Tasmania


October’s Reader’s Digest has Gordon Ramsay on the cover, but I’m talking about other devils in its detail – my story about Tasmanian devils thriving in an innovative wild sanctuary high in the hills of Barrington Tops, New South Wales.

It’s a great scheme to help save this deeply endangered Aussie species, and in the article Tim Faulkner – TV wildlife show guy and president of the devil-saving Aussie Ark – reveals how it all works.

Pluggedy plug: two features I’ve got coming up in Reader’s Digest in the next few issues:

Tasmanian-devil-1TASMANIAN DEVILS: New South Wales’ Barrington Tops hosts the mainland’s biggest Tasmanian devil breeding program, mainly by letting them run wild in Aussie Ark, a massive feral-free bush sanctuary. Aussie Ark president and TV wildlife personality Tim Faulkner tells me all about it.

ANTI-POACHING DOGS: Soldiers For Wildlife recruits dogs to help protect endangered African animals in Zambia’s most-poached region. Soldiers For Wildlife founder John Garcia discusses the special value of trained dogs in the ongoing desperate struggle to save Africa’s rapidly dwindling wildlife.

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IMGP0299Way down on the west coast of Tasmania, the world’s steepest steam-train railway takes travellers through mountainous rainforest between Strahan and Queenstown.

The current issue of Australian Traveller magazine (Nov-Dec-Jan issue) features my feature on the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway. All aboard!

PS: For more Tasmanian adventures, my story about leatherwood honey (Aug-Sep-Oct 17 issue) can bee found on the world wide hive at the Australian Traveller site.

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The distillery at historic Nant Estate near Bothwell occupies an 1820s stone mill

What does Tasmania bring to mind? Devils, tigers, rainforest, convicts, MONA, Mures… You better add whisky to your list if it isn’t there already. The island state’s boutique distilling business is booming – I write about it in September’s Reader’s Digest.

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Robbie Gilligan of Redlands Distillery

Earlier this year I hit the Tasmanian whisky trail and met many a maker while wending my way from Hobart’s docks to Burnie’s hilly hinterland, via historic Kempton and the majestic highland lakes.

The whisky down here is not only first-class, it’s as good excuse as any for a ramble across some truly glorious landscape (not that you’d need one really: slainte!)

 

IMG_3384Leatherwood honey is not only unique to Tasmania, it’s ‘wild-caught’ – no agriculture involved. Leatherwood is the common name for two closely related species of tree only found growing wild in western Tasmania.

Every summer, the island’s beekeepers truck their hives into the wilderness, where the bees are let bee to do their amazing thing.

The result is the all-natural, all-organic, all-eco boxes-ticked and utterly delicious leatherwood honey.

See how it all works – amidst the photogenic wilderness of western Tasmania – in my feature in this month’s AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER magazine.IMG_3369IMG_3325IMG_3336