Preliminary Programs – Details to be confirmed

Tours for the Accompanying Persons will be available on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th; departing from the Grand Chancellor Hotel at 8:45, and returning by 4:30 pm.

Tour 1 – Monday 4th March

Visit the Tasmanian headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a gourmet sauce company, extensive rose garden and gardens and the Woolmers World Heritage site (showing the heritage and convict history of northern Tasmania).  Hear a Tasmanian specialist speak about Farm Safety.

Woolmers Estate – World Heritage Listed Convict Site
Woolmers together with the neighbouring Archer property , Brickendon, is one of eleven convict sites awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2010.  Woolmers and Brickendon convey the story of the convict Assignment System which operated in Van Diemen’s Land until 1840.

The Woolmers site includes a number of buildings little changed from the mid-1800s.  The original Woolmers house was built c.1820, with the Kitchen Wing & Courtyard, Walled Garden, Coach House and Stables, and Coachman’s Cottage and various other buildings added in the next 20 years.  The wool shed is one of the oldest and grandest in Australia, and was used from 1820 when the property ran 10,000 sheep.

The rose garden is a modern creation, with thousands of roses, from original species through old varieties to modern cultivars.  At the lower end of the Rose Garden, a small old-fashioned Kitchen Garden has been created.

Farm Safe Tasmania

The Safe Farming Tasmania program aims to reduce farm-work related death, injury and disease and improve the health and safety in the farming industry by:

  • raising awareness of farm safety issues, including packing and processing industries.
  • working with industry stakeholders to provide training and education on farm safety.

The Safe Farming Tasmania program is a joint initiative of WorkSafe Tasmania and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE).

Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Co.    Tim & Julie Barbour

Tim & Julie started the business over 20 years ago, with the aim of making good quality condiments using fresh Tasmanian fruits, vegetables, herbs and liquors.  Their products are natural, with no added colours, artificial flavours, fillers or preservatives.

Our visit includes tasting samples of the sauces, jams, mustards and relishes and a guided tour of the topiary nursery and vegetable garden.  You will see amazing views of the surrounding Tasmanian region.


Royal Flying Doctor Service

The vision of RFDS Tasmania is to improve health incomes for all Tasmanians with a specific focus on remote and rural areas.   It does this by providing emergency and non-emergency patient transport within Tasmania and across Bass Strait to Melbourne with fixed-wing aircraft.  The organisation also provides dental care and health education services in towns away from major centres in Tasmania.

RFDS is a world-leader in the provision of aerial ambulance services, and currently has a fleet of 69 planes, 115 road service vehicles and 1,400 professionals in Australia.  It is the 3rd largest airline in Australia.

Tour 2 – Wednesday 6th March

See our native animals at Tasmania Zoo, a magnificent display of artwork in silk, and visit a business producing freeze-dried products (fruit snacks, vegetable chips, and fruit, vegetable, herb and spice powders).  There will also be a presentation on rural health and the help that is available in Tasmania.

Tasmania Zoo

Tasmania zoo is a privately owned and local family run zoo in the Tamar Valley.  The owners and staff are dedicated to continuous contribution to wildlife conservation and to the education of the community.  The zoo has world-standard facilities for over 100 rare, exotic and native species.

Tasmania zoo is committed to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.  Some of those animals are unable to be returned to the wild, so as you walk around the park you will meet many of them with their own unique stories.

The uniquely Australian species you will see includes Tasmanian Devil, Koalas and deadly Tiger Snakes, as well as a wide range of Australian birds.

Yarns in silk, Deloraine

Yarns is a large scale community art project of quilted, soft sculpture silk panels, one for each season, drawing you into the landscapes and lifestyles of the Meander Valley people.  Each panel is around 50 square metres, and shows scenes in the district as they change from one season to another.

Spring – glimpse the townsfolk enjoying the Meander River and Deloraine township under the protection of Quamby Bluff.
Summer – feel the sunshine on the faces of the folk chatting over the farm fence and riding a hay cart.
Autumn – roam the hillsides and admire the majesty of the Tiers and villages within.
Winter – crisp mountain pools and dark caves shelter a Thylacine family and other native animals.

Yarns was created by more than 300 community members using numerous hand working techniques.

Rural Alive and Well

RAW (Rural Alive & Well Inc.) is a not for profit organisation helping individuals, families and the community through mental health issues with a focus on suicide prevention.

The organisation provides outreach support to rural Tasmania, as well as working with the community to undertake well-being initiatives.

Forager Foods

The Forager Food Co was established in 2009 to utilise and preserve the best local produce in it’s purest form – freeze dried.  John and Sophie Ranicar have built a world class freeze drying facility with state of the art equipment. They process, dry and package a diverse range of foods providing long shelf life whilst protecting the most valuable and delicate ingredients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, colours and flavours. The process of freeze drying is quite simple; it is the removal of moisture whilst the product is in a frozen state and under a vacuum.

The Forager Food Co range includes whole food freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, meals and superfood combinations.  Products contain no moisture, and are packaged in foil pouches for 24-month shelf life.  They contain no artificial additives, colours or flavours.

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Photography Credits

Tourism Tasmania, Barnbougle Dunes, Ray Joyce, Health Holden, Graham Freeman, Joe Shemesh, Glenn Gibson, Hobart City Council, Nick Osborne, National Trust Tasmania, Dale Baldwin, Brian Dullaghan, Rob Burnett, Alistair Bett, Alice Bennett, Wai Nang Poon, Chris Crerar, Kathy Leahy, Flow Mountain Bike, Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service, James Bowden, Masaaki Aihara, Sean Feennessy, Bruce Irwin, Liz Knox