with its 2007 Grand Vintage

  • 2016 - Two Tonne Tasmania, a small Tamar Valley wine business, has been named People’s Choice at the annual Young Guns of Wine event in Victoria
     
  • Tasmania’s Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard 2015 Tamar Ridge Pinot Gris took the trophy for Best Pinot Gris at the Courier-Mail Grand Champion Wine of Show at the Royal Queensland Wine Show.

  • 2016 - Stefano Lubiana’s 2015 Estate Pinot Noir won platinum trophy as the Best Australian Pinot Noir at Hong Kong's 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.

  • 2016 - International Organic Wine Awards in Germany

> Stefano Lubiana Wines 2015 'Primavera' Chardonnay won a gold
> Stefano Lubiana Wines 'Estate' Chardonnay & Pinot Noir were awarded 95 PAR points and were the top scoring Australian white & red wines respectively 

  • 2016 - International Wine Challenge 2016 Awards London

> Planet Earth Awards IWC Biodynamic Award for 2016 - Stefano Lubiana Wines 2014 'Estate' Pinot Noir
> Gold medal - Stefano Lubiana Wines 2014 vintage 'Estate' Pinot Noir
> Trophy for "Best Tasmanian Pinot Noir” - 2014 vintage 'Estate' Pinot Noir

  • 2016 - Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) Awards. The Courier-Mail Grand Champion Wine of Show at the - House of Arras 2007 Grand Vintage. The quality of the House of Arras 2007 Grand Vintage has been described by Chief Judge David Bicknell as being “up there with some of the great champagne houses”.

  • 2015 Melbourne Wine Show - Jimmy Watson Trophy and Best Pinot Noir Trophy - Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

  • 2015 National Wine Show:

> Len Evans Memorial Trophy for Champion Wine of Show (the first time it has been awarded to a sparkling wine and a first for Tasmania as well) and the Kit Stevens Memorial Trophy for Sparkling - House of Arras Blanc de Blancs 2006
> Riesling Trophy - Eddystone Point Riesling 2014
> Pinot Noir Trophy - Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2014

  • 2015 The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships - Best Australian Sparkling Wine 2015 - House of Arras Grand Vintage Brut 2005

  • 2015 International Wine Challenge - Australian Red Trophy, Australian Pinot Noir Trophy and Tasmanian Pinot Noir Trophy - Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

  • 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards:

> International Trophy and Pinot Noir International Trophy - Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2014
> Australian Sparkling Regional Trophy - House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2002

  • 2015 Hobart Wine Show:

> Best Riesling Trophy and Best Tasmanian White Wine - Pooley Wines Margaret Pooley Tribute Riesling 2015
> Best Sparkling Trophy, Best Tasmanian Wine and Best Tasmanian Sparkling Wine - House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged Sparkling 2003

  • 2015 International Riesling Challenge:

> Best in Australia, Best Dry Riesling, Best Tasmanian Riesling - Chartley Estate Riesling 2014
> Best Australian Museum Riesling - Waterton Botrytis Riesling 2010

  • 2015 Australian Farmer of the Year - Matt Dunbabin, Bangor

  • 2015 - James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2015 - Heemskerk Chardonnay 2014 - 96 points, Dawson James Chardonnay 2013 - 95 points, Goaty Hill Chardonnay 2014 - 95 points, Domaine Simha Rao Chardonnay 2014 - 95 points

  • 2015 - Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year - Home Hill Vineyard
Spirits

  • 2016 -6th Tasmanian whisky producer, Mackey Whisky, rated Liquid Gold in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 with a score of 94.5 for its triple-distilled unpeated Irish-style single malt.

  • 2016 - Heartwood’s the Good Convict won Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year.

  • 2016 - Overeem Port Cask single malt won Liquid Gold status.

  • 2016 - Mackey Whisky awarded Best drop in the World Whisky Category in the respected annual International Whisky Competition held this year in the United States.

  • 2016 - Redlands Estate won silver at the International Whisky Competition for its Single Barrel Pinot Noir whisky.

  • 2016 - Belgrove Distillery won the Best in Bottle Award at the 2016 Delicious National Produce Awards in Melbourne.

  • 2016 - Sullivan Cove’s Hobart No.4 won a gold award in the Contemporary category and the top award, a Master, in the ultra-premium category at the Gin Masters in London.

  • 2016 - Peter Bignell, has become the fifth Tasmanian whisky maker to achieve Liquid Gold status in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.

  • 2016 - Shene Distillery was awarded gold for its Poltergeist Gin Unfiltered Two at the World Spirits Awards in San Francisco. 

  • 2016 - William McHenry & Sons was awarded gold for its McHenry's Navy Strength Gin at the World Spirits Awards in San Francisco. 

  • 2016 - Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Single Malt Whisky has been ranked among the top 10 value-for-money whiskies in the world at the Global Whisky Master Awards;

  • 2015 - Distilling pioneer Bill Lark was inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame in London.

  • 2015 - Sullivan’s Cove was named the World Whisky Award’s global industry's Craft Distiller of the Year and the Sullivan’s Cove French oak was deemed the top Australian whisky.

  • 2015 - Lark Distillery won the World Whisky Award for Best Other (No Age) Single Malt.

  • 2015 - Sullivan’s Cove American Oak Cask Whisky has been awarded Liquid Gold status in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible.

  • 2015 - Nant Distilling Company has collected a gold medal at Europe’s World Spirits Awards.

  • 2015 - Heartwood Distillery – the Tasmanian whisky maker won the Wizards of Whisky 2015 Independent Bottler of the Year award

  • 2015 - Hellyer’s Road Pinot Noir Finish single malt whisky recognised as a Master Whisky at Global Whisky Master Awards.

  • 2015 - Hellyers Road Distillery rated in the Top Ten – Value for Money whiskies in the world by Global Whisky Master Awards.
Cider
  • 2016 - Tasmania’s Franklin Cider Company’s won Champion Perry and Best in Show from almost 200 beer and cider entrants in the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW 10th Beer and Cider Show with its Frank’s Summer Pear Cider.
  • 2016 - Willie Smith's Organic Cider won the Best in Show trophy at the Australian Cider Awards for the second year in a row.
  • 2015 - Willie Smith’s won three major trophies at the 2015 Australian Cider Awards. The limited-edition cider, made from 18 different apple varieties sourced from across the Huon Valley, was judged Best in Show, Best Cider and Best Australian Cider or Perry.
  • 2013 - Frank’s Summer Pear Cider was declared best in class at the Australian Cider Awards in Sydney.
Cheese

  • 2017 - Heidi Farm Raclette won Grand Champion Cheese award at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

  • 2017 - Fowlers Cheese company won the 2017 Cheddar-Style cheese award at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

  • 2016 - Heidi Farm Gruyere won the prestigious Grand Champion Cheese award at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards. 

  • 2016 - Other Tasmanian winners at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards were: King Island Dairy Black Label Triple Cream Blue (blue cheese); King Island Dairy Stormy Washed Rind (washed/mixed rind cheese); South Cape Parmesan (hard cheese); Bay of Fires Cloth Bound Cheddar (cheddar); and Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd of Spreyton (butter).

  • 2016 - Ashgrove Full Cream Milk won Gold at the Sydney Royal Show.

  • 2015 - Pyengana Dairy Company was named Delicious magazine’s Artisan Producer of the Year.

Food

  • 2016 - Australian Honey Products wins the National Agri Business Export Award. 

  • 2016 Blue Hills Honey's Tasmanian Leatherwood won a Grand Gold Medal in the event's prestigious Prize of Jury list at the Monde fine food awards in Budapest, Hungary, naming it as one of the top five food products in the world.

  • 2016 - Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) Exporter of the Year Award - Howard Hansen, Hansen Orchards

  • 2016 - Mount Roland Hazelnuts has won the top award for Best Nuts and Dried Fruits at the Australian Food Awards.

  • 2016 - Blue Hills Honey has won a Grand Gold for its Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey at the 2016 World Quality Selections in Belgium.

  • 2015 - Australian Honey Products, won the Overall Trophy for Best Honey at the Apimondia International Apicultural Congress.

  • 2015 - Rochford Hall Olive Oil won the Australian Olive Association’s national extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) award. 

  • 2015 - Cradle Coast Olives won the Best Olive Oil of Show and the Medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) title at the Australian Olive Association’s national awards in September. 

  • 2015 - Hobart restaurant Franklin is a finalist for Gourmet Traveller’s Best New Restaurant of the Year award.
Seafood

  • 2016 - Woodbridge Smokehouse - won Gold for its Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show

  • 2015 - Petuna's salmon and ocean trout hatchery in Cressy became the first multi-species hatchery in the world to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Petuna's products now carry three-star BAP labelling, an international certification program based on science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain.

  • 2014 - Salmon producer Tassal Ltd achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council accreditation for its Macquarie Harbour operations. Tassal was the first Australian producer of any species and one of the first salmon-farming companies in the world to achieve this certification.
Arts

  • July 2017 - The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed concert performance of Tristan und Isolde, featuring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton, was awarded Best Symphony Orchestra Concert at the 17th Annual Helpmann Awards in Sydney.

  • Eloise Emmett’s self-published seafood cookbook, Seafood Everyday, has won third place in the best Fish and seafood book category at Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

  • 2017 - Tasmanian food book, Garlic Feast, has won Australia's Cookbook of the Year and Best Self-Published Book in Australia at the International Gourmand Awards.

  • 2017 - Heather Rose has won the 2017 Stella Prize for Australian female writers with her novel The Museum of Modern Love.

  • 2017 - Nick Haddow’s book Milk.Made: A Book About Cheese. How to Choose It, Serve It and Eat It. was awarded winner of the Single Subject book category at the prestigious global 2017 James Beard Awards.

  • 2017 TMAG won several Museum and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs)

> Overall National Winner and Temporary or Traveling Exhibition  - Tempest
> Temporary or Traveling Exhibition - One Hell of an Inferno: The 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires
> Indigenous Project or Keeping Place -  kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

  • 2016 MONA's Dark Mofo Creative Director, Leigh Carmichael, 41, appointed to the board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

  • 2016 The Kettering Incident TV series filmed in Tasmania has won the Best Telemovie or Mini Series Production category at the 16th Screen Producers Australia Awards 2016.

  • 2016 - Tasmanian-made series The Kettering Incident has won the Special Jury Prize at France's leading TV festival.

  • 2015 - Artist and author Simon Barnard won the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books at a Children’s Book Council of Australia.

  • 2015 - Richard Flanagan wins the Man Booker prize.

  • 2015 - Tony Walker's Vintage Tasmania is Australian Wine Book of the Year for 2015.

  • 2015 - Launceston artist Paul Snell has won the $25,000 Whyalla Art Prize with his lambda print work Intersect #201504. The South Australian competition attracted 212 entrants from across Australia, with the winning piece chosen from a total of 72 finalists
Agriculture

  • 2016 - Holm Oak Vineyards co-owner and winemaker Rebecca Duffy has won Australia’s pre-eminent award for regional business women from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

  • 2015 - The Manning family of "Miena" won the coveted Vitale Barberis Canonico (VBC) Wool Excellence Award for its 2014-15 superfine wool clip.

  • 2015 - Trefusis Merino stud at Ross has won Tasmania's first grand championship at the Australian Fleece Competition.

  • 2015 - Rebecca Duffy from Holm Oak Vineyard has been judged Owner/Operator of the Year at the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards.

  • 2015 - Potato researcher Kevin Clayton-Greene received an international industry award during the World Potato Congress.
Tourism

  • 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

> New Tourism Business: Three Capes Track
> Luxury Accommodation: Saffire Freycinet
> Ecotourism: Tasmanian Walking Company
> Specialised Tourism Services: RiverFly 1864
> Business Events Venue: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel - Australian Tourism Hall of Fame

  • 2016 - Bridestowe estate wins 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year.

  • 2016 - Zero Davey named Asia & Australasia Winner (Luxury Apartments of the Year) in the 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Awards conducted by the UK-based publication Luxury Travel Guide.

  • 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best Tourist Attraction - Bruny Island Cruises
> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best Ecotourism business - The Tasmanian Walking Company
> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best Business Event Venue - The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best Hosted Accommodation - Curringa Farm Tours and Accommodation
> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best Self Contained Accommodation - Avalon Coastal Retreat
> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best Deluxe Accommodation - The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
> Qantas Australian Tourism Awards best New Tourism Business - Pumphouse Point
> Luxury Travel magazine's Gold List Awards 2016, Best Australian Boutique Property: Saffire Freycinet
> Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2016, Luxury Apartment of the year Asia and Australasia: Zero Davey Boutique Apartment Hotel
> Travel + Leisure Best Islands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific: #4 Tasmania
> Travel + Leisure Best Cities in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific: #5 Hobart
> Golf Digest World's 100 greatest golf courses: #24 Cape Wickham Links #33 Barnbougle Dunes  #40 Barnbougle Lost Farm
> Ausgolf Australia's top public access courses: #1 Barnbougle Dunes #2 Barnbougle Lost Farm #3 Cape Wickham Links

  • 2016 - Hobart's Franklin restaurant selected in Australia's top 10 restaurant for 2016 at the recent Australian Financial Review Top Restaurants Awards. 

  • 2016 National Australian Hotel Awards in Sydney.

> Shoreline Hotel bottle shop at Howrah was named the Best Retail Liquor Outlet in Australia.
> Frogmore Creek Winery was named Best Regional Restaurant in the land,
> Beltana Hotel at Lindisfarne was declared the Best Regional Bistro

Marine Manufacturing

  • Oct 2016 Incat announced a new order from Virtu Ferries of Malta to design and build a 110-metre high-speed vehicle and passenger ferr y for service between Malta and the European Union.

  • Marine manufacturing companies LSA, Incat, CBG Systems and Richardson Devine have won substantial export orders in North America, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, South America, Africa and North Asia.

  • Taylor Bros has won substantial Australian Defence and offshore energy contracts and also projects in New Zealand.
Advanced Manufacturing

  • November 2017 - Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) secured a $3 million contract from BAE Systems to supply marine evacuation systems (MES) for three new vessels currently under construction for the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • Delta Hydraulics has substantial contracts across the Australian mainland, Thailand and China.

  • Southern Prospect has won substantial contracts for customers in Australia, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia.

  • Haulmax has developed next generation products for the mining industry across the world.

  • Specialised Vehicle Solutions export custom designed trucks into Indonesia and New Guinea.
Education

 

 

  • January 2017 - The University of Tasmania has been named in the world’s top 50 environmentally-friendly universities in a Universitas Indonesia’s GreenMetric ranking system. Source UTAS

  • March 2017 QS World University Rankings rate the University of Tasmania’s IMAS marine science among the top 50 in the world for marine science. Source UTAS

  • February 2017 - University of Tasmania Senior Economics Lecturer Dr Joaquin Vespignani, has been recognised as the top young economist in Australia and in the top 10 economists globally, in the latest Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) rankings. Source UTAS

  • The Australian Maritime College has begun delivery of its first coastal seafaring course in the United Arab Emirates.

  • The Australian Maritime College has secured a two-year Australian Government contract to deliver engineering and navigation training in the Torres Strait

  • Huonville High School is in the running to win $US 100,000 after becoming the only Australian finalist in an international competition on renewable energy and sustainability innovation. The school is one of only 14 from around the world to reach the finals of the Global High Schools Zayed Future Energy Prize, which aims to inspire future generations "to be responsible, sustainable citizens".

  • UTAS has been recognised for excellence in research and is ranked in the top 2% of the World’s Universities.
Science and Research

  •  2017 - An international study, led by the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research with input from the School of Medicine, involving multiple institutions over six years has shown that immunotherapy can cure Tasmanian devils of the deadly devil facial tumour disease (DFTD).

  • 2017 - In December IMAS scientist Professor Philip Boyd has been awarded the prestigious G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award by the US-based Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Source UTAS

  • 2017 - In March Associate Professor Daphne Habibis, Director of the University’s Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU), has received the Mike Berry award excellence in housing research awarded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Source UTAS

  • UTAS researchers Barry Brook and Philip Boyd have been awarded Laureate Fellowships by the Australian Research Council that will enable them to undertake research projects worth $11 million across five years

  • CSIRO research scientists based in Hobart contribute to the world’s knowledge on climate change.

  • The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies team that has worked on the project to breed southern rock lobsters for 17 years is now looking to partner with Australian companies to undertake commercial trials.
IT

  • 2014 - Savage Interactive won an Apple Design Award for the hugely popular software app Procreate.

  • Start-up agricultural technology business, The Yield, has attracted $2.5 million in investment from the Bosch Group, Europe’s third-largest conglomerate
Sport
  • 2017 - Tasmanian cyclist Madeleine Fasnacht, 17, was honoured as Australia's closing ceremony flag-bearer after winning two-medals (gold & bronze) at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas

  • Tasmanian poker player Heidi May, 27, out-played a field of 718 poker-faced competitors in Las Vegas in July to win the World Series of Poker's golden bracelet.

  • 2017 - Teenager Alex Peroni, after obtaining his first pole position scored his maiden victory in the Formula Renault Eurocup on the streets of Pau, France.

  • 2017 - John Zeckendorf is the first Tasmanian to reach the summit of Mt Everest. Mr Zeckendorf stood atop the peak — 8848 metres above sea level — for eight minutes. He has climbed the summits of Everest, Denali, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Vinson since 2010.

  • 2015 - Cyclist Amy Cure won a gold medal in the World Cycling Championships.

  • 2015 - Launceston players have won the Man-of-the-Match awards in three of the five successful World Cup Cricket finals. James Faulkner (2015), Ricky Ponting (2003) and David Boon (1987).

  • 2016 - Tasmanian 16-year-old Alex Peroni wins the Formula Renault Monoplace Challenge title in Portugal.
Other

  • Tasmanian plant scientist, Graham Farquhar, AO, has become the first Australian to be awarded a Kyoto Prize.

  • 2017 - At 17 Oliver O'Halloran has become the youngest person to fly solo and unassisted around Australia

  • 2016 - Fairbrother Pty Ltd won the National Specialist Contractor of the Year Award at the Master Builders Australia’s National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards.

  • 2016 - Tasmanian builder NEAThouse has won a top national GreenSmart award for a display home at Dodges Ferry.

  • 2016 Rosevear Stephenson won "Jenny’s House” project at Battery Point won the Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for alterations and additions in residential architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards.

  • 2016 - Tasmania's Australian of the Year. Rosalie Martin, A speech pathologist who has assisted prisoners to transform their lives through literacy

  • 2016 - Michael Badcock wins the inaugural Rural Community Leader of the Year and an award for Excellence in Diversification at the national Rural Farmer of the Year awards.

  • 2016 - MONA founder David Walsh was knighted by France for his contribution to the Arts. He was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – an award given to eminent people of any nation who have furthered the Arts throughout the world. Mr Walsh received an OAM (Officer of the Order of Australia) earlier this year.

  • 2016 - The Queenstown to Strahan heritage rail link is awarded an Engineering Heritage International Marker and one of only seven infrastructure projects in the nation to be celebrated as significant on a world scale.

  • 2016 - TT Line has won the 2016 Shippax Ship Conversion Award for the highly complex refurbishment project of the two Spirit of Tasmania ferries.

  • 2015 - The Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails project has earned the Dorset Council a national Award for Excellence in Economic Development.

  • 2015 - UTAS's agricultural science school has been ranked among the top 5 per cent in the world by the QS World University rankings.

  • 2015 - Launceston restaurateur Bianca Welsh, 28, won Australia's Young Restaurateur of the Year.

  • 2015 - Me Wah Chinese restaurant has been named Australia’s Best Asian Restaurant at the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards.

  • 2014 - Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd has won the Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety Award.

  • 2014 - Hydro Tasmania’s renewable-energy project on King Island has won the 2013 Innovation Award from the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

  • 2014 - Launceston took the top award for Community Action and Partnerships at the Sustainable Cities Awards 2013.

  • 2014 - Godfreys Beach in Tasmania’s north-west received the Community Leadership and Action Award at the Australian Sustainable Cities Clean Beaches Awards 2013.

  • 2014 - GASP Stage 2 won the Australian Institute of Architects 2014 National Award for Urban Design.

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Facts about Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia, located at latitude 40° south and longitude 144° east and separated from the continent by Bass Strait. It is a group of 334 islands, with the main island being 315 km (180 miles) from west to east and 286 km (175 miles) north to south.

Tasmania

Tasmanians are resourceful and innovative people, committed to a continually expanding export sector. In 2012–13, international exports from the state totalled $3.04 billion. USA, China, Taiwan, India, Japan and other Asian countries account for the bulk of exports, with goods and services also exported to Europe and many other regions.

Geography

Tasmania is similar in size to the Republic of Ireland or Sri Lanka. The Tasmanian islands have a combined coastline of more than 3,000 km.

Geography

The main island has a land area of 62,409 sq km (24,096 sq miles) and the minor islands, taken together, total only 6 per cent of the main island’s land area. The biggest islands are Flinders (1,374 sq km/539 sq miles), King, Cape Barren, Bruny and Macquarie Islands.

Geography

About 250km (150 miles) separates Tasmania’s main island from continental Australia. The Kent Group of Islands, one of the most northerly parts of the state, is only 55km (34 miles) from the coast of the Australian continent.

Climate

Twice named ‘Best Temperate Island in the World’ by international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler, Tasmania has a mild, temperate maritime climate, with four distinct seasons.

Climate

In summer (December to February) the average maximum temperature is 21° Celsius (70° Fahrenheit). In winter (June to August) the average maximum is 12° C (52° F) and the average minimum is 4° C (40° F). Snow often falls in the highlands, but is rarely experienced in more settled areas.

Annual Rainfall

Tasmania’s west coast is one of the wettest places in the world, but the eastern part of the State lives in a rain-shadow. Hobart, the second-driest capital city in Australia, receives about half as much rain as Sydney.

Annual Rainfall

Annual rainfall in the west is 2,400 mm (95 inches), but hardy locals insist there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing. If you travel 120 km east to Hobart, you experience a much drier average of 626 mm (24 inches) a year.

Population

The 512,875-strong community spreads itself across the land; less urbanised than the population of any other Australian state. Hobart, the capital city, is home to more than 212,000 people.

Capital City

Hobart nestles at the foot of kunanyi / Mount Wellington (1,270 m / 4,000 ft) and overlooks the Derwent Estuary, where pods of dolphins and migrating whales are sometimes seen from nearby beaches. Surrounded by thickly forested rolling hills, the city is home to the state parliament and the main campus of the University of Tasmania.

Capital City

Its historic centre features Georgian and Regency buildings from colonial times. Hobart is home port for coastal fishing boats, Antarctic expeditions and vessels that fish the Southern Ocean.

Land Formation

Mountain ranges in the south-west date back 1,000 million years. Ancient sediments were deeply buried, folded and heated under enormous pressure to form schists and glistening white quartzites.

Land Formation

In the south-west and central highlands, dolerite caps many mountains, including Precipitous Bluff and Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617 m / 5300 ft). More than 42 per cent of Tasmania is World Heritage Area, national park and marine or forest reserves.

Flora

Vegetation is diverse, from alpine heathlands and tall open eucalypt forests to areas of temperate rainforests and moorlands, known as buttongrass plains. Many plants are unique to Tasmania and the ancestors of some species grew on the ancient super-continent, Gondwana, before it broke up 50 million years ago.

Flora

Unique native conifers include slow-growing Huon pines, with one specimen on Mt Read estimated to be up to 10,000 years old. Lomatia tasmanica, commonly known as King’s holly, is a self-cloning shrub that may well be the oldest living organism on earth. It was discovered in 1937.

Fauna

Tasmania is the last refuge of several mammals that once roamed the Australian continent. It is the only place to see a Tasmanian devil or eastern quoll (native cat) in the wild and is the best place to see the spotted-tailed quoll (tiger cat), all carnivorous marsupials.

Fauna

The eastern bettong and the Tasmanian pademelon, both now extinct on the Australian continent, may also be observed.

Fauna

The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was Australia’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is a modern day mystery. The last documented thylacine died in captivity in 1936 and although the animal is considered extinct, unsubstantiated sightings persist.

History and Heritage

Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for about 35,000 years, since well before the last Ice Age. They were isolated from the Australian continent about 12,000 years ago, when the seas rose to flood low coastal plains and form Bass Strait.

History and Heritage

Descendants of the original people are part of modern Tasmania’s predominantly Anglo-Celtic population.

History and Heritage

Tasmania was originally named Van Dieman’s Land by the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642. The island was settled by the British as a penal colony in 1803 and the original name was associated with the convict era. It was changed to Tasmania when convict transportation stopped in 1853.

Economy

A resourceful island culture has generated leading-edge niche industries, from production of high-speed catamaran ferries and marine equipment to lightning-protection technology.

Economy

Tasmanians produce winches and windlasses for some of the world’s biggest ocean-going pleasure craft; large-scale inflatable evacuation systems and provide specialist outfit-accommodation services to the marine industry.

Economy

The Wooden Boat Centre at Shipwrights Point has re-established the skills and traditions of another age and attracts students from around the world.

Economy

Tasmania is a world leader in natural turf systems for major sporting arenas and in areas of mining technology and environmental management. Its aquaculture industry has developed ground-breaking fish-feeding technology and new packaging.

Economy

Tasmanians sell communications equipment to many navies and their world-class fine timber designers and craftsmen take orders internationally for furniture made from distinctive local timber.

Economy

The state is a natural larder with clean air, unpolluted water and rich soils inviting the production of 100 varieties of specialty cheeses, as well as other dairy products, mouth-watering rock lobsters, oysters, scallops and abalone, Atlantic salmon, beef, premium beers, leatherwood honey, mineral waters, fine chocolates, fresh berry fruits, apples and crisp vegetables.

Economy

Tasmania is a producer of award-winning cool-climate wines, beers, ciders and whiskies. Other export products include essential oils such as lavender, pharmaceutical products and premium wool sought after in Europe and Asia. Hobart is a vital gateway to the Antarctic and a centre for Southern Ocean and polar research.

Economy

The industries in Tasmania which made the greatest contribution to the State’s gross product in 2010–11 in volume terms were: Manufacturing (9.4%), Health care and social assistance (8.2%), Financial and insurance services (7.2%), Ownership of dwellings and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (each 7.1%).

Getting to Tasmania

Travel is easy, whether by air from Sydney or Melbourne, or by sea, with daily sailings of the twin ferries Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2 each way between Melbourne and Devonport throughout the year.

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