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What’s new in Tassie? How long have you got.
Off The Path
From forest bathing to island hopping, anticipate the thrill of the new in Tasmania.
No ordinary adventure
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.
See things from a different perspective – why not with 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.
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.
There aren’t many places in the world where you can ride from the mountains to the sea. The 42-kilometre Bay of Fires trail starts at Blue Tier, a trail near the north-east town of Derby, and ends on Swimcart Beach on the east coast. Also in the region, St Helens Mountain Bike Trails has scenic routes for all skill levels on 66 kilometres of trails with eight stacked loops and four descents.
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.
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In the Hanging Garden
This cultural precinct of live music, international gigs and good times in Hobart’s city centre has been redesigned recently as a community green grocer featuring local stallholders on rotation selling fresh produce, baked goods and takeaway meals.
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 15-17 October 2021 in your calendar now.
We are Explorers
Port Cygnet Cannery
This 1930s apple canning factory in the historic port town of Cygnet, in the Huon Valley, has been transformed as a hub of good food and drink and new enterprises. In the cannery’s new guise, expect special events such as producer dinners, festivals, live music, movie nights, guest chef pop-ups, high teas, ping-pong comps and much more.
If the chef at this 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 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. Expect the likes of creme brulee flavoured with Bridestowe lavender and local scallops served as coquilles Saint-Jacques.
Bread + Butter
At her warehouse bakery-café-factory in Launceston near Harvest Market, Olivia Morrison’s hand-churned cultured butter stars in pastries, cakes and pies and accompanies sourdough and breads - all baked on-site and featuring local produce such as Mount Gnomon ham in toasties.
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 island’s north west. While in town, scale The Nut, see the penguins, or brave a dip in Bass Strait.
Fancy a gin tasting? This distillery at Tamar Ridge, near Launceston, stages tastings, tours and DIY gin distillations. If you’re heading further north to Beaconsfield, Miners Gold Brewery is a weekend venture with a tap room and restaurant. It’s next door to Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Food lovers know to book fast for a meal at Hobart’s 20-seat Templo. Its chef, Matt Breen, runs a similarly small and memorable venue named Sonny, an inner-city bar where the priorities are listed in this commendable order: “Wine, vinyl and food”.
Rest your head
This botanically themed hotel in dockside Hobart occupies two convict-cut warehouses at the heart of bustling Salamanca Place. Expect living walls of native fern, bonsai in the bathrooms, and soothing shades of green throughout.
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.
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 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.
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 small-batch Furneaux Distillery, a providore and a stylish all-day café and restaurant featuring produce from the Furneaux Islands group. Continue the adventure by fishing, diving, mountain biking or kayaking, or hiking in rugged Strzelecki National Park.
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