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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

Bridestowe tops Telstra awards

Agri-tourism business Bridestowe Estate is the 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year. Managing Director, Robert Ravens, told the award ceremony in July: “Bridestowe Estate encourages our visitors to experience lavender farm life first-hand. By touring the property and manicured gardens, visitors gain understanding of lavender harvesting, the streamlined fine oil distillation process and value-added manufacturing – and they can then purchase items on-site.” As well as the top award, Bridestowe Estate received the 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Small Business Award. Other local businesses that will proceed to the national awards in Sydney on 26 August are:

  • Cataract on Paterson, a contemporary Launceston restaurant that won the New Business Award
  • Mode Electrical, a solar-power system designer, supplier and installer, that won the Micro Business Award
  • Hobart City Mission, a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that provides emergency assistance and a range of support services. It won the inaugural Charity Business Award.

3 August 2016, Edition 174

Spirits set ginger beer frothing

Henry’s Ginger Beer is one of the products getting a promotional edge through The Spirit of Tasmania’s Flavours of Tassie initiative. The program has given more than 160,000 passengers opportunities to sample a selection of the State’s finest food and beverages during their Bass Strait crossings. It works well for the owners of Penguin-based Henry’s Ginger Beer, Caroline and Marc Watson-Paul. “We love to get on board and get talking about our ginger beer and the story behind it,” Mrs Watson-Paul said. “The passengers are just so excited to be coming to Tasmania for a holiday and looking forward to tasting the State’s food and beverages. We are just really pleased they get to taste our product first.” Henry’s home-brew style ginger beer is in demand in cafes, restaurants and provedores throughout the State and is sold aboard the Spirits. CEO, Bernard Dwyer, said that the TT Line had set out to uncover little-known Tasmanian gems. “So far this year we have had 48 suppliers present on 81 sailings, and we are expecting bookings to double by the end of the program.”

3 August 2016, Edition 174

Are the Arts subverting Hobart?

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Arts-minded Tasmanians and cultural tourists are becoming aware of a creative foment in Hobart’s former Mercury newspaper building and in a nearby heritage-listed church.

2 August 2016, Edition 174

Champions for China cultural links


Why is a company called Reckless Moments taking the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on a nine-concert, seven-city tour of China later this year?

2 August 2016, Edition 174

Chimu tour to Antarctic Festival

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Tourism business Chimu Adventures is offering a four-day tour from Sydney to coincide with Tasmania’s first Antarctic Festival.

2 August 2016, Edition 174

Whisky unveils its backroom hero

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Peter Bailly, Australia’s only maker of copper stills, has emerged into the public spotlight from a small engineering workshop that has powered up Tasmania’s whisky industry.

2 August 2016, Edition 174

Dark Mofo targets 500,000

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Dark Mofo organisers have committed to attracting an overall audience of 500,000 by 2021 after receiving a five-year, $10.5 million funding deal from the Tasmanian Government.

2 August 2016, Edition 174

Three Capes walk for $250

The booming Three Capes Track experience is available at half price until 31 August. The $250 per person offer is part of centenary celebrations for Tasmania’s national park system. Free entry is being offered to all of the State’s 19 national parks on 27-29 August and during the September school holidays (24 September to 9 October). The Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom, said: “Bookings for the Three Capes Track have now exceeded 7,000, with 94 per cent of walkers rating it as ‘one of the best things they had done in their life’, or ‘in the past 12 months’. Mr Groom said visitation to Tasmanian parks was significantly up for the financial year, with Mt Field improving by 26 per cent, Mole Creek Caves up 15 per cent, Lake St Clair up 12 per cent and Hastings Caves up 10 per cent.

5 July 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 173

Tourist meets elephant seal

German tourist Sandra Schänzer had an unexpected experience while sightseeing around the Bay of Fires. She encountered an elephant seal resting on rocks and was able to snap off photographs that enabled Parks and Wildlife Service officers to identify the animal as a two- to three-year-old male. About 8-10 sightings of elephant seals are reported to the Parks and Wildlife Service every year from shores around Tasmania, which is at the northern end of the animal’s distribution. Male elephant seals live for up to 12 years and can reach a weight of 3.5 tonnes and a length of 5 metres.

5 July 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 173

Wine family buys Redlands

One of Australia’s leading winemaking families, the Casellas, has paid $3.7 million for the historic 101ha Redlands Estate, on the banks of the Plenty River in the Derwent Valley. The family plans to re-establish the convict-built complex as a tourism destination. The vendor, Peter Hope, operated a whisky distillery at the property in partnership with pioneer distiller Bill Lark. Whisky production was moved to Dysart House at Kempton before the sale, but the Redlands Distillery brand will continue to be used. The Casellas, who produce Yellow Tail, Peter Lehmann and Brand’s Laira wines, plan to spend the next few years continuing with the restoration of the 1819 property and grounds. It is not yet known if they will plant a vineyard. Director Daniel Casella said: “It’s very early days, but we intend to continue with the careful restoration of the heritage buildings and beautiful gardens, maintaining the original features, natural beauty and charm. With its proximity to Hobart, fertile land and the fascinating stories deeply embedded in its history, our long-term vision is to re-establish Redlands as a must-visit tourism destination in Tasmania.”

5 July 2016, Tasmania’s Stories Edition 173

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