When Jenny and I were paddling recently in the warm waters of Vanuatu, we began pondering the differences between cold and warm water paddling. There is the obvious, more clothes vs less clothes, sun protection in hot climates, but in this blog I’ll talk about a few little secrets I’ve picked up along the way, including looking after you, your gear and your paddling friends. Start reading here.
While paddling we easily observe the natural environment above water but life below is often less clear. We do know it’s an amazing world of immense bio-diversity that constantly surprises with new discoveries. But it’s not just scientists doing the research, citizen science is making a huge contribution to research. Reef Life Survey (RLS) is a non-profit citizen science program based in Hobart and we asked Toni Cooper to explain how volunteers are helping expand our marine knowledge. Find our more here.
When you live, work and play in a natural environment as spectacular as our island state, wanting to care for this place comes easily. We work hard to ensure our impact is as light as possible, to help others in conservation and to explain and share our ethos as widely as possible. We are also very proud of our Advanced Tourism Eco Certification, with annual audits ensuring we continue best practice. Check out more on what we do in our here.
Kayaking is a perfect activity as we get older, it is low impact and can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Every year we are inspired by paddlers in their 70s (and even their 80s) on our expeditions who keep up with (and often out paddle), people half their age. Getting older doesn’t have to mean the end of kayaking and camping. Read here for Reg’s top tips for kayaking (and camping) as you get older.
We love seeing the many (and so cute) wombats ambling around the stunning landscape of Flinders Island and are always keen to learn more about the wildlife we encounter. We caught up with UTAS researcher, Dr Scott Carver, to find out more about recent wombat research and another topical wombat issue, mange. Read more here.
The Gorge means many things to many people. To those like Roaring 40s guide Tim, it’s a white water challenge when Hydro Tasmania boost the flows to create an adrenaline adventure. Walkers, joggers, runners and photographers roam the many paths of this tourism icon and it’s been treasured by settlers since 1804 and by our indigenous people for thousands of years. Discover more about the Cataract Gorge here.
As we glide over the water on our Cliffs, Caves and Beaches trip, our eyes often wander to the river mouth where the Iron Pot Lighthouse stands guard over the River Derwent. Curious about its history, we asked South Arm local, Kerry Scambler, to tell us more about this iconic sight. Read more about this historic and fascinating lighthouse.
Tasmania is renowned for many things – clean, crisp air, breathtaking wilderness, long, white beaches and quirky locals – but there’s a few things about our island state that are often unknown to most. Being the second place of European settlement in Australia means the state boasts many “first this” and “oldest that” in the country. We also have the highest boat ownership in Australia and surprisingly the second-driest capital city. Here’s a few more facts that might surprise and pique your interest.
The flipped seasons in Australia can be briefly confusing to people traveling from the Northern Hemisphere. The months that much of the world thinks of as winter are summer in Australia, and the best time to visit Tasmania. January may be the single best time to visit, simply because there happens to be a lot going on, in addition to being a great time to be paddling. Here are some of the reasons January may just be the best time to visit.
Meandering on a kayak is a blissful way for any traveller to be in touch with nature but the fact is that kayakers can upset the environment if not aware of how to minimise their impact. Together with Yakima we have put together some handy hints to considering before embarking on your next kayaking adventure. Read more here.
Tasmanian palawa Aboriginal Elder, Clyde Mansell is the key proponent of wukalina walk – a three night, four day experience in the spectacular Bay of Fires in north eastern Tasmania - which has become Tasmania’s (and possibly the country’s) first Aboriginal owned and operated guided walk. Read more about Clyde and the walk here.
Reg and Jen recently cycled from Manali to Leh in the Indian Himalayas. It was an amazing journey, if hard cycling. Read more about their amazing adventure here.
While kayaks are very robust and don’t need a lot of maintenance, it is worth checking them out at least once a year to ensure they are safe and comfortable on the water. Reg has put together a checklist to help you out here.
From the bubbles around your paddle to bubbles in your glass, Tasmania is world-class. There are over 95 cellar doors around the state, each loaded with its own character and style and Wine Tasmania has made it easy to navigate these yourself around with five new wine trails around the state. Find out more here.
31 May 2018
We spend our summer checking the BOM site, but the weather and forecasts often remain a bit of a mystery to us so we asked Luke Johnston, Senior Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania a few questions we have all probably pondered at some time. Check out his answers here.
25 May 2018
Dry bags are essential kayaking equipment to keep your gear dry, but which ones do you choose? Reg has put together information on dry bags with his tips on materials, shapes, sizes and features along with what he takes on a kayaking expedition here.
28 February 2018
If you’re coming to Tasmania for adventure, along with on-water kayaking we can highly recommend some land-based excitement of a different sort, especially if you love to hurtle. Reg, Jenny and Damo have been testing out the trails over the past few months and share our highlights as well as information on Tassie's world-class mountain biking adventure here.
12 February 2018
The Orange-bellied Parrot is one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species with just 35 estimated left in the wild. We feel privileged that we often see them at their summer breeding ground at Melaleuca. So far this season, only 16 Orange-bellied Parrots have returned to Melaleuca and parrot experts are saying 'drastic intervention' is needed to save the species. Find out more on what is being done and how you can help here.
12 December 2017
Dr Alderman is an inspiring scientist who clearly loves what she does – managing the Shy albatross monitoring and research program and raising awareness of Tasmania’s own magnificent bird of the seas. We asked her five questions about the program and the conservation of the Shy albatross.
8 December 2018
The magnificent waters of Southwest Tasmania lie at 43 degrees south, in the direct path of the winds that sailors call the Roaring 40s (yep – hence our name!). Whilst most of the bad weather predictably arrives in the winter months, and often in summer there are long spells of sunny, mild (and sometimes hot) days, the conditions are changeable all year round. It’s a big part of the area’s special appeal and just means you have to be prepared for all kinds of weather, all year round. So what to wear? Read our new blog post here for our recommendations to keep you as happy as Reg and Tory in the pic adjacent!
11 October 2017
This city has a lively vibe year round with all manner of activities to enjoy when you’re not on the water. Our favourite markets are Hobart Twilight Market , Farmgate Market, Street Eats @ Franko and of course the Saturday institution of Salamanca Market. We think these four markets offer diverse experiences for visitors and locals alike. Find out more about each of these and other Hobart markets here.
8 October 2017
With their playful, curious character and photogenic poses both in and out of the water, Australian Fur Seals are a favourite sight on our Tasman Peninsula paddles. These days the seals seem plentiful but the population is continuing to rebuild after near extinction. Read more on the fourth rarest seal in the world here.
7 August 2017
We’ve spent quite a bit of time kayaking on stunning Flinders Island over the past few years, and every time it continues to surprise and delight us. The grand granite peaks rise from Bass Strait to look over the surrounding lush farmland and coastal bush. The waters are clear and the beaches long. It is also like stepping back in time with relaxed and friendly locals. Read more about why we love Flinders Island here.
18 May 2017
The waters of Tasmania are sensational for kayaking but they're also an essential part of the process that brews up some of the finest beers in the country. There is an increasing number of craft brewers making the most of the natural resources and vibrant culinary scene of our island state. And we say cheers to that!
Read more about our beer history and where to find Tasmanian craft beers here.
15 May 2017
Tasmania’s awesome wilderness waterways give us so much pleasure it would be devastating if we were actually responsible for putting a pristine area at risk. And just one drop of contaminated moisture on a kayak could do that. It's up to each of us to make sure we're not the ones carrying nasty hitchhikers out to ruin our magnificent natural environment, and with assistance from NRM South we have put together some tips here for ensuring your kayak is clean.
1 May 2017
The feeling of bobbing around on the water and being immersed in the natural environment is benefit enough some would say, but there's more going on to make you feel even better. Physically you're working out, it’s great for de-stressing, and of course there's just the whole being outdoors thing. Read more about the benefits of kayaking here.
9th April 2017
On the water we encounter many different creatures but perhaps one of the most mystifying is the jellyfish. For Hobart-based jellyfish expert Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin they provide a fascinating world to work in. Dr Gershwin and her business partners have developed The Jellyfish App to help identify jellyfish and treat their stings. Read more here.
6th April 2017
For over a hundred years (1900 to around 2010) only three families have lived long-term in the Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey region – the Kings, Claytons and Willsons. The most famous resident was Deny King, legendary bushman, tin miner, naturalist, artist and environmentalist, and a man who left an indelible mark on all who were privileged to meet him. Read more about the remarkable Deny King here.
18th February 2017
Here are some tips on how to have a good day on the water. It’s all about the planning and being aware of the environment you’re heading into. Click here for more information and links to our favourite weather sites.
17 February 2017
Kayaking not only offers a range of experiences – adventure, exploration and sometimes just sheer relaxation and the feel of being on the water. It can also take you to places you simply can't reach on foot and gives you a perspective unlike any other. And very often you'll want to capture the images from those experiences. Taking photos from a kayak could seem quite a tricky process but here are a few tips to keep in mind.
11th January 2017
Beneath our kayaks, a fish ‘walks’ along the sandy floor. Preferring to walk on its ‘hands’ rather than swim, the Spotted Handfish has been around for an incredible fifty million or so years, and yet although once inhabiting rivers around the world it is sadly now critically endangered and found only in Hobart's Derwent River. Read more about this amazing little fish here.
19 November 2016
We’re often asked “what kayak should I purchase”, so as we come into the summer paddling season and the popular Christmas kayak purchases, Reg thought he’d put together some tips. Check them out here.
19 November 2016
Here's a challenge - try not to be inspired by Tasmania's unspoiled coastlines, lush rainforests, crisp lakes, and ruggedly handsome mountains. To help you plan your visit to Tasmania , we've compiled a list of what we think are the best landmarks around the island. Click here to get your imagination going, then create your own Tasmania plan.
3 November 2016
It’s hard to believe the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Region of Bathurst Harbour was once a large, dry plain. Rising sea levels some 7,000 years ago flooded the entire area creating a water wonderland three times the size of Sydney Harbour, Bathurst Harbour. Click here to read more.
29 September 2016