Broadsheet has been writing about lutrawita/Tasmania for more than a decade. With its untamed tracts of nature, bountiful seafood and eccentric cultural output, the state has a unique pull we never get tired of responding to.
We were thrilled to collaborate with Tourism Tasmania last year on a special, one-off print issue shining a light on people doing interesting things across the state: chefs, artists, athletes, actors, musicians, distillers, farmers, cheesemakers and more.
We’re back this year with 24 more pages and just as many great new stories about the winter Off Season. Most of them are also available online, but we think it’s much nicer to read a physical copy, which you can pick up for free at cafes across the city. If your local is listed on Broadsheet, we’ve probably delivered a bundle there.
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Inside: did you know Peter Gilmore, one of Australia’s very best chefs and the creative force behind Sydney restaurants Quay and Bennelong, just bought seven acres in Tassie and plans to live there part-time? He was attracted by the climate, which allows local farmers to raise fruit and veg that’s not viable in other parts of the country – like wasabi, for example.
Grace Gamage and Dylan Lehmann, a young couple who relocated from WA, are also enjoying the climate’s possibilities at their organic market garden, Broom and Brine, near Hobart. In addition to providing excellent produce to the local community, they run a very cool gardening zine.
Swiss-born winemaker Matthias Utzinger also fell for the state’s many charms, after visiting with his Tasmanian wife (and fellow winemaker) Lauren. Settled in the Tamar Valley, they’re now making some very interesting wines. “I fell in love with Lauren first, and then with what Tassie represents,” Matthias told us. “I decided that as a winemaker, this was meant to be the place. Things were still possible here: there was a feel that not everything has been done yet.”
Speaking of things that haven’t been done yet – a sauna on wheels? Ersatz landscapes made of paper? Using river sludge and post-logging charcoal to create incredible steel sculptures? These things happen in creative, left-of-centre Tasmania, and we’ve written about them in this issue. Pick up a copy, have a flick through and feel that irresistible pull for yourself.