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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

Wave of success

The world’s best big wave surfers are heading to Tasmania, and millions of people will be watching. They will take on the fierce waves of Shipstern Bluff which has been chosen for this year’s Red Bull Cape Fear contest, an event that will be streamed live to an expected global audience of six million people. Twenty of the world’s top surfers – led by Australian legend and three-time world champion Mick Fanning – will tackle Shipstern off the wild southern edge of the Tasman Peninsula. Event Director, Mark Mathews, said: “The mountainous size, power and majestic intensity of Shipstern Bluff matched by 20 fearless big wave surfers has all the ingredients to be a highly viewed surfing event.” The contest has a five-month window which opened on August 1, to ensure the best and biggest waves. Tourism Industry Council Boss, Luke Martin, told The Mercury this level of international exposure was “invaluable” adding: “You need these kind of gem events that come up every so often that have the ability to put Tasmania up in lights as something that’s different and unique.” This will be the first time any competition has been run at the famously wild and isolated surfing location.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Hobart’s waterfront vision

A large swimming pool jutting into the Derwent River is the focal point of a bold new vision unveiled for Hobart’s waterfront. This would be the centrepiece of an expansive public space which is proposed for the current CSIRO site on Castray Esplanade. It has been mooted that the CSIRO would re-locate to the new Antarctic Precinct at Macquarie Point. The new public space would transform this valuable real estate into a recreational space that pays homage to Tasmania’s maritime connections. As well as providing an ideal focal point to watch the finish of the iconic Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, it is also proposed that the Maritime Museum could be moved here. There would also be a boardwalk along the foreshore, and possibly a small boutique hotel. Tourism Industry Council Tasmania boss, Luke Martin, likens the recreational space to Brisbane’s South Bank or Launceston’s Gorge. He told The Mercury: “We think the concept of a major public activation point like that could become an iconic feature for Hobart. Swimming alongside the Derwent…would be a focal point for the public in the hot times of summer.”

13 August 2018, Edition 197

New era for Woolmers

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An exciting addition to Woolmers Estate, one of Tasmania’s biggest heritage drawcards, is already paying dividends with a sizeable increase in visitor numbers.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Reinventing Devonport

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The transformation of Devonport is underway, with the first stage of a massive $250 million urban renewal project ready for its official opening.

12 August 2018, Edition 197

Top of the world

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Zane Robnik is an amazing young adventurer who is smashing records on Tasmania’s highest and wildest peaks.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Taste of the Tarkine

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Artisan food crafted on the edge of the Tarkine wilderness is in big demand the world over, and further evidence that the north-west really is ‘Tasmania’s Pantry’.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

New life for Maylands mansion

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Hobart’s heritage gems are being re-imagined as luxury accommodation; and while all eyes have been focused on the Historic Treasury Building, a stunning transformation has been quietly taking shape in the suburbs.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Hobart’s Antarctic vision

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As Hobart excitedly prepares for the second Antarctic Festival, a recent Senate Inquiry unveiled a bold vision for the city as the gateway to the frozen continent.


11 July 2018, Edition 196

Direct to Perth…ready to fly

Direct flights between Hobart and Perth are set for take-off. In yet another sign that our tourism industry goes from strength-to-strength, Virgin Australia will introduce non-stop flights west in September, just in time for the school holidays. The three-day-a-week service will begin on September 19 and would shave up to three hours off the current travel time. The year-round flights would also add more than 54,000 direct seats into Tasmania’s travel market annually. Such a huge reduction in travel time between Hobart and Perth is very welcome news, and Tourism Industry Council boss, Luke Martin, told ABC News: “There are two million people living in Western Australia who currently look at the proposition of coming to Tasmania, potentially through a seven or eight-hour trip, via stopping in Melbourne.” He added the new flights would also open up possibilities for more international visitors as Qantas now offers direct Perth-London flights. Latest Tourism Tasmania statistics reveal 51,800 people visited the island state from Western Australia in the year to March.

10 July 2018, Edition 196

New Margate marina

There will be a big boost for boating in Tasmania’s beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel with work commencing on the Margate Marina. When completed the marina will add 300 berths to the popular cruising region. Work has already commenced on the in-water construction phase at the marina, located at Barretta south of Hobart, with berthing facilities for 50 vessels – from 10m to 25m – expected to be ready for use from September. Marina facilities being developed on-site includes café, chandlery, and new amenities building, together with power, water and CCTV monitoring. The marina already has a hardstand area, slipway, and boat ramp in place. There is also gated security. The D’Entrecasteaux Channel is the body of water located between Bruny Island and mainland Tasmania. With its sheltered bays, stunning scenery and abundant fish and wildlife, it is one of Australia’s premier cruising destinations.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

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