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Tasmania is Australia's island state, located 240 kilometers (150 miles) to the south of the Australian continent (nicknamed the North Island), separated by Bass Strait. The state capital and largest city is Hobart. Another hub for travel: Launceston.

FYI - @AustraliaGreat spotlights Tasmania on Tuesdays. More info on Google+

October 18 1pm Las Vegas, October 19 9am Conversation with Wildlife Tourism Australia
Online conversation with Ronda Green and members of Wildlife Tourism Australia. We'll challenge the WTA members on the social web (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and preview the 2018 Wildlife Tourism Conference

Upcoming Events
October 28-31, 2018 Wildlife tourism values and challenges: balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents (Tasmania)

Too often we consider the needs of tourists or tour operators only, and when needs of the animals themselves or the needs of local human residents are considered, there is much emotional opinion but too little evidence. WTA is bringing together delegates and presenters from varied backgrounds to discuss the issues, the pros and the cons of different approaches to tourism, where it can have positive and negative impact on individual animals (welfare), populations of animals (conservation, education), local residents (economic boost, other advantages, nuisance value) and how to best fit this in with what tourists want (or adjust accordingly) and what tourist operators need in order to keep operating.

Mountain bike trail network splits Tasmania's St Helen's community
Push to update Tasmania's 'outdated' parks and reserve legislation
Four new ecotourism projects in Tasmanian parkland to be ready by summer
World Heritage Committee renews criticism of Tasmanian Government's forests plan
Bruny Island logging plans could threaten Tasmanian environment, wildlife tourism operator says
Tasmanian Government slammed for being secretive in assessing new eco-tourism projects in national parks and World Heritage Areas
Tasmania plans to open wilderness world heritage area to logging and tourism - @olliemilman
Wilderness lost as Tasmania opens world heritage area for new growth
MP under fire for labelling Indigenous organisations 'fringe groups' in 4WD dispute
Federal tourism figures 'misleading and damaging' to Tasmania
Researchers put Tasmanian devils, fat-tailed dunnarts on diet to boost reproductive rates
Tasmania repeals the forestry peace deal
Fight for Tasmanian forest protection is not over
UNESCO rejects Coalition's bid to delist Tasmanian World Heritage forest
World Heritage Committee rejects delisting
Government stands firm on bid to reduce Tasmanian forest World Heritage listing
World Heritage advisor alarmed by plan to delist Tasmanian forests
Logging in a World Heritage-listed forest emerges as an election issue

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Parks & Wildlife Service
Uploads from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens


Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Senator Richard Colbeck -

Flickr Groups

Natural Tasmania
Multi-day Walks in Tasmania
Tullah Tasmania
Tasmania Australia
Tasmania, the Apple Isle



Recommended listening

Restoring Lake Pedder - Is the restoration of Tasmania's Lake Pedder a big idea worth considering?

Exhibition explores Tasmania's stormy past - Tempest, the major winter exhibition at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, explores the parallels between Shakespeare's play and Tasmania's dark history.

Losing Gondwanaland - Bushfires ravaged thousands of hectares of world heritage forest in Tasmania. Ancient species are in grave danger. We go to visit the firefields.

Tasmanian night, endemic delight - Off the tourist trail in Hobart is a small reserve brimming with species endemic to Tasmania, many of which can only be seen at night.

Hobart's history a moist affair - Could it be, that the Waterworks Reserve on the edge of Hobart is actually one of the triggers of the green political movement? Could a love of old man ferns, and of crystal clear water be at the root of all that?

Tasmania's Three Capes Track - What sort of work goes into a walking track that's worth $25.3 million?

The Centre - In January 1988, Australia was getting started on its Bicentenary celebrations - but in indigenous communities, many were wondering just what it was that they were supposed to be celebrating. This program visits the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, and hears reflections from local indigenous people on 200 years of trauma and triumph.

Shadows in the Scrub - When the English arrived in Tasmania in the early nineteenth century, stories justifying their anxiety about this new country flourished. This was not only an unfamiliar landscape but there was a carnivore lurking in the scrub.

How to fix what's wrong with Tasmania - Prominent Tasmanian, Henry Reynolds and Phillip Adams attempt, in the space of a twenty minute interview, to solve the problems of Tasmania. Henry believes that to make Tasmania more relevant the state needs a new flag, a change in the functions of the governor and a reconfiguration of the upper house of the Tasmanian parliament, amongst other things.

Larapuna (Bay of Fires) - A magnificent stretch of coastline in north-eastern Tasmania was named the Bay of Fires by a French explorer in 1773 as he watched the smoke rise from campfires lit by the first Tasmanians who knew it as Larapuna. We go on a sound journey along the coast, described by Lonely Planet as the 'hottest' travel destination in the world.

Letting go: Bob's gift to the environment - Senator Bob Brown has parted with the keys to his beloved Liffey Valley home, Oura Oura, in Tasmania after 38 years and the new owner - or custodian - is Bush Heritage. The house on the property is where The Wilderness Society was formed and it was the site for key meetings in the campaign to save the Franklin River and formative meetings of the Tasmanian and Australian Greens and Bush Heritage.

Christine Milne - Christine Milne became leader of the Australian Greens when Bob Brown resigned from politics in April this year. In this program-length conversation she talks about her early life and both her environmental and political awakenings.

The creation of Trowenna - Traditional stories gathered from Indigenous communities: the creation of a heart-shaped island in the wild southern seas.

Macquarie Island: ecological progress with challenges ahead

Tasmania - Mt William National Park

Tourism Portals

Business Events Tasmania

Come for the conference, stay for the experience


Tasmanian Devil
Eucryphia lucida


Tasmania is famous for its long bushwalks, but not everyone has the time or experience to get into the wilds overnight. Enter the 60 Great Short Walks App, which shows you how to get a taste of Tasmania’s wild places, and be back in time for tea!


SeedSafe program to safeguard Tasmania's threatened flora.

Inala Bruny

Railways - @WCWRTas

Elsewhere on the Web - @envirotas
Redmap - the place to log and map marine species
Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute - @RedmapMarine

Peaks Challenge

November 5



Creative Paper

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain: Overland Track

Overland Track Audio Podcast Day 1
Overland Track Audio Podcast Day 2
Overland Track Audio Podcast Day 3
Overland Track Audio Podcast Day 4
Overland Track Audio Podcast Day 5
Overland Track Audio Podcast Day 6

jan folk festival


Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre
FATSIL AGM/Forum Poster
The Devonport City Council
The Devonport Visitors Centre




Launceston - Wikipedia -
Aurora Stadium, formally York Park, is the major Australian Rules Football ground

Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island Station (Australian Antarctic Division)
Macquarie Island Station webcam
World heritage listing for Macquarie Island

Mount Field National Park

Discover Tasmania

Port Arthur

Tarkine Wilderness

A tourist road through the Tarkine wilderness - Bush Telegraph
If Tasmania is famous for one thing it's the monumental battles fought over the environment. And another one is brewing. A proposal to build a road through the Tarkine Wilderness is creating unique alliances between the liberal party, the Greens and some tourism operators. But this battle is not about more logging coups but opening up a remote and wilderness area to tourism.

A week in the west: the Tarkine

Conservationists fear a 'Pilbara size mine operation' in Tasmania's rainforest.
Two years ago a proposed tourist road through the area prompted the then Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, to give the area emergency heritage listing and the road was stopped. That listing has now lasped and mining companies are eying off the area and the huge mineral deposits which are known to exist.

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) is the only Tasmanian conservation organisation that involves itself in the full range of conservation issues. Founded in 1968, it is the longest continuing environment organisation in Tasmania. As a non-political organisation, it can engage with government, industry and the wider community in a non-confrontationist manner to achieve genuine, on-ground conservation outcomes.

State Library of Tasmania
Sustainable Living Tasmania


Bush Telegraph broadcasts from the timber town of Triabunna, Tasmania,_Tasmania

Climate Change

Australian Psychological Society: 2008 APS Conference: Keynote speeches


Forestry Tasmania
Activists’ Attempts to Discredit FT Backfire - Forestry Tasmania
FT involved in tourism row
Ecotourism body dumps Forestry Tasmania - Huon Valley Environment Centre
Case against Forestry Tasmania exemption begins - ABC
Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett backs logging in forestry debate (PDF)
Tasmanian Forest Tourism Initiative

Green Travel

Tasmania - Green-Travel
Certification Watch: Ecotourism Australia/Forestry Tasmania


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manages almost 40% of Tasmania, in 440 reserves including 19 National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Overland Track Podcasts
Walk the talk! The entire Overland Track is now available as audio podcasts.... read more »!/tasmaniaparks

Tasmanian National Parks Association -

Hartz Mountains National Park


Birds of Tasmania

Swift Parrot


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife -
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park


Mountain Huts Preservation Society - Facebook
Dixons Kingdom Hut - Walls of Jerusalem

Eco Lodge

New plans for eco-tourism lodge - ABC
Appeal against Council's rejection of eco-lodge - ABC
Sell-off blow to tourism - The Voice of Tasmania


Elsewhere on the Web

Bicycle Tasmania
Huon Valley Environment Centre
Tasmania - Joc Schmiechen/Diverse Travel
Discover Tasmania
Tasmania Tourism
Tasmania Parks
Tourism Council Tasmania
Tourism Tasmania
Franklin River - Guardian


the mercury

Kosciuszko Huts Association
Du Cane Hut -

Buzzword Bingo

Apple Isle - Bushwalks - Cradle Mountain - Forests - Hobart - Leatherwood Honey - Mining - Overland Track - Parks - Rainforest - Savage River - Tarkine - Tasmania - Wild - World Heritage


Gunns and labor

Embedded Tweets

May 6, 430pm Las Vegas, 930am May 7 Melbourne Wildlife Travel in Tasmania

Wildlife Travel in Tasmania Hangout @EchidnaW

King Island