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Australia's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cultural and Natural Attractions
Traveller
, 26 November 2014

"What does the Great Barrier Reef have in common with the Great Wall of China, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe? All four of these places Ė and over a thousand others mostly without the word 'great' in their titles Ė are on UNESCO's World Heritage List. According to the United Nations body, this makes their protection the common goal of humanity. So how easy is it for a place to make the list, and how many sites does Australia have in it? ..."

Exploring 19 World Heritage sites in Australia, including natural and cultural wonders.
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Cider Houses Rule
The Sunday Age
, 17 August 2014

"Cider, letís face it, is seriously hip in the bars of Melbourne. This new appeal has added a string to the bow of Tasmanian wine producers. In the attractive heritage buildings of Launcestonís CBD and the picturesque Tamar Valley, bars, restaurants and cellar doors are now featuring local cider. In a region famous for its apples itís a logical step, and a new reason for mainlanders to visit..."

Investigating the revived popularity of cider in northern Tasmania
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Taste Buddies
The Sunday Age
, 18 August 2013

"In 1773, Furneaux became the first Briton to set foot on Bruny, followed later by James Cook and William Bligh. More than two centuries later, Bruny is just as appealing for travellers seeking provisions. An easy day trip south of Hobart, in recent years the island has sprouted food businesses devoted to the use of local ingredients. You can't get more local than the island's prolific wallabies, which I get to taste at Bruny Island Smoke House..."

Enjoying the locally-grown food highlights of Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia.
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Wild Ride
Medical Observer, 23 November 2012

"The cog system stays engaged as we ease down the slope to our next stop, the strangely spelled Dubbil Barril. Rather bizarrely, this was once the site of an isolated dairy farm, which sent out its milk in cans via the railway. There are lots of theories about the odd place name, but the one that most appeals to me is that of the semi-literate local who ordered a double-barrelled shotgun from Melbourne but misspelled the order..."

Exploring Tasmania's west aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
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Australia's Edgiest Arts Venues
Medical Observer, 14 September 2012

"The MONA ferry from the Hobart CBD takes the visitor to a rugged headland with a beautiful view of the Derwent River. Then itís down a spiral staircase, through millennia of exposed sandstone. At the bottom, a corridor flanked by high stone walls feels like the entrance to a tomb. The art within MONAís depths is a challenging collection of works reflecting the themes of sex and death..."

Exploring cutting-edge arts venues & companies in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart & Alice Springs.
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The Coffee Buzz
The Sunday Age, 20 November 2011

"Finding a good cup of coffee in Hobart used to be a harder task than sighting a Tasmanian tiger. However, thanks partly to a gang of Tassie-born baristas drifting back to their home town after stretches at the espresso machines of Melbourne, the coffee of Australiaís second oldest city has improved immensely in recent years..."

Sampling the fine coffee of five cafes in Hobart, Tasmania.
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Away From It All
Medical Observer, 9 April 2010

"From the final observation platform on the side of the mountain, I have a magnificent view across the valley to Wineglass Bay. And what a bay Ė nearly circular, fringed with clean white sand and filled with incredible blue water. Itís ironic that its name comes not from its shape, but from the blood of whales which were once hunted here. Today itís unsullied by human activity."

Enjoying the spectacular scenery of Tasmania's east coast.
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Love in a Cool Climate
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald,
7 March 2009

"As I travel through the Tamar Valley Wine Route in northern Tasmania, Iím learning that an earthy Tasmanian red is like the Tasmanian Tiger - hard to find, spotted occasionally, but probably just a myth. Not at all mythical are the cool climate wines grown here, particularly riesling, pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling variants thereof. And passion."

Sampling the wines and wineries of the Tamar Valley, Tasmania.
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No Troubles Brewing
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald,
18 October 2008

"The most interesting beer is First Harvest, a brew involving three hops and three malts. Itís made each autumn from the first hops harvested, and produces a bold flavoured beer. Another onsite special is the stout-flavoured ice cream, a chefís one-off experiment which became a menu fixture by popular demand. Another eccentric dessert special is Cascade Blonde sorbet."

Investigating tours of a brewery and distillery in Hobart, Tasmania.
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Wilderness on the Doorstep
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald,
18 October 2008

"I havenít spent a lot of time in the company of wallabies, especially in a Victorian-era garden setting. Whatís the etiquette when youíre meeting a marsupial? I can see a joey in her pouch. I lift the camera, click, and she lowers her head. Itís not easy living in the shadow of the paparazzi. The Victorian gardens on the northern bankís Cliff Grounds are a wonderful place to be at 8am on a weekday."

Detailing the attractions of Cataract Gorge, in Launceston, Tasmania.
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A Dead Sexy Concept
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald,
18 October 2008

"If ever a tourist attraction were blessed with an ideal location, that attraction would be Moorilla. Claudio Alcorso, a pioneer of the Tasmanian wine industry, planted vines here in 1958. Frying Pan Island, as this peninsula jutting into the Derwent River was once unromantically known, may not be the obvious location for a vineyard - its shallow clay soil leads to low yields - but you canít fault its aesthetics."

A profile of the Moorilla winery in Hobart, Tasmania, and its forthcoming art museum.
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Pick of the Bars
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald,
18 October 2008

"It's the first distinctly small bar I've been to in Hobart, with nooks lit by retro lamps, quirky art on the wall, and a superbly laidback barman wearing a cloth cap. There's a lot of softly lit red in the decor, from the bar stools to the quilted home bar in the corner. A small mirror ball promises revels, though it's hard to see where you would dance."

I explore four cool bars within Hobart, Tasmania.
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
Jetstar Magazine, October 2008

"Tasmaniaís Glenn Shipp leads the Launceston City Ghost Tour, which commences from the historic 1851 Royal Oak Hotel. Itís no coincidence that this pub is haunted by Cyril, a ghost who was once a handyman. 'He had a very nasty accident one night. His horses were spooked and his cart fell on top of him, and he was decapitated,' says Shipp."

Delving into the paranormal via ghost tours across Australia. 
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A Growing Passion
Jetstar Magazine, June 2008

"In Hobart, the Lark Distillery is partial to using the native Tasmanian pepperberry in its alcoholic products. 'We use pepperberries in our bush liqueur, our gin and our vodka,' says Lyn Lark, product developer for the family business. 'Itís fairly hot and fiery, but spicy and incredibly full of flavour. When you distil it, you lose the heat but keep the spice. Itís amazing.'"

Revealing the artisan distillers of Australia, from rum makers to sake brewers. 
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