UNPLUG. RECHARGE. RECONNECT.
Unplug, recharge and reconnect in Tasmania.
Short on inspiration and energy? Tasmania is the place to step off the treadmill and relax, revive, recharge and reconnect with your better, calmer self.
The Bass Strait bookends of Flinders Island and King Island have come within easy reach of Hobart with new direct flights by Sharp Airlines from the capital. On Flinders, check out the restaurant and Furneaux Distillery at The Flinders Wharf. On King Island, it’s BYO food, wine, everything at the Restaurant with No Food, aka the Currie Boathouse. Sealing the deal: the new King Island Brewhouse will have its taproom open soon, and the spirits of King Island Distillery are poured at the King Island Hotel.
Places We Go
A hundred kilometres from Hobart has never seemed so far as when you're paddling through the wilderness of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey with Roaring 40s Kayaking. Prefer mild to wild? Take to the rivers. Hire a kayak at Corinna to drift down the Pieman River to Lovers Falls, or paddle among platypus on the River Derwent with Tassie Bound.
Tasmania's beauty is more than skin-deep. Get deep and meaningful in some of Australia’s most spectacular caves. Book ahead for ranger-led tours at Hastings Caves in the far south and at Mole Creek Karst National Park in the north, and explore a subterranean world of spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Wild Cave Tours operates more adventurous spelunking trips at Mole Creek.
Discover the joy of what the Japanese call shin-rin yoku, or forest bathing. Certified nature and forest therapy guide Kara Spence, of Nature. Be In It, takes walks through bush near Hobart using sensory experiences and mindfulness to encourage connection to nature and self. "To experience nature, we must touch the soil, smell the trees after rain and watch as the sun sets," Spence says. "A gentle and mindful experience by expert nature and forest therapy guides will do just that. You'll remember what you didn’t know you were missing."
Discover life at canopy level on a stroll through an ancient forest at Tahune AirWalk. This elevated walkway rises 30 metres above the forest floor, with a cantilevered platform hanging 50 metres above the Huon River. Want more of a challenge? Puzzle your way through a treetop ropes course at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures. Not high enough? Take to the skies on helicopter and small-plane adventures with the likes of Unique Charters, Above and Beyond Tasmanian Seaplanes, Par Avion, Tasmanian Air Tours and Osborne Heli Tours.
Take a journey and unhitch from the modern world by stepping into Tasmania's vivid colonial past. Stroll through Evandale, where the entire town is classified by the National Trust. One of Australia's grandest colonial estates, Clarendon, is just out of town. Tasmania has five of Australia’s 11 World Heritage Convict Sites, so jump in the car and follow the convict trail. Step into this fascinating, often violent past at Brickendon and Woolmer estates, Port Arthur Historic Site, Darlington on Maria Island, Cascades Female Factory and the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.
When luxury calls, but you want to hear the voice of the wilderness, Tasmania delivers. Wake to birdsong over a rainforest canopy at The Keep or above Australia's deepest lake at Pumphouse Point. Fall into a deep slumber in the lake-dotted mountainscapes of Thousand Lakes Lodge, or in front of the pink-tinged granite slopes of the Hazards at Saffire Freycinet.
Fairway from it all
With scenery as rewarding as a perfectly struck tee shot, Tasmania's golf courses are pure pleasure. Play the oldest-known golf course outside of Scotland, or take on the links layouts of four courses that have been rated in the top 13 in Australia: Cape Wickham, Barnbougle Dunes, Barnbougle Lost Farm and Ocean Dunes.
Go with the flow
Few things ignite the senses quite like negotiating a flowing single-track descent on a mountain bike. About 125 kilometres of mountain bike trails, from easy to extreme, wind through the cool temperate rainforest and bush near the friendly former tin-mining town of Derby. The town itself has been reborn as a thriving bike hub, with good coffee, pizza, pubs, bike shops, stays tailored to mountain bikers, even a floating wood-fired sauna to revitalise the body for another day of riding.
Into the wild
With about 40 percent of Tasmania protected as national parks and reserves, this is a place where wilderness continually beckons. Plunge in on a multi-day rafting expedition on the revered Franklin River, or set out on foot to hike across beaches and over the epic Ironbound Range on the 85-kilometre South Coast Track with Tasmanian Expeditions.
Forage and feast
In Tasmania, the journey from farm to fork is often measured in metres. Find oyster shacks, farm-gate seafood and family-run wineries along the east coast. Fill a hamper on the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, a DIY road trip across north-west Tasmania. And forage for wild asparagus, mushrooms or edible beach treats - the ingredients for a special lunch - with Sirocco South. "Tasmania offers immersive seasonal foraging unlike anywhere else," says Sirocco South owner Mic Giuliani.
Restaurant with No Food
Like it says on the tin, this is a restaurant with no food or drink, no menus and no staff, yet loads of character and charm. BYO island produce to the restaurant in the Boathouse on the shores of King Island's largest town, Currie, and cook and serve a meal using the kitchen equipment at hand, in view of the harbour and the lighthouse. The door is always open.
Soak it in
Take a deep, outdoor tub with a view, add water and a glass of wine. From hot tubs to granite baths, coastal eyries to mountain grandeur, Tasmania knows how to soak it in. Choose deep immersion with coastal views at Thalia Haven, Freycinet Lodge's Bay View Coastal Pavilions or King Island's dune-top Porky Beach Retreat, or gaze onto the mountains and wilderness from tubs at Pumphouse Point's Retreat and the King Billy Suite at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Jason Charles Hill
Where else in Australia can a short drive deliver so much? There are five self-drive journeys to inspire road trippers, with myriad detours to explore. Drive from beach to beach and into the hinterland on the Great Eastern Drive, and disappear into the wilderness in the Western Wilds. Feed your appetite and soul across the Northern Forage, discover treasures both heritage and hip in the Heartlands, and explore waterways and wild places on the Southern Edge.
Think like a fish
The world’s purest strain of wild brown trout thrives in rivers and lakes across the island, but this is one hunt that's about the embrace of nature as much as the catch. These trout are as wily and daring as any on the planet, so seek them out with an expert local guide. "As the dry fly lands gently on the water, you become totally immersed in the moment, anticipating when that beautiful trout will break the surface to take the offering," says Karen Brooks, a guide at Driftwater.
Mind the wombats
There's a safari-like ease to spotting wildlife on car-free Maria Island. Wallabies, Cape Barren geese and even Tasmanian devils roam the island, but it's the wombats that steal the show. Wherever you look, there's likely to be a wombat or seven, wandering wild and carefree - take the Maria Island Pledge to admire them from a distance and keep them wild. Spy wombats from walking tracks to the Painted Cliffs and the Bishop and Clerk peaks, hire a bike to connect with nature further afield on the island, or take a guided ride with Tasmanian eBike Adventures.
Walk in ancient footsteps
Discover the connection between an ancient culture and the landscape of larapuna/Bay of Fires on the wukalina Walk, a four-day guided walk owned and operated by the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Climbing low wukalina/Mount William and wandering white beaches offers the chance to see this coastal world and its hidden middens and bush tucker from a unique palawa perspective.
Chase big trees
Jason Charles Hill
The world's tallest flowering trees - swamp gums, or Eucalyptus regnans - grow in Tasmanian forests, reaching heights up to 100 metres. Visit these green giants with ecologist Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness of Giant Tree Expeditions on a private day trip into the likes of the Styx Valley or the far-southern forests, which are home to the tallest of the tall, the mighty Centurion tree.
Fossick for diamonds
Flinders Island is a gem of a place, but it's also a place of gems. Killiecrankie diamonds, actually a type of pale topaz, are found in Mines Creek and Diamond Valley, or by digging and sieving the beach below the high-water mark on Killiecrankie Bay. Hire a shovel and sieve from Killiecrankie Enterprises (call ahead), which also sells Killiecrankie diamond jewellery.
Secret swimming holes
Slip into the cool embrace of one of Tasmania's quiet and “secret” waterholes. Inside Douglas-Apsley National Park near Bicheno, it's just a short stroll to Apsley Waterhole, and there are more perfect swimming holes dotting the rugged gorge immediately upstream. Close to Hobart, there are little-known pools in North West Bay River at Longley and Sandfly, while inviting Corra Linn Gorge sits at Launceston's edge. For an idyllic ocean secret, head to tiny Stackys Bight on Killecrankie Bay at the northern end of Flinders Island – imagine a tropical beach scene transplanted to Tasmania.
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