Adventure teacher Andrew Hughes will be Tasmania's finalist for Australian of the Year in 2013 for his work bringing the wilderness into classrooms.

Mr Hughes has developed a program called Expedition Class, where primary school kids follow his expeditions by satellite link and interact with him as he tackles nature's challenges.

His high school package, called Skullbone, helps students link curriculum with their own wilderness adventures.

Mr Hughes began in 2006 by kayaking 5000km from Hobart to Cape York and has since explored Papua New Guinea and shown students how to survive on a desert island.

His patrons include top-selling author Bryce Courtenay, who presented him with the 2012 Power of One Australian Hero Award.

Tents4Peace founder Anna Crotty has been named Tasmania's finalist for Senior Australian of the Year.

Her community group mobilises emergency shelter in trouble spots worldwide.

Tasmania's Young Australian of the Year nominee is 27-year-old teacher Holly Barnewall, who has helped students from Flinders Island adjust to moving away from home to complete their schooling.

Gwen Egg has been awarded Tasmanian Local Hero for her commitment to preserving the natural environment by establishing a Landcare/Coastcare branch.

Tasmania's award recipients will join those from the other states and territories as finalists for the national awards announced on January 25 2013 in Canberra.

 

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