Canberrans will soon be able to fly direct to the holiday destinations of the Sunshine Coast and Cairns, and direct flights to Hobart are also on the agenda in a joint ACT Government-Canberra Airport strategy to open up new routes and engage new airlines.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr, who announced a Labor pledge to inject $3 million over four years into tourism marketing partnerships to attract more direct domestic flights to Canberra, said Tasmania was the next state on the ACT’s radar. More info at https://the-riotact.com/airport-launches-direct-flights-to-sunshine-coast-and-cairns-and-hobart-may-be-next/407115
While the world may seem like a very big place, it is made much smaller when you start to make friends from around the world. Thanks to various modes of transportation and available delivery options, it seems that borders keep shrinking all of the time. It is now common to have friends from many different places in the world. This creates an enriching experience and certainly adds enjoyment to the lives of many people. You might be in the position now of having some international friends and you would like to demonstrate how much you appreciate them. Here are five perfect ideas to do exactly that.
Send Them a Plane Ticket
If your friends like to travel and you have the means to do so, you can consider surprising them with a plane ticket. This is a great way to reunite in person and spend some memorable moments together. Just let them know ahead of time so that you can arrange dates that work for both of you. You can shop around online for the best fares available during those times.
Use Local Stores to Deliver Something to Them
There are times when you can best show someone in another country that you are thinking of them by purchasing a few items from a local store and having them delivered directly. Thanks to the availability of online shopping, this is easier than ever before. You can use a service like Western Union to send money to India from Australia. That makes it even easier to pay for items if the merchant accepts it and get them on their way to your friend's location.
Consider a Gift Card
You do not always have to buy a physical gift to show your friends that you are thinking of them. In fact, a gift card will do just fine. This will allow those people you are close to internationally to purchase something that they need or would enjoy themselves.
Go See Them and Bring Some Souvenirs
If you are ready to take a trip yourself, then buy a plane ticket and go see your international friends. Before you go, get some souvenirs from your own country to take to them. This will make for a great gesture as they spend some time showing you around their own city.
These are five great ideas to show off your love for the friends you have made around the world. It is the thought that counts. The key is to embrace this newfound cultural diversity, learn from another, and continue to grow. Having international friends will broaden your perspective and make you realise just how small the world actually is.
The Tasmanian Government is offering Tasmanians travel vouchers that can apply to stays on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays during September, October or November 2020. You can combine this with our winter discount prices (Pay full non discounted rate for the first night, then just $10 per person for the second night) to get a great short break in nature at bargain prices. You must register to receive a voucher in order to claim the voucher on accommodation or experiences. Registrations open at 9:00 am on 7 September 2020.
How it works.
Note that you do NOT present us with the voucher. You need to:
For full details about this Government scheme, see https://buysomethingtasmanian.com.au/tourism/voucher/
How much can I claim on the Tasmania Government Travel Vouchers?
Subject to availability and eligibility, you can register for the following voucher types:
1 adult registration (maximum claim of $150)
2 adult registration (maximum claim of $300)
Family with children registration (maximum claim of $550)
Family of 2 adults:
Family of 1 adult:
There are a limited number of vouchers available. Register early to be sure to get at least one voucher. Pending availability, you can register for additional vouchers only after your first voucher has been redeemed.
1. Tasmania is all about nature
I’m going to Tasmania; What do I need to know?
Tassie is the perfect place for a nature focused, socially distanced, holiday. Though previously also known for Mona Art Museum, Dark MoFo and specialty food festivals, these aspects are currently heavily restricted. With its unique mix of culture, wildlife, and nature, visiting Tasmania is a great experience nature lovers. Here are a few things you should know to help you prepare:
3. Get a Tasmanian hire car
Regional public transport in the is pretty limited. Fortunately, there are plenty or rental cars available in Tasmania. Normally, it is always a good to book your car at least a few months before your trip. However with the current low numbers of non-Tasmanians, there are plenty of cars available.
4. Arrival in Tasmania by Sea or Air
5. Four seasons in one day
6. Great Food and Wine
Tasmania is home to some of the best cool climate wines in the world, especially pino noir. Many of the wineries are located in beautiful surroundings: Enjoy views of rolling hills while you sample top-quality wines.
Many wineries also have award winning restaurants so be sure to leave plenty of time in your day to linger.
7. National Parks require a Park Entry Pass
http://www.huonbushretreats.com8. Where to stay
Post completion of the civil works, building construction for a new shelter and new toilet in the ‘gateway’ area once you cross the bridge will be underway from Sept to Dec. Sections of the carpark and visitor areas will be closed to the public due to construction, but access to toilets, information, parking and walking tracks will be available and well signed. The carpark in the national park will be open, but have a reduced capacity during the works. Other small toilet construction sites throughout the precinct will be closed to the public during construction and these will be well fenced and signed, and alternate toilets identified.
Huon Valley Escapes continues to offer tourist information for Hobart, Bruny Island, Huon Valley and far South Tasmania. Online resources at www.huonvalleyescapes.net or from 9am to 7pm phone info is available (03) 6264 2233.
MEDIA RELEASE 7 May 2020
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Let’s say you are the type of person who likes to make sure your family has vacations to remember. Perhaps you have taken them on memorable vacations that they continue to rave about. One of those vacations might be a visit to one of Canada's great cities. Perhaps Vancouver, where you took the family to Whistler Blackcomb Mountain to ski and snowboard on the top ski runs in North America.
Or you might have taken them on a fantastic sailing trip on the Mediterranean. Your idea was to rent a luxury sailboat and sail the Mediterranean for several weeks, visiting some of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world. You thought that because of the complexity of chartering a lovely fully crewed luxury sailboat, you could not get this type of a trip set up, until a friend told you to try them here.
If this describes the type of family vacation seeker you are, then your next family vacation has to be to the island of Tasmania.
Tasmania, the Southernmost Part of Australia.
Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast, is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, parks and natural amenities. The capital is a port city called Hobart and it is filled with cultural, shopping and lots of things for families to do. Tasmania is the type of place where someone who loves special vacations, has to take the family.
What to Do on Tasmania
Tasmania is a wonderful family vacation that allows parents and young people to spend lots of time together and get the chance to have experiences that make lifelong impacts. Tasmania is the perfect location for this undertaking because the country has lots to offer. Here are a few of the best places and amenities in the country.
Hobart is the capital and by far the largest city on Tasmania. It contains many of the interesting things for families to do on the island. Several things stand out as great activities for your family.
A Trip to the Summit of Mount Wellington
Mount Wellington sits as a powerful backdrop to the entire territory of Tasmania. It can be seen from just about anywhere in Southern Tasmania and hiking it offers a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together. The summit is 1270 meters tall and there are trails to get you there safely. When you reach the summit, you will be treated with a spectacular view of Hobart many other small cities. Depending on the time of year you climb it, you also might encounter some snow at the summit. So dress warmly and bring the whole crew.
The Thermal Springs and the Hastings Caves
Since you are in a different type of place, you need to engage in some different types of activities, and Tasmania does not disappoint in this area. The Thermal Springs and Hastings Caves area is very popular with locals and it's become one of the top tourist attractions as well.
The Hastings caves were formed millions of years ago. It is a great place to give a science lesson to your kids because there are stalactites and stalagmites that are science wonders. Parents can also opt for a guided tour of the cave and surrounding area, which adds to the cultural experience.
When you're done with the caves, there is a thermal hot springs that you and the family can swim in. With an average temperature of more than 28 degrees, it is the perfect way to relieve sore muscles that you may have incurred while climbing Mount Wellington. There is also a forest area where you can BBQ and have a picnic, making this trip great for a full day of fun.
Tasmania is often lightly considered by tourists because many think that it’s only desolate rock. The state however has a thriving culture and offers many attractions that will delight and charm families. Bring your family here and have a once in a lifetime experience.
Enjoy a Rally of steam era machinery at Australia’s Southern-most line, the Ida Bay Railway. Come to feel and experience the revolutionary Steam Age in Far South Tasmania.
$16A ($8C) ticket gives unlimited entry to the whole three day event, but it doesn’t include train ride or any merchandising on site.
Dates: September 29 to October 01, 2018
Time: 09:00 a.m till 05:00 p.m.
Venue: Ida Bay Railway, Ida Bay, TAS 7109
Stay right next door at Buttongrass Retreat. Two bedroom eco-cabin suits a couple, small family or two singles.
Enjoy the Rally of Steam one day, then stick around for a day or two to explore Hastings Caves or Cockle Creek the next day.
Discounts for multi night stays. The longer you stay, the cheaper each night becomes.
23-29 OCTOBER 2017
Spring has well and truly sprung, and birds are singing and nesting – ready to be counted for BirdLife Australia's fourth annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
Huon Bush Retreats and Buttongrass Retreat are offering discount rates for selected multi night stays around the time of the Great Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Spend two or three days enjoying nature walks and counting birds as you go.
Minimum stay is 2 nights, (minimum 3 nights if including a Friday or Saturday night at Huon Bush Retreats) Rate includes 2 adults using one bed. Extra people can be added $40/nt. All cabins include one queen bed. Extra beds might be bunks or rollaway beds. The exact cabin will be allocated on arrival.
Full payment by Visa or Mastercard at time of booking, no refunds, no changes.
Book your accommodation using the chart below, then go to the Great Aussie Bird Count website to register and get your app.
The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town. Your backyard can be anywhere you find birds.
Each count takes 20 minutes and the data collected helps BirdLife Australia to better understand the birds living where people live. You can do one or more counts during your stay. Maybe do 2 different times of day in 2 different habitats. And as a little extra incentive, there are some incredible prizes to be won!
The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is about to peak. It will continue through August, overlapping with the Perseids meteor shower. The best viewing time is roughly 1-4 a.m. Find an open sky away from artificial lights, lie down on a deck chair or an outdoor bath and look directly upward. This will naturally direct your gaze to near the apparent centre of the shower. Delta Aquarid is expected to produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour, under a clear dark country sky, like at Huon Bush Retreats or Buttongrass Retreat.
You don’t need to locate a shower’s radiant point to enjoy the meteors, but the concept of a radiant point adds a new perspective. If you back trace all the Delta Aquariid meteors, they appear to radiate from a point within the constellation Aquarius. That is pretty much directly overhead during late winter in southern Tasmania.
Find the Great Square of Pegasus, draw a line to Fomalhaut. That is the very bright star in the dim constellation Piscis Austrinus, or Southern Fish. Half way along that line is the apparent origin of the Delta Aquarid meteors. See the graphic of the Southern Hemisphere Star Map, and Clifftop cabin at Huon Bush Retreats.
Winter discounts are available. Click here to book now.
Schools Tree Day Friday 28th July 2017 and
National Tree Day Sunday 30th July 2017
Come hug a tree, on the Mount Misery Walk at Huon Bush Retreats, 50 minutes south from Hobart. More info at http://www.huonvalleyescapes.net/mountmiserywalk.html
or join a Planet Ark organised community event. More info at http://treeday.planetark.org/find-a-site/
The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence is given to tourism operators who have consistently achieved great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. For the 3rd year running, this includes Huon Bush Retreats in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Establishments earning the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and have continually delivered superior customer experience.
According to hotel marketing and reputation management business, Revinate, “...the Certificate of Excellence award is only given to the top 10 percent of accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and vacation rentals ... and honors hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor.”
Trip Advisor itself says, that this achievement “ ...celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period and honours hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service.”
As well as being recognised as providing excellent service, Huon Bush Retreats is also acknowledged by TripAdvisor as being a Platinum Green Leader. Our environmental features and actions allow us to outperform all GreenGlobeLite criteria.
But remember that Huon Bush Retreats is a nature experience. As our 200 TripAdvisor reviews show, the 90% of guests who appreciate peace and nature give us great reviews. The 10% of people who’s main values include throwaway items, excessive energy consumption and highway access, give us poor reviews.
So next time you want to relax, explore and experience nature, think of Huon Bush Retreats.
Holiday accommodation and bushwalks and set in an extensive private nature reserve near Huonville in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.
This multi award winning, carbon positive eco-village, offers a choice of contemporary, self contained cabins, deluxe tipees and private campsites against an inspiring backdrop of Tasmanian native forest. Just 50 minutes drive south of Hobart, we offer a true retreat in a peaceful and secluded environment with a 5km bush walking track network, an abundance of wildlife on your doorstep and a sample of the fine food and wine of the Huon Trail region.
From 9am to 7pm, phone: 1800 770 224
Email anytime: email@example.com
It's Megan's birthday and she was chosen to play 7HO FM radio station's "Money or the Glovebox" competition. Megan doesnt know it yet, but the glovebox contains a voucher for a stay at Huon Bush Retreats.
Will she choose the money or the glovebox?
Buttongrass Retreat at Lune River in Tasmania's far south will be closed for a couple of days due to a fuel reduction and habitat management burn. Buttongrass moorland requires a fire frequency of 5 to 15 years to remain as predominantly low grass and shrub type vegetation.
For the next few months, part of the view from Buttongrass Retreat will be blackened, but come Spring, the fresh growth will bring a field of green shoots and wildflowers. A mix of different aged vegetation created by differing fire regimes, is essential for the ground parrots living in this heathland.
During Autumn, Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania will be conducting burns across Tasmania, subject to suitable weather conditions. These burns are part of the Fuel Reduction Program, aimed at reducing Tasmania's bushfire risk to protect lives, property and the environment.
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Many years since fire, the moorland around Buttongrass Retreat is becoming more of a scrubby heathland. Today's planned burn will reset the vegetation to a grass dominated landscape.
Within a year after buttongrass moorland has been burnt the vegetation starts to regrow, producing succulent shoots that attract herbivorous animals such as wallabies, wombats and grasshoppers. However, these species, particularly wallabies and wombats, also require nearby areas of unburnt habitat were they can shelter.
See more info about Buttongrass habitat response to fire at:
Built in a fire susceptible and fire dependent vegetation area, the eco-cabin at Buttongrass Retreat has been designed to provide short term protection.
If you are ever in the path of an approaching fire, leave well before the fire reaches you. However if you become trapped, a fire resistant building is a good refuge. Radiant heat is the biggest killer in a wild fire. Radiant heat can be blocked by a solid object or barrier such as a concrete wall or building. This heat travels in straight lines, radiating out from a bushfire ahead of the flames and will bounce off solid objects and will travel through glass.
Stay inside, shielding yourself behind solid furniture, away from windows, while the main fire front passes. This will only take a few minutes. Houses mostly burn down after the fire front has passed.
For more fire safety info see:
About 45 minutes drive and 20 minutes walk from Huon Bush Retreats, is the worlds tallest flowering plant. Named Centurion (vaguely translated latin for 100), this monster is just over 100 metres tall. It is surprisingly slender raising the question how does it stay up.
The answer is partly the protection offered by the surrounding other super-tall trees. Lightning and wind are common causes of tall tree damage, knocking the top metres off. Centurion is protected by other trees around 80 metres and is on a slope protecting it from the westerly winds.
Another risk to very old trees is disease. It is really important to thoroughly clean your shoes before visiting a native forest. Great attention to all the little crevices with a scrubbing brush dipped in a tray of bleach does the trick. Be sure to remove your laces and complete the cleaning process with the shoes off your feet. You might like to choose an old pair of shoes so the bleach does not damage your good ones. The walk is quite easy, you don't need fancy walking boots but you do need moderate fitness and good navigation skills.
Book at least 2 nights at Huon Bush Retreats and we can loan you a tray, bleach, brush and map.
It is quite a challenge to get a good photo. The full height photo shown here is a composite of 3 images.
In 2015, Huon Bush Retreats participated in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
17-23 OCTOBER 2016
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back for its third year — with over 40,000 participants and over a million birds counted last year, this is becoming one of Australia's largest citizen science projects.
It’s easy to get involved. You can:
If you don’t have the app, download it for free from:
The results from 2015 saw the 10 most common bird species remain unchanged from the previous year, with the Rainbow Lorikeet once again taking out the number one spot. There were minor changes in the order of some of the top 10 birds – Common Myna, Galah and Silver Gull were bumped down a place or two, with House Sparrow, Red Wattlebird and the Welcome Swallow moving up the list.
Huon Bush Retreats is part of Sustainable House Day on Sunday 11 Sept 2016. There are 7 Sustainable houses open for inspection in Tasmania: Click here for the list and to register
You can now start planning your Sustainable House Day tour as addresses for open houses have just been released!
To obtain these addresses you need to register here: http://sustainablehouseday.com/subscriber-registration/
All subscribers go into the running to win an annual subscription to Sanctuary Magazine!
Discount rates at Huon Bush Retreats for Sustainable House Day participants
Registered SHD participants are eligible for discounted accommodation at Huon Bush Retreats for the week before or after the open day:
Expect to see plenty of shooting stars during the next couple of weeks. At a dark location in the Southern Hemisphere, you can expect to see a meteor every two to three minutes as the Earth passes through the orbit of Halley’s comet.
This meteor spectacular runs from around 20 April until about 21 May each year. This year you will have bonus viewing because the orbit intersection coincides with a New Moon.
The best time to see the shower, or "shooting stars", will be in the middle of the period. When the New Moon occurs on 6 and 7 May, the sky will be at its darkest, provided you are away from light pollution. New Moons are located between the Earth and Sun so are hidden from night time view.
Named “ Eta Aquarids “ this meteor event gets its name from its apparent origin, near the Eta Aquari star in the constellation Aquarius. Of course, the meteor themselves are much closer than the star, it just appears that way due to the arrangement of the orbits and the spin of the earth. The accompanying composite image shows how this occurs.