Matt Moran has a unique title. When officially introduced, he’s quite often called a “Friend of Australia”. And with that distinguished title comes his current role with Tourism Australia as an ambassador for tourism quality assurance. Currently touring the country to promote the T-QUAL Tick, Matt has recently spent some time in Tasmania and enjoyed some of the state’s fine hospitality.
Matt Moran Travels in Tasmania
The celebrated chef hosted the launch of the T-QUAL Tick Tour at ARIA Restaurant in March. Actually co-owned by Matt Moran, the venue on Sydney’s waterfront is considered one of the country’s best restaurants. It’s also the epitome of the tourism experience the Australian Government plan to endorse with this new national symbol of tourism quality.
The second leg of the T-QUAL Tick Tour brought Matt Moran to Hobart. The amount of territory covered in one Tasmanian weekend would suggest a very hectic schedule. But don’t feel too much sympathy! Every establishment has to pass a rigorous assessment, ensuring they deliver a first-class, quality experience to the traveller (and that would include Matt) before they’re granted the tick of approval.
Hurricane T-QUAL Tick Tour of Hobart
The Hobart schedule included a stop at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania on Sunday morning. Just as we did, Matt was able to learn a little about the achievements of early explorers and Tasmanian maritime history. We gave a big thumbs up to the museum with its huge collections of artefacts, tools, equipment, photographs and paintings. And as a T-QUAL endorsed product, it has a nationally recognised symbol of tourism quality. Just in case you doubt us!
The Sunday afternoon timetable had Matt Moran taking an adventure cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Our experience with the award-winning company involved their Bruny Island cruise, but Matt took the seaplane from Hobart to Port Arthur, on the Tasman Peninsula. He was duly impressed and declared the experience totally worthy of the T-QUAL tick.
Henry Jones Art Hotel
Matt spent the evening at the Henry Jones Art Hotel to recharge his batteries ready for a visit to MONA the next morning. Gavin was invited to Henry’s Restaurant for lunch that day, and had a chat with the Australian tourism ambassador about his impressions of Tasmania. Having been to the state quite recently with the MasterChef team, Matt’s references to the food, scenery and culture were all glowing. And yes, he did have a chance to meet up with Jack Lark, one of the Junior MasterChef stars, during a visit to Lark Distillery.
The next destination for the T-QUAL Tick Tour will be the Northern Territory later this month. I’m pretty sure when Matt Moran is in a cage, diving with crocodiles, he’ll wish he was back in Tasmania. The Tassie Devil will most likely seem quite tame then!
Gavin dined at Henry’s Restaurant (part of the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart) as a guest of Tourism Australia and the organisers of the T-QUAL Tick Tour.
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