Hello Paddlers!

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Wow – we are still recovering from celebrations on Friday night after our win at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards – Gold in the Adventure Tourism category for the second consecutive year. Our team is proud and thrilled to again be judged the best adventure tour operator in Tassie. We all love what we do and work hard to make each and every guest’s experience a memorable one – this award is much appreciated recognition of that work.

Reg literally went straight from his dry suit into his dinner suit on Friday night, doing a quick change in the public restrooms at Sandy Bay before walking to the function! Luckily Melzie and Hannah were on hand to ensure he looked dashing.

We are excited to introduce four new staff to you below, and also delighted that the majority of our staff are returning for another season of kayaking. They just can’t get enough!

Also below, reducing your impacts when kayaking, the amazing new wukulina walk (which also picked up a Silver Award Friday night) and a special newsletter offer for instruction sessions.

See you on the water
Reg and Jen


Welcome to our new staff

We are excited to welcome and introduce four new staff joining our team:

Jen Cooper (or JC) - Guide
Originally from the UK, JC is now a permanent Tasmanian. She is a passionate sea kayaker and nature lover and has previously worked as a marine biologist and dive master.

Dan Patman - Guide
When not on the water you’ll find Dan walking or running in the mountains. He is also an avid gardener, lives in an old apple orchard in the Huon Valley and last weekend welcomed his first child!

Josh Moreton - Guide
Originally from New Zealand, Josh also now calls Tassie home. Josh has worked as a bushwalking guide in Tasmania, is a qualified kayak instructor, has a degree in Outdoor Education and is currently studying Conservation Land Management.

Isabel Goodfellow - Operations Assistant
Born and raised in Hobart, Isabel grew up in and around boats. She is an avid bushwalker and passionate about Tasmania’s wilderness. Her last exam for her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree at UTAS is tomorrow (good luck).


Special instruction offer

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With summer fast approaching now is the time to refresh your essential kayaking skills. As a special newsletter offer, the first 3 people to book an instruction session before 15 December with the code INSTRUCTFUN in the special instructions will receive a copy of Sea Kayaking Illustrated - a Visual Guide to Better Paddling by John Robison.

Eskimo Rolling Instruction
We have some interest in an Eskimo Rolling course (run over 2 nights) prior to Christmas. If you would be interested in joining this course please contact us at info@roaring40skayaking.com.au.


Reducing your impact when kayaking

Exploring on a kayak is a blissful way to be in touch with nature but we can still have impacts on the environment. We have put together some handy hints for you to consider before your next kayaking adventure - read on here.

What do you do to minimise your impact? Send us your thoughts and ideas to info@roaring40skayaking.com.au.


Hobart Kayaking Day Trips

Our full-day trips around Hobart started on the 1st November. Already we have had some rippa trips to these beautiful areas. Join us on the Tasman Peninsula tour this summer and get up-close and personal with the southern hemisphere's highest sea cliffs or paddle beneath the lichen-covered cliffs, exploring sea caves on our Hobart's Cliffs, Caves and Beaches tour.

These are also great gift ideas!


5 Questions with Clyde Mansell of wukalina walk


Tasmanian wukalina Aboriginal Elder, Clyde Mansell is the key proponent of wukalina walk in the spectacular Bay of Fires in north eastern Tasmania. After ten years of working on the project, it’s become Tasmania’s (and possibly the country’s) first Aboriginal owned and operated guided walk and is generating a lot of interest.

wukalina walk has just entered its second season so we caught up with Clyde to find out more - his shortened answers are below but we highly recommend reading the full version here.

1. What is wukalina walk?
wukalina walk is a four day experience that aims to deepen guests’ understanding of palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) people – our culture and community history. It’s an opportunity for the Aboriginal community to take non-Aboriginal people onto country and spend time sharing and expressing our cultural connections. I think it’s what true reconciliation is all about – connection with each other and the environment.

2. Why did you come up with this location and project?
wukalina (Mt William) is our cultural homeland. We are connected to this place and it gives us a magnificent natural surroundings to share our story. We made the walk four days to ensure there was time to develop the connection between guests and the story and that things are not rushed.

3. What’s the most surprising thing guests discover?
That their first night in the krakani lumi (resting place) is the best night’s sleep they’ve ever had! The domes were designed specifically to provide shelter but maintain a deep sense of being part of the landscape.

4. What’s been the reaction to the walks so far?
The response has been very good and we’ve also welcomed more local Tasmanians to date than we originally thought which is pleasing. Our guides say people are very willing to learn and discuss what they are discovering.

5. Are you seeing an increased interest in Tasmanian palawa history and culture?
Yes, more people across the board are showing a curiosity. Because we were separated more than 12,000 years ago, there are distinct differences between our culture and that of mainland Aboriginals, something which is also surprising many.

People want to sit down and listen to palawa people tell their personal story and wukalina walk is a logical and strong way to connect with each other – in person and on country.


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