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What’s new in Tassie? How long have you got.

Off The Path

From forest bathing to island hopping, experience the thrill of the new in Tasmania.

No ordinary adventure

Forest bathing       At the end of a day’s hike in Mount Field National Park, along trails flanked by tall trees and waterfalls, is a deep, open-air tub beside a river. Book an hour of tranquil forest bathing at Left of Field Caravan Park for full immersion in one of Tasmania’s most popular national parks.

Hot-air ballooning       Travelling in Tasmania is all about experiencing the anti-ordinary, so why not see it from a bird’s eye view? From Launceston, explore the north by basket with Liberty Balloon Flights or Hot Air Balloon Tasmania. Let the prevailing wind carry you over the Tamar Valley, or west to Deloraine , or into the Northern Midlands.

Private paddling       Love a secret? Secret River Tours, based at St Helens on the north-east coast, customises guided tours in Hobie Pro Angler kayaks for exploration, bird-watching and fishing. Ready for adventure? Opt for the challenging day trip to an actual secret river, so hidden and isolated that few Tasmanians know about it.

Mountain biking       Tassie’s growing appeal to global mountain bikers will be boosted in late November when two extensive new trails open in the north-east: the 46-kilometre Bay of Fires Descent, and a 66-kilometre network of loops and descents called the St Helens Stacked Loop Network.

River cruising      Experience the mirror reflections and majesty of World Heritage wilderness on Tasmania’s west coast – in silence. Based in Strahan, Gordon River Cruises ’ purpose-built catamaran Spirit of the Wild has a drive system with both diesel and electric engines, and the latter is used to cruise silently when the boat enters the Gordon River.

a cruise going through the Gordon River in TasmaniaSupplied Courtesy of RACT Destinations

Enjoy the serenity as you cruise the Gordon River in silence

Culture fix

Project X       Forged in Mona’s think tank, DarkLab, Project X presents a series of intriguing public artworks in the Huon Valley. The first project - Hrafn: Conversations with Odin, a sound work featuring 2000 roosting ravens - is installed in the forest canopy of the World Heritage-listed Hastings Cave State Reserve, 90 minutes south of Hobart. Another work, Aftermath Dislocation Principle, is a miniature dystopian village housed in a shipping container, opening in Geeveston and then touring the region.

In the Hanging Garden      This developing cultural precinct in Hobart’s city centre features international gigs at the historic Odeon Theatre, live music and nightclub beats at the Altar, and spaces for garden gatherings, dining and partying.

Detached Artist Archive Hobart       This private gallery for “curiosity, research and questioning” features four storeys of contemporary art in the former Hobart HQ of the Mercury newspaper.

The Unconformity       More than a biennial contemporary arts festival, The Unconformity is a collection of unique arts-led community development and tourism projects in Queenstown, on the west coast, and an expression of grassroots pride and boldness. The festival, named after a rare geological formation and inspired by the non-conformist nature of the community, has focused international attention on the region. Put 16-18 October 2020 in your calendar now.

the entrance of The Unconformity, in Queenstown, Tasmania We are Explorers

Venture into The Unconformity in Queenstown – a weekend of provocative contemporary art on the west coast

Foodies rejoice

Port Cygnet Cannery      This new hub of food and drink is a little under an hour from Hobart. The Port Cygnet Cannery was born in 1937 when the souths’ apple producing community banded together to form their own processing facility. More than 80 years later the cannery has been reopened to support local growers. Under the one roof you’ll find the Cannery Kitchen and Bar and Sailor Seeks Horse winery and cellar door.

Ilha      If the chef at this new restaurant in Cygnet looks familiar, you must be a Masterchef fan. Sarah Clare gives local seasonal produce a well-priced, South American twist and serves her food on plates thrown by her potter dad, Ian.

Furneaux Restaurant and Comptoir      Head to St Helens on the Great Eastern Drive for coastal views and award-winning French-modern Australian cuisine at this new restaurant. Expect the likes of creme brulee flavoured with Bridestowe lavender and local scallops served as coquilles Saint-Jacques.

Bread + Butter      Olivia Morrison’s hand-churned cultured butter stars in pastries and on bread baked at her warehouse bakery-café in Launceston – and she plans to shift her factory to the site, too. Morrison’s newest venture, meanwhile, is a dedicated cheese shop called, naturally, Cheese.

people having food at Bread & Butter in Launceston, TasmaniaKelly Slater

Love your Bread & Butter? Then you have to come and try the best while in Launceston

Tasmanian Wine and Food      This aptly named wine bar occupies a lovely old cottage on the high side of the town of Stanley in the north-west. While in town, scale The Nut, see the penguins, or brave a dip in Bass Strait.

Turner Stillhouse     Fancy a gin tasting? This new distillery at Tamar Ridge, near Launceston, is open for tastings, tours and DIY gin distillations. If you’re heading further north to Beaconsfield, Miners Gold Brewery is a new weekend venture with a tap room and restaurant. It’s next door to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.

Sonny     Food lovers know to book fast for a meal at Hobart’s 20-seat Templo. Its chef, Matt Breen, has opened a similarly small and memorable venue called Sonny, an inner-city bar where the priorities are listed in this commendable order: “Wine, vinyl and food”.

a woman writing the restaurant’s menu on the wall at Sonny in Hobart, TasmaniaChris Crerar

Wine, vinyl and food are on the menu at Sonny in Hobart

Rest your head

Moss     This botanically themed hotel in dockside Hobart occupies a convict-cut warehouse at Salamanca Place, with ringside access to the bustling Saturday market. Expect living walls of native fern, bonsai in the bathrooms, and soothing shades of green throughout.

Prospect House     Barely half an hour’s drive from Hobart in the charming village of Richmond, Prospect House is a convict-built property restored as a luxe 12-room hotel with a restaurant that uses produce from the estate’s kitchen garden and orchard.

Stillwater Seven     A few steps above Stillwater, the award-winning restaurant in Launceston’s 1830s flour mill, Stillwater Seven has seven luxe rooms that showcase Tasmanian talent in handcrafted interiors, sensitive heritage conversion and a standout minibar. Housed in a curved Tasmanian blackwood bar-pantry by local craftsman Simon Ancher, the bar is anything but mini, featuring a rollcall of star local producers and makers.

Change Overnight Hotel     Also located in Launceston, this hotel with social impact at its core was conceived by four young entrepreneurs. Guests choose from one of eight causes and Change Overnight will donate a portion of its profits. The hashtag #ABetterNightsSleep never had more meaning.

Ship Inn Stanley     Each of the seven suites tells a story at this restored hotel in the shadow of The Nut, Stanley’s dominant landmark. Tales of shipwrecks, battles and singular characters have inspired the interiors styled with antiques and linen and overlaid with the colourful history of the 170-year-old hotel.

inside the luxurious room of the Ship Inn in Stanly, TasmaniaMarnie Hawson

Every luxurious room has a story at Stanley’s Ship Inn

Island hopping

Flinders Island     Wildcard move: leave the island for another island. Off the north-east Tasmanian coast and a short flight from Essendon or Launceston airports, Flinders Island is a gem – and you might even find a Killiecrankie diamond on its deserted beaches. Start your adventure at The Flinders Wharf in Whitemark, a buzzing hub with views of Bass Strait. It houses beehives and live cray tanks, the zero-waste Furneaux and Flinders SkinSpa, a providore and a stylish all-day café and restaurant featuring produce from the Furneaux Islands group.

the facade of Flinders Island Wharf in Flinders Island, TasmaniaJemima Phelps

The facade of The Flinders Wharf on Flinders Island

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