(And hikes. And restaurants. And culture.)
While a Winter break can definitely get the heart racing, Tasmania just shines in the Summer. Here the wild landscapes, enticing histories and modern dining culture all come to the fore. Whether you're heading to a city or hoping to take in the whole island, there's a stunning array on offer. And right now is the perfect time to start planning your big escape to the little island.
See our great Tassie short-break trips that we have on offer:
• 3 Day West Coast Explorer (Hobart to Launceston)
• 3.5 Day West Coast Explorer (Hobart to Hobart)
• 3 Day East Coast Explorer (Launceston to Hobart)
• 3 Day East Coast Explorer (Hobart to Hobart)
With so many things going on in Tasmania, we thought we should round up some of our favourite bits to give you a perfectly sized Tasmanian Bucket List:
1. Scallop Pies: they’re not what you’d expect from your new favourite food. Plump scallops bathed in a curried sauce. Completely inexplicably wonderful.
2. Pagan Cherry Cider: while it’s not exactly a ‘bite’ this sweet, spicy cider definitely packs a punch! Make sure you enjoy it with a snack.
3. Oysters: so good that they threaten to run all other oysters for you. Especially at these prices! Swill a glass of something cold and local and order another dozen.
4. Apples: available all over the place! Crisp and delicious. Tasmanian apples must be among the best in the world. Munch your way through as many as you can.
1. Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain: A two hour jaunt right around beautiful Dove Lake in the stunning shadow of Cradle Mountain.
2. Hazards Beach Walk, Freycinet National Park: A four to five hour wander, taking in the diverse scenery of this beautiful National Park.
3. Duck Reach Trail, Cataract Gorge, Launceston: On a 1.5 hour return trip, follow the South Esk River right along to the historic Duck Reach Power Station.
4. Marion’s Lookout, Cradle Mountain: Clocking in at two and a half hours, this walk is steep, but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views out across Cradle Mountain.
1.Truganini’s Memorial, Bruny Island: This look out is perhaps best known as a place to spot the fairy penguins but be sure to take a moment to read the dedications at the moment and learn about the tragic life of Truganini.
2. MONA, Hobart: While losing your mind in this incredible monument to old and new art, take a second and remember that this is the art collection of one man. Mind. Blown.
3.Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula: Tasmania’s top tourist attraction is both a historical convict village and open-air museum but also the sad site of modern bloodshed - definitely a spot for pause.
4. Sheffield:The ‘town of murals’ demands some time to wander through and reflect on the beauty of a place that not only wears its heart on its sleeve, but also all over every building.