Home' Journeys : Jun Jul 2015 Contents Member
Jackie King is first and foremost a
surfer – she has made the beach her
home and the ocean her playground.
She is also an occasional surf coach
with Coastrider Surf Academy and a
full-time teacher at Dunalley Primary
School. The decision to live by the
beach makes it essential that she
has a reliable car and an even more
reliable roadside assistance service.
Interview by Alice Hansen
Why did you join RACT?
I joined R ACT when I ventured out on a
road trip across Australia as a young adult.
I was travelling by myself in an old, and not
completely reliable, Toyota Landcruiser. I
wanted to feel confident that I could get
assistance if I got into trouble during my
travels. I have been a member of Roadside
What was your first car?
My first car was actually the family car, a
white 1970s Holden Kingswood station
wagon with an automatic transmission and
a pull-dow n tailgate with a wind-down
glass back window. We ow ned this car
for a large part of my childhood and ever y
summer we would pack it with camping
gear, fasten the roof racks on top, hitch
a trailer with catamaran to the back and
drive from Hobart to Freycinet National
Park to camp at Coles Bay for a few weeks.
The road was unsealed then, dusty and
with bone-jarring corrugations. It was a
triumph just making it in – we even had
a sticker on the bumper bar that read ‘We
survived the Coles Bay Road.’ When I got
my driving licence I gravitated towards the
Kingswood. I took many trips to the beach
in it – it was the perfect surfer’s car and
the ideal first car.
Did you have any amusing times when
you were learning to drive?
As a P-plate driver I borrowed a friend’s
Datsun 180B to make a short trip and the
gear stick came out as I was driving around
a busy roundabout. I just remember
looking in surprise at my hand holding
the gear stick and then down at an
empty socket where it should have been.
Somehow I managed to shove it back in
and make it around without any mishaps.
What’s the most memorable time you’ve
been helped by being a member of RACT?
Definitely the time I had a flat tyre on the
Tasman Bridge. As I drove up the crest
of the bridge I could hear the thumping
noise of my tyre slowly losing air pressure.
I thought I would be able to make it down
the other side and off the bridge but it went
down too quickly and I ended up stopping
so as not to drive on the rim. The RACT
tow truck was there in no time and I was
very grateful – it’s embarrassing to hold
up traffic on the bridge! Not only did the
R ACT patrolman tow my car off the bridge,
but he also changed my tyre.
Have you ever run out of petrol at an
I’m sorry to say that, yes I have run out of
petrol on the Tasman Bridge. I was driving
my old Toyota Landcruiser, which had a
broken petrol gauge, and I ran out before
I could get over the crest of the bridge – a
What is your favourite holiday destination?
It is tough to nar row this down to just one
destination, but I am going to say Bali.
I love the people, the surf and my wonderful
friends who live there and always make my
stay a perfect one.
Where do you plan to spend your next
Hawaii is my next holiday destination.
I haven’t been before and I have wanted to
travel there for a long time. I will be taking
my surfboard, of course!
The challenge we face is how do we
continue on our current growth trajector y
and ma ximise the benefits from visitors
throughout the state, not just in the
gateway cities? Consumer needs change
and we need to be able to move with them.
Whilst visitors are now staying for shorter
periods, they have a strong intention to
return, so it is vital to ensure we provide
varied and quality experiences to keep our
visitors coming back and exploring further.
Tasmania’s visitor appeals include heritage,
arts and culture, nature and wilderness
and food and beverage experiences, with
southern Tasmania’s water ways also a
Each locality has a different story to tell
and unique experiences to offer, whether it
be the local produce delights of the Huon
Valley, the hydro and pioneering heritage of
the Central Highlands, the wild and rocky
coastlines of the Tasman Peninsula or the
awe-inspiring wilderness of the Southwest.
It is this diversity that provides compelling
reasons for visitors to explore the nooks
and crannies of our island. We must
continue to work to highlight these stories
and develop innovative ways to share them
with our visitors.
Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s Seafood
Seduction Tour was recently recognised at
the recent National Tourism Awards as the
best new tourism product in the country.
Its creative approach to taking visitors on a
gourmet journey, where abalone, lobster and
oysters are fished straight from the sea and
prepared immediately for the visitor, gives
new meaning to the words ‘fresh produce’.
Wild Ocean Tasmania’s tour allows visitors
to play amongst fur seals in a non-intrusive
and safe way without having to know
how to dive or swim. These are excellent
examples of how innovation playing to our
regional strengths will cement Tasmania’s
future as a tourist haven.
Tourism is everybody’s business. The
future of tourism in Tasmania is dependent
on communities, industry and government
having a shared vision and working together
to maximise the benefits of this amazing
industry. R ACT is to be commended on its
commitment to the ongoing development
of Tasmania’s tourism assets in Strahan,
Freycinet, Cradle Mountain and Hobart –
the club will be an important stakeholder
in Tasmania’s tourism future.
Investment and support for the development
of accessible, quality experiences that
build on our unique strengths will attract
visitors throughout 12 months of the
year, strengthening economic and social
outcomes for all.
June / July 2015 9
In our community
Links Archive Apr May 2015 Aug Sep 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page