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Alongside this year’s Australia and New Zealand
Rotary Conference in Tasmania, a one-day,
hands-on, interactive Public Image Seminar
will be held at Hotel Grand Chancellor, to assist
district public image chairs and club public
image directors create a better public image
for Rotary in their local areas.
Seating is limited. For registration details
contact PDG Gina Growden, Rotary International
Zone 8 public image coordinator, via
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0412 128 106.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, HOBART
will share fascinating stories of Hobart’s early settlement.
The coastline of Tasman National Park and Cape Pillar’s
sea cliffs (the highest in the Southern Hemisphere) is the
focus of the Tasman Island tour. The shores are home to
an abundance of wildlife, including sea colonies, migrating
whales and sea birds in their thousands. At any time of the
year, expect to see diving gannets, albatross, sea eagles and
peregrine falcons. Pods of dolphins are also known to come
and say hello and play in the bow wave of the boat.
Foodies will delight in the two taste tours on offer, which
mix gourmet dining with adventure. The Bruny Island
Traveller Tour is a full-day tour of the island, exploring
spectacular landscapes and local culinary delights. You’ll
taste cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky, as
well as learn firsthand from producers about how they are
made and sourced. Visitors are also left to explore deserted
beaches, pristine bush and rainforest; if you’re lucky you
might catch a glimpse of the island’s rare white wallabies.
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction is another full-day tour
departing from Hobart, which takes participants down
the Derwent River and into the sheltered waters of the
D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Following this, the voyage
heads south, leaving civilisation behind for picturesque
wilderness. Rock lobster, oysters shucked straight from the
water, and a selection of Tasmanian wines, boutique beers
and cider are on the menu. You’ll also get to watch your
guide dive for abalone and sea urchin, which will then be
served up fresh on the boat.
For more details visit www.pennicottjourneys.com.au
unchanged from when they were first built almost two
centuries ago. Various bookstores, antique sellers and
cafes are scattered throughout sandstone buildings and
charming old-world cottages, mixed with landmarks and
sites of historical curiosity.
The old-school Shipwrights Arms Hotel (known to locals
as ‘Shippies’) is the perfect place to stop for lunch – their
seafood chowder topped with gremolata and mussels is
famous. Founded way back in 1846, an impressive and
unique collection of maritime memorabilia lines the walls,
gifted from various crews over the decades. It’s still a
favourite watering hole for seafarers – filling post-race with
Sydney to Hobart teams and supporters every December.
A free guided tour, available in written and audio form,
is available for download at www.batterypointwalk.com.au
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers six incredible, award-
winning tours, which set sail from Hobart or its surrounds.
The name will be familiar to Rotarians – in 2011 operator
Rob Pennicott circumnavigated Australia in a 5.4m inflatable
dinghy to raise $300,000 for The Rotary Foundation’s
efforts to eradicate polio and environmental conservation.
Recognised by the Australian Tourism Awards as
Australia’s Best Tourist Attraction on three separate
occasions, the Bruny Island cruise is a three-hour adventure
exploring some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, deep-sea
caves and to the point where the Tasman Sea meets the
might of the Southern Ocean. You’ll be given the chance to
drift up close to Breathing Rock – a unique rock formation
with a gap right at water level that sucks in waves then
blows them out – as well as observe a diverse array of
The Iron Pot cruise circumnavigates Betsey Island and
Hobart’s waterways in specially crafted vessels fit with large
glass windows, allowing guests to take in the views within a
spacious, leather-seated cabin. The 2.5 -hour cruise finishes
at Iron Pot, Australia’s oldest lighthouse, where your guide
Bruny Island Cruises – Pennicott
Wilderness Journeys (Photo: Sean Scott)
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