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Nature meets nurture IN THE SPOTLIGHT Q&A with the Premier

ROAD SAFETY We need to do more

UNDER REVIEW The latest vehicles


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Grounded elegance T

he first element of the RACT’s major investment in tourism on Tasmania’s east coast is officially open. The Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge are designed to immerse guests in an elegant yet grounded, natural experience. The final product adds a new premium option for visitors to the region. The use of curved glass, Tasmanian timbers and tactile finishes adds to the immersive experience, while outdoor baths on the deck and separate lounge spaces, both taking in the view, make the most of their unique location.

The pavilions were designed by talented Tasmanians Liminal Architecture, who took the vision of developer Brett Torossi and brought it to fruition. The team worked closely with masterful local builders Cordwell Lane to make these stunning spaces a reality. The works of local artists, commissioned especially for this project and inspired by the nature of the peninsula, are featured on the walls (see feature page 50-51). Locally made furnishings have also been purpose-built to reflect the surrounding natural elements.

RACT MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO BE AMONG THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE THE NEW COASTAL PAVILIONS WITH OUR LIMITED-TIME MEMBER ‘TEST DRIVER’ RATE VALID TO 30 APRIL 2018. FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL RESERVATIONS@FREYCINETLODGE.COM.AU OR CALL (03) 6256 7222.

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IN OUR COMMUNITY Q&A with the Premier

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Read what Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has to say about the issues that are most important to our members.

From the President 8 From the Group CEO

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The many ways members save

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Get ready for winter

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LIFE ON THE MOVE First drives

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Darren Moody puts the new model Holden Commodore, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Peugeot 5008 to the test.

A rocky road 43

Journeys editor Paula Sward takes the new BMW X2 for a Sunday drive through the picturesque Tamar Valley and comes face-to-face with Batman (Bridge, that is).

Not your average watering hole 46 We take a look at one of Tasmania’s favourite country pubs.

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When it comes to towering mountain views, Tasmanians are spoilt for choice.

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Our new Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge have some amazing artworks that were commissioned to reflect these special spaces.

Through readers’ eyes

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More of your stunning pictures from around the state.

TRAVEL Winter wonderland 60 Jess Corrie, of RACT Travel Launceston, explores the ice-capped landscapes of Norway.

Small is marvellous 63 Explore new territory 73 Smiles all the way

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Please give us your feedback via email journeys@ract.com.au. To comment on issues that matter to you, log on to the Member Hub; and keep up-to-date via our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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MOVING FORWARD

With the State Election campaign run and won, we asked re-elected Premier Will Hodgman to answer some questions around the future of mobility in our state. During the State Election campaign, the Liberal Party made a large number of election commitments around upgrades to road infrastructure. How many of these do you see being implemented during the next term of government? What are your short-term priorities? Our policies recognise the need to plan Tasmania’s transport future in the short, medium and longer terms, and we expect work to begin on most of our road commitments during the next term of Government.

Keeping prices down and taking decisive action to address cost of living pressures will continue to be a key priority of a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government. Over the last term MAIB premiums reduced by 7.5 per cent, and were then frozen for 12 months. Our commitment to invest in infrastructure will also help with insurance costs and reduced wear and tear on vehicles while reducing the human and financial costs associated with accidents.

Our booming economy has resulted in growing pains and it is clear we need to invest in our road infrastructure to ensure the state can keep up with demand.

We have also doubled the number of days special interest plated vehicles can be driven on the road to 104, and we will remove the cost of motor tax from all special interest registered vehicles – meaning an average minimum saving of around $64.50 per registration.

Tackling congestion in Hobart and Launceston is critical to maintaining the Tasmanian way of life, and to improving business productivity, and we are looking forward to getting on with the job and delivering the infrastructure Tasmania needs and deserves.

RACT believes that we should be preparing for the impacts of emerging mobility options such as electric and autonomous vehicles. What role will your Government play in preparing for the future of mobility in Tasmania?

A recent study by the national auto club body shows that Hobart and Launceston are among the most expensive cities in the country in terms of impact of transport costs on the household budget. What strategies will your government implement to assist in making transport costs more affordable for Tasmanians?

We will keep Tasmania fully engaged with the exciting prospect of emerging technology through our work with all State and Territory regulators plus the Commonwealth. The best thing governments can do at the moment is to help define and clear the current legal barriers to autonomous vehicles so that technology adoption is not delayed by red tape.

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LIFE ON THE MOVE

The Hodgman Liberal Government, along with its Road Safety Advisory Council in the Towards Zero Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026, will continue to focus on a range of road safety strategies to reduce deaths and serious injuries on Tasmanian roads to zero – the only appropriate target. Each of our road investment policies is designed to deliver safer roads. We will also be recruiting an additional 125 police over the next term and this means there can be an even greater police presence on our roads. We will continue investing in safety upgrades such as the 10-year Midland Highway project, where wider lanes, improved road alignment, and flexible center barriers create a significant improvement in the safety rating of the roads. We will also continue to engage with the community to make sure driver education is world-class.

We also believe more could be done to assist visiting drivers to navigate our roads more safely, including improved signage in multiple languages and other highly visible on-road cues. What are the government’s plans to improve this infrastructure? Last year we launched a campaign specifically targeting visitors, with a dedicated website plus providing information and materials at our airports. This has information tailored to international visitors, and also for motorcyclists, given that Tasmania is an incredibly popular touring destination for mainland riders, and motorcyclists are over-represented in our road trauma statistics.

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In addition, we have identified specific funding to upgrade roads around popular tourism businesses and we are also making funding available to telecommunication providers to dramatically improve mobile phone coverage on the Great Eastern Drive – as we know many visitors rely upon passengers using mobile devices to map out their routes and to track their location.

To see the full list of the election transportation and infrastructure commitments, visit ract.com.au/TasmanianElection-Priorities

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A recent review of the National Road Safety Strategy revealed that 90% of the strategy’s targets ‘would not be met’. This included reducing road deaths and serious injuries in Tasmania. What strategies will the government implement to ensure this strategy gets back on track in Tasmania?

Our visitor road policy consists of $72 million for key tourist roads and routes covering all parts of the state, but with a focus on high visitation sites such as access to the Three Capes experience, Bruny Island, Hastings Cave Road, the Tasman Highway, the Tarkine, the road to Launceston Airport, plus key gateway accesses for major centres.

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As part of our Climate Change Action Plan the Government is investing $250,000 to establish an electric vehicle working group and begin the strategic rollout of electric vehicle charging stations. It is important that we are engaging with local government, business and industry, and that the rollout of electric vehicle charging stations is both coordinated and well-supported.

For the first time in Tasmania’s history we have committed a policy specifically to address the issue of tourist roads. We must invest in tourist routes, but we get the double benefit of improved roads for local communities and local businesses.

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The Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting the establishment of a network of electric vehicle charging stations in Tasmania as we aim for zero net emissions by 2050.

‘Our policies recognise the need to plan Tasmania’s transport future in the short, medium and longer term.’

We continue to lobby to improve the condition of major tourist roads, particularly in regional areas. What is being done to improve this important infrastructure?

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FROM THE PRESIDENT TODAY, 3,500 PEOPLE WILL DIE ON THE ROAD…

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TODAY, 3,500 PEOPLE WILL DIE ON THE ROAD…

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t has not been a great start to our year in terms of safety on our roads. Sadly, this is a consistent trend Australia-wide. There does not appear to be any improvement over time in road statistics and this causes me to reflect on why this is so. The RACT advocates and participates in many national and international road safety campaigns and forums that aim to deliver tangible outcomes for the communities we serve. There are many road safety awareness campaigns globally that have significant relevance on a local scale. For example, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Foundation sponsors the international Child Health Initiative (childhealthinitiative.org) which states that every child has the right to a safe environment – yet every day thousands of children are tragically killed or maimed by road traffic, often on the way to or from school. This campaign quite rightly says that ‘This must change’. The FIA #3500lives campaign (fia.com/3500lives) is another high-profile effort to reduce road fatalities around the world. The campaign uses well-known celebrities and sportspeople to help deliver their message. The number in the campaign name is derived from the fact that, every day, 3500 people are killed on roads worldwide. Young people in particular are over-represented, as the FIA notes that road crashes are the number one cause of death for people aged 15 to 29 years. 8 

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What is particularly concerning is that despite these campaigns, and those of the RACT and our road safety counterparts locally, the road safety statistics remain the same. Looking at Tasmanian statistics from the Department of State Growth for the past 10 years, January 2008 saw five fatal and 26 serious road crashes; January 2018 recorded six fatal and 24 serious road crashes. In the intervening years, aside from a horror month on our roads in January 2009, these figures have hovered around similar levels. In 2017 in Tasmania, there were 36 fatalities and 270 serious injuries. The table right highlights there has been little change in these annual figures in the past 10 years. What is even more concerning is that 2018’s figures are not improving. According to the Road Safety Advisory Council (RSAC) there have been eight fatalities on our roads to 12 March 2018, compared to four for the same period last year; and 52 serious injuries to 7 March 2018, compared to 55 for the same period in 2017. The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) recently released analysis of the National Road Safety Strategy, which was signed by state and federal governments in 2011 in an attempt to reduce death and injuries on Australian roads by 30 per cent before 2020. WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE

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The AAA analysis revealed that 90% of the strategy’s targets ‘would not be met’. The report also said that December 2017 was the deadliest month on Australia’s roads since the initiative was signed, and that more work needed to be done in a number of states, including Tasmania. The cost of road trauma on Australian roads is estimated to be $30 billion each year. So what can we do about these horrifying results? Looking at the international FIA campaign, it features 11 golden rules of road safety. WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE

THE GOLDEN RULES Obey the speed limit Use a child safety seat Check your tyres Buckle up Don’t text and drive Never drink and drive Always pay attention Stay bright Wear a helmet Stop when you’re tired Check your vision


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TODAY, 3,500 PEOPLE WILL DIE ON THE ROAD…

TODAY, 3,500 PEOPLE WILL DIE ON THE ROAD…

TODAY, 3,500 PEOPLE WILL DIE ON THE ROAD…

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WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE

On a local level, RACT will participate in Road Safety Week in May. See the detailed list of activities on page 15 for how you can get involved. But it will take more than just a week to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The State Government’s Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026 (transport.tas.gov.au/ roadsafety/towards_zero) has a longterm vision of zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads. The aim is to have less than 200 by 2026. On current figures that means we aim to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads by more than 100 in eight years. Given the past 10 years, that is a bold aim. In the short term, the Towards Zero Action Plan 2017-2019 targets Tasmania’s highest risk areas and deliberately focuses on those road safety initiatives WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE

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that will gain the greatest reductions in serious injuries and deaths. The State Government will also continue to undertake a broader range of road safety initiatives for vulnerable road users such as tourists, cyclists and pedestrians. Education tools that target driver behaviours and road safety awareness are critical to reducing the injuries and deaths on our roads. RACT RoadSafe takes the message into schools, targeting Grade 3 and 4 students and testing their knowledge on road safety. Our pilot program late last year uncovered some concerning statistics, including that more than 56% of students required further education on knowing the difference between stop and give way signs and what they must do; and more

than 55% of students required further education regarding getting in and out of cars safely. We will roll out this education program more broadly through schools this year, and will continue to highlight areas where further education is needed, and provide schools with the resources to inform their students. I know it seems common sense to many people, but there must be blanket observance and reinforcement in order for these messages to get through. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Each and every one of us must be an advocate of these road safety messages at home, school, and work – if we don’t take action the consequences could be deadly.

I WOULD BE MOST INTERESTED IN HEARING YOUR VIEWS ON HOW CAN WE IMPROVE SAFETY ON TASMANIA’S ROADS. LOG ON TO OUR MEMBER HUB AND HAVE YOUR SAY.

TASMANIAN ROAD CRASH STATISTICS 10 year average

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

Fatalities

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Serious Injuries

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256

241

272

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290

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Source: Department of State Growth

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FROM THE GROUP CEO

ABOUT YOUR RACT PRESIDENT Kathryn Westwood VICE PRESIDENT Peter Dixon BOARD Peter Joyce Phil Jones Jenny Self-Kowaluk Stuart Slade Pieter Kolkert

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hile it took several weeks for the final results of the 2018 Tasmanian election to be tallied, it was clear on election night that the Liberal Party would be returned to govern in majority for a second four-year term. The RACT was pleased to note the funding commitments promised by the party during the election campaign that related specifically to road safety and road infrastructure improvements. While health and education were often identified as key issues during the campaign, road infrastructure spending was also a clear priority. The RACT was quick to set an agenda in this space, announcing 18 road funding priorities in September last year, well before any election campaign began, using a range of statistical and qualitative data to determine our priorities. These included the 2017 RACT member survey completed by almost 7000 members, Tasmanian crash data, AusRAP data and RACT Regional Advisory Group input. In summary, these road funding priorities were broadly broken into six major categories: • A 10-year plan for the Bass Highway. • A 10-year plan for Greater Hobart transport. • Improving Tasmanian tourist roads. • Road safety upgrades across the state. • The continuation of the 10-year Midland Highway upgrade. • Upgrade all roads to a minimum 3 star Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) rating. We have kept a watching brief on the election announcements and make our own commitment to members – and the broader Tasmanian community – that we

will closely monitor the implementation of funding promises and will continue to hold the new government to account. You can find details of our election priorities as well as a list of election promises at ract.com.au/ Tasmanian-Election-Priorities. The new Code of Practice for Fuel Price Boards in Tasmania takes effect on 7 May 2018. The Code of Practice ensures that the price advertised on the petrol price board is the full price, rather than a discounted price. The Code of Practice also regulates the manner in which changed prices are displayed. You may have already noticed a change in the way your local petrol station is displaying their fuel pricing. Last year, retailers were given a 180-day lead-in period to make any necessary changes to comply with the new regulations. RACT lobbied the State Government over a number of years to have this change made to make it easier for consumers to make a choice of retailer when it comes to purchasing fuel. It is fantastic to see this finally come to fruition. We welcomed our first guests to the newly developed Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge during March. We believe Tasmanian tourism is going from strength to strength and the addition of the pavilions will be another drawcard for the east coast region and Tasmania as a whole. We are especially delighted to have been able to bring this vision to life through the support of local Tasmanian businesses including Liminal Architecture for beautiful design, Cordwell Lane for masterful construction and Brett Torossi for her vision and leading the project. The works are part of a larger Freycinet Lodge renewal, which also includes six new Hazards View rooms and an accessible suite in the main Freycinet Lodge building. The RACT received grant funding of $1 million from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments through the Tasmania Jobs and Investment Fund for this project. As always, our members get the best available rates for stays at all of our Destinations properties, and the Coastal Pavilions are no exception. For the latest member rates and to make a booking, visit freycinetlodge.com.au


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The many ways members save

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or the Horder family from Launceston, saving money by using their RACT membership card is not only an everyday way of life, it also helped them to experience the holiday of a lifetime. ‘It all started back in 2013 when we took a motor home trip from Perth to Darwin and then Alice Springs,’ Graham Horder said. ‘We purchased $2000 in [Woolworths] WISH gift cards and planned the trip according to where we could stop to top up on groceries and fuel. ‘We would also plan to arrive just before closing to access discounted grocery lines. ‘We saved that much money.’ Through the Royal Rewards program, RACT members can pre-purchase WISH Gift Cards online or in-branch, saving 5% on every card. For example, you can pre-purchase a $100 WISH Gift Card through Royal Rewards for $95. The Horder family continues to use their RACT membership to save on items such as groceries, petrol and movie tickets. ‘Every little bit makes a difference,’ Graham said.

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ABOVE: Graham, right, and Christine Horder with their sons Joshua and Kieran.

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

The RACT delivers free and paid road safety education through the state. We are now looking for expressions of interest for 2018. Please visit ract.com.au/education to register your interest.

FOCUS ON ROAD SAFETY

The RACT RoadSafe online road safety resource is now available for use in Grade 3 and 4 classrooms throughout the state. It is designed for teachers to use as a standalone learning tool, but we will consider requests for school visits. We are excited to invite schools to register their interest for a facilitated classroom session during Road Safety Week 2018 – which is week one of term two (30 April to 6 May). These sessions are free and available to primary schools throughout the state. Please mention Road Safety Week in the online form.

SENIOR DRIVERS

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Available to seniors groups, RACT’s Years Ahead presentations explore general road and traffic issues, discuss how the road environment has changed over time and test attendees on road rules.

For a fee, RACT conducts small and large group sessions with businesses that have staff on the road to promote safe driving behaviours and explore low risk, crash-free driving.

Also available for a fee, RACT’s trained professionals are available to deliver training to organisations that require staff to have advanced child safety knowledge.

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HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Test your knowledge of what we’ve written about in this issue of Journeys and you could win!

All the answers to these questions can be found in the magazine. Entrants who get all the answers correct will go in the draw to win one of two $50 Woolworths WISH Gift Cards. T&Cs apply. To enter, visit ract.com.au/journeys-magazine. You must complete the online form to make a valid entry. Good luck! 3: What colour will prominent buildings throughout the state be highlighted in for Road Safety Week?

1: How many people are killed on roads world-wide each day? 2000 3500 500

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5: Where is the new Holden Commodore being built? Germany Japan United States 6: How far should drying clothes be placed from a fireplace or heater? 20m 2m 12m 7: What is the name of BMW’s new small-medium SUV?

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SPOTLIGHT ON ROAD SAFETY

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he spotlight will firmly be on road safety from 30 April to 6 May with activities around the state as part of Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week is held in the first week of May each year to highlight awareness about the need for road safety. The week is a national event originated and co-ordinated by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Inc. (sarahgroup.org), a not-for-profit incorporated association. The campaign’s objectives are to encourage road users to share the road responsibly, actively commit to safeguarding the lives and health of all road users (including pedestrians), and to protect vulnerable road users (particularly those who work on roads to assist and protect us). Prominent buildings and landmarks such as the town halls in Hobart (pictured) and Launceston, Salamanca Place,

Leven Bridge in Ulverstone, Burnie Makers Centre and Devonport Goliath Silos will be lit up in yellow to raise awareness. A Young Driver Symposium will be held in Hobart on 1 May to discuss the over-representation of young drivers in road trauma. Tasmanians aged between 17 and 25 make up 11% of the driving population, but represent 30% of serious casualties. Young Tasmanians aged 16 to 19 are also invited to enter the Road Safety Week video competition for the best 30-second road safety commercial. Entries close midnight on 22 April. And RACT and Road Safety Advisory Council will be at Agfest (3-5 May) with the Monash University Accident Research Centre driving simulator. rsac.tas.gov.au/road-safety-week-2018

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WINTER SAFETY CHECKS Our annual Winter Safety Checks will be held across the state in April. Dates are as follows: 16 April, Launceston 17 April, Burnie and Devonport 18 April, Glenorchy 19 April, Rosny 20 April, Kingston For details of times and locations, as well as tips for getting your vehicle winter-ready, visit ract.com.au/winterready.

LEARNING TO DRIVE? Gain all the skills you need to enjoy the freedom of the open road with RACT Driving Training. Lessons are available in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. ract.com.au/driving-lessons

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Hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles across Australia have been recalled in order to fix faulty Takata airbags. To check if your vehicle is on the list visit ract.com.au/takata.

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HAVE YOUR SAY

The RACT supports a number of sporting teams and events, including Hobart Chargers, City to Casino, Netball Tasmania, Launceston Tornadoes and Tasmanian State League.

Members are encouraged to have their say on a range of topics in our annual member survey, which opens later this month. Keep an eye on our Member Hub for more details.

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YOUR VIEWS Under the surface

I refer to Lewis Prince’s letter and the Department of State Growth reply published in Journeys February/March 2018. I believe the latter contribution had hallmarks of a script from the popular British comedy Yes, Minister, with the quote ‘occasionally they do occur’ resembling a classic Sir Humphrey line. In my view the State Growth reply confirms we are being provided with inferior surfaces on our roads, including, but not restricted to, the largely three-lane Midland Highway. Not four lanes as promised by both Federal and State governments. Ongoing inconvenience as contractors work to patch up the below-standard and budget-inhibited new road sections is also revealed. As a frequent driver on the Midland Highway the increasing channels, ruts, holes, developing cattle grids

and general crumbling of surfaces less than 12 months old is a scandal. The Government and State Growth need to take responsibility. The relevant State Government Minister and/or Treasurer would do well to take note of recently completed and significantly superior substantial road upgrades on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The durability, comfort and safety of their surfaces is stark in comparison. Other than for cost, the suggestion asphalt can’t be used doesn’t seem to stick (pardon the pun). Why, then, have at least two recent attempts been made to improve the East Derwent Highway from the Bowen Bridge through Risdon with a bitumen spray and aggregate roll-in process? Some of that high-use road is already crumbling, with a section resembling a cattle grid. Surely there is an asphalt plant close to that area. Regrettably as we experience the

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2018 winter there will be more rapid deterioration in some already extremely dangerous conditions on Tasmanian roads. ‘No, Minister’, it is not good enough. Ron Manson, Old Beach

Road safety concerns

In the last Journeys (February/March 2018), a correspondent wrote about being tailgated by a truck with lights flashing. It must have been very worrying. We share the roads with each other, and with commercial vehicles who deliver food and products to all of us. The roads do not belong to just us RACT members. And when you share, you have to give as well as take. As a gesture of equality and consideration, perhaps we slower drivers might consider other vehicles who want or need to drive safely and legally closer to the speed limit than we do.

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Perhaps we might consider pulling over just briefly to let these vehicles get past. I’d prefer to have a faster vehicle ahead of me than behind. We might also remove their temptation to pass us dangerously. We have no right to impede other traffic. It’s an offence. The name of the game is still getting from A to B safely in a reasonable time. The law specifies what’s reasonable, not any single driver. Brian Caddell, Blackmans Bay

I agree with Derek regarding the horrifying speed some trucks go on the highway (February/March Journeys). I often travel between Devonport and Launceston and what could be a pleasant trip turns into a nightmare at times. It seems to make no difference whether the trucks are empty or loaded, with or without a trailer. I once found myself, in a small car, sandwiched between two trucks that seemed to be racing each other. To me, there are accidents waiting to happen. Vivien Davies, Devonport

Roadkill concern

In response to Angela Prosser-Green’s letter in the December/January issue of Journeys, I too am appalled by the number of dead animals we see on Tasmanian roads. Our wildlife is precious and I agree with Angela that education campaigns might go some way to mitigate the problem (avoid driving on country roads at night, etc.) and I support her urge to find some kind of solution. However, I believe her suggestion that ultrasonic whistles should be fitted to vehicles is not the answer. Angela’s observation that she has not encountered animals since fitting whistles I think is more likely down to coincidence rather than the effectiveness of the devices. refer to the study undertaken by Dr Helena Bender of the University of Melbourne Auditory stimuli as a method to deter kangaroos in agricultural and road environments. To quote from the abstract of Dr Bender’s paper: ‘The high frequency signals produced by the Roo Guard and the Shu Roo are

artificial sounds at frequencies to which kangaroos are less sensitive. Captive trials with eastern grey and red kangaroos (Macropus rufus) found no change in vigilance level in response to the Roo Guard or Shu Roo. Field trials found the relative density of free-ranging eastern grey kangaroos also did not change in the presence of the Roo Guard. Field trials with the Shu Roo did not result in a reduction in the rate of kangaroo-vehicle collisions, suggesting that artificial sounds that use high or ultrasonic frequencies are not effective for deterring kangaroos.’ Dr Bender’s study focuses on kangaroos, but similar studies have found similar results for other species of native wildlife. Their auditory sensitivity is little better than ours in the ultrasonic range. Cam Douglas, Bellerive

Editor’s note: The RACT, in conjunction with Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, The Wilderness Society and Tasmanian Conservation Trust, has developed an awareness campaign about wildlife on our roads. For more information visit ract.com.au

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YOUR VIEWS (CONTINUED) More on cycling

John Young (Journeys February/ March 2018) appears to have some misconceptions about cycling. Firstly, the 1.5m overtaking rule is designed to protect vulnerable road users from being squashed by cars. I’m yet to hear of a vehicle and driver being crushed beneath a 15kg bike. Secondly, roads are not built and funded by motor vehicles. They are built and funded largely by taxation and council rates. A tiny percentage of your registration fee goes towards road funding. As cyclists pay the same taxes as the rest of the community, they are contributing to road construction costs. As for John’s claims about bicycle registration, the only country which has this is Japan. Other countries that have trialled registration such as Switzerland abandoned the idea because it cost more to implement than the tiny amount of money it raised. With Hobart streets gridlocked

regularly due to vehicle crashes, we should be encouraging more people to use bikes as a sustainable transport option for the future. Rod Mason, Geilston Bay

John Young from Devonport was critical of new 1.5m passing laws to protect people riding bicycles in Tasmania. But the passing law is recognition that people driving cars pose a much greater danger to people on bicycles and so should take more responsibility for avoiding a crash. Roads are paid for through collected tax revenue, not vehicle registration. Most adults who ride bicycles pay tax, and most also own cars, so have contributed to the cost of roads. Also, bicycles don’t create the wear and tear on roads that cars do.

Bicycle registration is an answer looking for a non-existent problem. Most of the money raised would go to administrative costs, it would deter people from riding which would be bad for people’s health and traffic congestion. No other country has it, and it would do nothing to help police who can already pull riders over if they break the law. Alison Hetherington, Bicycle Network Tasmania

A significant amount of road funding comes from fuel excise, and another proportion comes from GST collected from fuel. With the exception of the road safety levy, no money from vehicle registration fees contributes to road funding. Darren Moody, RACT General Manager, Member Assist

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IN OUR COMMUNITY

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roome-based street artist Sobrane has transformed the external wall of the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery into a spectacular mural of a flight of Yellowtail Black Cockatoos. Sobrane spent her two-week residency at the Gallery, painting the 24m wall in vibrant colours. ‘Bringing my love for creatures out onto walls for the community to experience, whether they are large walls like the silo in Victoria or the smaller canvas as in an exhibition, is what it’s all about!’ she said. In addition to the mural, Sobrane’s signature bird-inspired art is on show at the Gallery until 24 June.

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Our winter vehicle advice RACT Patrols and Contractors often see the result of poor maintenance out on the roadside during the cold, dark winter months. There are some simple checks you can make to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready.

Tyre condition, tread depth and pressures Poor tyre condition, especially low tread levels, can be particularly dangerous in wet or icy conditions. Low tread levels are more likely to result in aquaplaning during wet weather. This can result in a complete loss of control. Importantly, don’t forget to check the tread on the inside edges of your tyres. Turn your front wheels to full lock to easily inspect the inside edges. You should have at least 1.5mm of tread across the full surface of the tread – any less and you are getting into dangerous territory when the roads are wet, not to mention potentially being booked for driving an unroadworthy vehicle. Refer to your vehicle handbook or tyre placard for correct tyre pressures. Windscreen condition and wiper rubbers There is nothing worse (or more dangerous) than not being able to see where you’re

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going. Replacing wiper rubbers is a relatively easy DIY task if you are a little bit handy. If not, see your mechanic because if you mess it up, scratched windscreens can be expensive to replace. RACT members receive 15% off windscreen replacements with Auto Glass. Call us anytime on 1300 230 440 for a quote or to make a booking on replacements or repairs.

Battery condition Are the terminals clean and tight, how old is it? Winter months are very hard on car batteries. Slow cranking/starting first thing is a good sign the battery is getting tired and may need replacing. No one wants to be stranded during the cold winter months. RACT members receive $30 off the cost of their new car battery. Terms and conditions apply. For more information visit ract.com.au/batteries.


Fan belts Check fan belts for cracking and tightness. Every car has a different size and type these days and often they cannot be repaired at the roadside. Heater, A/C and demister operation Again, it's dangerous if you can’t see where you’re going. Using the A/C along with the heater is the best way to quickly defog your windows. Servicing Has your vehicle been serviced at least once during the past 12 months? A thorough inspection by a competent mechanic is the best way to be sure your car is in good safe condition. RACT members receive 10% off labour costs at AutoServe in Hobart and Launceston. Visit ract.com.au/ract-auto-serve. Lights Don’t forget to the check them all, including the rear lights and brake lights. If you don’t have someone to help you do this, attach a mirror or something shiny somewhere you often reverse up to. That way you can

Don’t get stuck on the side of the road this winter.

easily check all your rear lights each time you’re leaving. We are also reminding drivers to use their headlights in low light and poor conditions after continued concerns have been raised by members. Our policy is that headlights should be switched on for all highway driving. If you can’t see other motorists, they can’t see you. If your headlights are broken or not working properly, get them replaced. It is also an offence to use high beam headlights within 200m of a moving vehicle. Apart from the danger posed to other road users, you can be fined and lose one demerit point.

WINTER SAFETY CHECKS Our Winter Safety Checks throughout the state are a great way to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition for the colder months. For more details visit ract.com.au/winterready

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KEEPING CHILDREN ENGAGED

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as well, including the hilarious live kids science show Piratechniques 101 with Pirate Captain Sponge Bucket, Theatre Sports and an appearance by the Human Living Library. Museum highlights will include regular story times in TMAG’s very popular The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil exhibition. Curators from across TMAG will be bringing out some of the stranger and more mysterious items in the TMAG collection to see if they can, well, gross you out. In daily skills workshops you might find yourself learning words and phrases in palawa kani, the revived language of Tasmania’s First Nations people. Or you could join Hobart Hackerspace to make your own glow-in-the-dark nametag. If celebration is your thing, then dress up and bust some moves at the Festival’s Friday night Da-Da Dance Party, featuring DJ Lorna from Australia’s number one kids radio station Kinderling. tmag.tas.gov.au/childrensfestival


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LIFE ON THE MOVE

First drives

Darren Moody test drives a number of new models to hit the market, including the Holden Commodore, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Peugeot 5008.

The new 2018 Holden Commodore VXR.

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‘Holden Australia vehicle dynamics engineers have their fingerprints all over the new Commodore.’

FIRST DRIVES HOLDEN COMMODORE DARREN MOODY

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lmost 40 years and four generations of Australian-built Holden Commodores has ended, but that isn’t the end of the Commodore nameplate. Its replacement is from the GM global large-car program, built in Rüsselsheim, Germany and sold in Europe as an Opel, UK as a Vauxhall and the USA as a Buick. Now that might not sound too much like the Commodore we know, but Holden design, drivetrain and vehicle dynamics experts have been involved since its global inception to add those things that Australians know as ‘Commodore personality’. In a category where size does matter, the ZB doesn’t disappoint. While in every external dimension the new Commodore is smaller than the outgoing VF, it is still bigger than the VT series that preceded it. Gone from the new range is a booted Commodore, replaced with a hatch design that adds some additional practicality as well as assisting designers to provide a sleek and modern look. A sportwagon is included in the range, as is a ‘hi-rider’ Tourer, which sits about 18mm higher than the sport wagon in an attempt to lure some of those SUV buyers to the Commodore range. The model range is a little complicated. Entry level is LT, which is available with a 2.0L turbo petrol or diesel option. RS is available with a 2.0L turbo petrol or AWD V6 option. RS-V and VXR are a V6 AWD configuration only. Calais is a 2.0 turbo petrol or diesel, but is available in Tourer form with V6 AWD. Calais-V is V6 AWD in both the hatch and Tourer form. Sportwagons are available in LT, RS, RS-V models. To go with the new design, drivetrains have had a huge change. The stock drivetrain is a turbo four-cylinder driving the front wheels only, and before you say ‘we have seen a four-cylinder Commodore before’, erase that old car from your memory. The new engine delivers 191kW and 350Nm, which exceeds both the power and torque of the base spec engine in the superseded model, and matches the torque in the old 3.6L V6. 32 

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It is, however, designed to run optimally on 95RON Premium fuel. The 2.0L turbo engine is the premium offering in Europe, but we get it as base specification. Official fuel consumption is 7.4L/100km (LT) on the combined cycle. Joining the turbo petrol is a 2.0L turbo diesel, also driving the front wheels only with official combined cycle economy of a frugal 5.6L/100km. The diesel offers a huge 400Nm of torque while providing 125kW. Topping the range and likely to attract most buyers initially is the V6 AWD variant. The 3.6L engine is an evolution of the previous model and delivers 235kW with 381Nm with a combined cycle of 8.9L/100km. Like the four-cylinder engines, the V6 is mounted ‘east-west’, which was pivotal to reducing the width of the ZB externally while not actually reducing occupant accommodation space. This was achieved by significantly reducing the transmission tunnel width, which is now only needed to accommodate the driveshaft to the rear differential. Both petrol drivetrains get GM’s latest 9-speed auto transmission, tuned to our local conditions. Holden drivetrain engineers have ensured it is well-calibrated for Australian conditions. The diesel option gets an 8-speed. V6 models have a braked towing capacity of 2100kg, while four-cylinder models can tow 1800kg. Holden Australia vehicle dynamics engineers have their fingerprints all over the new Commodore, with Australiaonly damper and electric power steering tuning suited to our at-times challenging road network. They needed to work with two different suspension configurations as the fourcylinder models have a more conventional McPherson Strut four-link design, while the V6 AWD vehicles have a more complicated Hi-Per strut five-link design. Calais models get a different suspension tune than other models, more in line with a more comfortable ride. Entry-level LT boasts a long list of standard safety features including forward-facing camera with autonomous emergency


braking; pedestrian detection; lane keep assist and departure warning; following distance indicator; forward collision alert; auto headlamps; advanced park assist; rear-view camera; front and rear parking sensors; and rain-sensing wipers. Progressively the model range adds more safety. ANCAP has awarded a 5-Star crash rating for the new Commodore. Connectivity is seamless with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto available. 7” or 8” touchscreen displays are easy to navigate and wireless phone charging is available for compatible phones on higher spec models. On lower spec models you’ll need your connected phone for navigation, while higher spec models have it embedded. Hi-end models also get Bose audio. The new Commodore appears very well screwed together with both internal fit and finish to a reasonably high standard. Holden has kept the Calais to an understated design, but I think it is just too plain with the RS-V looking a more premium model when compared side-by-side. VXR warrants some attention as it gets everything on offer in the other models and more. Adaptive dampers are standard, as are larger Brembo brakes. 20” alloy wheels with the latest Michelin rubber keep you glued to the road. Switchable VXR mode tightens up suspension and steering as well as transmission shifts for those twisty bits of road common in Tasmania.

To further separate the VXR from the rest I would have liked to see some extra power extracted from the V6, given a V8 option is no longer available. The best we got was a bespoke Australian exhaust, making the VXR sound a little more athletic. Does Commodore DNA still live on? Visually I’d say no. This is a significant departure from previous models, but I could say the same when the Commodore went from the first generation VB to the second generation VN. And driving, I’ll have to wait until I get one on home soil for a final verdict. Will Australians buy Commodores like they have in the past? Unlikely, as the country is obsessed by SUVs, but I’ll guarantee anyone who does drive one will be pleasantly surprised. Standard warranty is three years, service intervals are 12,000km or 12 months with total servicing costs over three years for petrol models $817, while the diesel is $877. Entry level LT has a drive away price of $35,990; RS V6 AWD will cost you $42,490, topping out with the VXR which will cost you just under $61,000 drive away. FINANCE IT WITH US! RACT FINANCE OFFERS LOW-RATE LOANS, NO ONGOING FEES AND FAST APPROVAL. APPLY ONLINE AT RACT.COM.AU/CAR-LOANS

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FIRST DRIVES NISSAN NAVARA DARREN MOODY

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t’s hard to believe we are at Series III already, within three years of Navara’s original launch, but you have to look backwards a little bit to understand why. When Nissan launched the then-named NP300 Navara in 2015, they had bravely set about to do away with the traditional leaf-sprung rear suspension in their dual-cab models (which all their competitors still use) and replace it with a more car-like coil spring set-up in a bid to improve ride quality. Unfortunately for Nissan they didn’t get it quite right. Any substantial weight in the tray or on the towball saw the rear end drop substantially, exacerbating slow, unresponsive steering because of reduced weight on the front wheels. The Series II upgrade also failed to totally address this fundamental issue. Enter Series III and you now have an upgrade that has had substantial testing and validation in Australia by the Chief Vehicle Assessment Specialist (CVAS) team, while also benchmarking leading opposition brands. Navara now sits 25mm higher unladen and 40mm higher at maximum load. The fivelink rear suspension in the dual-cabs features a newly developed dual rate coil spring that uses a lower spring rate for unladen and low payloads to ensure premium ride quality, with the higher rate managing higher payloads and towing while maintaining better vehicle posture and good ride quality.


The other criticism from the original model was the slowness of the steering to driver inputs, causing Nissan to rework the steering rack with a quicker ratio. A 14% lower steering ratio has reduced lock-to-lock from 4.1 to 3.4 turns. In addition to the suspension changes, ST-X king and dual-cab models get an ‘around view’ camera set-up, giving a bird’s eye view of your vehicle via the 7” infotainment screen. It also has two ISOFIX child restraint anchor positions in the dual cab with a digital speedo for all SL, ST and ST-X models from June production onwards. Rear-view camera is now standard on all pick-up models, although cab chassis variants miss out. The 2.3L single or twin turbo diesel engines continue to perform relatively strongly. I only drove models with the seven-speed auto transmission that went almost unnoticed (which is a good thing). There are no changes to power, torque or fuel consumption, and a six-speed manual is standard across the range. At the national launch, Nissan wanted to show off their work on the suspension and steering, so they provided dual-cabs that were carrying 650kg, towing laden trailers or were empty to demonstrate that the new Navara was up to the job under any circumstances.

‘Navara now sits 25mm higher unladen and 40mm higher at maximum load.’ After driving the entire range in both suburban, highway and country areas, I can report there is considerable improvement in the vehicle stance with and without load. Ride quality, especially with a load or towing, is clearly better, while improvements are less evident unladen. Steering is definitely quicker than the previous model, but it still feels a little slow and isn’t as precise as its main competitors. With 27 variants ranging from a single-cab chassis to the top of the range dual-cab ST-X 4x4, there is a Navara for every occasion. The most popular in the range is the ST dual-cab 4x4 auto, which incidentally would be my pick. This model will cost you just under $54,000 drive away. FINANCE IT WITH US! RACT FINANCE OFFERS LOW-RATE LOANS, NO ONGOING FEES AND FAST APPROVAL. APPLY ONLINE AT RACT.COM.AU/CAR-LOANS

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‘Safety in both models is well looked after and ANCAP has awarded the Eclipse Cross 5 stars.’

FIRST DRIVES MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS DARREN MOODY

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resh metal from Mitsubishi has been a bit thin on the ground in recent years, so when the new Eclipse Cross surfaced recently it was a good opportunity to see if they had been occupying their time constructively. Of course the Eclipse Cross is an SUV, like just about everything else new on sale these days. According to Mitsubishi it slots right in between their ASX and Outlander SUVs. On this basis you could describe it as a small-mid-sized vehicle. At launch in Hobart on the scorching Australia Day weekend there were two equipment grades, LS and Exceed, both fitted with a new 1.5L turbo petrol engine delivering a respectable 110kW and 250Nm from 2000rpm. A stepped 8-speed CVT auto is standard across both models, as is 2WD. Exceed can also be specified with switchable-mode AWD. It’s likely we will see a cheaper ES entry-level model later in the year if your budget is a little lower. Externally the Eclipse Cross flags a new design direction from Mitsubishi. It’s unmistakably different from the crowd. The side profile is a wedge shape, with deep contours up the sides and a double window tailgate with a full width reflector/LED brakelight splitting the rear glass. Inside, the Exceed has leather trim, colour heads-up display (HUD), and the driver’s seat has full electric adjustment (LS is manual), but lacks a memory setting. Exceed front seats are also heated. All models get 7” touchscreen functionality. Audio and apps can also be accessed via a touchpad controller, which I’ve never been a huge fan of, but I’ll reserve my view until I have some more time in the vehicle. Full bluetooth, Apple/Android phone integration and two USB ports round out connectivity. Keyless entry and start and an electric park brake are also standard in both models. The second row has two ISOFIX mountings and 60/40 split fold with slide and 36 

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recline function, allowing you to strike the right balance between rear passenger legroom and luggage space. 18” alloys are also standard on both models. Safety in both models is well looked after and ANCAP has awarded the Eclipse Cross 5 stars. Each grade gets seven airbags, forward collision mitigation (AEB), lane departure warning, auto high-beam assist, reversing camera, auto wipers and headlights. Exceed adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, around view monitor and a system called Ultrasonic Mis-acceleration Mitigation System (UMS), which prevents or mitigates crashes when pressing the accelerator rather than the brake when stopped or at low speed. I’m not sure how I can test that one! LS is an extremely well specified model that only misses out on a handful of features available in the Exceed. Omissions are LED headlights, HUD, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, around-view monitor, heated leather trim seats and the previously mentioned additional safety features. Warranty is five years/100,000km, and the first three years’ scheduled servicing will cost $1100. LS kicks off at $30,500, Exceed 2WD is $36,000 with AWD adding a further $2500 (plus on-road costs). I’m keeping this one a little longer than usual so will get a feel for living with an Eclipse Cross for a while. Look out for part two of Darren’s review in the June/July edition of Journeys. FINANCE IT WITH US! RACT FINANCE OFFERS LOW-RATE LOANS, NO ONGOING FEES AND FAST APPROVAL. APPLY ONLINE AT RACT.COM.AU/CAR-LOANS


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FIRST DRIVES PEUGEOT 5008 DARREN MOODY

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t wasn’t that many years ago Peugeot didn’t have an SUV in their range. As the world’s hunger to buy SUVs increased, Peugeot struck up a deal with Mitsubishi to re-body/badge some SUVs to get some of that action. This served a purpose at the time, but may not have done the brand that many favours. These days, with that deal well behind them, we have a French-designed, engineered and built SUV that is more than worthy of a closer look. The 5008 (that’s five thousand and eight) is a seven-seat derivative of the 3008, with some stretched dimension to accommodate the two extra seats in the third row that fit neatly under the floor when not in use. Suitable for smaller adults for a short period, they are more designed for those times where you pick up an extra couple of kids from footy practice and need to cart them home. The third row can also be removed in seconds to provide a bit more storage space if you need it. While the Peugeot brand may be seen as mainstream in Europe, Australians see it as premium, so with this in mind Peugeot Australia has gone for a value, not price-led offering. In Australia the 5008 isn’t offered in base specification vehicles offered elsewhere. The range starts with Allure, then GT-Line and tops out with GT. Allure and GT-Line are powered by a 121kW, 240Nm 1.6L turbo petrol engine, and GT gets a 2.0L turbo diesel delivering 133kW and 400Nm. All are mated to a six-speed torque converter auto, which is a great relief given some of the horrible robotised manual and CVT transmissions we have seen from the French marque in recent times. The interior is a treat to experience with quality materials, excellent fit and finish, with just enough ‘Frenchness’ to be different. The small steering wheel with the 12.3” TFT screen customisable instrument cluster viewed over the top works nicely. Most, but not all, controls (such as active cruise control) are logical and there’s the Frenchness, but you will get used to them quickly. The 8” centre touchscreen protruding from the dashboard is well-positioned, and of course full smartphone connectivity is available. Wireless phone charging is also standard (on compatible phones). The second row is three individual seats, all with their own ISOFIX restraint anchor points, which is unique in Australia.

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The 5008 brings good safety credentials with an impressive suite of safety features including AEB, active cruise control with speed limiting, speed sign recognition, lane departure warning and 360 degree camera. The curtain airbags cover all three rows, which isn’t always the case in seven-seat vehicles. The GT also adds LED headlights, lane keep assist and active blind spot monitoring. A five-star ANCAP rating has been awarded across the range. For me the 5008 felt a little like a people-mover wrapped in SUV clothes, particularly when it is only available as a front-wheel drive. The 5008 does have an optional ‘grip control’ system that puts a little bit of electronic trickery in the stability and traction control systems to perform better on mud, snow and sandy surfaces, but it’s still only the front wheels driving. On the road the 5008 was a real surprise. Ride comfort and handling was excellent, with general road imperfections absorbed, and some time on gravel roads did nothing to shake my confidence, with predictable steering and reasonably good body control for an SUV. The 400Nm diesel was a treat to drive with little noise protrusion into the cabin. The petrol engine was adequate although we did experience the transmission hunting between gears when heading up a few steeper hills. Peugeot has announced a five-year warranty across the range, backing their confidence in quality. Service intervals are 20,000km/12 months with three years’ servicing costing $1772 for petrol models and $1649 for the GT diesel. Allure will cost you $42,990, GT-Line $46,990 with the GT costing $52,990 (all plus on-road costs).


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Journeys editor Paula Sward takes the all-new BMW X2 for a spin in the picturesque Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania.

The all-new BMW X2 at Batman Bridge.

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hen I think ‘BMW’, the words understated, refined and even conservative come to mind. The last thing I’d think of is an unshaven man dressed all in black with gold chains, or a six-legged spiderlike robot, or any of the other unusual elements BMW has introduced to its marketing campaign for the all-new X2. But that’s just the point. BMW isn’t trying to appeal to its traditional target market with the X2. It is breaking new ground into the small-mid SUV market with an extra bit of class – and it works. Added to the understated body colours of black, white, grey and dark blue are gold, vibrant blue and orange. The styling is sleek and low, cutting a sporty look with its highly polished 19” alloy wheels. On the roads of Launceston we were quite visible, creating a bit of a stir as we pulled up at our accommodation, Aspect Tamar Valley Resort (better known to locals as Grindelwald). Built in the 1980s by the late Roelf Vos, the resort has lost none of its charm in the past 30-odd years. It still has the ‘Swiss village’ feel, which was inspired by a trip by Mr Vos and his wife to Switzerland where they stayed in a quiet lakeside village. 44 

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‘As the starting point for our Sunday drive, we headed north alongside the Tamar River, past the lush green vineyards and through the historic town of Beaconsfield.’ The development of Grindelwald, which started in 1980, includes the 7ha man-made Lake Louise, a lakeside wedding chapel and houses set on between two and five acres complete with wide eaves, intricately carved balconies, flower boxes and window shutters. The accommodation itself is still popular with families, with on-site indoor pool, mini-golf course and the more recent introduction of ‘bouncy pillows’ (the modern-day, ‘safe’ answer to trampolines). While having undergone a soft refurbishment in recent years, our chalet still retained a lot of the original features and fit-out, but it was clean and comfortable and more than suited our needs.


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CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE: The all-new BMW X2 at Goaty Hill Vineyard in the Tamar Valley; Aspect Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald; the bouncy pillow gets a workout; the resort retains its original Swiss Village charm.

As the starting point for our Sunday drive, we headed north alongside the Tamar River, past the lush green vineyards and through the historic town of Beaconsfield. On this wide, open stretch of highway the BMW handled very well, providing a comfortable ride with ample room for both front and rear passengers. The front seat design hugs around the lumbar region, giving it a sporty feel to go with its sleek styling. Everything you need – from audio to sat nav to adjusting the height of the head-up display – is at your fingertips and controlled by a well-designed toggle in the centre console. I often find these systems a dangerous distraction on the road, but this one could be operated with ease. We stopped to stretch our legs at the popular holiday spot of Greens Beach, which still maintains that ‘seaside holiday’ feel with a local shop, small playground and expansive stretch of sand that, when we visited, was virtually deserted. You can walk a well-formed track alongside the beach to the headland, taking in the views of Low Head to the east and Narawntapu National Park to the west. We returned the way we came via the Batman Bridge – a source of disappointment for our youngest son who had hoped to see his favourite caped crusader. The sight of the soaring

columns and taught cables of this spectacularly engineered link between the western and eastern shores of the Tamar River was still enough to engender a ‘wow’ from the back seat. Built in the mid-late 1960s, it is reportedly the first cable-stayed bridge in Australia, using a series of cables from the western side to support the 200m-plus span. The design of the BMW adds to its stability on the road. It uses run-flat tyres, so no need for a spare, leaving room in the boot to house the battery, which provides an evenly balanced, well-weighted ride. We could feel this as we weaved our way alongside the river, never once being concerned about the vehicle’s handling along the road. If you’re looking for a classy, well-designed version of the popular small-medium SUV, the BMW X2 is an excellent option. The vehicle we drove was the X2 sDrive 20i with the special M Sport X Package, which is fitted with the TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, and starts at $59,990 drive away. There are other versions coming, including an all-wheel-drive diesel, which would provide more stability for those really wanting to explore Tassie’s far-flung places on their Sunday drive. BMW X2 provided by Launceston BMW. APRIL / MAY 2018

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Not your average watering hole CLAIRE BENNETT The atmosphere at your average pub on a Saturday or Sunday morning could be compared to the wake after a storm. There are few people about, a clean-up is underway, and there’s a vibe of general lethargy. However, there is a country pub 20 minutes south of Hobart that bucks this trend.

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f you turn up at the Longley International Hotel on a weekend morning, you will find a community of locals, caravanners, vintage car club members, motorcyclists, families and fit cyclists sipping lattes and listening to tunes. The vibrant atmosphere has been carefully cultivated by David ‘Jak’ Brereton and his wife Jill, who after 16 years are now the pub’s longest licensees. Jill is as outgoing as Jak is quiet. The yin and yang that drives the culture is clearly an asset. Jak is about as authentic as it gets. He doesn’t say much. But his love of the pub and the community around it is evident in everything that he does, from the handmade Huon Pine bar and pergola, to the social club that collects and distributes money to those in need. On-site a new café called the ‘McVilly Brew Stop’ is open on weekends and public holidays from 8am, catering to cyclists and tourists riding or driving the beautiful mountain roads between Hobart and the Huon Valley. Halfway through their morning ride, cyclists swing by for a coffee and, typically, a bacon and egg roll. The McVilly Brew Stop is run by local Vaughan McVilly, whose father was the famous six-time Australian road cycling champion Graham McVilly. Vaughan could see the potential of the pub as a perfect mid-ride rest point and Jak embraced the opportunity to welcome a new crowd to his venue. ‘He’s a bit loose,’ Jak says of Vaughan, ‘but people seem to love him. He brings a lot of energy.’ The McVilly Brew Stop is part of a larger southern Tasmanian cycling experience

being cultivated by Vaughan, who has been involved with the cycling industry all his life. ‘The broader experience includes McVilly Café and Cycles at Hobart’s Macquarie Point. It’s situated at the end of the cycleway that finishes at McVilly Drive, which is named after my Dad. We have bike hire, tours and a shuttle bus service to the top of the south’s best trails,’ he said. It’s fitting that the McVilly Brew Stop at the Longley International is now a must-do destination for cyclists as the half-way point on their daily rides. The pub was built in 1861 on what used to be the only road south out of Hobart. It is at the half-way point between Hobart and Huonville, and was built as an ideal rest spot for riding not bikes, but horses. The pub included stables to house the horses so that travellers could stop for the night. Now those stables house a coffee machine. ‘If you go halfway up the road, there is a concrete water tank on the side of the old Huon Highway for the horses to have another drink before they got to Huonville,’ says Jak. It is also a perfect spot to rest for those touring the region in a car or caravan. Directly opposite the pub is approximately 1.5 acres of parkland on the banks of the beautiful North-West Bay River. The land is owned by the pub, and Jak and Jill welcome visitors to camp or stop with their caravan and use the pub’s facilities. ‘People are welcome to camp here. The pub has a really homely feel, which is ideal for families,’ says Jill. Campers can enjoy breakfast at the Brew Stop before heading off for their day’s activities and then return for lunch or dinner (for a famous Longley Parmy).


Images: Amy Brown

Brushes with fame The Longley International also has a great reputation for carefully curated music. Live music is on every Friday night in the bar and Sunday afternoons in the beer garden. It is ‘home’ to the Wolfe Brothers, who have played regularly at the venue for many years and still come back to play every chance they get. The pergola is named the ‘Mildo Wolfe Pavilion’, after their father. The beer garden, where the Brew Stop and outdoor stage is situated, has a pergola that has become a drawcard in its own right – it is constructed with massive Huon pine logs. It must be the only Huon pine pergola anywhere in the world. Jack recovered the timber from Lake Burbury. He used to go out and camp for a week and bring the timber to shore in a 14-foot tinny. The pub is also famous for having the longest Huon pine bar in the world, and was recently in Qantas in-flight magazine’s feature on Australia’s top 100 country hotels. Inside the pub, the walls are covered with framed photographs of the significant points in its history. The original 1861 pub burnt to the ground and has since been rebuilt twice. A picture of Prince Philip having a beer in the pub after the 1967 bushfires when he visited with the Queen is just one of many photographs that are well worth a look. The Longley International was also in the recent ABC TV series Rosehaven, as the set for the local pub where the show’s star, Tasmanian comedian Luke McGregor, and his co-star Celia Pacquola get up to some hilarious antics.

‘Halfway through their morning ride, cyclists swing by for a coffee and, typically, a bacon and egg roll.’ TOP: Vaughan McVilly and Jack take a break at the famous Longley International Hotel. ABOVE: The makings of the famous Brew Stop bacon and egg roll. APRIL / MAY 2018

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A ROCKY ROAD

When it comes to towering mountain views, Tasmanians are spoiled for choice. YD Bar-Ness takes a look at some spectacular quartzite landscapes that are lesser known, but still within driving distance and a short, easy walk away.

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n Australia’s most rugged state, we are spoiled for spectacular mountain views from our towns. At the waterfront of Hobart, kunanyi/Mt Wellington dominates overhead, and on the hills of Launceston, the massive plateau of Ben Lomond looms on the horizon. But these easily approachable ranges, made of dark, heavy, volcanic dolerite, are not the only geological features on the island. The famous photographs of shining white peaks: Frenchman’s Cap, the Arthur Range, and Federation Peak – these are remote quartzite mountains with an entirely different character. They’re harder to reach and defended by boggy trails and storm-filled clouds. If you want to have a look up close at the quartzite, you’re going to need to choose your route carefully.

What is quartzite? The quintessential landscape of the south-west of Tasmania is surreal and beautiful – the ice-carved white mountains shine with crystals over the sodden moorlands of buttongrass. The white quartzite began more than a billion years ago as sand grains washed off long-eroded mountains. These accumulated grains have been tortured and twisted by titanic forces, baked by geological pressure, and then exposed again to the wind and rains. Why is it hidden, out of reach? In very recent geological times, glaciers have carved spires and pinnacles, and deposited material to valleys below. The valleys are less fertile and more marshy than the volcanic rocks of south-eastern Tasmania, and therefore instead of towering eucalyptus trees grow buttongrass moorlands. Agriculture and animal husbandry are a tremendous challenge in these storm-drenched landscapes, and so only mining and hydroelectric road networks have developed. Where can I see it without hiking on steep muddy trails? Fortunately for the mountain-scenery enthusiast, there are a few locations where you can get a good look and feel of the quartzite landscape. 48 

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North-west: If you are on the north-west coast of the state, there is a remarkable range of sloping quartzite cliffs at Rocky Cape National Park. While the vegetation is much more familiar than that of the south-west, the shining white cliffs have the same starkness of form as the inland mountains. These are the oldest exposed rocks known in Tasmania – at least 1.3 billion years old! You can approach by motor vehicle from either side, and very short beachside trails touch the base of the cliffs. South: From southern Tasmania, travel up the Derwent Valley and past Maydena – you will soon reach a mountain pass where the rainforests give way to an open vista of buttongrass. Continue driving towards Strathgordon, a hydroelectric workers’ village now transformed into a base for anglers and bushwalkers. As you travel onto the dry land separating the giant artificial Lakes Pedder and Gordon, you will turn a corner and be presented with a jaw-dropping vista: the Sentinels Range. As the road descends toward the range, the white slabs tower overhead. A small picnic shelter at the base of the range can provide protection from any storms that come past, and also marks the beginning of the summit trail. If you are looking for a marvellous wilderness day trip, this is an excellent option: cross a bubbling creek, continue on the muddy trails, enter a steep gorge between quartzite towers, and attain the summit ridge. You’ll be treated with views over the flat waters to either side. Just a few kilometres away, lost beneath the still waters of New Lake Pedder impoundment to the south, are the famous quartzite sand beaches of the original (and much smaller) Lake Pedder. Here, you are in the very heart of quartzite country, in the heart of south-west Tasmania.


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The Sentinel Ranges (left) in the south and Frenchman’s Cap (right) in the west are just some of the remarkable quartzite peaks Tasmania has to offer.

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Freycinet Dusk Brigitte de Villiers and Bill Chromer

AS ABOVE, I SO BELOW The new Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge are designed to reflect their surrounding environment. This is particularly captured in the artworks, writes Amanda Laver.

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n an inspiring addition to the sumptuous bespoke interiors of the Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge, a series of artworks has been specially commissioned to grace the walls of each elegant dwelling. The Pavilions occupy the space between the earth and sky, between the granite and the water, and their tactile, sensuous earthy spaces have been reflected in each of these works. The design team consisting of Peta Heffernan, Bec Wilkie, Belen Chirivella Vina and Brett Torossi worked together to commission the light box works of local artists Helene Weeding and collaborators Brigitte de Villiers and Bill Chromer. Both artists were inspired by the contrasting elements of the wild and sublime landscapes of Freycinet National Park. Brigitte de Villiers and Bill Chromer make up the two halves of Landslide, an artistic partnership that sees a pattern maker and a geologist collaborating to create extraordinarily unique, organic digital images. The creative process for this project involved selecting tiny shards of microscopic rock, which Bill and Brigitte carefully collected from the local


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Campfire Helene Weeding

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terrain outside the national park, before they were magnified through a specially designed microscope. The shards were sliced so thin that light was able to pass through and form the foundation of the resulting digital images. For Brigitte, exploring each new slide under the microscope is like discovering a whole new vista. She’s constantly surprised by how the textures so eloquently encapsulate the Tasmanian landscapes she encounters on her bush walks, citing The Hazards as a key example. ‘I find it fascinating to see how I can alter the mood or drama of a pattern with polarised light,’ she says. ‘So many rocks…an infinite array of textures in time… it’s an almost addictive process that I never tire of.’ Helene Weeding’s commissioned works have been crafted with more traditional materials such as watercolour, ink and pen, along with a healthy dose of encouragement from the east coast landscape. ‘I’ve been camping and staying in the Freycinet area for as long as I can remember. Whenever I recall that specific part

of the east coast I immediately think of the sky, sea, camp fires and misty mornings and nights,’ she says. ‘All five of the commissioned works reflect these memories for me.’ Initially Helene created prototypes of paintings that she felt reflected the overall feel of the Freycinet landscape. Once the five pieces were chosen, she visited the pavilions’ building sites to see where each work would be installed, taking in the feel of the surrounding environment. Each of her final works has been carefully designed to reflect the unique character of each individual pavilion’s surrounds – a creative process that has proven extremely gratifying for Helene. ‘Mind you, I can’t wait to see them finally installed in the pavilions,’ she says. ‘Only then will I know if I have succeeded to the extent I hoped for. There are so many variables – focused light sources, natural light, placement in the rooms, the light boxes when they’re turned off versus when they’re turned on. So I just have to imagine how each one will look. I can only hope that they will exceed my wildest expectations.’ APRIL / MAY 2018

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IN TASMANIA TODAY

Under the highway at Franklin River. Tina Crellin

Kangaroo Bay boardwalk. Gwenda Oxley

Coles Bay. Dinah Buckby

Jackson’s Point, Franklin. Bob Frost

Blue Lake. Sean Dargaville

Ben Lomond plateau. Patrice Baxter

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EVENTS Mandala Magic Alpine Wellness Retreat 29 July - 2 August 2018 Cradle Mountain

Melbourne based artist Karen Scott seeks to capture and express who we are and what we feel through the means of painting and mosaic. As a mandala painter, recording the relationship between our inner selves and the external world has long been a point of fascination for her. She sees the mandala as a symbol of wholeness. She uses it to reflect and examine aspects of the self, seeking the understanding and awareness of patterns – patterns of behaviour, patterns in relationships and patterns of life. Package includes: Four nights’ accommodation at Cradle Mountain Hotel, daily hot breakfast, afternoon tea and lunch, two-course dinner on the first and last night, all Master Mandala Art classes, specialised/extra art materials. $1499pp twin share (RACT member rate: $1399) cradlemountainhotel.com.au

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Luke O'Brien

Alpine Photography Workshop 19-22 June 2018 Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Hotel is proud to partner with renowned Tasmanian photographer Luke O’Brien to bring to you this special four-day winter photography workshop. This intimate workshop is designed with everyone in mind – whether you are an amateur or budding professional. Through your lens, you will capture the night sky, sunset and sunrise at Dove Lake and spectacular waterfalls. You will also drop in to see some locals at the Tasmanian Devil Park. Package includes: Three nights’ accommodation at Cradle Mountain Hotel, all transport (starting and finishing Hobart), National Park entry, and all meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4. Camera notes and post-processing notes are also provided. A post-processing session will be scheduled one evening. $1745pp twin share (RACT member rate: $1645) cradlemountainhotel.com.au

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Discover relaxed Autumn racing at your local club this week! Visit:

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ON THE STAGE The Riddle of Washpool Gully 13-21 April Backspace Theatre, Hobart 27 April Earl Arts Centre, Launceston

Terrapin Puppet Theatre, in association with the Dead Puppet Society, will present a reimagined tale of Australian mythology. The story might be true, it might be false… or maybe it’s both. Far beyond the outskirts of the big city, near a tiny town that nearly everyone forgot, lay a dry creek bed of no special significance. Once upon a time it was called Washpool Gully. But the world had moved on from insignificant things, and no one had time for dry creek beds. Except in Washpool Gully something was stirring. Shaken by the rumble of engines and the darkening of the sky, something long asleep had decided to wake up. Combining old-fashioned storytelling with contemporary puppetry and miniature sets, The Riddle of Washpool Gully is about incredible creatures that might still live in the uncharted corners of our vast country. terrapin.org.au

Journeys readers can win a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to either the Hobart show on 14 April at 2pm, or the Launceston show on 27 April at 11am. To enter, email journeyscomps@ract.com.au with the name of the show you want to attend along with your name, address, phone number and member number. For terms and conditions visit ract.com.au/journeys-magazine.

Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine

31 May & 1 June at 5.30pm; 2 June at 2pm Theatre Royal

What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family. On a good day, George can’t stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she’s mean and she smells funny. On this particular day, Grandma is much more annoying than usual and George has had enough. Wanting to put an end to her constant nagging, George creates a special medicine, greater than any medicine in the history of the world. What he doesn’t expect is that this medicine may actually work – just not in the way he thinks... Recommended for 6+ years. RACT members can purchase discounted tickets to this show. ract.com.au/hot-offers

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GETTING BETTER WITH AGE

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ince 1948, Tasmanians have been titillated by the annual spectacle of the Old Nick Company’s Uni Revue. While early iterations were very much about performance and theatre, more recently the Revues have focused on increasing production values. Much of this production is both film and television parodies, examples of which can be viewed on their YouTube channel youtube.com/theoldnickcompany. Veteran Revue performer and former director of two Revues Justin Smith has been writing, filming and editing the Uni Revues’ audio visual treats for about 10 years. We have a chat with him about the process: Talk to us about Uni Revue on film In part, the idea behind the short pieces of film is to create online attention to promote the upcoming Revue seasons. In 2017 Bogans went viral, with an estimated 250k views on Facebook, and is also seeing a bit of a resurgence on YouTube currently. Follow-up Straight outta Kempton had similar traction. We have several more on the slate, including Tas TV to the tune of Galway Girl [which has been released since this interview] and Ran out of Beer, a parody on Sia’s highly downloaded 2015 hit Chandelier. Where are you and the Revue team drawing your ideas from? Some of the pieces of film are from song parodies that were produced in our previous years’ Revues. Our audience is often made up of ‘repeat offenders’ – people who return to see us year after year. Our audience already have a connection with the piece, however when they see it online, it usually has a different treatment than the original stage performance. Part of what keeps the Revue going is striving for new ideas that are meaningful to our audience. 56 

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What attracted you to the Uni Revue in the first place? Pure fun. It is probably one of the most ridiculous things you can be involved with in your life. Every year it just gets more stupid. The only thing that competes with that would be going into politics, and I certainly don’t want to do that. Why do you think Tasmanians keep coming back in droves to watch it year after year? It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, yet it is amazing just how many people’s cup of tea it is. If we don’t work hard, and commit to creating big performances, our audience knows – and we are instantly aware that they know. The filmed parts are important. They have to be efficient, and deliver humour quickly. It sounds simple. It’s not, but that’s our job – make it funny, make it new.

‘It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, yet it is amazing just how many people’s cup of tea it is.’

This year, the Revue is titled Fifty Shades of White. How hard is it to devise a title in the year of an election? With elections come a lot of promises and opinions. Some of our most successful shows have been in the year of election. Taken from the global success of the books and films of Fifty Shades of Grey – Fifty Shades of White wasn’t a stretch of the imagination. It is a good way of summing up the current political environment in Tasmania. At Uni, students begin to develop a social conscience, a political conscience and their own identity. The Revue cast reflects this. Regardless, our goal is to be relevant, memorable and, above all, incredibly funny. The 2018 Uni Revue is directed by Nick Paine and Zeb Dwyer.

DATES AND TIMES Hobart

Theatre Royal 11-26 May theatreroyal.com.au

Launceston

Princess Theatre 30 May-2 June theatrenorth.com.au

Journeys readers can win a double pass to either the Hobart or Launceston show. To enter, email journeyscomps@ract.com.au with the name of the show you want to attend along with your name, address, phone number and member number. For terms and conditions visit ract.com.au/journeys-magazine.


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BOOKS Tasmania’s Vanishing Towns – not the way they used to be By Michael Holmes RRP $49.99

The second in Michael Holmes’ popular Vanishing Towns series, Tasmania’s Vanishing Towns documents hundreds of towns, villages, places and communities throughout the state that have come to light since the release of his original book.

Showcasing Tasmania and the connection to Fujian China By Anthony Hope and Jason Zhe Xu RRP $59.95

Exploring our island state’s connections with the Fujian province in China, which spans more than 35 years, this book is presented in both English and Chinese. It contains articles covering business and personal connections, along with stunning photography.

More historical stories of Tasmania’s West Coast By L.J. Morley RRP $39.95

Author Les Morley brings us a second collection of fascinating stories of Tasmania’s west coast in this new book. Accompanied by a large collection of photographs, the book tells the tales of the original miners, piners, railways towns and transport.

Behind the wheel: Photographs from the Australian road RRP $39.95

Armed with their cameras, 71 photographers from around the country accepted the challenge to photograph life on the Australian road. They submitted 2805 photographs and the best 200 images were chosen to make one stunning Australian road collection. The photographs take readers on an Australian road trip through 146 locations, including four cities and 35 towns, across 11 bridges, down 35 highways and freeways, and along 29 tracks. It winds through Australia’s cities and suburbs, rural towns and remote outback, on roads that are beautiful and bumpy, and past sights that are unusual, humorous, iconic and sometimes bizarre. Some of the Tasmanian landscapes featured include scenes from Ouse, Ben Lomond, Swansea, Ross, Richmond and Devonport.

Journeys readers can win a copy of one of the above featured books. To enter, email journeyscomps@ract.com.au with the name of the book you wish to win along with your name, address, phone number and member number. For terms and conditions visit ract.com.au/journeys-magazine.

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60 Winter wonderland

65 Outback adventures

Village and Sea view on mountains in Geirangerfjord, Norway.

75 South American treasures


Winter wonderland JESS CORRIE RACT TRAVEL LAUNCESTON

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acking for a holiday is hard enough, let alone having to pack for a number of seasons in a single trip. After travelling from a sunny Mediterranean climate to a country with winter nearly year-round, clearing the room in our suitcases to replace our shorts and flip-flops with snuggly snow coats was the hardest part. After a gorgeous scenic drive from Oslo airport into the city on our first 5 degree day of the holiday, we were soon welcomed by a very unique city offering the best of boutique architecture and diverse city sights. Starting with a peculiar entrance to our hotel surrounded by an old-style movie theatre, artistic sculptures and revolving doors, we were soon making ourselves at

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home drinking our free hot chocolate in the hotel lobby. After a few top-ups, we decided it was time to put on our beanies, wrap ourselves up in our scarves and go and explore this captivating city. Our cameras quickly started to fill up with photos of old Norwegian buildings and artefacts, city parks and trolls – my favourite! Best part of the day was coming across a quaint little shop full of authentic and traditional Norwegian troll dolls and Viking souvenirs – good thing I ditched the swimmers to fit these babies in because ‘When in Norway’... Next stop, Tromsø. As the skies were starting to get darker and the mist getting thicker, we were starting to lose hope about the reason we came here.

‘With snow falling in a serene atmosphere, the frozen toes were worth it.’


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Reasons to visit Norway

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Views over the lodge in UlØybukt; Oslo in the city; the Northern Lights in UlØybukt; Dog sledding in UlØybukt.

Soon, however, the fog started to lift, so on went the snow jackets ready for another adventure around the cultural city above the Arctic Circle. We woke up the next morning to see everything completely white. It was -9 degrees above the Arctic Circle, with hotel rooftops and streets completely covered in white fluffy snow. This was starting to look promising. Finishing the day with an exquisite dinner at the hotel restaurant, our guilt got the better of us as we indulged in some freshly cooked reindeer. Sorry Rudolph... In the morning we were picked up by our transfer to take us to our boutique Arctic Lodge in the middle of nowhere – the perfect place to see some dancing lights. It took more than three hours and three ferries, but we were finally welcomed by our hosts in Uløybukt. It's a truly remarkable experience waking up in a beautiful family-run lodge with fjord views from the dining table. Soon enough we were provided with snow suits, boots, beanies and gloves ready for the -12 degree day dog-sledding. With snow falling in a serene atmosphere, the frozen toes were worth it.

After trekking through the mountainside with a team of highly trained four-legged professionals, it was time for more hot chocolate and puppy cuddles around the camp fire. With one night left to spare we anxiously waited outside for a clear sky with no light pollution. Three more hours into the night and continual forecast checks, the aurora borealis was on its way to us. And soon enough, here it is! The swift movements of green colours start circling above us as we stand with a frozen nose, fingers and toes. It disappears for a minute… Then back again, brighter than ever! Green lights dance through the skies, around the snow-capped mountains. They dart through the sky as if the colours are waving at us. A completely surreal feeling to end a perfect day above the Arctic Circle, it was certainly an experience like no other. Seeing the aurora borealis was a bucket list item I ticked off, while leaving a piece of my heart in one of the best countries in the world. This is Norway, a winter wonderland.

1. A photographer's paradise for nature's magic – plenty of fabulous fjords, glaciers and mountains to capture 2. Isolated – less people about 3. Captivating architecture in the cities, with colourful wooden houses and fishing villages surrounding 4. Safe 5. Friendly, Englishspeaking locals 6. Unique ice culture including glass igloos and season-made snow hotels 7. Plenty of activities from hiking, biking and rafting to skiing, snow mobiling, dog sledding and ice fishing 8. Wildlife watching – If you’re really lucky you’ll get the chance to see reindeers, moose, polar bears and much more 9. Museums – with centuries-old Viking ships on display 10. Unique souvenirs – including troll dolls and Viking collectables 11. Great rail journeys 12. Exquisite food

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MS Ocean Diamond sets anchor in Iceland.

Imagine circumnavigating enchanting Iceland aboard Travelmarvel’s exclusively chartered expedition ship, the MS Ocean Diamond. Cross the Arctic Circle as you depart Iceland’s northern coast to land on remote Grimsey Island, home to far more Arctic sea birds than human residents. Along the way, disembark this captivating coastal cruise to traverse the interior of the land of fire and ice to discover awe-inspiring waterfalls, epic lava fields and massive ice-cave filled glaciers. Offering more value, more inclusions and more choice, it is easy to travel more with Travelmarvel.

‘… discover awe-inspiring waterfalls, epic lava fields and massive ice-cave filled glaciers.’

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THE BEST OF NORTH AMERICA

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otanica’s Mansions & Gardens of the Canadian Lakes and Hudson River in Fall Cruise, departing 8 October 2018, showcases the best of North American gardens, landscapes and towns in the beautiful autumn season. The cruise gives travellers a fantastic overview of the history and iconic sights of the region travelling on board a cosy ship. At Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, you will not only see an expansive garden with a spectacular view of the Hudson Valley, but you will tour their private art collection and see the enviable collection of automobiles. Homes and gardens are a wonderful way to display wealth and on this cruise you are spoilt for choice. Some of the highlights include Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands along with the Vanderbilt Mansion and Winterthur.

The Powerhouse at Boldt Castle.

Along the St Lawrence River is renowned as one of the top five places in the world to see autumn leaves at their finest. The depth of soil and climate combine to create a spectacular colour display. The Erie Canal is the longest loch system in North America, a true feat of engineering and fascinating to travel through by ship. Contact your Botanica cruise specialist at your nearest RACT Travel branch.

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‘Go where other ships can’t’ Departing 8 October 2018 19 Days including a 14-night cruise through the rivers, lakes and fjords of the northeast, travelling from Montréal to Washington as the autumn season paints a picturesque backdrop. Discover beautiful gardens and incredible wildlife along Canada’s St Lawrence Seaway and Saguenay Rivers through the Erie Canal and into the Hudson River. Price from $17,995 pp twin share

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ince 1912, AAT Kings has been helping people from all over the world discover and explore Australia and New Zealand. With over 100 years of touring experience, we have the right holiday option for you. Embark on one of AAT Kings’ Guided Holidays and let their experienced and friendly Travel Directors and Driver Guides bring Australia to life with their local knowledge and wonderful stories – they’ll even do all the driving for you! Fly free* to Western Australia with AAT Kings and embark on the 21 Day Wonders of the West Coast and Kimberley Guided Holiday and explore the sprawling wilderness, with its golden beaches, fascinating indigenous culture and desert landscapes – an expansive and remote land of contrasting beauty and ruggedness. Or discover the legendary Australian Outback on a fascinating north-bound journey from Adelaide, through

Float down Geikie Gorge with AAT Kings.

the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End and fly for free* on the 15-Day Outback Adventure Guided Holiday. The lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park will provide memories to last a lifetime. There’s no time to waste in planning your next holiday. RACT members can save 5%* on all AAT Kings’ Guided Holidays, including all Air Deals. To find out more information, visit your nearest RACT Travel branch.

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A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

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ew Zealand’s North Island has active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and historical experiences, contrasting with the South Island, which hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. Travel around this beautiful country with a Kirra Tours’ 15 Day Explore New Zealand self-drive holiday. You will start in Christchurch and then travel south to the majestic Mt Cook National Park before heading to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, to savour the myriad of activities on offer. Spend a day experiencing the serene splendour of Doubtful Sound, before visiting the amazing glacier

A traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony at Tamaki Village.

region on the West Coast. Admire the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park as you make your way north. Cross the Cook Strait and spend some time in the nation’s capital, Wellington. Next you will visit Rotorua, known for its cultural experiences, geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Your 15-day journey will come to an end in Auckland, also known as the ‘city of sails’. Would you like to see breathtaking scenery, go on unforgettable adventures and sample spectacular wines and food? Book your next New Zealand adventure by talking to the travel experts at RACT Travel. Ask for your copy of the RACT 2017-18 New Zealand Travel Guide to see where your next holiday could take you!

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PUT THE FUN IN FAMILY CRUISING

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arnival Cruise Line have two of their fun ships that call Australia home. Carnival Spirit sails from Sydney year round, and Carnival Legend joins her over the summer months. Together they offer exciting itineraries to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand. They also offer short break cruises to the Australian coast including Moreton Island, Tasmania and events such as the Melbourne Cup. Carnival will be welcoming a new ship, Carnival Splendor, to the Australian fleet in December 2019. She will be the newest and largest ship to be home-ported year-round in Australia. Carnival Cruise Line is for fun-loving, free-spirited families and couples. They make sure that the journey is just

Have fun in the splash zone.

as exciting as the destinations you visit, putting the FUN into family cruising down under. They offer over 45 daily activities including the jaw-dropping Green Thunder waterslide, adults-only Serenity Retreat, trivia, free action-packed youth programs for children aged 2-17 years and more! Even with all the activities on board, it is still easy to find a spot to relax. In fact, the toughest part is choosing whether to lie back in a hammock, spread out on a deck chair, or curl up in one of the many pods with a loved one and a cocktail or two. The activities, entertainment, dining and accommodation options are perfect for families, extended family groups and couples alike.

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$2,549

$2,799

12 days roundtrip from Sydney, departing 27 Dec 2018

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TOTAL FREEDOM

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ooking for a self-drive holiday with total freedom and flexibility? A motorhome rental is just what you need! Motorhome holidays are a unique and refreshing way to travel. Once you’ve experienced the excitement of the motorhome lifestyle, you’ll soon realise it’s simply one of the best ways to discover a destination while enjoying the benefits that all-in-one convenience provides. The USA is arguably one of the best self-drive destinations in the world, making it the perfect country to hire a motorhome. With so many states to explore, you won’t ever be left with nothing to do. Easily drive between big cities and small towns thanks to the well-established network of great roads and highways. An RV in the USA allows you to forget the worry of trying to find accommodation, giving you time to see more

of this vast country. You can choose from a large range of sizes and options from motorhomes sleeping three all the way to a large RV which will sleep seven. Choose from over 25 locations situated all over the country and with one way rentals generally possible you can collect and return at different locations.

Unpack Once, Travel More! >ƚŽ^ĂŶ&ƌĂŶĐŝƐĐŽ

$941

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TRAVEL

AWAKEN YOUR INNER EXPLORER

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Cosmos tour is for those who adore exploring, but without breaking the bank. Hassle-free and flexible, Cosmos takes care of the planning to create experiences its travellers have always dreamed of and show them ones they never thought of. As the leading value brand in the escorted travel world, Cosmos combines affordable touring with comfort and convenience. They take care of all the essentials – comfortable accommodation, first-class coaches with free wi-fi, professional tour directors, local guides and visits to the must-see sights. Tour directors and local guides know the ins and outs of every city,

allowing them to bring each place to life so travellers can truly immerse themselves. Cosmos has been operating for more than 50 years and plans its itineraries to make the most of time in larger cities, allowing them plenty of free time to explore on their own. With over 100 tours offered across North and South America, Europe and the British Isles, Asia and Africa – and prices starting from just $100* per day – there’s never been a better time to travel with Cosmos.

‘Tour directors and local guides know the ins and outs of every city…’

Awaken your inner explorer

UK & EUROPE Tours from

$100 PER DAY*

HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO 10 days Casablanca return

it’s your life, GOLIVE IT Easy

Comfy hotels

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Coach with Wi-Fi

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From $999*

pp twin share, (based on 30/11/18)

Knowledgeable guides

|

Must-see sights

*Conditions apply. Price valid for land only, twin share based on travel 30/11/18 and subject to availability. Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. Standard Cosmos booking conditions apply. Visit your nearest RACT Travel office for all details. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. A11470.

ract.com.au/travel

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TRAVEL SOLO, BUT NOT ALONE

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ome of the most amazing holiday experiences happen when you’re travelling on your own – so why let the lack of a travel partner stop you from following your dreams? See New Zealand, a tangible wonderland offering one of the most varied and spectacular series of landscapes in the world, and make lifelong friendships along the way! Grand Pacific Tours invites you to experience the best of this stunning destination on fun-filled tours specifically designed for those who find themselves travelling alone for whatever reason, but want the comfort, ease and companionship of group travel. The 16 Day Solo Tour offers a memorable journey of both the North and South Islands by modern coach. Highlights include seeing the cascading waters of the Milford Sound, a fjord carved by glaciers during the ice ages. You’ll also enjoy the stunning views on one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys, the TranzAlpine. A Tour Guide will accompany the groups, helping to break the ice with your fellow travellers from day one.

See the sights of NZ in armchair comfort.

Alternatively, you can indulge on the 11-Day Ultimate Solo Travellers Tour and enjoy an escape to New Zealand with a maximum of only 20 travellers. Experience ‘business class on wheels’ as you travel on the deluxe Ultimate Coach, featuring 20 luxury leather seats, panoramic viewing and a level of comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle. All tours comprise of a few extra special touches, including an introductory dinner and complimentary welcome drink on the first night of the journey. Unlike many other tours, the Solo Traveller holidays include a guaranteed single room. For those looking to save even more, there is the option to share a room with a person of the same gender on the 16-Day Tour and save.

EX HOBART & LAUNCESTON PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE FROM

7104*

$

SHARE A ROOM & SAVE $1430^

>> FUN FILLED HOLIDAYS

INCLUDES RETURN AIRFARES

FULLY ESCORTED TOURING

MEMBER’S BONUS SAVE $150 PER PERSON + MORE**

16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour DEPARTURES 25 Oct, 6 Nov 2018. 21 Feb, 14 Mar 2019.

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o Travel Partner? No worries! Designed for those who travel solo, but want the convenience, company and value of travelling in a group. Highlights include TranzAlpine rail journey and scenic Milford Sound cruise. ALL INCLUSIVE Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, GUARANTEED SINGLE ROOM HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

*Conditions apply. Price valid for travel ex HBA/LST and includes prepaid taxes (subject to change). Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. ^Twin share option available, share with a solo traveller of the same gender and save $1430. **Saving is per person which is reflected in the price. Also receive a NZ Travel Guide per person. Offer varies on special group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Special offer applies to new bookings only until 31 May 2018. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ATAS No. A11470. ABN 45 144 538 803.

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ISLANDS OF CONTRAST

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ew Zealand is a unique place with wild sweeping landscapes, mountainous backdrops and fjords, contrasted by sandy beaches, boutique shopping districts and an abundance of culture and history. Grand Pacific Tours offer a 19-Day Rail, Cruise & Coach holiday that combines three amazing travel experiences. Enjoy four rail journeys and five scenic cruises while touring New Zealand by modern coach. Sit back and relax, knowing the hassle of overlooking hidden locations or taking a wrong turn is removed. Hand-picked for their expert knowledge and extensive driving experience, your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are on hand to assist you with every aspect of the tour. The rail experiences are: Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Coastal Pacific, Silver Fern Seasider and the world-renowned TranzAlpine. Cruise experiences include: Dolphin/Hole in the Rock, Interislander ferry TSS Earnslaw, Lake Te Anau and an incredible Milford Sound Overnight Cruise. Other highlights of your trip include thermal mud pools

The TranzAlpine rail journey will take your breath away at every turn.

and geysers, Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride, Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi and Concert, a visit to Larnach Castle, and so much more. Grand Pacific Tours are the New Zealand coach holiday specialists, 100% New Zealand with more than 200 guaranteed departures per year. Pay one price inclusive airfares and taxes, a personalised meet and greet on arrival into New Zealand with return airport transfers, porterage, coach travel, four-star hotel accommodation, most meals including speciality dinners, plus sightseeing and attractions. Encompass the best of New Zealand through the romance of rail, the majesty of cruising and the luxury of coach travel.

EX HOBART & LAUNCESTON PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE FROM

6904*

$

Multiple GUARANTEED departures

>> 4 RAIL JOURNEYS

INCLUDES RETURN AIRFARES

FULLY ESCORTED TOURING

MEMBER’S BONUS SAVE UP TO $700 PER COUPLE + MORE**

19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise and Coach Holiday

E

xperience the romance of 4 rail journeys, the majesty of 5 scenic cruises including an overnight on Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. Visit all the ‘best of’ attractions of the North and South Islands and enjoy 6 two night stays. ALL INCLUSIVE Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

*Conditions apply. Price valid ex HBA/LST and includes prepaid taxes (subject to change). Price shown is for a cash payment. Credit card fees will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please ask at the time of booking. **Saving is per couple ($350 per person) for selected departures in Sep, Apr and May. Saving is reflected in the price advertised. All other departures will save $150pp off the brochure price. Also receive a NZ Travel Guide per household. Offer varies on special group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Special offer applies to new bookings only until 31 May 2018. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ATAS No. A11470. ABN 45 144 538 803.

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EXPLORE NEW TERRITORY Summer in Darwin, and its surrounding landmarks, is unlike anywhere else in Australia. The ancient Indigenous rock paintings set against the beautiful backdrop of Kakadu, the iridescent sunsets and the spectacular lightning shows, all combine to create an electric atmosphere that’s guaranteed to stimulate all of your senses. To top it off, arriving in this unique part of the world on Australia’s most iconic train is nothing short of exhilarating.

MEMBER’S BONUS

COMPLIMENTARY 2 COURSE DINNER

FO R TRAVE L B ETW E E N 1 D E C E M B E R 2018 – 28 F E B R UARY 2019+

DARWI N D R EAM I N G

2990*

$

PP

GOLD SERVICE TWIN SHARE

B E YO N D T H E A L I C E

2580*

$

PP

GOLD SERVICE TWIN SHARE

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• FLIGHT FROM LAUNCESTON OR HOBART TO DARWIN

• FLIGHT FROM LAUNCESTON TO ALICE SPRINGS (HOBART PRICING ALSO AVAILABLE)

• 3 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ESPLANADE DARWIN • 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT KAKADU AND EAST ALLIGATOR RIVER INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION, LUNCHES, GUIDED TOURING WITH VISITS TO WARRADJAN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE, YELLOW WATER BILLABONG, NOURLANGIE, UBIRR AND ARNHEM LAND

• 2 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ALICE SPRINGS

• TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO DARWIN RAIL TERMINAL

• 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT ULURU AND KATA TJUTA INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION, GUIDED TOURING WITH VISITS TO MUTITJULU WATERHOLE, ULURU – KATA TJUTA CULTURAL CENTRE, ULURU SUNSET AND SUNRISE VIEWING AREAS, WALPA GORGE AND KATA TJUTA

• 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS ABOARD THE GHAN, DARWIN TO ADELAIDE, IN GOLD SERVICE INCLUDING ALL MEALS, BEVERAGES AND OFF TRAIN EXPERIENCES IN KATHERINE, ALICE SPRINGS AND MANGURI

• 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT ABOARD THE GHAN, ALICE SPRINGS TO DARWIN, IN GOLD SERVICE INCLUDING ALL MEALS, BEVERAGES AND OFF TRAIN EXCURSION IN KATHERINE

• FLIGHT FROM ADELAIDE TO LAUNCESTON OR HOBART

• FLIGHT FROM DARWIN TO LAUNCESTON (HOBART PRICING ALSO AVAILABLE)

Advertised prices are per person based on Everyday fare, twin share in a Gold Service Twin cabin travelling 01-16 December 2018, valid for new bookings between 1 April 2018 to 20 May 2018. Single pricing available. All discounts and savings have been applied to the price. Not available with any other offer. Domestic airfares based on an Elevate economy fare, prices may vary until ticketed. Black-out dates apply. ~Darwin Dreaming – Valid for travel 01 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 ^Beyond the Alice - Valid for travel 01 December 2018 to 28 February 2019 Full payment required within 14 days of booking. No Amendments allowed to travel dates. Booking and credit card fees may apply. Prices correct as at 21 February 2018. For full terms & conditions 05289CDGM 0218 see your RACT Travel office. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. A11470. E&OE.


TRAVEL

A holiday to remember

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rom the magic of Kakadu to Uluru, immerse yourself in the ultimate Northern Territory adventure while experiencing a culture that’s thousands of years old. Add in a rail journey on one of the world’s best train trips and you’ve got yourself a holiday to remember. Aboard The Ghan, you’ll be taken through the heart of Australia while indulging in sumptuous food and wine that’s reflective of the country the train travels through. Off-train, you’ll have the chance to scratch beneath the surface and get to know the characters that make the Territory tick. With two packages available, here’s how to get the most out of the Northern Territory: Darwin Dreaming: Soak up the relaxed vibes of Darwin with three nights at Doubletree by Hilton. From here, spend two days and a night exploring World Heritage-listed Kakadu and East Alligator River with

visits to Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Ubirr and Arnhem Land. Board The Ghan in Darwin and set off on your two-night, three-day journey south to Adelaide. Take in the lush landscapes of the tropics as they transform into the deep reds of the red centre and then again to the Outback and farmland of South Australia. As your journey comes to an end in Adelaide, you will have traversed nearly 3000km and ventured through Australia’s sunburnt country. Alice and Beyond: Fly into the Red Centre and start your adventure in Alice Springs, the heart of Australia. Use your base at Doubletree by Hilton to explore the town for two days and nights before venturing to the sacred Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Stay two days and a night to capture Uluru at its best, at sunrise and sunset, before heading back to Alice Springs to board The Ghan and continue your journey through to Darwin.

‘Take in the lush landscapes of the tropics as they transform into the deep reds of the red centre …’

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VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF NZ

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s a guest of Princess Cruises, you can experience even more of New Zealand with an abundance of authentic experiences both onboard and ashore. Sample some of New Zealand’s most popular cuisines, discover the classic New Zealand Wine Trail at Sea or perhaps experience and learn the traditional Maori war dances. You can also discover Princess favourites such as the Matariki Festival, the best of New Zealand Films with Movies Under the Stars, enjoy a treat with New Zealand Natural Ice Creamery, cruise through majestic Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound and learn

The Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting.

more about New Zealand’s rich history with a pop-up display from the Auckland Museum on board. Princess Cruises offers their world cruise in 2019 with two stops in New Zealand. And for more New Zealand itineraries, Princess also offers departures on their smaller ships Sea Princess and the newly refurbished Golden Princess. For those who already have their upcoming summer cruises for Australia planned, keep an eye out for the new Australia 2019/2020 program release. The program will be announced on 5 April and going on sale 19 April. However, Elite Members can get exclusive access to book from 18 April.

MEMBER’S BONUS Onboard Credit~

Reykjavik

ICELAND

Stockholm Helsinki

Copenhagen

SWEDEN

DENMARK

IRELAND

(Dover) ENGLAND

ESTONIA GERMANY

Cork

Newfoundland

Berlin

(Cobh)

St. John’s UNITED STATES

Riga

LATVIA

(Warnemünde)

Portland

New York

FINLAND

St. Petersburg Tallinn RUSSIA

London

CANADA

NETHERLANDS

SPAIN

Amsterdam

(Cádiz)

Barcelona

Atlantic Ocean

MALTA

Valletta Suez Canal

JORDAN

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Aqaba Dubai

Muscat

OMAN

Panama Canal

Colombo

PANAMA

Pacific Ocean

(Mina Qaboos)

Curaçao

COSTA RICA

Puntarenas

SRI LANKA

Singapore

Equator

Equator

Quito

ECUADOR

(Manta)

Bora Bora FRENCH POLYNESIA

INDONESIA

Salaverry Pitcairn Island

(Trujillo)

Scenic Cruising

Tahiti

(Papeete)

International Date Line

Seville Charleston Pacific Ocean

Komodo Island

PERU

Lima

(Callao)

South Pacific Ocean

AUSTRALIA

CHILE

Brisbane

Easter Island

South Atlantic Ocean

Indian Ocean

Bay of Islands

Sydney Auckland

South Pacific Ocean

NEW ZEALAND

2019 Round World Cruise

Itinerary

Departs

Nights

INTERIOR FARES FROM *

Sydney round trip

14 May 2019

106

$23,199

OCEANVIEW FARES FROM *

$29,349

BALCONY FARES FROM *

ONBOARD CREDITS PER STATEROOM~

$36,499

$2,075

*Fares are per person twin share. * Fares are cruise only, per person, in AUD, in complete twin accommodation, inclusive of all taxes, government fees and charges (which are subject to change), based on the lead category for each stateroom type. While a reasonable allocation of staterooms has been set aside at these fares, if the allocation is sold out the fares may no longer be available. Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer. Fares subject to availability. ^Onboard credit of $2,075 is per stateroom is applied to the first 2 guests only in a room. Credit not transferable, not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at the medical centre or casino. The price shown is for a cash payment, credit card fees will apply. For any additional arrangements service fees may apply. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 35 144 538 803. A11470. To be read in conjunction with the Booking and Passage Conditions available at princess.com/ legal/passage_contract/index. jsp which passengers will be bound by. . PR41.2

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SOUTH AMERICAN TREASURES

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ollow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as you navigate through the Galapagos Islands. Formed by volcanic eruptions, this is a window into prehistory with an abundance of rare and unique species of plants and animals. Cruise the through the rivers of the Ecuadorian Amazon to see the many species of monkeys, birds, caimans and, if you are lucky, the majestic jaguar. No tour of South America would be complete without seeing Peru’s spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu. Visit the floating Uros Islands at Lake Titicaca, embrace the lively neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires and then traverse the border with Brazil to

‘No tour of South America would be complete without seeing Peru’s spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu.’ experience the might of Iguazu Falls, before arriving into one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro. Discover the many theories behind why Easter Island’s Moai statues were erected and why the ancient civilisation

Inca woman, child and llamas.

almost became extinct. End your journey in Tahiti, relaxing and soaking up some sun before you return home. Awaken your senses and immerse yourself in the many facets that our 36-day Treasures of South America itinerary has to offer.

TREASURES OF SOUTH AMERICA 36 DAY TOUR

FROM $17,209*pp (Based on twin share)

MEMBERS BONUS $400 DISCOUNT PER PERSON* BOOK BEFORE 30 MAY

Experience the many facets of the Treasures of South America. Visit the Ancient sites of the Andean region, including the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. Take a trip to the glorious Galapagos Islands, the Amazon jungle, the mysterious Easter Island, before relaxing on the beaches of Tahiti in one ultimate journey.

Galapagos Islands Guayaquil

Puerto Maldonado

Lima

HIGHLIGHTS: • Santiago • Galapagos Islands • Quito • Amazon Cruise • Lima • Cuzco • Machu Picchu • Uros & Taquile Islands • Lake Titicaca Crossing • La Paz • Buenos Aires • Iguazu Falls • Rio de Janeiro • Easter Island • Tahiti TOUR INCLUSIONS: • Economy class flights ex. Sydney • Tourist Superior Hotels • Daily breakfast & selected meals • 4 Day Galapagos Islands Cruise • Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise and much more.

Quito Coca

Machu Picchu Cuzco

Puno Lake Titicaca La Paz Rio de Janeiro

Papee Papeete ete

Iguazu Falls

Easter Island Santiago

Buenos Aires

DEPARTURE DATES: Weekly departures every Thursday

*Conditions Apply. Prices are correct as at 14 Feb 2018 and are per person, twin share and includes the Member Bonus discount. Valid for sale until 30 May 2018. Booking form and $500p.p deposit required at time of booking. Enquire for single or triple traveller cost. Price excludes taxes & surcharges. Air taxes are approx. $1,201p.p. Business class airfare upgrades are available from $1,102pp + Taxes. The prices shown are for a cash payment. A credit card surcharge will apply when paying by credit card. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer service fees may apply. Please check all details with your consultant at time of booking. RACT Travel. Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS A11470.

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EXCITING

holiday destinations

AU$85 ONBOARD CREDIT

US$75 ONBOARD CREDIT PER STATEROOM^

QUEENSLAND DELIGHT From

$2,849*

per person, twin share

(cruise only) • Oceanview Stateroom (Cat F4) Itinerary: Sydney > Gladstone > Alotau, Papua New Guinea > Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea > Kitava, Papua New Guinea > Conflict Islands (Panawal Group), Papua New Guinea > Cairns > Airlie Beach > Brisbane > Sydney

PER STATEROOM^

SOUTH EAST ASIA From

$2,599*

per person, twin share

(cruise only) • Inside Stateroom (Cat IF) Itinerary: Sydney > Brisbane > Darwin > Singapore > Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam > Kaohsiung, Taiwan > Hong Kong

Includes: • 15 night cruise onboard ms NOORDAM from Sydney return • Main meals~ & entertainment onboard • Port charges & government fees

Includes: • 19 night cruise onboard MAJESTIC PRINCESS from Sydney to Hong Kong • Main meals~, & entertainment onboard • Port charges & government fees

Cruise Departs: ex Sydney 07 December 2018

Cruise Departs: ex Sydney 26 March 2019


SAVE

$270* PER COUPLE

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 From

$349

person, * per twin share (land only)

Includes: • 2 nights accommodation at The Victoria Hotel in a Heritage Room • Rod Laver Arena Category 3, Day ticket to Australian Open 2019 on Mon, 14 Jan 19 +. Travel: 14 – 16 Jan 19

SAVE $640*

SENSATIONAL SINGAPORE From

$379

person, * per twin share (land only)

Includes: • 3 nights accommodation at Furama RiverFront Singapore in a Superior Room • Includes 1 FREE night • FREE upgrade to a Deluxe Room (subject to availability) • FREE guaranteed late check-out until 3pm • Full breakfast daily • Return private car airport transfers Travel: 27 Apr – 31 May, 1-12 Sep, 17-30 Sep, 1 Dec 18 - 28 Feb 19# (Based on Friday check in).

SAVE $380*

PER COUPLE

PER COUPLE

PHUKET, THAILAND From

$385*

per person, twin share (land only)

LAST MINUTE BALI From

$535

adult, * per twin share

(land only)

Includes: • 8 nights accommodation at Horizon Karon Beach Resort and Spa in a Superior Pool View Room • Includes 4 FREE nights • Full breakfast daily • Return private car airport transfers

Includes: • 7 nights at The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa in a Superior Room • Includes 2 FREE nights • 1 FREE Signature Cocktail at Pool Bar • 10% Discount at Chez Gado-Gado Restaurant • 15% Discount on a Balinese Cooking Class & all treatments at The Spa • Full breakfast daily • Return private car airport transfers

Travel: 31 May - 31 Oct 18

Travel: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 18

SAVE $250*

SAVE $500*

PER COUPLE

QT PORT DOUGLAS From

$585

person, * per twin share (land only)

Includes: • 5 nights at QT Port Douglas in a QT Resort Room • Includes 1 FREE night • Return private car airport transfers Travel: 1 May – 28 Jun, 16 Oct – 23 Dec 18, 8 Jan – 31 Mar 19

PER COUPLE

LUXURY FIJI

From

$1,075

adult, * per twin share

(land only)

Includes: • 5 nights accommodation at The Westin Denarau Resort in an Ocean View Room • Full breakfast daily • Bula Bus transportation • Meet and Greet on arrival • FREE SIM card with 2GB data valid for 48 hours • Return private car airport transfers Travel: 15 Apr - 29 Jun, 23 Jul - 28 Sep, 15-27 Oct, 6-12 Jan 19

Conditions Apply: *All prices correct as at 23Feb18 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change and is subject to availability. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2% will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside these offers service fees may apply. Please ask at time of booking. All offers valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer. Airfares are not included in the advertised price unless stated. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. Limited availability. Other departure dates are available and prices are on application. A limited number of cabins are available at the prices shown and once these have sold out pricing may be withdrawn and/or may increase. Single supplements may be extra. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Pricing may vary until full payment is received. Cancellation fees may apply. Domestic and international airfares are not included. Vaccinations, visas and travel insurance not included. Further restrictions may apply. For specific offer and terms & conditions, please contact your nearest RACT Travel office. Queensland Delight & South Seas Asia: Gratuities are not included and payable onboard. ~Main meals are included in selected restaurants, specialty restaurants may incur a surcharge. ^ Onboard credit is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or used in the Medical centre or Casino. Offer ends 31May18. Australian Open 2019: +A minimum of 1 session (either DAY or NIGHT session) or 1 Finals Package must be purchased. Event ticket must be purchased with accommodation and cannot be purchased separately. Event ticket is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Once a booking is made dates cannot be altered. Any alteration is regarded as a cancellation. Offer ends 19 Dec 18 unless sold out prior. Phuket Thailand, QT Port Douglas, Last Minute Bali and Luxury Fiji: Offer ends 31 May 18. Sensational Singapore: #Surcharge apply for Mon Thu night stays. Add $14* per person, per night. Offer ends 31 May 18. These prices should be used as a guide only. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant at time of or before booking. The CRUISE TEAM, Qantas Holidays, Sunlover Holidays and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, refer to www.helloworld.com.au. Offers must be requested at time of booking. RACT Travel Pty Ltd ABN 45 144 538 803. ATAS A11470.


Get 15% off day rates plus more RACT has picked Thrifty as their exclusive rental partner, giving you easy access to great rental vehicles at great rates. Whether exploring Australia and NZ, moving house or doing business, RACT Members enjoy 15% off the daily rental rate. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all - free additional driver, 30% off GPS hire and $5.00 per day off protection options.

Visit ract.com.au/thrifty, an RACT travel branch or call 1300 368 111

All rentals are subject to the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. For full terms go to ract.com.au/thrifty.


TRAVEL

Smiles all the way

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he best holidays are troublefree, so why waste your time or money? As an RACT Member you save 15%* off Thrifty’s best daily rate, discounted GPS and Thrifty protection and no charges for additional drivers across both Australia and New Zealand. Add to this more than 200 convenient locations, great service recognised by Canstar Blue’s award for ‘Best Value for Money’ and ‘Most Satisfied Customers’ and a great range of vehicles to suit your needs – Thrifty really is ‘Smiles all the way’.

Thinking about that Olympic downhill? Inspired by the Winter Olympics? Then there’s only one place to head this winter – New Zealand. Known for its fabulous snow, New Zealand is the place to experience it all. With a Thrifty vehicle you’ll have the opportunity to ski multiple resorts, explore New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and take in cosmopolitan cities such as Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown. Thrifty has more than 28 convenient locations across New Zealand. We also have an amazing choice of late-model 5-star ANCAP safetyrated vehicles that are perfect for winding roads and winter conditions. Combine this with our award-winning service and 15%* off our best rate for RACT members and it's sure to make you smile.

DON’T MISS OUT! BOOK NOW AT RACT.COM.AU/THRIFTY OR CALL RACT TRAVEL ON 1300 368 111.

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RACT TRAVEL

TAKES YOU AWAY

MEET THE TEAM

JACQUI WEBB RACT TRAVEL MURRAY STREET

How long have you been in travel and what travelling experience do you have? I have been in travel for five years, first in Tasmanian travel then I branched out to international. I have been to 21 countries in total. Most recently I did a six-week trip around South America and went to Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. What do you like best about working at RACT Travel? I like the way the clients trust RACT as a company, and the variety of different enquiries I get each day. It keeps it interesting. One day it’s a package to Melbourne, another it could be an around-the-world trip. What is your favourite destination and why? I have two. The first would have to be Italy. I’ve been there twice now and there is a certain feel to the place that I can’t get enough of, and of course the food! The second would be the Galapagos Islands. This blew my mind. I’m such an animal lover and seeing the animals in their natural habitats where they are not afraid of humans was a very special experience. 80 

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Where would you like your next holiday to be and why? This is such a hard question – can I say the whole world? I’d love to sail around the Maldives. After my last holiday to South America, which was full-on, I’d like to have a relaxing warm holiday where I can snorkel and drink pina coladas. Morocco also interests me – it seems very colourful and exciting. What is your best travel tip? I see so many people rushing around trying to get the best photo. Remember to put the camera down and just enjoy the moment without being behind a lens. Soak it all in and realise how amazing this world is. Jacqui’s travels have taken her to many places around the world, including Stone Henge (above) and the Galapagos Islands (below).


ABOVE: A fine selection of treats were on offer for High Tea at Hadley’s.

HIGH TEA WITH RACT TRAVEL & TEMPO HOLIDAYS RACT Travel, along with Tempo Holidays and Visit Britain tourism, hosted a group of VIP clients to an amazing afternoon High Tea at Hadley’s Hotel in the Leadlight room.

WELCOME BACK, JESS CORRIE We are pleased to welcome back Jessica Corrie, previously of RACT Travel Rosny, to our RACT Travel Launceston branch. Jessica has been travelling Europe and various other places for several months – check out her story on pages 60-61.

PLANNING ON GOING TO AGFEST? We’re back and this year Apollo Campervans will be joining us at Agfest 3-5 May. Drop into the RACT marquee for your chance to go in the draw to win a campervanning holiday with Apollo.

TOP: A room full of hungry RACT Travel guests enjoy their high tea at Hadley’s. ABOVE: A British prize giveaway was a hit with attendees. LEFT: RACT Travel guests enjoy their afternoon.

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SCENERY TO MELT YOUR HEART

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rom the moment you set eyes upon the vast expanse of pristine white solitude that is Antarctica, you grasp for the first time how truly spectacular and untouched this region of the world really is. Here, nature is in absolute command. It is a place where rare wildlife is unafraid of humans and the stunning landscape is simply awe-inspiring. With no culture or people, the attraction and experiences are purely based on the environment itself, which is quite rare. Bentours, together with Hurtigruten, journey deep into the most remote places on Earth, where they have an unparalleled level of expertise to take you into pristine wilderness and raise your journey to a whole new level. On a Hurtigruten voyage, almost every day there will be a

penguin colony visit. There are 18 species of penguin in the world, but only seven live in or around Antarctica. These penguins are unfazed by people, and although there are rules to protect them, the penguins themselves often break these rules and will walk right by your feet. The true power of nature in Antarctica can be experienced by both hiking and kayaking, accompanied by expert guides. As you glide through the icy water in complete silence, the sight and sound of glaciers and icebergs carving into the ocean is astounding. Isolated, untouched and immersive – allow the coldest continent on Earth to melt your heart. Let Bentours and Hurtigruten take you on the adventure of a lifetime to the end of the world.

2018 EXPEDITION VOYAGES

ADVENTURE TO ANTARCTICA - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FROZEN CONTINENT PER PERSON $ 13 DAYS NOW FROM 7,300* TWIN SHARE

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PER CABIN ONBOARD CREDIT!

MS MIDNATSOL DEPARTS: 09.12.18 From Ushuaia cross the Drake Passage and sail on to an unforgettable exploration of Antarctica. Meet penguins up close and touch icebergs with your bare hands. Onboard uncover the Explorer room, Young Explorers programme, theme days, exciting lectures and more, all designed to enhance your trip.

*Conditions apply. Prices are per person, twin share and correct as at 21 Feb 2018 but may change depending on surcharges, fees, taxes and/or currency changes. Prices are dynamic and are subject to change based on live availability. Please note: $250pp plus 20% deposit required within seven days of confirmation. Full terms and conditions can be found at bentours.com. #RACT MEMBER BONUS: Offer available on all new bookings deposited by 31 May 2018. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. The price shown is for a cash payment, credit card fees will apply. For any additional arrangements service fees may apply. RACT Travel Pty Ltd. ABN 45 144 538 803. A11470.

ract.com.au/travel

1300 368 111

BURNIE | DEVONPORT | HOBART (RACT HOUSE) | HOBART (COLLINS ST) | KINGSTON | LAUNCESTON | ROSNY | ULVERSTONE

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