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Hello Paddlers!


Dolphin show on the Tasman Peninsula

And that’s a wrap on a fabulous summer of kayaking and what a season it has been! Thanks to over 3,000 of you for joining us on the water and making this our best and most memorable year of kayaking ever!

It’s off to relax by the fire for winter now as well as a bit of travel and study for some of us. Reg started his holidays last month with white water kayaking on the Herbert River in Far North Queensland and Will’s five month adventure cycling the Old Silk Route from Beijing to Istanbul sounds amazing! Follow Will’s blog and share his journey.

In January 2019 we have a one-off 3-day Tasman Peninsula tour available. This is an exclusive offer for our newsletter readers and limited spots are available. Find out more below along with articles on:
* 2018/19 Kayaking Expeditions
* Tassie Wine Trails
* King River Rafting
* Weather forecasting and weather apps

Thanks again to everyone who paddled with us this season. We are already looking forward to another summer of paddling and hope to see a bunch of you again then.

Happy winter paddling!
Reg and Jen


Recent Awards!

We were excited to have recently qualified for the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame and have been awarded the 2018 Luxury Travel Guide’s Adventure Tour Tasmanian Operator of the Year for the third year running.

We are very proud of our team to have been recognised by these two international awards.

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2018 Luxury Travel guide award

2018/19 Tasmanian Kayaking Expeditions


Jumping for joy in SW Tassie this year.

Winter’s cool breath is closing in which makes it the ideal time to dream of warmer days and your next summer kayaking adventures.

If taking the time to immerse yourself in Tassie’s wild places fills your thoughts, then check out our Southwest Tasmanian and Flinders Island multi day tours.

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The beautiful Flinders Island

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Guide Selfie Comp

We had a team competition to see which guide could take the best kayaking selfie this year and we invited our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite. Mischa's cheesy smile at the Tasman Peninsula was a clear winner! Congratulations to Jenny Purtell who voted for Mischa and won the prize of a Roaring 40s Kayaking shirt, cap and beanie.

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Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed – Photograph/Copyright Kerry Scambler

Tassie Wine Trails

From bubbles around the paddle to bubbles in your glass, Tasmania is world-class. Our sparkling wine has been deemed as good as that from Champagne and, in some cases, even better.

Wine Tasmania has made it easy to navigate yourself around the wineries with four geographic wine trails plus there’s even a varietal wine trail where you can customise a tour to taste your favourite styles of wines!

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Lyle, Jen's Dad, enjoying the King River

King River Rafting in Queenstown (Tasmania)

Tassie’s West Coast is a landscape of splendour with mountains, rainforests and rivers aplenty and of course, they’re often best viewed from the water!

If you’re heading to Queenstown next summer, we can highly recommend a rafting trip with King River Rafting. Jen and her dad (who is still adventuring at 80!) both loved their recent King River Gorge Raft and Steam Experience.


Special Tasman Peninsula 3-day Tour


Exclusive readers’ offer
Would you like to explore the spectacular Tasman Peninsula coastline further? We have 5 spots available on a 3-day tour (3rd to 5th January 2019) that takes you in and around the dramatic cliffs and sleepy bays of this amazing part of the state.

Find out more information and book here.


5 Questions with Luke Johnson, Senior Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

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We spend our summer checking the BOM site, but the weather and forecasts still often remain a bit of a mystery to us so we’ve asked Luke to answer a few questions that we have probably all wondered at some point. For Luke's more detailed answers see our website here.

How do you predict the weather?
We look at as many observations as we can to see what is happening and what will happen and then rely on a whole range of computer models. Trouble is, the computers rarely get it right, and so as weather forecasters, we try to add as much of our expertise and experience as we can to come up with what we deem to be the most likely scenario.

Can a layperson predict the weather? If so, how?
With enough experience forecasting at a particular location and building a knowledge of how weather systems affect our weather locally, I think a layperson can certainly predict the weather on a broad scale. For example, will it rain or be sunny, cold or hot, etc. Simply observing the clouds, anyone can start to recognise patterns and types that are linked to certain weather and conditions.

Why do the forecasts not match reality on occasion?
There are many uncertainties that occur when forecasting the weather. Timing of weather systems can delay or speed up, they can weaken/strengthen ahead of arriving, which affects the intensity of the weather. Sometimes a cold front that is expected to cross Tasmania in four days from can end up passing to the south by the time it arrives. There are many ingredients that go into the weather and by altering one or two ingredients by a miniscule amount (for example half a degree in temperature difference), you can easily end up with completely different weather than originally forecast.

What do you think of the weather apps and is there one you would recommend?
The BOM weather app is very good for providing up to date information and forecasts for your location based on the forecasts from meteorologists, rather than model data.

What do you need to do to become a meteorologist?
Maths and physics degrees at University level. The Bureau of Meteorology has an intake once a year that involves completing a Graduate Diploma of Meteorology at our Training Centre located in Melbourne. Information about this course can be found here.

Read Luke’s full answers on our blog.


In our next newsletter ... Summer instruction lessons, Reg's tips on kayak maintenance, and more.


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