Meanwhile, Here In Tasmania...
A weekly round-up of news and information for visitors to Tasmania

'A Cheapskate's Guide to Exploring Tasmania By Car'

Bass Highway delays expected - Breadalbane to Burnie
March 22, 2018
Motorists travelling West on the Bass highway between now and May are likely to see “quite a sight”

Oversize, slow-moving trucks carrying more than 2500 tonnes of steel girders are expected to cause periodic traffic interruptions.

Read more (with schedules) at: The Examiner

The Spirit of Tasmania turns 20
March 21, 2018
Getting into the birthday spirit has never been easier with the Spirit of Tasmania turning 20 on Wednesday

The iconic red and white vessels were built in 1998 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland; the vessels commenced operating on Bass Strait in September 2002.

Read more at: The Examiner

Permit required for North Midlands free camping areas
The 48 hour free areas for self - contained caravans & mobile homes now require a PERMIT

The areas involved are: Bishopsbourne, Campbell Town ( located within the Blackburn Park Reserve which is on the south eastern side of the Red Bridge—adjacent to the Elizabeth River.), Evandale and Honeysuckle Banks .

Read full details at: North Midlands Council

Bracknell free camping ban
March 9, 2018

Camping & Overnight Stops Banned • Bracknell River Reserve

From Tuesday 13 March 2018, camping and overnight stops will no longer be permitted at the Bracknell River Reserve.

Council must abide by planning regulations and national competition policy which govern how the Reserve may be used.

Note: Council is currently working on a solution.

Read more at: The Examiner

Monkey Business
March 9, 2018
Japanese macaques monkey around in Launceston's City Park

Some cute new faces have been spotted in the monkey enclosure at City Park.

City of Launceston general manager Michael Stretton said three baby monkeys were born this season.

Read more at: The Examiner

Cruise ships return to King Island
March 5, 2018
A boutique cruise ship will dock at King Island in 2019

The 114-passenger MS Caledonian Sky will depart Melbourne in November and travel to King Island, Burnie, Launceston, down the east coast and then to New Zealand.

News of the voyage comes after King Island welcomed its first cruise ship in 15 years, the L'Austral, in late January.

Read more at: The Examiner

Clarity sought on free camping
March 4, 2018
Local Government Association of Tasmania seeks clarity on the legality of free camping on council land

LGAT passed a motion at its Friday meeting to “seek a state government review of the current application of national competition principles as they relate to free camping in regional towns in Tasmania”, according to president Doug Chipman.

The decision comes in the wake of backlash at the Meander Valley Council after it banned RVs from parking on council-owned lands.

Read more at: The Examiner

Fruit fly questions answered
February 26, 2018
Tasmania’s fruit fly incursions

News stories over the past month have generated many questions, so The Examiner Newspaper asked the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment department to answer them.

These responses come from a department spokesperson.

Read more at: The Examiner

Zoodoo welcomes first zebra
February 20, 2018

The state’s first zebra foal was born in the state’s south on Monday

Zoodoo welcomed baby Jupiter in the early hours of the morning, with mum and foal doing “really well”, the zoo’s general manager Donna Cuttriss-Smith said. The zoo has the only zebras in the state.

Read more at: The Mercury

Hobart Puppy
The Hobart City Council along with RSPCA Hobart are currently trialing ‘puppy parking’ on Salamanca Lawns

Dog lovers who want to enjoy Hobart's wonderful Salamanca Markets have the opportunity to drop their pets at a specially created puppy parking station.

Run by RSPCA Hobart on a Saturday between 9am and 1pm for just a gold coin donation.

Read more at: Salamanca Market

Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival
March 18, 2018

The fourth Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival

​​It's a day steeped in everything tomatoey and garlicky - with tastings, produce, guest speakers, competitions and more, a great day out for all the family in the glorious Tasmanian countryside.

Read more at: Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival

International Mural Fest
April 1 to 7, 2018

Be captivated by this truly unique, annual art competition in Sheffield - the 'Town of Murals'

Each year, nine artists compete in a public 'paint off' from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday.
Artists must complete a mural, using the same poem as their mural's central theme and inspiration.

Read more at: Discover Tasmania

V8 Supercars
April 6,7 and 8, 2018
V8 Supercars Supersprint at Symmons Plains

Symmons Plains Raceway is located on Midlands Highway, 10 minutes south of Perth, 25 minutes south of Launceston, an hour from Devonport and two hours north of Hobart.

The official event program is available for purchase for the Ticketek Box office, Paddock Box office and Supercars Merchandise Store.

Read more at: Event Guide

Targa Tasmania
April 16 to 21, 2018

Thrill to over six days of Targa Tasmania

Some of the world's best touring, sports and GT cars compete in competitive stages on more than 2000 kilometres of the Island's toughest roads to challenge the best in their category.

Get up close and personal as the best of up to 300 of the world's finest cars and drivers compete through Tasmania's towns, scenic routes and mountain passes.

See Course Map

May 3 to 5, 2018

Tasmania's premier agricultural event

Quercus Rural Youth Park, 415 Oaks Road, Carrick

Agfest has grown from a small field day at a racetrack with 100 exhibitors in May 1983 to become one of the State's most popular multi-million dollar exhibitions with almost 60,000 patrons passing through the gates over the three days.

Agfest features over 700 exhibitors and has something for everyone, including agricultural machinery, banking and finance, machinery, hardware and small equipment, leisure, automotive, clothing and home wares, food, horticulture and livestock.

Read more at: Agfest

Tasmania's Hot Fishing Spots

Tasmanian Recreational Fishing

Local knowledge is always your best source for finding out where the fish are biting in Tasmania. Download ther free colour guides to 11 different fishing regions,

Learn about the Tasmanian Sea Fishing Guide App, Recreational Sea Fishing Guide, Rulers, Measures and Guides and Hot Fishing Spots

Read more at: Sea Fishing & Aquaculture

Things to do in Northern Tasmania

Looking for things to do in Northern Tasmania?

Take a day trip and travel through the mountains of the Great Western Tiers on your way to Cradle Mountain National Park, surrounded by dense and lush forest and mountainous terrain. Visit some historic towns such as Carrick, Hagley, Westbury, and Deloraine (the hub between Launceston & Devonport). Stroll around the great Dove Lake, or visit Ashgrove Cheese Farm for some dairy delights.

Read more at Top things to do in Launceston


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