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Reg, Tom and Tory have also been busy instructing new kayak guides over winter. Here is Tory (right) with one of the TasTAFE groups.

Hello Paddlers!

After a busy mid-winter full of Dark Mofo, the Mid-Winter Feast, Lanterns for Peace Kayak and other cool activities (literally and colloquially!), the team is back starting to think all things on-water. Mind you, some of us didn't actually get off the water! Check out this video of Tom river surfing a sea kayak!

With just a short time before the days are long and paddling starts in earnest, Reg and I are taking a quick trip to the slopes of New Zealand. Then, after a warm-up paddle in Tonga, we'll be back and finalising plans for our favourite trips – to Southwest Tasmania. It's a truly mesmerising place and we're keen to get back to breathing the freshest of air, feeling the paddle in the water and checking out the new Deny King Museum. Why not join us! And check out our special offer below.

We might be heading off for higher slopes but the amazing Tory will be ready to take bookings and answer any queries in the meantime.

See you on the water
Reg and Jen

PS. If you've been thinking about our 2018 Flinders Island trips, best think quickly as there is just one spot left!

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Roaring 40°s Kayaking was proud to be part of Lanterns for Peace celebrating Refugee Week

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August Special Offer

Join the team! Book a Southwest Expedition, mention the codeword “Deny King Museum” and you’ll receive a free Roaring 40°s Kayaking shirt, cap and beanie!
Offer open until 30th September.


Deny King Museum opens in the Southwest Wilderness

Everyone who visits knows how the Southwest Tasmanian landscape draws you in and now the new Deny King Museum at Melaleuca offers an even deeper appreciation of the unique cultural and natural history of the area. Display panels portray the local tin-mining, whaling, Huon Pine and shipbuilding industries.

Roaring 40s Kayaking is proud to have sponsored two of the display boards depicting nature close to our hearts – the Buttongrasss Moorland Habitat and the Orange Bellied Parrot.

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Macq01 Hotel

New Hobart accommodation ready for summer

It can be hard at times to get accommodation in Hobart but two new hotels have opened recently offering quite different accommodation options.

MACq01, right on the waterfront, is Australia's first storytelling hotel and offers luxury and Tasmanian character aplenty. What's a storytelling hotel? Find out here.

The new Ibis Styles Hobart Hotel offers affordable rooms in a central location, just a short walk to Salamanca and the waterfront.

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Australian Fur Seal on the Tasman Peninsula (Photo: Sean Scott)

Seals of the Tasman Peninsula

With their playful, curious character and photogenic poses both in and out of the water, Australian Fur Seals are a favourite sight on our Tasman Peninsula paddles. These days the seals seem plentiful but the population is continuing to rebuild after near extinction.

After hauling their large, awkward-looking bodies out of the sea, they laze about on the coastal rocks, lumbering about with the occasional squabble breaking out. But when they throw themselves into the water, their streamlined bodies are fast and agile – all making for a fascinating on-water experience. Read more on the fourth rarest seal in the world.


5 Questions with Kiah Davey

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Kiah in action in The Ship That Never Was and guiding on Sarah Island

Kiah Davey is the Manager of the Round Earth Company, based in Strahan on Tasmania's rugged West Coast.

Following the passing of her father, playwright Richard Davey, she has taken on the mantle of storyteller, keeping his renowned play [The Ship That Never Was]( running.

We also had the privilege of having Kiah and her family join us paddling recently!

1. What is your play The Ship that Never Was?
It's Australia’s longest running play, operating in Strahan for nearly 25 years, with over 6000 performances. It is the rollicking story of convicts on nearby Sarah Island building the last ship to be constructed on the island and their secret plans for escape.

2. Do you get bored doing The Ship That Never Was so often?
Never! Not only is a it fantastic story, there is a lot of audience interaction, as we rely on the audience to help us tell the story. You never know what the audience will do when they come on stage, so that keeps the show interesting for the performers and keeps us on our toes!

3. Can you remember the first story your father told you?
I don’t remember the first story my Father told me, but I have a vivid memory of one of the plays he wrote and directed when I was a small child. The play was called ‘The Rainbow Egg’, about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, and the opening scene started with a real snake slithering up through a trapdoor in the stage, followed by a man, who caught the snake and wound it round his neck!

4. Do you do any other productions (and if so, where can we see them)?
As The Ship That Never Was runs every day for 9 months of the year, it is rare for me to produce other shows. However, in conjunction with the play, my actors from The Round Earth Company conduct guided tours of the old Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement on Sarah Island. These tours are included as part of the cruise to the Gordon River with World Heritage Cruises and Gordon River Cruises.

5. What was the best part of your recent kayak experience?
For the 4 kids I took on the Hobart City waterfront experience, the best part of the trip was eating fish & chips in the middle of Constitution Dock.
For me, it was watching the kids, who had never kayaked before, get the hang of the basics of handling a kayak and look quite confident at the end of the trip. Oh, and kayaking around the Hobart Waterfront on a GLORIOUS winter morning! Wow!


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