Hello PaddlersWelcome to 2017 and Happy New Year! Speaking of happy, we were overwhelmed with wonderful entries for our #kayakingfaces competition a

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Hello Paddlers

Welcome to 2017 and Happy New Year!

Speaking of happy, we were overwhelmed with wonderful entries for our #kayakingfaces competition and thank you to everyone who entered and voted. The competition was hot but the winning image of a baby seal climbing onto a kayak won the day and many hearts too! Congratulations to all the winners and we hope you enjoy your prizes.

Wow, what a busy year 2016 was – trips to the Southwest, loads of training and plenty of people getting out on the water around Hobart. Reg and Jen had a fantastic cycling holiday in Myanmar (Burma) and also spent time on Flinders Island working on our new kayaking tour on this stunning island (see below).

We are now looking forward to an exciting 2017 and one of our fav festivals coming up in February - The Wooden Boat Festival. Hobart's waterfront again comes alive with the colour and excitement of our rich maritime culture and history.

See you on the water
Reg and Jen


Kayaking Flinders Island: exclusive offer for newsletter subscribers

If the spectacular Flinders Island is on your bucket list, move it to the top now! Reg and Tory will be stationed on the island for three weeks in March guiding multi-day tours and we're offering this brand new tour at a special 25% discounted introductory rate for newsletter subscribers for bookings made before 28 February. Think blue water, long deserted beaches and mountains rising from the seas, birds overhead and sealife aplenty below. Two tour dates are available and numbers are limited so read on now here for more reasons to take to the water on Flinders.

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Tips for taking photos from kayaks

It might sound like an impossible job to kayak and take some great photos of your amazing surroundings at the same time but it can be done. Here's some tips we've compiled from our years of experience.


Welcome Pip Layton to the Roaring 40°s team

Pip has joined our guiding team and brings many years experience as a Tasmanian outdoor guide. Importantly she's also recently completed her sea kayak qualifications! Pip has had a busy start to January with many trips along the Hobart waterfront, the Tasman Peninsula and exploring Hobart’s cliffs.


The best French crêpes in Hobart

We had the great pleasure of Aude Mayans' company on one of our Southwest trips a couple of years ago. Aude, from France, was a finalist in Tourism Australia's 2013 Best Jobs in the World contest and fell in love with our island state (and a Tasmanian man!). Aude wanted to share something authentic from her culture and what could be more appropriate and, may we say, délicieux than French crêpes? We love Miam French Crêpes and you'll find the name perfectly fits the experience! Find Aude and her crêpes at Salamanca Markets and the Hobart Twilight Market.


Five questions with Michael McGoldrick from Par Avion.

Michael is one of our amazing pilots flying us into the Southwest wilderness.

1. Our clients often say that you look too young to be a pilot. So how long have you been a commercial pilot and why did you take up flying?
I've been a commercial pilot for the last four years, although I first started flying as a 15 year old but took several years off between my private licence and my commercial licence while I completed university and traveled around the world.

2. What’s your favourite piece of Tassie to fly over and/or to?
Although it is where I fly the most, the Southwest of Tasmania would still be my favourite, it's just so unique and there really is no other landscape like it in Australia. A special mention must go to the Tasman Peninsula, the sea cliffs along the Capes are breathtaking.

3. What’s the most challenging airstrip in the state?
Oh that's a tricky one, I would have said Friendly Beaches on the East Coast in a strong crosswind but that has recently been upgraded. Hmm... perhaps Bronte Park in the Central Highlands in the winter months, boggy ground, sheep and turbulence off the nearby hill, always fun!

4. What do you enjoy most about taking people to the Southwest?
The reaction of a first time visitor, seeing their faces glued to the window of the plane as the landscape and ecosystem changes beneath them.

5. What’s your dream plane to fly?
To be honest I'm not much of a plane nerd, I'm happy to be flying anything!


In our next newsletter ... Wooden Boat Festival, what makes a good paddling day, Deny King (Our King of the Wilderness) and more.

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