Hello Paddlers!

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As always, kayaking in Southwest Tassie has been amazing this summer, including sighting a King Penguin on Stephens Beach. It’s unusual to see King Penguins in Tasmania and Parks advised this bird was likely undertaking what is called a ‘catastrophic moult’. ABC News picked up the story - read more HERE.

Dates for our 2020/21 Southwest Tasmania expeditions are now available with some exciting changes – see below for more information. Flinders Island dates will be available in late March.

We’re very proud of our team being ranked the Top-Rated Operator in Southern Tasmania (October- December 2019) based on 180 travel review sites. We all love what we do, our “office” and the people we meet and it shows. Once again, we’re delighted to be representing Tasmania in the Adventure Tourism category at the Australian Tourism Awards. Wish us luck!

Tasmania has been spared summer extremes this year and we’ve been having a blast with lots of great kayaking adventures. Our thoughts however are with everyone suffering from disasters. Please support the “Holiday Here This Year” campaign across Australia, book a kayaking tour in affected areas and include Tassie communities still suffering from fires last summer in your holiday plans – places like the Huon Valley (see below).

Also below, TMAG "West out on the Edge" exhibition and we talk to adventure travel writer Andrew Bain – is his job really is as good as it sounds?

See you on the water
Reg and Jen


2020/21 Southwest Tasmania expeditions

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Feedback from our Southwest expeditioners regularly states, “would have loved more time to explore Melaleuca”. We’ve listened and now our 7-day expeditions are 8 days but still with 7 days of kayaking! The first night is spent at Melaleuca with time to explore this historic wilderness area before setting off to explore Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. Find out more on our Southwest expeditions below.


Holiday Here This Year – the Huon

We encourage everyone to “Holiday Here This Year” to support operators across Australia after this devastating bushfire season. Tasmania also has communities still affected from last summer’s fires, with the Huon Valley impacted by the closure of the Tahune Airwalk. Tahune is excitingly opening again on 29th February and have an opening special of free site entry for kids in March!

The Huon Valley is a place of mountains, valleys, rivers and small villages. It’s a vibrant place that offers an abundance of experiences so why not add it to your Tasmania to-do list. Below are some tips to get you started.


West: Out on the Edge at TMAG

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As we know from paddling this area, the West Coast of Tasmania is an isolated place with wild weather and dramatic landscapes that can literally and spiritually take your breath away. It’s at once alluring, hostile and complex.

West: Out on the Edge is a multidiscipline exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) showing how people have shaped the west and in turn, been shaped by it. Through art, photography and film, the natural environment and stories of those who made their home in this area (some by choice, others not) are interwoven as is the Tasmanian Aboriginal connection to country.

You can also add your own West Coast story in the galleries and via Instagram as part of the Hydro Tasmania Photography Project.


5 questions Andrew Bain – Travel Writer


Hobart-based Andrew Bain is living what sounds like the dream. An award-winning adventure travel writer, he can usually be found walking, cycling or paddling in empty corners of the world. We asked him a few questions to find out if a career as a travel writer is as good as it sounds (and interrupted him while in NZ working his way through 17 hikes in 17 days!)

I was a sportswriter in Melbourne, covering the AFL, in the 1990s and took off for what was supposed to be one year of backpacking. That grew to four years (and was where I first met Reg and Jen, camped by a lake in Hungary), including 14 months cycling around Australia. I wrote a book (Headwinds) about that cycling trip and things just gained momentum from there.

I mostly write about outdoor adventures and remote locations, though I’m not above a little flashing up at times. Publications I regularly write for include the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Lonely Planet, Outback, Australian Geographic Adventure, The Australian and various inflight magazines.

* Franklin River: among my favourites places on earth. Bless those blockaders.
* Lake Rhona: utter beauty and still off the general radar.
* Derby: freedom and flow.
* Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park: I’ve walked the Overland Track a handful of times, including with each of my kids when they were about nine years old - for that it will always be special.
* Flinders Island: the best of Tassie landscapes distilled into an even smaller island.

Probably the bicycle. I was getting close to being bored with travel until I discovered bike touring in the late 1990s. I’ve now covered tens of thousands of kilometres by bike on almost every continent.

I still spend the majority of my time chained to a desk and computer, and media is an uncertain industry to work in. The travel also takes me away from my kids more than I’d like, and nobody has yet found a cure for jetlag, which kills me every time.

I do love my job though. I rarely write about things I don’t enjoy. People I work with know my niches, so I don’t get many offers to hit spas or jump on white cruise ships. I see beauty in every place I go, so there’s always something to look forward to.

Andrew has won Best Australian Travel Story at the Australian Society of Travel Writers' awards for excellence three times in the last six years and has won Australian Geographic Story of the Year. He was formerly the commissioning editor of Lonely Planet's outdoor adventure series of books, and he is a Getty photographer.

Follow his blog at www.adventurebeforeavarice.com and find him at www.facebook.com/adventurebeforeavarice and on Twitter and Instagram as @bainonbike.


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