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Heard Island is windswept, mountainous and eerily beautiful, home to many creatures that thrive in the peace and safety of this island outpost of Australia.

Kingston-based Graeme Wheller, formerly a vulcanologist, today involved in Tasmanian tourism, took the photographs you see here when in 1986-7 he was part of a scientific expedition to Heard Island.

His adventures continue here.



The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is sorting through a treasure trove of antiques and artefacts at a house in Hobart.

The 1920’s Battery Point home was left to the museum by wealthy benefactor Henry Baldwin, who died in 2007.

It was his dying wish that his home and contents be transformed into a museum.

He also donated another two properties and two million dollars, making it one of the largest bequests to an Australian museum.

The Director of the Museum and Art gallery Bill Bleathman says his staff are cataloguing thousands of items and have found rare china, historically significant furniture and unique book collections.

“It really reflects early colonial life in Tasmania right through to current day.”

Read more here. Photograph above by ABC-News.

florentine-1Police move in on protestors at Camp Flozza in the Florentine Valley. Photographer: Niki Davis-Jones

Anti-logging protesters have clashed with police in the Upper Florentine Valley in Tasmania’s south.

Up to 200 protestors tried to march onto Forestry Tasmania land this morning and more than a dozen were arrested after forcing their way through a police line.

One protestor stopped forest workers by chaining himself to machinery, while four people remain in tree sits at the site of a protest camp that was broken up early this week.

The march was in response to the police breaking up a protest camp on Monday to allow Forestry Tasmania to build a road through the area.

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This delightful shot of New Norfolk is only done justice when viewed large.

It comes from the portfolio of Melbourne-based Wibowo Rusli. Check out his Flickr photostream.

Editor’s note: If you would like to be featured here, simply upload your photographs to Flickr [signing up is free] and we’ll find them. We check regularly for new entries tagged with ‘Tasmania’ or, better still, ‘thisTasmania’.

The federal government has refused to give the final green light to the $2.2 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill.

In a shock development, federal environment minister Peter Garrett announced in Sydney early this afternoon that he had knocked back three of the required 12 environmental permits for the Gunns pulp mill.

Mr Garrett said federal environmental approval for the proposed Tasmanian pulp mill would not be granted until detailed studies on the potential marine impacts have been completed.

More here.


Welcome back to Flickr Friday. We’re reviving our popular feature with this classic shot by Rick Elkins, a New York-based art director who was on assignment in Tasmania for a commercial shoot.

“We filmed at a number of different locations and this photo was taken in a tool shed of a property where we were using to park our vehicles.

“The location was between Queenstown and Lake Burberry. I was wandering around between takes, trying to stay dry from the frequent rain when I discovered the shed.”

See more of his work here.

If you would like to submit your photographs for Flickr Friday just tag them with ‘thistasmania’ and we’ll find them.


jeff-miller-portraitJeff Miller first visited Tasmania in 2005 on recommendations from co-workers in the US Antarctic program.

“Being a geographically-challenged Yank, at the time all I really knew about Tassie was that the devil lived here. During that first visit I only had time to hike the Overland Track and see Wineglass Bay, but it was enough to make a huge impression. I was hooked.”

As luck would have it, his partner was offered a job in Hobart the following year.

Jeff quickly followed and, now permanent residents, they are intending to stay indefinitely.

“We are very keen bushwalkers and the huge unspoilt wilderness were such an attraction. Couple that with the laid-back lifestyle and the quality of life and I really can’t understand why Tassie isn’t overrun with mainlanders.

“It seems the locals have done a great job of keeping this place a well-guarded secret.”

While an unpublished amateur photographer, Jeff is skilled at capturing the graphic elements of a scene and has a well-developed eye for composition.

He particularly enjoys the symmetry of reflections, but finds beauty in most any landscape.

“In the short time we’ve been here, we have been lucky to see quite a lot of the State.

“For the photographer, Tasmanias varied landscapes offer endless opportunities. Rainforest, beaches, waterfalls, rugged mountains — you name it and it is here.”

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Sunday, December 7, will see a massive auction, titled Australia, of convict relics, colonial art, furniture and decorative arts at historical Somercotes — one of Tasmania’s finest estates established in 1823 near Ross.

The auction will have 535 uniquely Australia items on sale.

They include a set of convict handcuffs, and wet weather ‘slops’ or garments that were discovered in the attic of the original homestead at Somercotes. This collection is estimated to sell for $40-50,000.

Another Somercotes item is a neoclassical early Colonial double-ended blackwood sofa, circa 1830, with an estimated value of $20-30,000.

For more information visit Mossgreen Auctions.

For larger views click any image below.

Right on schedule on Monday evening, Venus, Jupiter and a three-day-old crescent moon have appeared as a smiley face above the western horizon.

Photograph: Shevill Mathers.

Parks and Wildlife Service staff are rushing to the scene of Tasmania’s second mass whale stranding in as many weeks.

Mmore than 80 long-finned pilot whales have beached themselves at remote Sandy Cape, on the West Coast.

Remote Sandy Cape is famed for its large sand dunes and its proximity to the Tarkine forest, and its rugged, rocky shoreline.

UPDATE: Sadly, all the whales have died after taking a “physical beating on the rocks”.

Department of Primary Industries and Water spokesman Warwick Brennan said the long-finned pilot whales, discovered on a rocky area of coastline near Sandy Cape, died when they were forced into rocks.

Mr Brennan said 30 others were saved from the same fate when one whale began vocally socialising with a pod offshore and was taken further up the beach in an effort to stop those whales from coming in.

They moved on after it died.

UPDATE December 1: On the ground body count finds initial estimate from air of 80 stranded way too low. Latest count is more than 150.