THE HUNTER & the Thylacine - filmed in the Tasmanian Wilderness

Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill filmed powerful psychological drama THE HUNTER on location in Tasmania last year. In the film, Dafoe stars as a mercenary sent to the Tasmanian wilderness to hunt the Tasmanian Tiger. Willem Dafoe says Tasmania is like “a weird combination of very familiar and totally exotic”, while Sam Neill says that “It’s like an idealised version of Australia, it’s what Australia should be.”

The movie takes you deep into the wild. Whether the Tasmanian tiger still roams these parts, we may never know. But that a place so hauntingly beautiful still exists, that we know for a fact. Glacial peaks, dense impenetrable rainforest, wild rivers, vast plains and remote coastlines; you’ll find them all in Tasmania. And who knows, you may even stumble across a Tasmanian tiger.

Find out more about the Tasmanian tiger’s homeland and how you can connect with it in luxury. Stay in boutique accommodation and enjoy fine Tasmanian produce, all while being immersed in the wilderness.

The Tasmanian Tiger

The Thylacine - Tasmanian TigerThe Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) is an enduring symbol of Tasmania. The last tiger died in Hobart’s Beaumaris Zoo in 1936, deeming the animal officially extinct in 1982. However, there have been countless sightings, some by highly-regarded scientists and professionals in their field that lead many to believe there are still Tasmanian tigers wandering our rugged wilderness.

About the size of a medium dog, Tasmanian tigers had light brown fur with signature dark stripes across their back. Once Australia’s largest carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian devil now holds this title. Find out more about the Tasmanian tiger at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or visit the fascinating permanent exhibition at the Wilderness Gallery.

Tasmanian Wilderness and Wildlife

In Tasmania you will find World Heritage Wilderness satisfying more criteria than any other site on earth. Covering some 1.3 million hectares, the rugged untouched landscape is as memorable as the local wildlife, including wombats and Tasmanian devils.

Trek through the wilderness in search of a Tasmanian tiger, go wildlife spotting by flashlight into Tasmania’s night or get up close to some of our most fascinating furry faces at one of our wildlife parks.

At Narawntapu National Park, you’ll see bounding Forester kangaroos cover grassy plains at top speed, meet friendly wombats, pademelons and inquisitive Bennetts wallabies. Or for those who want an added thrill, join one of Geoff King’s Tasmanian devil tours where you huddle in a fisherman’s hut and listen to the bone-crunching delights of devil dinner time just outside the window, or near Cradle Mountain join a night time feeding tour at Devils@Cradle.

You can also take your pick of fantastic wildlife parks across Tasmania, where you'll find shy platypus, outspoken black cockatoos, Forester kangaroos and lots more intriguing wildlife.

Cradle Mountain Chateau

Romance on the wildside at Cradle Mountain from $407*

Spend a night for two in a split level king spa room at Cradle Mountain Chateau. Includes a full buffet breakfast in Quolls Casual Dining, bottle of wine and cheese plate on arrival and 2 course dinner in Grey Gums Restaurant. Entry into the Wilderness Gallery, Australia’s largest privately owned photographic gallery is also included. Now on display Thylacine: The amazing Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition.
Pure Tasmania

For further information call 1800 656 111 or visit puretasmania.com.au

*Conditions apply subject to availability, valid for travel until 30 April 2012. For bookings quote GS093.

Gordon River Cruise, Strahan

Adventure on the wild west coast at Strahan Village from $585*

Spend 2 nights at Strahan, a picturesque pioneering village set on the quiet bay of Macquarie Harbour. Includes full buffet breakfasts in View 42° set on the hilltop overlooking the harbour and your choice of a Gordon River Cruise with premium window seats and lunch or a spectacular West Coast Wilderness Railway journey with lunch.
Pure Tasmania

For further information call 1800 656 111 or visit puretasmania.com.au

*Conditions apply subject to availability, valid for travel until 30 April 2012. For bookings quote GS093.

Win 1 of 20 copies of THE HUNTER on DVD!

With thanks to Madman Entertainment we are offering you the chance to win a copy of THE HUNTER on DVD.
From the producers of Animal Kingdom and directed by Daniel Nettheim, THE HUNTER stars Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The English Patient, Platoon), Frances O’Connor (Blessed, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mansfield Park) and Sam Neill (The Dish, Jurassic Park, The Piano).

THE HUNTER on DVD & BLU-RAY 8th February. www.thehuntermovie.com


Congratulations to the following winners:

W. Cahill of NSW
A. Hollis of VIC
B. Watson of VIC
F. Lamont of NSW
B. McKean of NSW
J. Friedman of NSW
D. Golding of NSW
J. Bennett of VIC
M. Mutton of VIC
L. Martin of VIC
S. Dwyer of NSW
N. Hendrikson of QLD
J. Williams of QLD
M. New of QLD
J. Yeo of ACT
J. Donohue of QLD
N. Stimson of VIC
I. Miller of SA
L. Ravanello of VIC
B. Key of ACT


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THE HUNTER, image credit: Matthew Nettheim courtesy Madman Entertainment