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Wild and Wonderful

12/12/2005

Tasmania's wild and wonderful assets are being showcased in an upbeat program to entice locals and visitors to get out and about this summer.

A diverse range of nature-based and cultural activities around the State are being highlighted in the Wild & Wonderful! program spearheaded by the Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts.

An extension of the long-running and highly successful Summer Ranger Program, Wild & Wonderful! incorporates hands-on sessions in national parks and reserves, outdoor theatre, tours and activities at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Port Arthur and a range of holiday events and exhibitions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Launching Wild & Wonderful! today, Parks and Heritage Minister Judy Jackson said the new-look program is suitable for all ages.

"Most of the activities are free of charge and on offer in numerous locations around the State," Ms Jackson said.

"And they complement the award-winning Summer Ranger Program which has served Tasmania so well for more than 25 years. "I would encourage everyone to take part."

Ms Jackson said partnerships forged between the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and two significant botanical collections in the north west of the State - the Tasmanian Arboretum and the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden - ensured the invitation to public gardens was extended beyond Hobart.

"Participating in the Wild & Wonderful! program will take you to all corners of the Tasmania - from watching the shearwaters arrive at sunset at Strahan and exploring the rockpools of Mt William National Park to admiring the fabulous specimens at the arboretum and being entertained by the tales of convict defiance at Port Arthur," she said.

"There is a mountain bike event on Mt Wellington and snakes on show at Salamanca Place and the Cataract Gorge.

"For a change of pace, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is displaying Sydney to Hobart yacht race photographs and Launceston's Tamar Island Wetlands Centre is hosting World Wetlands Day in February."

The Wild & Wonderful! program will be distributed in Tasmanian newspapers on Wednesday 14 December and copies will be available at Service Tasmania centres, Tasmanian Visitor Information centres, national parks, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The program is also available for download as a PDF (1510 Kb).

It will also be highlighted on a promotional bus that will tour a range of summer events around the State during the next two months.

For more information about Wild & Wonderful! go to www.dtpha.tas.gov.au

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

Wild and Wonderful