Discover Tasmania

Guest blogger: Karen Stotz - karen.stotz@tourism.tas.gov.au

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

Untouched landscapes, the finest food and wine, and an intriguing culture define Australia’s only island state, Tasmania.

Its separation from the mainland may have once made Tasmania seem backward, but now paints it as an escape from a hectic world, with wide-open spaces, friendly people, and a time capsule of Australian heritage, captured within historic buildings and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The island’s compact size and network of highways offer endless self-drive adventures that allow you to loop around the island, uncovering wilderness areas, exceptional food, and an intriguing island culture. Guided walks and cruises through national parks and UNESCO Wilderness World Heritage Areas are complimented with gourmet food and drink. Food highlights the very freshest of Tasmanian produce and wine ... and cider and whisky are hand-crafted using traditional methods.

Tasmania blends luxury into natural surroundings. Saffire Freycinet, a Luxury Lodge of Australia on Tasmania’s East Coast overlooks the Hazards mountain range. In Hobart, The Islington Hotel luxuriously captures old world charm, as does the Henry Jones Art Hotel, its walls adorned with local artworks for sale, while the Mona Pavilions onsite at Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, broaden cultural boundaries.

Tasmania truly is a destination with plenty to discover.

Key Experiences:

Scenic Wilderness

Known to have the cleanest air in the world, Tasmania is also a treasure trove of natural wonders.

The diversity of Tasmania’s vegetation is remarkable and includes a high proportion of endemic plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Around 40% of Tasmania is protected in national parks and reserves. All of them are stunningly beautiful, easily accessible and safe to visit.

www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/national-parks-and-wilderness

Native Wildlife

Separated from mainland for the last 10,000 years, Tasmania has been a living museum, as its ancient marsupials survive in complete isolation. Tasmania offers refuge to a variety of threatened and elusive wildlife. The island also has 12 species of endangered birds.

A number of specialist tour operators can provide excellent opportunities to get up close-and-personal with Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidnas, wallabies and wombats in their native habitat.

www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/nature-and-wildlife

'Paddock-to-Plate' 

Tasmania is a haven for food lovers with some of the finest artisan cheeses, berries, apples and pears, premium beef, specialty honey, cool climate wines and beers ... oh, and the very finest whiskies.

Visit farmers markets, stop at farm gates or road-side stalls to experience the very best.

www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/food-and-drink

Walking

Tasmania has over 2,800 km of managed walking tracks and over 880 km of separate walks throughout national parks, reserves and conservation areas. Trails ranging from short, easy walks with boardwalks and disabled access, to multi-day walking adventures will stun you.

http://www.aussietripadvisor.com/blog/2017/10/4/great-walks-of-australia-part-i

Wine and Whisky

Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s leading cool climate wines. Travel the regional wine routes located throughout the state, each offering a sophisticated range of wine styles.

Tasmania also has thirteen whisky distilleries, many of them export to the world and feature regularly among prized international award show lists.

www.winetasmania.com.au

www.taswhiskytrail.com

Art and Culture

Tasmania has a long tradition of creativity with an active community of artists, designers, makers and performers whose work is often inspired by Tasmania’s natural and political landscape.

www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/arts-and-culture

Key Destinations & 'Must Considers':

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most visited natural attractions and is the starting point for the world famous Overland Track alpine walk.

Freycinet Peninsula

The stunning Freycinet National Park offers spectacular landscapes and a completely different coastal experience with pink granite mountains, white beaches, crystal-clear sea, and the world-famous Wineglass Bay.

Hobart

Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.

Launceston

One of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. The rich farmland of the Tamar Valley region west of Launceston is a premier wine-growing region.

Strahan

Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Boat cruises provide an unforgettable journey into the temperate rainforests of the Gordon River with rare opportunities to see little penguins come ashore on the Bonnet Island.

Mona

Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia’s largest private museum and houses a diverse private collection ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous contemporary art.

https://mona.net.au

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market in Hobart, with its abundant fresh produce, should certainly also be on the 'must-visit' list. Set among historic Georgian sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place, this famous market attracts thousands of locals and visitors every Saturday.

www.salamanca.com.au

Tasmanian Devils

The Tasmanian devil is endemic to Tasmania and is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.

• Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart offers group and behind the scenes private tours.

www.bonorong.com.au

• The Tasmanian Devil Unzoo on the highway to historic Port Arthur has a one-day Devil Tracker Adventure suitable for small groups.

www.tasmaniandevilunzoo.com.au

Saffire Freycinet

Enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery of the Freycinet Peninsula with delicious local food and wine and impeccable service at Saffire Freycinet. This boutique hotel features a range of complimentary activities for guests to engage and connect with Freycinet’s stunning natural wonders.

http://www.aussietripadvisor.com/blog/2017/8/28/luxury-lodges-in-northern-territory-tasmania-and-victoria-region

www.saffire-freycinet.com.au

Bruny Island

Bruny Island, south of Hobart, offers an abundance of experiences including opportunities to see rare white wallabies ... and, food lovers will be pleased with the array of gourmet food on offer.

An award winning eco-cruise allows you get a spectacular view of the island from the water. 

www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/regions-of-tasmania/hobart-and-south/bruny-island

Port Arthur Historic Sites

The World Heritage listed Port Arthur, Coal Mines and Cascades Female Factory sites bring Australia’s early convict history to life through guided tours, interactive experiences, dramatizations and world-class interpretation.

www.portarthur.org.au

www.femalefactory.org.au

Three Capes Track

The Three Capes Track, Australia’s premier coastal bush-walking experience, takes in stunning views of the Tasman Peninsula, including Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy.

www.threecapestrack.com.au

Par Avion

Par Avion’s latest day tour takes you to Tasmania’s wild West Coast over rugged mountains, wild rivers and roaring beaches. After landing at Strahan, enjoy a cruise on the Gordon River and hear stories of convicts, piners and miners. The 9-hour tour includes scenic flights, the cruise in a premium window recliner, buffet lunch, and refreshments.

www.paravion.com.au

Coral Expeditions Cruise

Coral Expeditions offers an exclusive 7-night coastal cruise showcasing the famous Freycinet National Park, Maria Island National Park, Port Arthur Historic Site, Bruny Island and Tasmania’s Western Wilderness World Heritage Area. Guests enjoy presentations from the resident archaeologist and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours.

https://www.coralexpeditions.com/au/cruises/tasmania/7-night-hobart-hobart/

 

Jonathan Campbell

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