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News and stories from Roaring 40°s Kayaking

Saving the Orange-bellied Parrot

The Orange-bellied Parrot is one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species with just 35 estimated left in the wild. We feel privileged that we often see them at their summer breeding ground at Melaleuca. So far this season, only 16 Orange-bellied Parrots have returned to Melaleuca and parrot experts are saying 'drastic intervention' is needed to save the species. Find out more on what is being done and how you can help here.


Dr Rachael Alderman - The Shy Albatross Program

Dr Alderman is an inspiring scientist who clearly loves what she does – managing the Shy albatross monitoring and research program and raising awareness of Tasmania’s own magnificent bird of the seas. We asked her five questions about the program and the conservation of the Shy albatross.


Dressing for kayaking in Tasmania's Southwest

What to wear kayaking in Tasmania

The magnificent waters of Southwest Tasmania lie at 43 degrees south, in the direct path of the winds that sailors call the Roaring 40s (yep – hence our name!). Whilst most of the bad weather predictably arrives in the winter months, and often in summer there are long spells of sunny, mild (and sometimes hot) days, the conditions are changeable all year round. It’s a big part of the area’s special appeal and just means you have to be prepared for all kinds of weather, all year round. So what to wear? Read our new blog post here for our recommendations to keep you as happy as Reg and Tory in the pic adjacent!

11 October 2017


Hobart's MarketsHobart's diverse markets

This city has a lively vibe year round with all manner of activities to enjoy when you’re not on the water.  Our favourite markets are Hobart Twilight Market , Farmgate Market, Street Eats @ Franko and of course the Saturday institution of Salamanca Market. We think these four markets offer diverse experiences for visitors and locals alike. Find out more about each of these and other Hobart markets here.

8 October 2017


Tasman Island SealsKayaking with seals on the Tasman Peninsula

With their playful, curious character and photogenic poses both in and out of the water, Australian Fur Seals are a favourite sight on our Tasman Peninsula paddles.  These days the seals seem plentiful but the population is continuing to rebuild after near extinction. Read more on the fourth rarest seal in the world here.

7 August 2017


Flinders Island kayaking

Flinders Island - "A trip to days gone by" 

We’ve spent quite a bit of time kayaking on stunning Flinders Island over the past few years, and every time it continues to surprise and delight us. The grand granite peaks rise from Bass Strait to look over the surrounding lush farmland and coastal bush. The waters are clear and the beaches long. It is also like stepping back in time with relaxed and friendly locals. Read more about why we love Flinders Island here.

18 May 2017

Tasmanian Craft BeerTasmanian Craft Beer

The waters of Tasmania are sensational for kayaking but they're also an essential part of the process that brews up some of the finest beers in the country. There is an increasing number of craft brewers making the most of the natural resources and vibrant culinary scene of our island state.  And we say cheers to that!

Read more about our beer history and where to find Tasmanian craft beers here.

15 May 2017


Kayak Hygiene - cleaning a kayakKayak Hygiene

Tasmania’s awesome wilderness waterways give us so much pleasure it would be devastating if we were actually responsible for putting a pristine area at risk. And just one drop of contaminated moisture on a kayak could do that. It's up to each of us to make sure we're not the ones carrying nasty hitchhikers out to ruin our magnificent natural environment, and with assistance from NRM South we have put together some tips here for ensuring your kayak is clean.

1 May 2017


Kayaking Fortescue Bay on the Tasman Peninsula

Benefits of Kayaking

The feeling of bobbing around on the water and being immersed in the natural environment is benefit enough some would say, but there's more going on to make you feel even better. Physically you're working out, it’s great for de-stressing, and of course there's just the whole being outdoors thing. Read more about the benefits of kayaking here.

9th April 2017


Jellyfish AppThe Jellyfish App

On the water we encounter many different creatures but perhaps one of the most mystifying is the jellyfish. For Hobart-based jellyfish expert Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin they provide a fascinating world to work in. Dr Gershwin and her business partners have developed The Jellyfish App to help identify jellyfish and treat their stings. Read more here.

6th April 2017

Deny King at Melaleuca, 1981-photo Tom Coles

Deny King - King of the Wilderness

For over a hundred years (1900 to around 2010) only three families have lived long-term in the Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey region – the Kings, Claytons and Willsons. The most famous resident was Deny King, legendary bushman, tin miner, naturalist, artist and environmentalist, and a man who left an indelible mark on all who were privileged to meet him. Read more about the remarkable Deny King here.

18th February 2017




What makes a great paddling day?Kayaking in waves

Here are some tips on how to have a good day on the water. It’s all about the planning and being aware of the environment you’re heading into. Click here for more information and links to our favourite weather sites.

17 February 2017



Paddling into Blackmans Bay Blowhole Tasmania

Kayaking not only offers a range of experiences – adventure, exploration and sometimes just sheer relaxation and the feel of being on the water. It can also take you to places you simply can't reach on foot and gives you a perspective unlike any other. And very often you'll want to capture the images from those experiences. Taking photos from a kayak could seem quite a tricky process but here are a few tips to keep in mind.

11th January 2017


The Spotted Handfish: Hobart’s HeroThe Spotted Handfish - Credit: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey

Beneath our kayaks, a fish ‘walks’ along the sandy floor. Preferring to walk on its ‘hands’ rather than swim, the Spotted Handfish has been around for an incredible fifty million or so years, and yet although once inhabiting rivers around the world it is sadly now critically endangered and found only in Hobart's Derwent River. Read more about this amazing little fish here.

19 November 2016


Reg’s tips on purchasing a sea kayakTest our your sea kayak before you buy

We’re often asked “what kayak should I purchase”, so as we come into the summer paddling season and the popular Christmas kayak purchases, Reg thought he’d put together some tips. Check them out here.

19 November 2016





Mount Nelson Lookout

15 best Tasmanian Landmarks

Here's a challenge - try not to be inspired by Tasmania's unspoiled coastlines, lush rainforests, crisp lakes, and ruggedly handsome mountains. To help you plan your visit to Tasmania , we've compiled a list of what we think are the best landmarks around the island. Click here to get your imagination going, then create your own Tasmania plan.  

3 November 2016


Bathurst Harbour Southwest National Park Tasmania

Bathurst Harbour - a drowned river valley

It’s hard to believe the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Region of Bathurst Harbour was once a large, dry plain. Rising sea levels some 7,000 years ago flooded the entire area creating a water wonderland three times the size of Sydney Harbour, Bathurst Harbour. Click here to read more.

29 September 2016