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Coastal Bliss
Tasmania has developed a reputation for being home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The East Coast of Tasmania is dotted with plenty of coastal wonderlands waiting quietly to be explored. On many a morning, you very well could be the only person strolling across the soft white sands looking out to endless topaz waters. The above is a shot of peaceful Binalong Bay, situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires.   
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Coastal Bliss

Tasmania has developed a reputation for being home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The East Coast of Tasmania is dotted with plenty of coastal wonderlands waiting quietly to be explored. On many a morning, you very well could be the only person strolling across the soft white sands looking out to endless topaz waters. The above is a shot of peaceful Binalong Bay, situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires.   

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by kathrynleahy.

Buddy With A Local
For anyone who has wondered what it’s like to truly go behind the scenery in Tasmania, the best advice is to experience the island state through the eyes of a local. Internationally renowned photographer and avid Instagrammer Will Patino is this weekend embarking on his first trip to Tasmania. And who better to show him the unexpected wonders of the Apple Isle, than local Francois Fourie. Ever since the South African born photographer made Tasmania his home he has been discovering the secrets of this remarkable destination.
We sat down with the two snap-happy travellers to hear what they are most looking forward to doing and seeing this weekend.
Will, what are you most looking forward to seeing?
I’m really looking forward to seeing the incredible cliffs along the Tasman Peninsula. The Lanterns look absolutely epic.
Francois, what are you most looking forward to showing Will?
Well, just the beauty of Tasmania really. People always say I take beautiful photographs, but I don’t like to take much credit for it. There really is beauty around every corner, all you have to do is get out there, plonk the camera down on your tripod and press the shutter. (It’s not quite like that, but still, it’s not hard to get a beautiful photograph in a place like this).
Will, what are you most looking forward to doing?
I love hitting the road and experiencing new things. Tasmania looks so raw and rugged so I can’t wait to just absorb it all and try capture through my lens what I see and feel.
Francois, what are you most looking forward to doing with Will?
I am most excited about taking Will to Mt Field National Park. I have been here many, many times, and feel like I know all the good-looking trees and rocks. I also think he will really enjoy photographing there.
Will, what is that most unexpected thing/place/fact you know about Tasmania?
One thing I didn’t realise about Tassie is actually how diverse the landscape is. As a land mass it’s obviously not huge, but the entire area seems to be full of beauty. From snowy mountains, to sea cliffs and caves, to surf and lush forests, nothing is missing. I haven’t even been yet and I already want to pack my bags and move over permanently.
Fraincois, what is the most unexpected thing/place/fact that visitors may not know about Tasmania?
Hobart was named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 City Destinations for 2013. According to Lonely Planet, Hobart’s allure has always been its natural beauty “but the recent arrival of the world-class MONA museum has the waters rippling, hip tourists flocking and Hobart rousing from its slumber”.
Will and Francois will be exploring the south corner of Tasmania in one action packed weekend, starting this Friday 29th August 2014. You can follow their adventurers via Instagram from Hobart to the coastal cliffs of Tasman National Park and to the waterfalls of Mount Field National Park.
Keep up with Will and Francois on their Instagram accounts: william_patino and ffourie. 
We will also continue to share their adventures right here on the Magazine.
Go Behind The Scenery here. 
Photo Credit: This picture of the Milky Way galaxy was taken by Francois Fourie on the beach along South Arm Road, near Calverts Lagoon. It’s about a 30 min drive from Hobart.


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Buddy With A Local

For anyone who has wondered what it’s like to truly go behind the scenery in Tasmania, the best advice is to experience the island state through the eyes of a local. Internationally renowned photographer and avid Instagrammer Will Patino is this weekend embarking on his first trip to Tasmania. And who better to show him the unexpected wonders of the Apple Isle, than local Francois Fourie. Ever since the South African born photographer made Tasmania his home he has been discovering the secrets of this remarkable destination.

We sat down with the two snap-happy travellers to hear what they are most looking forward to doing and seeing this weekend.

Will, what are you most looking forward to seeing?

I’m really looking forward to seeing the incredible cliffs along the Tasman Peninsula. The Lanterns look absolutely epic.

Francois, what are you most looking forward to showing Will?

Well, just the beauty of Tasmania really. People always say I take beautiful photographs, but I don’t like to take much credit for it. There really is beauty around every corner, all you have to do is get out there, plonk the camera down on your tripod and press the shutter. (It’s not quite like that, but still, it’s not hard to get a beautiful photograph in a place like this).

Will, what are you most looking forward to doing?

I love hitting the road and experiencing new things. Tasmania looks so raw and rugged so I can’t wait to just absorb it all and try capture through my lens what I see and feel.

Francois, what are you most looking forward to doing with Will?

I am most excited about taking Will to Mt Field National Park. I have been here many, many times, and feel like I know all the good-looking trees and rocks. I also think he will really enjoy photographing there.

Will, what is that most unexpected thing/place/fact you know about Tasmania?

One thing I didn’t realise about Tassie is actually how diverse the landscape is. As a land mass it’s obviously not huge, but the entire area seems to be full of beauty. From snowy mountains, to sea cliffs and caves, to surf and lush forests, nothing is missing. I haven’t even been yet and I already want to pack my bags and move over permanently.

Fraincois, what is the most unexpected thing/place/fact that visitors may not know about Tasmania?

Hobart was named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 City Destinations for 2013. According to Lonely Planet, Hobart’s allure has always been its natural beauty “but the recent arrival of the world-class MONA museum has the waters rippling, hip tourists flocking and Hobart rousing from its slumber”.

Will and Francois will be exploring the south corner of Tasmania in one action packed weekend, starting this Friday 29th August 2014. You can follow their adventurers via Instagram from Hobart to the coastal cliffs of Tasman National Park and to the waterfalls of Mount Field National Park.

Keep up with Will and Francois on their Instagram accounts: william_patino and ffourie

We will also continue to share their adventures right here on the Magazine.

Go Behind The Scenery here

Photo Credit: This picture of the Milky Way galaxy was taken by Francois Fourie on the beach along South Arm Road, near Calverts Lagoon. It’s about a 30 min drive from Hobart.

 

Wild, Wild West
Leave the urban sprawl behind and delve deep into the sometimes challenging and wild Tasmanian landscape. The South West of the state has become world renown for its impenetrable ancient forests, untamed rivers and rewarding treks. 
The picture above shows the view from Frenchmans Cap, one of the tracks that runs through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The 1446m high white quartzite dome stretches above the surrounding buttongrass plains, Lake Tahune, glacial valleys and endless rainforest dotted with Huon and King Billy pines. Careful preparation is advised for this strenuous trek.
Franklin River Rafting offer a host of guided adventure tours in the region. For more information visit their website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Wild, Wild West

Leave the urban sprawl behind and delve deep into the sometimes challenging and wild Tasmanian landscape. The South West of the state has become world renown for its impenetrable ancient forests, untamed rivers and rewarding treks. 

The picture above shows the view from Frenchmans Cap, one of the tracks that runs through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The 1446m high white quartzite dome stretches above the surrounding buttongrass plains, Lake Tahune, glacial valleys and endless rainforest dotted with Huon and King Billy pines. Careful preparation is advised for this strenuous trek.

Franklin River Rafting offer a host of guided adventure tours in the region. For more information visit their website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by franklinriverrafting

White Wallabies
A visit to Tasmania isn’t complete without getting up close and personal with some of the state’s unique native animals. The Bennett’s Wallaby is one of the most commonly sighted species on the island state, found throughout the many national parks.
Lucky visitors might catch a glimpse of the rarer white Bennett’s wallaby near the Fluted Cape entrance to South Bruny National Park. Members of the area’s small population can be seen grazing in the open grasslands at dusk.
Inala Nature Tours offer exceptional bird watching and wildlife experiences in the area. For more information about their tours visit their website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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White Wallabies

A visit to Tasmania isn’t complete without getting up close and personal with some of the state’s unique native animals. The Bennett’s Wallaby is one of the most commonly sighted species on the island state, found throughout the many national parks.

Lucky visitors might catch a glimpse of the rarer white Bennett’s wallaby near the Fluted Cape entrance to South Bruny National Park. Members of the area’s small population can be seen grazing in the open grasslands at dusk.

Inala Nature Tours offer exceptional bird watching and wildlife experiences in the area. For more information about their tours visit their website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by milliesanderson

St Columba Falls
St Columba Falls is one of the Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls with a 90m plunge from Mt Victoria foothills to the valley of the South George River. This multi-tiered waterfall is only a ten minute stroll through the rainforest from the reserve car park and picnic area. Look out for the Australian native platypus burrowing along the shoreline of the creek below. 
While in the North East Tasmanian area, stop by Pyengana Dairy Company who are famous for their award-winning cheddar. What better way to enjoy Tasmanian produce than at the base of a waterfall renown for its beauty!
Go Behind The Scenery here. 
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St Columba Falls

St Columba Falls is one of the Tasmania’s tallest waterfalls with a 90m plunge from Mt Victoria foothills to the valley of the South George River. This multi-tiered waterfall is only a ten minute stroll through the rainforest from the reserve car park and picnic area. Look out for the Australian native platypus burrowing along the shoreline of the creek below.

While in the North East Tasmanian area, stop by Pyengana Dairy Company who are famous for their award-winning cheddar. What better way to enjoy Tasmanian produce than at the base of a waterfall renown for its beauty!

Go Behind The Scenery here. 

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by lovethywalrus

Do You Believe In Ghosts?
A haunting presence is rumoured to settle over the Port Arthur Historic Site when the sun sets. The site gives an important glimpse into Tasmania’s turbulent history as a former convict settlement and provides a striking example of colonial expansion in Australia.
Gain exclusive access to the World Heritage listed site on a lantern-lit Ghost Tour. As you walk through the crumbling ruins, stretched with shifting shadows, listen to the very real brutal tales of the site as well as the sometimes incredulous stories of unexplained past occurrences. Is it myth or truth?
For more information visit the Port Arthur Historic Site website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Do You Believe In Ghosts?

A haunting presence is rumoured to settle over the Port Arthur Historic Site when the sun sets. The site gives an important glimpse into Tasmania’s turbulent history as a former convict settlement and provides a striking example of colonial expansion in Australia.

Gain exclusive access to the World Heritage listed site on a lantern-lit Ghost Tour. As you walk through the crumbling ruins, stretched with shifting shadows, listen to the very real brutal tales of the site as well as the sometimes incredulous stories of unexplained past occurrences. Is it myth or truth?

For more information visit the Port Arthur Historic Site website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by lovethywalrus

From The Rock
Avid bushwalkers will relish the opportunity to take on Wellington Park, located in the South East of Tasmania. Wellington Park is conveniently located behind the infamous kunanyi / Mount Wellington that looks over the state’s capital Hobart. 
The Thark Ridge Track is one of many that run through the park. Set off from the Big Bend car park and follow the 7km trial to reveal spectacular views across to Cathedral Rock (pictured). 
The route takes walkers through bushland brimming with native life. Despite being a mostly high alpine region, the area has at least 500 unique species of flora and is also an prime bird watching area. It is vital in the conservation for woodland birds such as the endangered swift parrot and forty-spotted pardalote. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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From The Rock

Avid bushwalkers will relish the opportunity to take on Wellington Park, located in the South East of Tasmania. Wellington Park is conveniently located behind the infamous kunanyi / Mount Wellington that looks over the state’s capital Hobart. 

The Thark Ridge Track is one of many that run through the park. Set off from the Big Bend car park and follow the 7km trial to reveal spectacular views across to Cathedral Rock (pictured).

The route takes walkers through bushland brimming with native life. Despite being a mostly high alpine region, the area has at least 500 unique species of flora and is also an prime bird watching area. It is vital in the conservation for woodland birds such as the endangered swift parrot and forty-spotted pardalote. 

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by skurge0ne.

Finding Freycinet
Along the easy-going East Coast of Tasmania, lies Freycinet Peninsula. 
Visit for a day or stay for a week to discover the many coastal pockets that define the area such as Coles Bay, Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay and the Friendly Beaches Reserve. Bold granite cliffs known as the Hazards greet visitors as they enter the Freycinet National Park that runs the length of the peninsula. 
Everywhere in the park is within walking distance of azure waters and white sands. Be sure to keep your eyes on the sky as the area has an impressive array of unique native birds such as a white-bellied sea eagle or large Australasian gannet. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Finding Freycinet

Along the easy-going East Coast of Tasmania, lies Freycinet Peninsula.

Visit for a day or stay for a week to discover the many coastal pockets that define the area such as Coles Bay, Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay and the Friendly Beaches Reserve. Bold granite cliffs known as the Hazards greet visitors as they enter the Freycinet National Park that runs the length of the peninsula.

Everywhere in the park is within walking distance of azure waters and white sands. Be sure to keep your eyes on the sky as the area has an impressive array of unique native birds such as a white-bellied sea eagle or large Australasian gannet. 

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by insta_graham23

Scent Of Summer
Tasmania’s gentle cool climate and rich soil lends itself to a thriving industry of flowers, wine and food. One of the most beautiful sights during December and January is the blossoming Bridestowe Lavender Farm.
Stroll amongst the beautiful, fresh scent of lavender, treat yourself to a tasty lavender flavoured ice cream and pick up beautiful gifts from the spa, gourmet or home ranges. 
For more information visit the Bridestowe Lavender Farm website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Scent Of Summer

Tasmania’s gentle cool climate and rich soil lends itself to a thriving industry of flowers, wine and food. One of the most beautiful sights during December and January is the blossoming Bridestowe Lavender Farm.

Stroll amongst the beautiful, fresh scent of lavender, treat yourself to a tasty lavender flavoured ice cream and pick up beautiful gifts from the spa, gourmet or home ranges. 

For more information visit the Bridestowe Lavender Farm website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by pixjax.

The Friendly Locals
Say Hello to Luwanna the koala, one of the recent guests at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary!
The sanctuary takes pride in rescuing native animals and restoring them to life in the wild. On any given day, you are able to visit some of Tasmania’s special locals including quolls, possums, kangaroos, green rosellas, and of course, the iconic Tasmanian Devil, in the park.
Every visit to the sanctuary, goes back into supporting these unique animals, many found nowhere else in the world.
For more information visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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The Friendly Locals

Say Hello to Luwanna the koala, one of the recent guests at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary!

The sanctuary takes pride in rescuing native animals and restoring them to life in the wild. On any given day, you are able to visit some of Tasmania’s special locals including quolls, possums, kangaroos, green rosellas, and of course, the iconic Tasmanian Devil, in the park.

Every visit to the sanctuary, goes back into supporting these unique animals, many found nowhere else in the world.

For more information visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by miaglastonbury

Time To Wander
To the south of Tasmania’s capital Hobart, lies Bruny Island; a pristine natural wonderland. The astonishing habitat stretches the length of the island, broken only by boardwalks, picnic sites, viewing platforms and modern facilities for visitors. 
Timber stairs connect the sandy shores of Bruny Island to The Neck lookout offering panoramic views. Keep an eye out for little penguins returning home at dusk along the sand dunes. We suggest visiting during the warmer months - September to February - for the best penguin viewing experience.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Time To Wander

To the south of Tasmania’s capital Hobart, lies Bruny Island; a pristine natural wonderland. The astonishing habitat stretches the length of the island, broken only by boardwalks, picnic sites, viewing platforms and modern facilities for visitors. 

Timber stairs connect the sandy shores of Bruny Island to The Neck lookout offering panoramic views. Keep an eye out for little penguins returning home at dusk along the sand dunes. We suggest visiting during the warmer months - September to February - for the best penguin viewing experience.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by the_lion_rampant.

Across The Gorge
Only 15 minutes from the heart of Launceston lies Cataract Gorge. This dramatic slice of wilderness is the perfect day escape. The basin area offers plenty of vantage points to take in the narrow valley and steep rocky walls of the gorge. Soak in the surroundings from the world’s longest single span chairlift or the Alexandra suspension bridge that spans the waterway or the many lookouts.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Across The Gorge

Only 15 minutes from the heart of Launceston lies Cataract Gorge. This dramatic slice of wilderness is the perfect day escape. The basin area offers plenty of vantage points to take in the narrow valley and steep rocky walls of the gorge. Soak in the surroundings from the world’s longest single span chairlift or the Alexandra suspension bridge that spans the waterway or the many lookouts.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by rad1606.

Take a Walk on The Wild Side!
The world’s highest commercial abseil awaits you in Tasmania!
Adventure seekers will relish the opportunity to abseil 140m (460ft) down the side of Gordon Dam. The dam stands on the edge of the state’s South West wilderness and is higher than the infamous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If the 140m drop seems daunting, abseilers can test the water with a 30m or 50m descent beforehand. As the dam is a concave abseilers spend much of the time dangling in the air rather than touching the wall. 
If this sounds like your kind of thrill, visit the Aardvark Adventure website. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Take a Walk on The Wild Side!

The world’s highest commercial abseil awaits you in Tasmania!

Adventure seekers will relish the opportunity to abseil 140m (460ft) down the side of Gordon Dam. The dam stands on the edge of the state’s South West wilderness and is higher than the infamous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If the 140m drop seems daunting, abseilers can test the water with a 30m or 50m descent beforehand. As the dam is a concave abseilers spend much of the time dangling in the air rather than touching the wall. 

If this sounds like your kind of thrill, visit the Aardvark Adventure website. 

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by insta_graham23

Hauntingly Beautiful
The crumbling ruins of the Port Arthur Historic Site lie as reminders of Tasmania’s stormy past. The site was once a thriving penal colony that housed thousands of notorious convicts. The tales of hardship, punishment and loss provide a glimpse into the state’s sordid history. 
Step back in time on one of the lantern-lit ghost tours through the World Heritage listed site. You might change your mind on whether ghosts are real…
For more information visit the Port Arthur Historic Site website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by swanesphotos   High-res

Hauntingly Beautiful

The crumbling ruins of the Port Arthur Historic Site lie as reminders of Tasmania’s stormy past. The site was once a thriving penal colony that housed thousands of notorious convicts. The tales of hardship, punishment and loss provide a glimpse into the state’s sordid history. 

Step back in time on one of the lantern-lit ghost tours through the World Heritage listed site. You might change your mind on whether ghosts are real…

For more information visit the Port Arthur Historic Site website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by swanesphotos

Cheers!
Across Tasmania, gourmet foodies, wine connoisseurs and passionate amateurs alike, will find a drop of fine wine and incredible accompanying food to their taste. The state is well known for producing a range of elegant cool climate wines. In particular, the pinot noir and sparkling varieties are internationally acclaimed. 
For more information about Tasmania’s wine routes visit the Wine Tasmania website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
Photo Credit: Rob Burnett. Published on Instagram by josefchromywines.   High-res

Cheers!

Across Tasmania, gourmet foodies, wine connoisseurs and passionate amateurs alike, will find a drop of fine wine and incredible accompanying food to their taste. The state is well known for producing a range of elegant cool climate wines. In particular, the pinot noir and sparkling varieties are internationally acclaimed. 

For more information about Tasmania’s wine routes visit the Wine Tasmania website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Rob Burnett. Published on Instagram by josefchromywines.