Forestry Tasmania prays for snow

FORESTRY Tasmania is anxiously awaiting this winter’s first decent snow to launch its new “Top of the World Snow Tours” at Maydena. Maydena Adventure Hub manager Richard Skinner says the new tour would offer a unique way to see and experience Tasmania during the winter months.

“These intimate tours will involve the chance to experience snow first hand together with spectacular views of Tasmania’s snow-capped mountain peaks which can be taken in from the fireside comfort of the Eagles Eyrie at Abbotts Peak,” Mr Skinner said. “The sensory experience will be further enhanced by indulging in fine Tasmanian cool climate wines from the award winning Meadowbank Estate Winery and appetising cuisine prepared by leading Tasmanian chef Waji Spiby using fresh local and seasonal produce.”

The snow tours will leave from the Maydena Adventure Hub and will start with a 2km ride in the rainforest along Derwent Valley railway track on Australia’s first pedal-powered rail-rider. This will be followed by a drive to the Styx Big Tree Reserve to see some of the tallest hardwoods in the world in their majestic old-growth forest environment. The 12-seater Maydena OKA (a four-wheel-drive tour bus) will then take passengers through a range of forest types on the way to the summit of Abbotts Peak. Along the way there’ll be a stop for snow play – with the chance to build a snowman, make a snow angel and throw snowballs.

Numbers for the tours will be limited and as such, people interested in embarking on a Top of the World Snow Tour are encouraged to register their interest by phoning 1300 720 507. “Anyone interested in taking part in a snow tour should register their details with our staff and once the snow falls, we will contact them to arrange their tour,” Mr Skinner said.

* A reminder that the Maydena Hub is closed for winter, re-opening in October. Most of the local attractions remain open… click here for more information.

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