Explore aboriginally cultural significant sites in Tasmania
This amazing interactive resource from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre provides an extraordinary insight into the culturally significant regions of Tasmania and their associated stories.
Learn about the aboriginal place names of Australia
For thousands of years, the original inhabitants of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupied the lands with very different boundaries than today, centred on intimate cultural relationships with the land and sea. This interactive map produced by AIATSIS is an attempt to represent all the language, tribal or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia.
Let us tread gently...
Trail Running Etiquette
The Trail Runners' Code is provided by the Tasmanian Trail Running Association
Every runner on the trails in lutruwita/Tasmania is a representative of our trail running community. We encourage runners to always have positive interactions with everyone they meet. Our trail running code has been adapted from the Leave No Trace Principles, with specific reference to trail running in Tasmania.
Leave No Trace Principals
Parks Tasmania ask us to Leave No Trace:
Climate Change Resources
We have just got to do what we have got to do. We have reached that point where if we don't make the changes right now then we might be looking at a world which will be very, very different. Maybe we have already reached that point? It is hard to say as climate change is actually very hard to measure and we have reached territory where we haven't been before. - Micah Visoiu, Tasmanian Climate Scientist
Tasmania is becoming hotter and drier. Changes in the State’s climate will have far-reaching implications for agriculture, tourism, electricity generation, fisheries, biodiversity and human health. Most significantly, our wilder spaces, which are already under increased pressure, are at substantial risk.
It comes back to the whole theory about your sphere of influence, and I guess your sphere of non-influence. We all just need to do what we can and to tread as lightly as we can as individuals, in terms of climate change mitigation and cutting carbon emissions. But also in terms of impacting your sphere of influence... by letting the powers-that-be know that climate change is an issue for you. If you are doing your bit and then they are doing their bit, then that is when we will really make the difference that we need to make. - Micah Visoiu, Tasmanian Climate Scientist
Stay abreast of the latest news & information from our Tasmanian National Parks & Wildlife Service:
The importance of Dark Skies
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. - Vincent Van Gogh
Dark Sky Tasmania has a vision for Tasmania to be a world leader in dark sky conversation and awareness. As they state, "Dark skies connect the natural world. Protecting the night skies from pollution is critical to the environment, wildlife, and our quality of life.'
One-third of humankind cannot see the Milky Way and 99% of the USA is affected by light pollution. Furthermore, 99.5% of all stars are invisible to residents in Singapore. We have a unique opportunity to preserve our night skies and be a world leader in dark sky conservation. - Landon Bannister, President of Dark Sky Tasmania.
For an even greater depth of understanding, tune in to Hanny Allston's Find Your Feet Podcast Episode #45 with Landon Bannister, President of Dark Sky Tasmania.
Bee decline in Tasmania
The challenges are still there. We are still trying to understand bee decline. It is a huge puzzle. But I think that the underlying issue here is human interference. How much we have actually done to this worly, to which we are very short sighted and we cannot see the consequences of our actions. We want to make things and get quick outcomes. This is not sustainable. Behind all the issues with bee decline is the human being. We are transforming the planet to a completely different place and the challenges are there for many species, not just the bees. - Dr Paulo de Souza, leading scientist & avid trail runner
Our global honey bee populations are under risk. So too are our native insects. On the Find Your Feet Podcast, Dr Paulo de Souza discusses the decline in our bee populations both in Tasmania and around the world, as well as his transition into trail running.
I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. It’s never too late to start exercising and never too late to start eating healthier.
MICHAEL GREGER, MD