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Hello Paddlers!

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Bringing in 2019 with a swim in Southwest Tasmania

Hope you all had a paddling good New Year!

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks with some wonderful Hobart summer days and welcoming in the Sydney to Hobart yachts - always such a fun time to be on the water. With the Wooden Boat Festival in February we are looking forward to busy times again on the Hobart waterfront.

Southwest Tassie too has been putting it on for us the last few weeks and proving yet again that it is a place unlike anywhere else. It is not too late to join us this summer, with a few spots left on our 3-day and 7-day expeditions and a special 4-day expedition in February.

We’re so excited to be heading back to the spectacular Flinders Island in February/March. Last year’s paddlers said it was a “fantastic experience” in a “stunning environment” with a great big “wow factor”. It really is a special place and we still have spaces available and a very special offer for the 10th March trip! (Details below.)

Also below, for a local’s perspective on Flinders Island, meet Jo Youl from A Taste of Flinders, some quirky facts about Tassie and our kayaking blogs.

We are again very proud of our super slalom paddler Melzie for bring home two bronze medals in the National C1 and K1 U23 Slalom Championships last weekend. Congratulations Melzie.

See you on the water
Reg and Jen

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Exclusive Flinders Island Offer

Flinders

It is not too late to join our Flinders Island tours with spaces still available on some March departures.

Exclusive offer for subscribers for the 10th March departure - the next 2 bookings will receive 2 additional nights accommodation post trip (15/16 March) at Sawyers Bay Beach Shacks. Value $350. Just type “2 free nights please” in the special instructions or call us for more details.

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Things you didn’t know about Tassie

Things about Tassie

Australia's first caravan, oldest tower lighthouse and oldest golf course

Tasmania is renowned for many things – clean, crisp air, breathtaking wilderness, long, white beaches and quirky locals – but there’s a few things about our island state that are often unknown to most. Being the second place of European settlement in Australia means the state boasts many “first this” and “oldest that” in the country. We also have the highest boat ownership in Australia and surprisingly the second-driest capital city. Read our latest blog for a few more facts that might surprise and pique your interest.

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New visitors book at Clayton's Corner

Claytons

Clyde & Win Clayton's old house at Clayton's Corner in Southwest Tasmanian wilderness

We are proud to have recently assisted Friends of Melaleuca reproduce the original visitors book containing names of boats, people and comments from visitors to Clyde and Win Clayton’s home in the Southwest Tasmania wilderness between 1950 to 1995. This book is now located at Clayton’s Corner for all visitors, including our Southwest Expedition kayakers, to enjoy.

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Reg's Kayaking Blogs

Blogs

Whether you’re already out paddling or planning ahead, don’t forget Reg and the crew have put together some great info on getting the best out of your kayaking adventures.

▪ What makes a great paddling day?
▪ Tips for kayaking photography
▪ Tips on buying a sea kayak
▪ Minimising your impact on the environment
▪ Tips on dry bags
▪ Kayak maintenance checklist
What makes a great paddling day?
Tips for kayaking photography
Tips on buying a sea kayak
Minimising your impact on the environment
Tips on dry bags
Kayak maintenance checklist
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5 questions with Jo Youl, A Taste of Flinders

Jo Youl

Flinders Island isn’t just a spectacular kayaking destination, it’s often journey’s end for those seeking a more laidback lifestyle with plenty of adventure options. Jo and Tom Youl are two of the latter and are now working on making their farm sustainable and their forever home.

Jo is the founder of A Taste of Flinders, showcasing Flinders Island's fresh and amazing produce and was recently named the Tourism Minister's 2018 Young Achiever. Jo supplies produce for our kayaking guests and is passionate about her island home and sharing all that it offers with visitors.

1. What drew you into moving to Flinders Island seven years ago?
Tom did! After becoming a qualified landscaper, he finished off a building apprenticeship on Flinders eight years ago. He fell in love with the lifestyle and convinced me to move. We married in 2013 and took on The Quoin Farm, on Killecrankie Bay. My great-grandfather bought The Quoin in the 1930s and it’s been in our family ever since. Tom and I both grew up on farms as well so farming is entrenched in the genes!

2. What inspired you to start A Taste of Flinders?
I’m passionate about continually improving the visitor experience. Taste specialises in sourcing our incredible local produce and offering great food and drink options for visitors and our island community. It’s currently based at a café in Whitemark but we’re in the process of developing a new, world-class visitor hub on the waterfront to house a restaurant, bar, providore as well as Furneaux Distillery.

3 What produce is Flinders Island most famous for?
We have so many standout producers on our island, it’s hard to choose just one! Here’s some of the freshest you can get locally: crayfish, abalone, lamb, mutton birds, beef, garlic, wasabi, garlic, honey and much more.

4. What do you enjoy about living on Flinders?
We love the lifestyle that Flinders Island offers. A lot of weekends are spent exploring, fishing, beach-combing, bush picnics or checking the stock on the farm. The people we’ve met and experiences we have whilst living on Flinders simply couldn’t be replicated anywhere else.

It can be challenging at times but so many good things definitely make it worth it. Improved phone, internet and airline access have made it far less remote than it once was. We’re raising our children to be well rounded adventurers and this island is perfect for that!

5. What’s in future for you and for the island??
Well in the immediate future we’re adding to our family with a baby brother or sister for our 4yo Alice and 1yo Billy on the way!

We’re busy developing Flinders Island Wharf into a new food and beverage destination where islanders and visitors can enjoy the best of our local products.

On the home front, we have 900ha of arable land and Tom’s working hard on improving the pasture and infrastructure each year as we’re looking to increase our 500 Angus breeding cows to 1,000. Ahead, we’re also looking to plant 1,000 avocado trees and diversify into visitor accommodation.

As for the island, with the cost of access and limited bed numbers, our island will never be overwhelmed with visitors. Flinders is a place to be enjoyed by those who love the environment and want to experience something authentic and off the beaten track.

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