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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
The Bonnet Island Experience is Pure Tasmania's newest signature experience. Based in Strahan, it offers the rare opportunity to go ashore on a tiny island at the mouth of Macquarie Harbour. At this remote and lonely place, lighthouse keepers lived and worked, their flashing light marking the narrow entrance for ships entering the harbour. The island is home to a thriving colony of Little Penguins and After watching the seabirds come ashore -- the shear waters from the air, penguins from the sea-- Second Nature will whisk you back across the harbour to Strahan, after a fascinating experience highlighting the native wildlife and human heritage of Tasmania's wild and wonderful West Coast. For more information about The Bonnet Island Experience, visit www.puretasmania.com/ bonnetislandexperience WIN! The prize is two nights' accommodation for two people at The Strahan Village in a Hilltop Harbour View room, plus two adult tickets on The Bonnet Island Experience. Prize value is $750. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Bonnet Island, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close 4 January 10. Short-tailed Shear waters. In all weathers, these ama zing birds spend their days fishing at sea, retur ning each evening at dusk to their burrows on the island. Obser ving this phenomenon of nature from close quarters is at the heart of the Bonnet Island Experience. You'll experience the area in comfort, cr uising from Strahan aboard the fast cr uiser Second Nature, then going ashore on Bonnet Island before dusk to enjoy local gourmet Tasmanian specialties. Sunset and seabirds, lightkeepers and landscapes There is a creative buzz happening at Birchs Bay, just south of Woodbridge on the shores of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Fleurtys Café is home to the annual Benchmarking Birchs Bay Sculpture Prize, in which some of Tasmania's creative and innovative artists exhibit in a most unusual gallery -- 1.5 kilometres of trails through farmland and native bush, on a beautiful property overlooking the Channel. The walks are open to the public all year round and acquisitions from sculpture prize are added as per manent installation s on the trail. The ow ners plan to develop the Art Distillery Studio as a home for guest artists (visual, literary and perfor mance) and to host hands-on workshops in art- based disciplines. Fleurtys is nestled between the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the forested hills with views of Mount Wellington, and makes a great day out, just a forty minute drive from Hobart -- it's well worth a visit. w w w.fleurtys.com.au Margate meanderings On the way down the Channel to Birchs Bay, take a break in and around the picturesque tow n of Margate and follow the new interpretation trail -- it's a series of 10 signs introducing the stories of the tow n and its people, history, industries, activities and attractions. The buzz at Birchs Bay Pear Shaped by Sallee Warner Benchstack by Marcus Tatton In Tasmania today 51 December 09 / January 10
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