Errol Flynn – Tasmanian Star Honoured

Tasmania's Famous Son Errol Flynn

Tasmania's Famous Son Errol Flynn

Many people don’t realise that Hollywood star Errol Flynn was Tasmanian.

The swashbuckling star of the 1930s and 1940s had a reputation for drinking, fighting, womanising and sailing.

He has recently been honoured in his home town of Hobart.

A star has been unveiled on the footpath outside Hobart’s heritage State Cinema in North Hobart.

Tasmania’s famous son was born in Hobart 100 years ago on June 20, 1909.

His father, Theodore Thomson Flynn was a lecturer, and professor of biology at the University of Tasmania.

If you are a big fan of Errol Flynn you might be interested to hear that there is now an Errol Flynn Society of Tasmania.

This Youtube clip is the introduction to a documentary about his life and gives glimpses of Flynn in his many roles.

Tarkine Trails – The Path Less Travelled

I just came across this promotional video for the folks over at Tarkine Trails. They have done a lovely job showing off the neighbourhood. You can check out their website atTarkine Trails

In the meantime treat yourself to this virtual tour of the Arthur River and the Tarkine Wilderness.

Tasmanian Devils of The Tarkine

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

The Tarkine is an important habitat for the Tasmanian Devil, particularly now that an epidemic of viral cancer has hit some populations particularly in Eastern Tasmania.

It is good news that the local Tasmanian Devils in the Tarkine continue to be healthy and unaffected by the disease.

Devils are cute and pretty timid. To get a good look at one of them, I recommend that you book yourself on the Kingsrun Devil Tour.

In the meantime I think you should check out this very dramatic video I found on youtube. It’s more like a horror movie trailer – The Bite of The Devil.

Tasmanian Devil photo courtesy of jamesstrewart at Flickr Creative Commons.

Tarkine’s Swift Parrot

The Swift Parrot

The Swift Parrot

It is not surprising that a wilderness as wild and magnificent as the Tarkine is an important habitat for birds.

This is especially true as the Tarkine offers our feathered friends a fantastic choice of landscapes, treescapes and places to forage.

Tarkine is home, at various times, to more than 130 different species of birds, throughout its variety of habitat types and landscapes. This includes eleven of Tasmania’s twelve endemic birds. The two migratory species that breed only in Tasmania, the Swift Parrot, and the Orange-bellied Parrot, forage in the Tarkine. The latter, a critically endangered species, breeds in south-west Tasmania but migrates along the west coast and forages on coastal plants. Consequently the Tarkine’s coastal vegetation is extremely important habitat. The endangered Swift Parrot breeds predominantly in south-east Tasmania and feeds on the nectar from the Tasmanian Blue Gum, and in the Tarkine, the Swift Parrot forages on these trees during the post-breeding dispersal and migration season.
Tarkine National Coalition

If you are a bird lover, I recommend you visit the Tarkine National Coalition website for a full run down on the important role the Tarkine plays in the lives of many of Tasmania’s most endangered birds.

For more information and photos of Tasmania’s birds visit Alan Fletcher’s wonderful blog Birds of Tasmania.

Swift Parrot photo courtesy of ianmichaelthomas at Flickr Creative Commons.

National Australian Wave Sailing Titles 2009

National Australian Wave Sailing Titles 2009

National Australian Wave Sailing Titles 2009

I just came across a review of the National Australian Wave Sailing Titles that was run in Tasmania’s north west beaches back in February.

All week saw Marrawah bathed in sun with little to no swell (shoulder to head high); however, spirits were still high as there was always plenty to do; surfing, diving, SUP boarding, four wheel driving, beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, table tennis -the list goes on and on. Oh! Did I mention the pub! The sponsors and organisers had done a fantastic job, every night there was a social event to go to, be it the local bands, Nationals table tennis tournament, a huge spit roast and crayfish night or just a gathering of friends for a few quiet drinks.

If you would like to read more about the titles and see some more great action shots go to Tim’s blog at Word On The Beach.

Images by White Caps Photography

Arthur River Cruise Back in September

MV George Robinson

MV George Robinson

The folks at MV George Robinson are now on their winter break.  They will be back on board around the beginning of September.

If you are planning a trip to the Arthur River or the Tarkine region in the Spring I can recommend booking yourself on the cruise.  It is a relaxing way to pass the morning and see the Arthur River as well as the Tarkine forrest.

It is also a chance to meet some of our delightful local personalities and hear a few amusing stories. Any time I have friends or family visiting I make sure they fit a cruise into their holiday plans.

You can find out more at Arthur River Cruises.

4WD Tracks to the “Bowl” Arthur River

I’ve posted some photos of the four wheel drive tracks to the bowl. You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Dismal Swamp Accommodation Option

When visting The Tarkine Forest Adventure Centre at the Dismal Swamp, try our accommodation at Sunset Holiday Villas Arthur River. Only 15 minutes away, right  in the Tarkine, they are central to King’s Run Devil Devil tours, Spectacular historic Woolnorth, River cruises, forest walks, wild west beaches, fishing and 4 wheeldriving.

Abalone Recipe from the Edge of the World

A diving licence from entitles you to take 10 abalone a day from the Edge of the World (Arthur River, Tasmania). A couple of Abalone will make a superb meal.

Here is my Edge of the World Abalone recipe:

  1. I prefer to drown them in fresh water (2hrs).
  2. Detach from shell (shuck) and remove gut and mouth. Leave whole.
  3. Wash thoroughly to remove any sand.
  4. Place in a plastic bag and hit firmly a couple of times until the muscle has relaxed. A short piece of 3 by 2 will do.
  5. Gently fry or BBQ with butter (preferably Duck River Butter) for 3-4 minutes, turn and after another 2-3 minutes the flesh should melt in your mouth.
  6. Serve immediately, with tossed salad and papadums (and a maybe a Sea Urchin Roe Satay Dressing).

Once prepared they are quite versatile. Marinated, deep fried, bread and garlic butter in a jaffle iron, or braised for 10 minutes in a curry, satay or minestrone.

Simply delicious.

Scuba Diving

On Sunday the swell backed off to about a metre. The wind dropped out.

I snorkelled 80metres out the gutter, enjoying the 15 metre visibility, watching the schools of fish, abalone and the surging kelp forests and flora.

Now where was that supermarket shelf I found 5 months ago?

There is no prettier sight than a hole that is so full of crayfish that it resembles a supermarket shelf.

The seaweeds and soft corals are typically more spectacular, the fish bigger and more diverse where the cray live.

The big bluehead ducks around the bully in front. The magpie perch dives into the weed. A school of bullseyes triggers a rise in heartbeats.

I securely stow my ab iron, it’s getting exciting.

There, feelers, hundreds of purple and orange crayfish, filling the 5 meter crevice.

Take one size cray, drown in fresh water. Boil for 10 mins. Drain and allow to cool. Halve, clean and coarsely cube the tail meat. Squeeze some fresh lemon over it, add a little grated cheese and slip under the grill. Gently warm and serve with a light salad.