Hello Paddlers!

QTA 2018 Silver 13.AdventureTourism

We are pretty chuffed (and still recovering) from being awarded Silver for Adventure Tourism at the Australian Tourism Awards last Friday night. We are so proud of our guides who do an amazing job sharing our stunning coastlines with you every day.

Speaking of proud – our guide Melzie has just been selected in the Australian U23 Canoe Slalom team! Congratulations Melzie. We asked Melzie a few questions about Canoe Slalom and how you can get involved below.

Reg and Damo are currently enjoying paddling with a crew on Flinders Island. So far all we have heard is dolphins, swimming, good food - so presuming they are having a great time!

As you’re probably aware, we have had many fires in some parts of the state - some still burning. Helping the fire fighting efforts with aerial logistics and surveillance were our friends at Par Avion who we know love the wilderness areas as much as we do. Thanks Shannon and crew.

On the topic of wilderness, below we have a very special offer for Southwest bookings made for this April, an update on the Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program, Cradle Mountain Film Festival and discover more about Iron Pot Lighthouse.

See you on the water
Reg and Jen

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Reg and Jen enjoyed the Aust Tourism Awards in Cataract Gorge in Launceston - arriving in style via the chairlift!


Southwest April Special Offer

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2019 paddling on Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour

Looking for an Easter wilderness getaway? It’s not too late to join us and experience the amazing Southwest Tasmanian wilderness this April. We have a few spots left on our 31st March, 11th April and 14th April departures.

Exclusive offer for subscribers, we have an amazing Southwest book collection including King of the Wilderness, Win and Clyde and the Port Davey Marine Map and DVD (valued at $90) for any Southwest bookings for this season. Just type “Wilderness Books” in the special instructions.


Orange-Bellied Parrot update

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Again this season we’ve been privileged to view the beautiful Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) around Melaleuca. The Friends of OBP (Wildcare Inc.) volunteers play an important role in monitoring the population for the DPIPWE National Recovery program and we're delighted to have sponsored the first group of volunteers this season. Eighteen wild OBPs have been recorded, and these have been joined by another 18 captive-bred birds. Confidence is high the breeding season has been successful with hopefully 35-40 fledglings produced.

For more information on the OBP Recovery Program see:
Tasmanian Orange-bellied Parrot Facebook page
Save the Orange-bellied Parrot Facebook page

You can support the OBP recovery program through their GoFundMe campaign


The Historic Iron Pot Lighthouse

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As we glide over the water on our Cliffs, Caves and Beaches trip, our eyes often wander to the river mouth where the Iron Pot Lighthouse stands guard over the River Derwent. Curious about its history, we asked South Arm local, Kerry Scambler, to tell us more about this iconic sight. She writes:

Listen to the last exciting hours of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and the commentators will always talk of when the leaders and their pursuers “round the Iron Pot and enter the fickle waters of the River Derwent”. It’s a landmark in the boating world, having been offering guidance to seafarers since 1832 but if you live around South Arm, it’s also part of our identity and we love its history.

Read more about this historic and fascinating lighthouse…


Cradle Mountain Film Festival

The annual Cradle Mountain Film Festival, March 29-31, is in its fifth year and is an awesome project by our friends at Cradle Mountain Canyons. The festival showcases short feature films in Tasmania highlighting the breadth and quality of adventure that can be had on this cracking little island of ours. For inspiration you can view the 2018 shortlist here (may inspire you to enter a film next year!).

This year they are featuring the World Premier of ICEolation - a documentary of a 14-day unsupported sea kayak expedition in remote Antarctica.

The full program includes Green Carpet screenings and adventurer Q&As, family-friendly films, the self-guided Mountain Huts Film Trail, Tasmanian short adventure films, filmmakers' workshops, outdoor activities, Mountainfilm on Tour screenings, plus much more.


5 questions with Demelza (Melzie) Wall

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Melzie is obviously mad keen on kayaking and it’s not just her work life but her sporting life too. We are very proud of Melzie on her recent selection in the Australian U23 Canoe Slalom team travelling to Krakow, Poland. Canoe Slalom is an Olympic sport with competitors navigating a canoe/kayak through a series of gates on river rapids. The fastest time is the winner.

1. What is it you love about Canoe Slalom?
The sensation of playing with the whitewater and using all the features to get where you want while feeling like you are flying. I also love that there are so many variables and it’s never exactly the same.

2. Is your training schedule easy to fit around your Roaring 40s Kayaking work?
Luckily Roaring 40s is flexible with me always going away! But day to day it’s definitely a challenge to fit in work, training and Uni as well… I think I am getting better at it. I am off to Sydney over Easter Uni holidays for a training week at the Penrith Olympic Whitewater Staduim.

3. What’s your favourite Tassie river to paddle?
For Slalom - definitely Woodward’s Canal at Bradys Lake.
For a river trip - the Plenty River in the Lower Derwent (after heavy rain).

4. You compete against and train with multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist Jess Fox. What do you learn from her? (Jess is a superstar of the sport and the most successful individual canoe slalom paddler in history)
I have been lucky enough to train with Jess when I’ve been to Penrith. I try and watch how she does things technically in sessions then imitate her! It’s also good to see how she is able to have fun and have a laugh while training but then really switch on during a run - her focus is incredible.

5. How can someone in Tassie wanting to try canoe slalom get a paddle?
Get in touch with Derwent Canoe Club at derwent@canoe.org.au and ask about the paddle power program, or when the next session is that you can come to and join in to give it a try! We’ve got quite a few junior groups training at the moment and are always looking for more.


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