Friday, October 12, 2018

The Wonderful World Of Handy Camping Gadgets and Goodies

Living Off the Grid

As a child I lived in a four room shack in a small village, along with my parents and four brothers.

There was a river at the bottom of the block and a large National Park a short walk from the top, making this almost a dream home.

Cooking and Heating

our cooking and heating was by a wood burning stove that also heated all of the water needed for washing-up, the 'bath' and hot drinks.

While having this appliance in the all purpose kitchen-dining-living room was a godsend in mid-winter,  it was a real shocker during the long summers. Poor Mum.


The stove was fueled by the fallen branches of the surrounding gum trees.and to make our toast we had to fashion a toasting fork from an old coat-hanger or stick and toast before an open fire-box.

I still shudder when I hear the burnt bits being scraped off.

Lighting and Refrigeration


Our lighting and refrigeration were kerosene and it made things like homework almost impossible after dark and there were so many exciting things to do in the available daylight that homework generally lost out.

The Washing


The copper was hand filled with water, by bucket and the fire made underneath to boil the water.

When the clothes had boiled long enough they were pulled out with a big copper-stick and remaining marks scrubbed with a brush or wash-board.

Following this the clothes were run through a mangle (wringer) to get rid of the water before being hung on the clothes line.

Ironing
When the clothes were dried they were taken back into the hot all purpose kitchen-dining-living room to be ironed.
Flat iron and handle
 A couple of flat irons were heated on the stove top, a blanket placed on the kitchen table and a bowl filled with water to wet the tea-towel for steaming.

The handle was attached to one of the flat irons and the ironing began.
When the iron got too cold, it was placed back on the stove - its handled removed and placed on the second iron as the ironing continued.

Bath Time

An enormous galvanised 'bath-tub' was placed in the middle of the kitchen-dining-living room and filled from a multitude of pots of hot water from the stove top.

One after another, the entire family shared this tub - protecting their modesty as best they could - as the battery powered wireless entertained the troops.

Thankfully we were hardly out of the river through the day.

 So why am I telling you all this?

 As romantic as all that sounds I am in constant awe of my late mother for being able to do it, with little or no help from anyone, and even when Bush-Camping today there are far easier methods of achieving the same, or better, results.

The memories of this time, both good and bad, are burnt into my memory and I have been comparing them lately to the issues of camping Off the Grid and as a result of these thoughts, I decided to start exploring the various options available.

The Wonderful World Of Handy Camping Gadgets and Goodies

Each month I will locate nine or more Handy Camping Gadgets and Goodies and publish them on a new page of my website - Tasmanian Travel Guide - for you to check out.

NOTE: I get a small amount of money if you purchase something from this page. It's not going to be a lot, but it might just help cover some of my costs

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tasmania - An island of difference

Preserve the very best of Tasmania by buying local

With my desk overlooking the comings and goings of the big ships, on the Tamar River, that form a part of the 'highway' linking us to the mainland, I often stop what I am doing to wonder if we could have supplied, or produced the goods coming in.

Supporting local businesses keeps money inside the state and has a positive impact on local economies and local jobs.

It also allows Tasmania to maintain that slightly quirky edge, much loved by locals and tourists alike.

Whether you are a local or enjoying your 'Trip of a Lifetime', I urge you to Buy Local whenever possible.

Choose the local bakery, cafe, or shop over the nationals and to get you started on other possibilities, I have listed a few options below.

As no-one has yet offered me enough money to consider Cash For Comment pieces in this blog, you can be assured that nothing below represents a paid advert.

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Valhalla - Pure Tasmanian pleasure


Valhalla have been manufacturing quality ice cream in Tasmania for over 20 years useing fresh pure Tasmanian cream and source our flavours and fruit from local suppliers wherever possible.

Valhalla Ice Cream is available in 40 flavours and there are 100’s of retailers throughout Tasmania who stock the scoop serve and take home packs so you can enjoy Valhalla no matter where you live.


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Visit the Tasmanian Wine Trails



Each trail offers a diverse and sophisticated range of wine styles which are available from an equally diverse array of cellar doors – from ultra modern restaurants to quaint cottages to heritage stables and converted backyard sheds. 

Sample our naturally elegant cool climate wines including pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot gris, gewurztraminer and sparkling wines.

 Each trail offers a diverse and sophisticated range of wine styles which are available from an equally diverse array of cellar doors – from ultra modern restaurants to quaint cottages to heritage stables and converted backyard sheds. 

Sample our naturally elegant cool climate wines including pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot gris, gewurztraminer and sparkling wines.

All four wine trails are located close to major cities and towns, as well as some of Tasmania’s award winning attractions.

You can tour the Tasmanian Wine Trail easily by car or on a guided tour, with a number of local tour companies offering half or full-day visits.  


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Tasmanian Whisky Trail


MADE WITH LOVE & PASSION

Explore Tasmania’s whiskies, and meet the passionate people behind them because it's the people that make Tasmanian whisky special.

Discover these characters and the stories, the love and the passion that goes into crafting every bottle of Tasmanian whisky.

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IGA Tasmania


Buying local is the best way for Tasmanian residents and tourists to ensure they have the freshest, tastiest food and the finest beverages on their tables at every meal, while supporting the Tasmanian community as a whole.

Tasmania's IGA stores are independently owned and operated by local Tasmanians.

Tasmanian Independent Retailers represents Tasmania's independent retailers trading independently or as an IGA branded outlet and aims to assist our members to compete effectively in the Tasmanian retail market and help them support the local communtiy that they serve.

Look in IGA stores for the Taste Tasmania logo to identify locally produced and manufactured items. 

Enjoy what Tasmania has to offer by choosing Tasmanian at a local IGA supermarket.


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Making it Betta in Tasmania


Better State Deserves Betta Milk

In 1956 a group of dairy farmers from the wild and windswept northwest of Tasmania gathered to talk business.

Hard working, generational men of the land, they wanted greater control over the pricing and distribution of their high-quality product, so after several days of robust deliberations, the Betta Milk Cooperative was born.

Today, the company remains in the hands of those same farming families and despite being exposed to the volatile peaks and troughs of an unpredictable primary industry for over 60 years, they have flourished.

Every year they purchase and process over 12 million litres of liquid milk from Tasmanian dairy farms, with every drop destined for prompt distribution throughout the state.

They employ over 70 people in Tasmania and indirectly employ a further 12 people as private vendors to deliver our quality daily milk


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Allgoods - A Proud Tasmanian Business

Allgoods - The Big Outdoor Store stocking a huge range of camping gear and outdoor equipment, as well as casual and hiking clothes

The first of the three Allgoods stores was opened in Launceston, Tasmania in 1946.

Allgoods are proud of the variety and quality of their merchandise that includes:
Outdoor, camping,  Footwear and Clothing.



These are just a few of the many Tasmanian products and enterprises available from a vast range of goods fresh, exciting and unique to Tassie.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Another great hunt - For little travellers and their adults

Tassie Rocks ~ With real rocks

I am sure everyone knows that Tassie rocks, but how many of you know about  
Tas Rocks?

Standing tall alongside the Drop Bear and adding to Tasmania's remarkable geological diversity, (with rocks from every period of the Earth's history from the Middle Proterozoic) is
The elusive 'Painted Drop-rock'.
My Pet Rock and friend - These are pets and not designed to drop as they have stick-ons
serendipity

(noun: serendipity; plural noun: serendipities -  the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.)

Imagine walking down the street, through the park, forest or camp-ground when you spot a small, colourful object peeking out through the bushes.

It is too small to be a Drop Bear and far too short to be a snake, so what on earth can it be?

Chances are that you have just stumbled across an elusive Drop-Rock.

A very fine Drop-Rock specimen
So what do you do with it?

You can:
Leave it where it is or hide it somewhere close by

Pop it in your pocket and take it with you while you consider what to do or

Take it away and hide it in another location.
Whichever option you choose, please try to photograph it and get in touch with the relevant Drop-Rock group to let everyone know and keep the serendipity alive.

You will find a list of Drop-Rock Facebook pages below, under Rock around the country.

Get all Arty-Crafty

If, as you are on your travels, you hunt out clear rocks that might suit the purpose and obtain the necessary paints, you will no longer be at a loss when you hear 'I'm bored, there's nothing to do.'

Simply pull out your stash and get the whole family creative - making and hiding your own special Drop-Rocks.
NOTE: Creators are asked not to put googly eyes or other stick-ons on rocks for environmental reasons.
Rock painting kit from Craft My Life

Don't forget to join one of the Drop-Rock groups if you are making your own so that you can track your creation around the country.

Another good reason to join a group is that you can get advice on the best products and methods to use on your creation.

Rock around the country

As you travel around the country, even outside of Tasmania, you can stay involved through the following Facebook Groups.




















The perfect way to hunt without hurt

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who's Zoo in Tasmania ~ Details of Zoos and Wildlife parks

In this post I take a look at some of Tasmania's Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Rescue operations.

Each displays their website so that you can find out more about their operations, times and costs.

Wings Wildlife Park (and camping)

In the wild, only the fit have a chance to survive…..at Wing’s Wildlife Park, everyone has a chance.

You should allow approximately 2 hours for your visit to Wings Wildlife Park.
Most of the animals have been permanently injured (excepting fish, reptiles & babies born in captivity) and now reside at Wing’s Wildlife Park where enclosures  can be adapted to suit their needs.

Among the park's residents are:
Bennett's Wallaby
Blotched Blue-Tongue Lizard
  Brushtail Possum
  Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Eastern Quoll
 Echidna
Forester Kangaroo
Koala and
 Long-Nosed Potoroo
As well as Farm Animals,  American Bison,  Black-Tufted Capuchin Monkey, Camel,  Crab-Eating Macaque, Marmoset,  Blotched Blue-Tongue Lizard, birds and Fish.
Camping and Powered Sites

For an experience where family memories are made
Camping on the flats along the banks of the Leven River at Wings Wildlife Park is very popular, with so many things to do in a great location.


There are also powered sites and backpacker units available, so there’s something to suit everyone.

The main camping area is an attractive, large, grassed, riverside area with some shade, suitable for tents and self-sufficient caravans.

Powered sites and a picnic shelter are available near the amenities, and camping is also available here if preferred.

The amenities, including toilets, showers, disabled facilities and laundry block, are situated beyond the reception building.

Swap and go gas bottle exchange is available.

Entry to the Farm Walk is included in all accommodation fees, (This area includes buffalo, bison, camels, alpacas, ponies, ostrich, emus, deer, turkeys and more).

Entry to the main Wildlife Area has an additional charge, but you will only need to pay once during your stay and it will cover you for all the subsequent days you stay at the Park. Just let us know that you’re a camper and we’ll record your name when you pay.

137 Winduss Road, Gunns Plains
Coordinates: -41.264131, 146.045420

Open Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Check out the WEBSITE
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Tasmania Zoo

 Animal-tastic fun with 900 acres of private native bushland which is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in Tasmania.


Tasmania Zoo is a privately owned, local family-run zoo that is committed to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Some of these animals are unable to be returned to the wild, so as you walk around the zoo, you will meet many of them who all have their very own unique stories.

They are dedicated to continuous contribution to wildlife conservation and to the education of the community at large, providing world standard facilities to over 100 rare, exotic and native species.

Tasmania Zoo facilities include:
* BBQ and Picnic Areas
* 'Meerkat Munchies’ Cafe
* A Gift Shop that includes Artwork by the zoo animals
* Disabled Access
* Baby Change Facilities
 The zoo is wheelchair friendly and has an electric mobility aid available at the zoo’s front reception area for hire.
No pets or service animals permitted within Tasmania Zoo.

1166 Ecclestone Road,
Riverside
Phone: 03 6396 6100
Opening Hours:9:00am - 4:30pm

Check out the Tasmania Zoo Website  for full details

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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Sanctuary map - There's plenty to see at Bonorong  and the path is one big loop, so you won't miss a thing.
Explore a sanctuary just for the wildlife of Tasmania, where kids can have some truly special wildlife encounters.

Whether you’ve come across the world or you’re just down the road you are most welcome at Bonorong,  a Sanctuary for wildlife run by a passionate team of like-minded people.

A visit to Bonorong is a chance to come closer than ever to something wild and fragile.

You’ll come face to face with animals that went extinct long ago in other parts of Australia — the same animals we’re working hard to protect now.

By walking through our old wooden gate you’ll become part of something special – everything they do is done with your help.

593 Briggs Road, Brighton
Coordinates: -42.706658, 147.270361
Open daily from 9am to 5pm - including weekends and public holidays. 
Bookings are not required for general admission, or to join our daily tours which are included in your ticket price.

For full details, check out their WEBSITE


ZooDoo Wildlife Park

safari bus

Zoodoo is well known for it’s hands-on approach that let’s you get closer to more animals than you ever thought possible.

You get close-up and personal with many animals in the walk thru Native Park, Farm Yard, and NEW Walk-thru Bird Aviary.

Included in the entry fee is the unique safari bus tours which take visitors to hand-feed large animals including Ostriches, Camels, Zebras and more.

INDOOR PLAYLAND
Is an ideal place for the adults to sit out of the weather with a coffee and catch their breath while the children exhaust themselves further.

This area consists of a merry-go-round, jumping castle and toddlers ball pit and the use of rides in this area is included in the entry fee.

620 Middle Tea Tree Rd, Richmond
Coordinates: -42.710104, 147.373510
Open: 7 days 9am - 5pm
For full details, check out the WEBSITE

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 Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary


 Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary, where native Tasmanian fauna and flora thrive and also has a great range of marsupials, birds and reptiles on site.

The primary goal for Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is wildlife conservation, education and rehabilitation.

The ecological sustainability of the Tasmanian flora and fauna is of valued importance. Trowunna is an integral part of the larger picture of wildlife in Tasmania. Centrally set amongst varying environments, Trowunna provides an haven of 65 acres for our native transient Tasmanian wildlife and migratory wildlife looking to travel through what are, sometimes hostile environments.

Trowunna has daily interactive tours with group and private bookings welcome.

Facilities include the Devil Education and Research Centre, a gift shop, parking, toilets, picnic tables and disabled accessibility.

The Devil Education and Research Centre at Trowunna aims to highlight the unique carnivorous mammals that live in Tasmania.


 1892 Mole Creek Road, Mole Creek
Coordinates: -41.555863, 146.452277
Daily interactive tours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Adults $26, Concession $22
Children (3yo-15yo) $16
For more information, check out the WEBSITE
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
the world’s first Unzoo

  UNZOO – a place where the public learns about wild animals, plants and ecosystems through interaction with and immersion in natural habitats.


Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is a four-in-one wildlife nature experience that combines up-close animal encounters, wildlife adventures, a Tasmanian native garden and original art.

The world has many great zoos and wildlife parks. Tasmanian Devil Unzoo represents a reversal of the concept and ethos of these institutions.

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo is the world’s first intentional Unzoo project, developed from a masterplan created by visionary zoo designer John Coe and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo owner John Hamilton.

In transforming the site, they have embraced natural habitats for the native animals that replicate or restore natural landscapes.

The Unzoo is much more than the appearance of no cages or barriers. The habitats create an environment in which the animals have more independence, behaviour choices and opportunities for natural behaviours.

At the Unzoo, you’ll have face-to-face encounters with animals found nowhere else on earth, discover rare and beautiful Tasmanian plants in the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden, see Tasmanian artworks in our galleries and have the chance to help save endangered Tasmanian devils on our Devil Tracker Adventure.
 5990 Arthur Highway,Taranna
Phone:   1800 641 641
Coordinates: -43.060806, 147.864530
OPENING HOURS
9am-5pm
9am-6pm (summer)
For full details see the WEBSITE
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Seahorse World 

The mystical seahorse has always been a source of immense attraction and this Tasmanian-based experience is dedicated to uncovering the secrets and conserving the delicate environmental balance of these fragile yet beautiful marine animals.

A trip to SeaHorse World will lead you on a journey to the unique facility that will provide you with an excellent experience with the aim of balancing both entertainment and education for a great day out.

You'll be given a "behind the scenes" look at the world's first working seahorse farm as well as hands-on opportunities in the touch pool.

Seahorses aren't the only animals on hand at the park - Seahorse World also has many other interesting creatures in their Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium.

The guided tour runs for a duration of 45 minutes from 9:30am until 4:30pm from September to April and every hour from 10am to 3pm between May and August.


Shed 1A Inspection Head Wharf
200 Flinders Street, Beauty Point
Coordinates: -41.152410, 146.822754
The park is open 7 days a week - with the exception of Christmas Day - and offers visitors ample amount of fun.
For more information and BOOKINGS

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Locating Tasmania's Op-Shops ~ Everthing Old Is New Again

Given that I subtitle my 'Tasmanian Travel Guide' family A Cheapskate's Guide to Exploring Tasmania By Car, it would be remiss of me to not guide you to some of the state's great op-shops, wouldn't it?


One of the things I loved most about the small towns and villages that I have visited in the past, prior to the 'Generic Shopping Experience' that has taken over so much of the country, was the many and varied local, independent shops with their wonderful smells, shop-fittings and service and stock that reflected the life and needs of the town's residents, that took me to another, seemingly more civilised place.

What better places [than Op-Shops] are there when we find the kids have just outgrown all of their clothes, we have broken all of the wine glasses at happy hour or simply find ourselves with an hour or so to fill in during our travels.

Op-Shops can  often offer a most pleasant alternative to some of the more expensive options available and, just maybe, you will stumble across that long lost Rembrandt.


In this post I have added many locations of our regional Op-Shops, simply to give you an idea of what is available and suggest that you BOOKMARK THIS PAGE for easy reference on your journey.
Huonville

Vinnies Huonville ~   41 Main Road, Huonville
 Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Huonville Opportunity Shop ~ 35 Main Rd, Huonville 
Mon 10.00pm to 4.00pm, Tue - Thu 10.00am to 4.00pm,  Fri 10.00am to 4.00pm
    
Geeveston

Juey Bazaar ~ 11 School Road. Geeveston
Mon - Sat 10 - 4 ~ Sun 10 - 4

Oatlands

Oatlands Bargain Centre ~ 68 High Street, Oatlands
Mon - Fri 10 am - 4pm, Sat - Sun 10 am - 4 pm
    
Ellendale

Vinnies Ellendale ~  690 Ellendale Road, Ellendale
Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM,   Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Sat 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

New Norfolk

Vinnies New Norfolk ~  34b Burnett Street, New Norfolk
Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sorell

Vinnies Sorell ~ 12a Gordon Street, Sorell
Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sorell Salvos ~  Lott 11 Dubbs&Co Lane, Sorell
Mon - Fri 9.30-5.30,  Sat 9.00-5.00

Saint Marys

St Marys Op Shop ~ 25a Main Street, St Marys TAS 7215
Mon - Fri 9-4 Spring and Summer,  Sat Only Spring and Summer 9.30-12.30

St Helens

St Helens District High School Op Shop ~  1 Circassian Street, St Helens
Mon - Fri 9.30 - 3.30,  Sat 9.30 - 1.30

George Town

Vinnies George Town ~  74 Macquarie Street, George Town
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Op-Shops - Almost as good as a museum to fill in an hour or so, cheaply

 Scottsdale

Vinnies Scottsdale ~  1 King Street, Scottsdale
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Salvation Army Store Scottsdale ~  49 King Street, Scottsdale Tas, 7260
Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm
    
 Beauty Point

 Vinnies Beauty Point ~  177 Charles Street, Beauty Point
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 Exeter

The Careing Network ~  2485 West Tamar Highway, Exeter
Mon 10am - 4pm,  Thu - Fri 10am - 4pm
    
Tresca Op Shop  ~ West Tamar Highway, Exeter
Mon - Fri 11am to 3pm

Legana

Legana Salvos ~ 3-4/18 Legana Grove, Legana
Mon - Fri 9.00-5.30,  Sat 9.00-5.00

Deloraine

Deloraine Salvos ~  65 Emu Bay Road, Deloraine
Mon - Fri 9.30-5.30

Latrobe

Vinnies Latrobe ~  96 Gilbert Street, Latrobe
Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    
Lifeline Bargain Shops ~ 116 Gilbert Street, Latrobe
Mon - Fri 9.30-3.00,  Sat - Sun 9.30-1.00
    
 Devonport
Mission Shop ~  49 Don Road, Devonport
Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.00
    
Devonport Red Cross ~ 24 Rooke Street, Devonport
Mon - Fri 9:30am - 4:30pm,  Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm
    
Vinnies Devonport ~  58 Stewart Street, Devonport
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    
Salvo's Thrift Shop ~  171 william st devonport
Mon - Fri 9.30 - 3.00
    
Lifeline - Devonport ~ 4 Kempling St, Devonport
      
Vinnies East Devonport ~ 18 Murray Street, East Devonport
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM,  Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lifeline - East Devonport ~ 23 Murray St, East Devonport

Ulverstone

Salvo's Thrift Shop ~  19 Main Street, Ulverstone
Mon - Fri 9 - 4

Mission Shop - Ulverstone ~  Fieldings Way, Ulverstone
    
Ulverstone Red Cross ~  57a Reibey Street, Ulverstone
Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm
    
Adra Op Shop Ulverstone ~  1/25 King Edward Street, Ulverstone
    Mon - Fri 9:30am - 4pm
    
Vinnies Ulverstone ~  25b King Edward Street, Ulverstone
Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lifeline - Ulverstone ~ 3 Reibey St, Ulverstone

Ulverstone Lions Club Community Shop ~  27 Victoria Street Ulverstone
Mon - Fri 10:00am to 4:00pm
    
Penguin

Vinnies Penguin ~  1 Arnold Street, Penguin TAS 7316
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:45PM,  Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00PM
    
Penguin Lions Op-Shop ~ 1a Arnold Street Penguin
Wed - Fri 10am-3pm,  Sun 10am-3pm
    
 Burnie

Burnie Wilmot Red Cross ~ 35 Wilmot St, Burnie
Mon - Thu 9:30am - 5:00pm,  Fri 9:30am - 4:30pm, Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm

    
 Vinnies Burnie ~  51 Mount Street, Burnie TAS 7320
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    
Lifeline - Burnie ~ 19b Ladbrooke Street
Mon - Fri 10.30am to 3.30pm
    
Somerset

Somerset mission shop ~  65 wragg st, Somerset
Mon - Fri 9.00-5.00 ~ Sat 9.00-4.00


Vinnies Somerset ~ Lot 10 McKays Road, Somerset
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Vinnies Somerset ~ 41-43 Wragg Street, Somerset
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wynyard

Vinnies Wynyard ~ 38 Jackson Street, Wynyard
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Smithton

Vinnies Smithton ~  132 Nelson Street, Smithton TAS 7330
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Queenstown

Vinnies Queenstown ~ 11 Cutten Street, Queenstown TAS 7467
Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 Street Libraries 
For those looking for swap books on your travels, you can also check out the growing list of street libraries in Tasmania - and across the nation HERE

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Tiger Track Stamps ~ for a kind of 'Low Tech Geocaching' in Tasmania


 Tiger Track Stamps

Tasmanian Artist, Kaye Green, Finds a Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way For You To Keep Track Of Your Amazing Tasmanian Adventures.


Kaye's idea is based on her experience of living in Japan and the enjoyment of collecting impressions from rubber stamps that were available at most tourist destinations and temples.

 It all began for Tiger Track when Ulverstone native Kaye visited Japan in 1972 as a 17-year-old exchange student.

She found that many tourist destinations and temples offered rubber stamp impressions and special tourist booklets.

Kaye attended a local high school for a year and during her travels she loved collecting the unique stamp impressions.

After completing art degrees in both Tasmania and the United States, she is now bringing her unique Japanese experience to her home state of Tasmania so both locals and visitors can enjoy the fun, free experience of stamp collecting.

Her vision of introducing this exciting concept to her home state, Tasmania, has now been turned into a reality, with many participants actively involved and many more on the way.

Each black and white stamp depicts a specific tourist destination, 
designed by award-winning Tasmanian artist Kaye Green.

 In Search of The Elusive Tasmanian Tiger

Add an extra focus to your Tasmanian adventure as you hunt down dozens of Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.

Tasmanian Artist, Kaye Green
Recording Your Tasmanian Adventures With Tiger Track Stamps

Stamp Booklet
You can pick up your stamp collecting booklet on the Spirit I and II, Tourist Information Centres and at the participating tourist destinations (with a list of stamp locations), or use your own journal or diary - your choice.

How Can you GET STAMPED?

The unique stamp and an ink pad is conveniently located on a table, stand or desk at each participating location and you are free to stamp your booklet or your own diary or travel journal.


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Camping in Tasmanian National Parks and State Forests

Camping in Tasmanian National Parks

As of 2016, 51% of Tasmania's land area has some form of reservation classification,

The majority of this land is managed by the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, with Tasmanian National Parks covering an area of around 1,463,000 ha, a reasonably fair sized play-ground by any measure.

Cradle Mountain over Dove Lake, with old boat shed in foreground.

Camping and Cabin Fee Information

Many of the national parks and reserves offer excellent campsites and a small number of parks also offer cabin-style accommodation.

Please note that camping and accommodation fees are in addition to national park entry fees where applicable.

Fees are used to manage and improve facilities and services and apply only to the campground or accommodation for which they are paid and are not transferable to other campgrounds or accommodation.



Free entry to parks for Seniors Card holders

From 1 July 2018 to the end of June 2019, Seniors Card holders will be able to obtain their free Seniors parks pass by registering online through our Parks Pass Portal or at a national park visitor centre.

These passes must be printed and displayed on the vehicle dashboard when visiting a national park.

It’s designed to allow seniors make the most of their own backyard, and increase physical activity and wellbeing through the removal of financial barriers.

Please note that free entry applies only to entry for national parks and that other fees such as guided cave tours, overnight walk passes and camping fees, still apply.

From 1 July 2019, Seniors Card holders will be eligible to purchase a Seniors park pass, which offers a 50 per cent discount on the concession fee of an All Parks annual or two-year pass.

This offer is open to all Australian residents who are holders of Australian Government-issued Seniors Cards, not including Seniors Business Cards.

Please note:

The Seniors pass holder must be travelling in the vehicle.
The Seniors pass is not transferable.
Additional identification may be requested to confirm identity.


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Great Educational Fact Sheets - For kids and their adults

Fact Sheets from
Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

An outline of the Fact Sheet series is listed below  - They are presented in PDF, which can be easily printed.

Visiting National Parks, provides all you need to know before you go - how to get there, facilities, camping and what you can do when you arrive... -  Visiting Reserves, General information on the wide range of parks, reserves and cultural sites managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service...  -  Marine ReservesHistoric Heritage, Information on some of the historic sites around Tasmania...  -  Great Bushwalks and  Walking NotesPlants - WildlifeThreatened Species and  Geodiversity.


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Camping in Tasmanian State Forests
Section of forest
Sustainable Timber Tasmania is a government business enterprise wholly owned by the Government of Tasmania and is responsible for the management of public production forest in Tasmania.

The Permanent Timber Production Zone covers about 800,000 hectares of public land.

Camping Allowed
Camping is generally allowed anywhere on Permanent Timber Production Zone land, except where signed ‘no camping’.

Campfires are okay in most areas at most times, but please take care and abide by fire weather warnings and restrictions that may be in place.

Before you head out to visit Permanent Timber Production Zone land it is recommended that you contact one of Sustainable Timber Tasmania's local Regional Offices.

They can provide advice on what operations are in progress in the areas you wish to visit, the possibility of heavy vehicles sharing those roads, general road conditions and any locked gates.


Check out the Interactive Map Viewer to identify the locations of Sustainable Timber Tasmania's Permanent Timber Production Zones by clicking the graphic, below and set your Map Controls to Permanent Timber Production Zone, as pictured.

https://www.sttas.com.au/forest-operations-management/interactive-map-viewer


Things to remember while visiting working forests

Sustainable Timber Tasmania asks that you follow these ten important rules:
1. Obey laws and regulations for vehicles/recreational vehicles including 4wd, motor bikes/atv's that apply to public lands 
2. Respect cultural, heritage, and environmental values of public/private land 
3. Respect flora and fauna. Stop look, but never disturb or remove 
4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks 
5. Keep the environment clean. Carry your own, and any other rubbish back out 
6. Keep your vehicle mechanically sound and clean to reduce environmental impact 
7. Adopt minimal impact camping and driving practices 
8. Seek permission before driving on private land. Do not disturb livestock or watering points and leave gates as found 
9. Take adequate water, food, fuel, basic spares and first aid kit. In remote areas travel with another vehicle and have radio contact 
10. Plan your trip and lodge trip details with responsible persons. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Northern Midlands Council - Free Camping Facts

 The Facts

The information, below, has been gleened from the North Midlands Council website. 

Tree carvings at The Red Bridge, Campbell Town
 
The Northern Midlands offers a range of Self-Contained Vehicle friendly sites for self contained RVs and caravans at Bishopsbourne, Campbell Town, Cressy, Evandale and Honeysuckle Banks.

Self contained vehicles only
The sites listed below are strictly self-contained which means that:
All shower, washing, toilet, cooking, and sleeping must be contained WITHIN YOUR VEHICLE. 

No grey or black water, or other liquid is to be let out onto the ground, around trees, or into the river.
Camping Permit
These areas all REQUIRE a camping permit, which can be obtained by clicking here or you can call Council on (03) 6397 7303 for further information.
 
your permit number will be emailed to you immediately and you simply write your permit number on a piece of paper and display it on your dashboard.

The Camps
 
Bishopsbourne
A 48 hour free area for self - contained caravans and mobile homes is located at the Bishopsbourne Recreation Ground - Bishopsbourne Road, Bishopsbourne.

 Bishopsbourne is a farming community and has a population of only around 78.  It has a church, graveyard and recreation ground.

Nearby towns include Carrick, Bracknell and Longford


The dedicated free area is sign posted.

Coordinates:  -41.616465, 146.994830

A Permit is required 

Bishopsbourne Recreation Ground

Campbell Town
This 48 hour free area for self-contained caravans & mobile homes is located within the Blackburn Park Reserve, which is on the south eastern side of the Red Bridge—adjacent to the Elizabeth River.

Campbell Town is a major rest area on the Midland Highway, with toilets, a park, a large car park and a range of food outlets.

Coordinates:  -41.933104, 147.494384

A Permit is required

Blackburn Park Reserve - Campbell Town
Cressy
The 48 hour free area for self - contained caravans and mobile homes is located at the Cressy Recreation Ground - 2 Macquarie St, Cressy 

Cressy is known as Tasmania's "Trout capital" for the good fishing in the area (in season).

It is a small town 35 km south-west of Launceston, with a population of around 670.


Coordinates:  -41.681568, 147.084045
 
The dedicated free area is sign posted.

 A Permit is required

Cressy Recreation Ground
  
Evandale
The 48 hour free area for self - contained caravans & mobile homes is located at the Falls Park Reserve, Logan Road (site of the Evandale Market).
The dedicated free area is sign posted and is only available from Monday to Friday.

Coordinates: -41.571268, 147.254035

 A Permit is required


Falls Park Reserve, Logan Road (site of the Evandale Market)

 
Honeysuckle Banks - Evandale
The 48 hr free area for self - contained caravans & mobile homes is located at the Honeysuckle Banks Reserve, 356 Leighlands Road, Evandale
The dedicated free area is sign posted and is only permitted from NOVEMBER TO APRIL.

Coordinates: -41.572522, 147.237636

 A Permit is required

Honeysuckle Banks Reserve - camping only permitted from NOVEMBER TO APRIL.

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