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I just wanted to take a moment to wish all the finalists in tonight's @qantas Australian Tourism Awards all the best for a great tonight in Darwin, when the winners are announced.
I was honoured to be asked to judge the Tasmanian finalists, which was an amazing insight into what our operators and industry are doing (often largely unseen to the public to get to this point) in terms of innovation, sustainability and visitor experience.
In my view though, it doesn't matter who wins - to be a finalist in these esteemed awards is an incredible feat and all entries are worthy of recognition, respect and reward.
Of course, I'll be cheering on the Tassie contingent, but I do sincerely wish all finalists all the very best for tonight.
Tonight for me though is another wonderful evening at the @hobarttwilightmarket at Long Beach, Sandy Bay (4-8:30pm), so if you're around come say hi (and buy my book 😂). Go #teamTassie and share our #TassiePride with the nation and beyond!

Amazing things can happen in #tasmania's wilderness. Here's a little story for you!

This is Tasmania's wild south west, Mt Beattie to be precise, near Melaleuca, where your only access is to walk in for a week from the nearest road, fly in a tiny plane for 50 minutes from Hobart or come by boat.
I visited a little while ago with the lovely Alice from @tailoredtasmania, on a trip with @paraviontas. Alice was happy to clamber up on these rocks for my photo, at my request 😊. Unfortunately, upon returning to sea level we realised her sunglasses were nowhere to be found. Last they were seen was when she scrambled up these rocks for me - oops 🙄. Fast forward a month, and by chance I returned to the wilds with @itsworthashot and @trex.photography for an insta-trip I was leading, and was in a position to do this walk again. I told the guys the story and they agreed to help look for the sunglasses.
In hindsight, it was a silly request - a month of crazy south west Tassie weather had thrashed the mountain since the first trip!

So we had a look around, under bushes, between rocks, in mud...and then, incredibly, we found... a sock! Yeah. Just one. Quite a muddy one too 😂. Scavenging around a little more we actually did, to my utter amazement, find the glasses. Intact and unscratched! We couldn't believe it!

Eventually I caught up with Alice back in Hobart, and presented her with her long-lost eyewear, to her equal amazement!

I believe this was a good reminder that when a problem seems too much, or there's no solution to be found, sometimes all it might take is a fresh pair of eyes to show you what you couldn't see 👍đŸģ.

Tassie really does have some wonderful waterfalls, many of which are easily accessible. This beauty is Nelson Falls - which you'll find along the Lyell Highway between Hobart and the west coast.
The easy walk to the falls is flat, wheelchair accessible and takes about 8-10 minutes; yet most people drive right by it.
The walk, though short, meanders through stunningly lush green forests, across a couple of wooden bridges and brings you to a sturdy viewing platform amongst the moss and ferns. That's something I love about #Tasmania - so many amazingly beautiful places that are quite easily accessible for us all to enjoy and share 💚

If you need me I'll just be hanging out here for a while ☀ī¸. You know, in paradise 😎. These beaches are on Schouten Island, while what appears to be an island across from them is actually the southern tip of the Freycinet Peninsula on @tasmania's east coast (home to the stunning Wineglass Bay - though personally, I find the whole area absolutely stunning 💚).

You might remember that a few weeks back I posted about my current partnership with @microsoftau, where I'm testing out the new #SurfaceBook with Performance Base.
After having more time to get the feel for it now, I have to say that I am still using it for all my photo editing. I'm finding the touch screen, in particular the stylus, has opened up my eyes to the ease, and fun, of editing directly onto a screen (a bigger one than my phone, I mean!). I use Lightroom, and while there is a teeny bit of lag occasionally, I've found it's nothing that's bothered me (and perhaps more to do with the software than the machine from what I've read). Having great, and quick, editing power available has also given me a boost for getting back outside to take more photos, as I'm excited to play with them with the stylus 😂
I'd like to try out video editing on it though: does anyone have any recommendations for PC based - and simple to use 🤓 - programs?

Hundreds, some days probably thousands, of people drive by Mt Roland on their way to the more famous Cradle Mountain, not too far away.
Those that do stop, however, are rewarded with a stunning masterpiece, crafted over eons and now standing proudly for us all to gaze upon.
There's also a hiking track to the top, if you're so inclined (get it? 😂).

It's so wonderful to hear that Liffey Falls in #Tasmania's north have reopened to visitors. The beautiful falls have been closed since June 2016, when huge floods ravaged the area. I'll visit them again soon - I'm curious to see how the raging waters may have changed the landscape. Well done to the crews at @tasmaniaparks for all their work so that we can enjoy Liffey again 💚

Ok guys n gals, you're gonna have to trust me here; that dark line coming out of the ripples - that's a platypus!
I've spent the past few days with @jayedevil in #Tasmania's north west, helping out at and shooting the wedding of a dear friend of ours.
Can you believe this vista of Mt Roland - this was the view from the venue at @eaglesnestretreat near Sheffield.
We sure had a wonderful time, surrounded by beautiful friends and basking in the glorious glow of Tassie's dramatic landscapes.
I hope you had a great weekend too ❤

Gosh I love this little island of #Tasmania, especially on mornings like this 💜 Always a beautiful reminder of the paradise we live in, and how wonderful it is to share it with all who wish to visit 💜

Sometimes, things we see with our own eyes can leave us in disbelief. Thankfully now we have cameras to capture such moments, and the images act to remind us of what we witnessed; the good, the bad, and the downright spectacular.

"Oooooh yeeeah, that's the spot!". When it comes to patting a kangaroo (ones you're allowed to, not wild ones please), the trick is to not pat them like a dog on their heads or back. They generally hate it, and it can make them fearful.
The way to win the heart of a 'roo is to give them a scratch on their lower neck/upper chest where their tiny furry t-rex arms can't reach.
Scratch the magic spot and they'll fall in love with you, and maybe do a little 'roogasm dance for you like this little lady did for me today at @Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You can find dozens more of these adorable and friendly macropods at the sanctuary, just outside #Hobart, #Tasmania.

It's only Tuesday. Ugh.
After a beautiful sunrise this morning with @fimorley5, we then spent some time at @bonorong wildlife sanctuary here in #Hobart to check out more of their fantastic animal rehabilitation work.
With two cruise ships in port it was a busy day at the park, and this little lady #wombat was taking a well-earned nap after her carer shared her story (she's an orphan, her mum killed by a motorist ☚ī¸, as is the case with many of the critters there). It's a good reminder to drive carefully on #Tasmania's roads, especially between dusk and dawn.