1 Oct 2021
The secret has been out for years: Tasmania is amazing.
Home to frontier wilderness, incredible food, delicious wine and adventurous escapes, now is the ideal time to make your way to Australia’s Apple Isle, if not for the first time, then to revisit this underrated Australian destination.
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As the jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s many natural wonders, the majestic Lake St Clair National Park hits its peak (quite literally) at Cradle Mountain, and deserves its number one position on this list.
Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which spans over 1 million hectares, Cradle Mountain in Lake St Clair National Park is one of the world’s last remaining reserves of temperate rainforest.
Home to the world famous Overland Track, this is Australia’s premier alpine walk. Attracting walkers from around the globe this life changing journey begins at the mountain and ends at what is Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St. Clair.
Expect your journey to be physically demanding and at times, emotionally challenging. This multi-day walk will take you over glacier-carved valleys, ancient rainforests, fragrant eucalyptus and stunning alpine meadows. Tasmania’s highest peak, Mount Ossa (1617m) is a popular side trip that includes cascading waterfalls and a challenging summit.
Tasmania’s Whisky Trail
For a frankly shocking 150 years, the lawmakers of Tasmania maintained a total fire ban when it came to the distillation of alcoholic spirits.
This meant that for a century-and-a-half, until 1991, despite the abundance of pure Tasmanian water and fresh Tasmanian air, no locally-produced gin, no vodka, and most importantly, no whisky was being made on the Apple Isle!
It took a very sensible man by the name of Bill Lark, founder of the eponymous Lark Distillery, until the early 1990s to question such a silly law. 'How could this be true?' he must've thought to himself (probably while quaffing an inferior drink), 'surely Tasmania is perfectly set up to 'mix it' with the best?'
And he was absolutely right - it is. To prove his point, the industry has grown to include 22 distilleries in Tasmania, many of which are now knocking off serious competition at international award shows.
Drink Tasmania offers fully guided Premium Whisky Tours. These are a full day tour that takes in three southern distilleries and includes tastings of up to a dozen different pours. Don't miss this opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch the distillers in their natural environment. A must-do for drinkers and foodies alike!
Tasmania is a Mountain Biker's Paradise
The hype is real. Tasmania’s exploding reputation as one of Australia’s peak MTB destinations is well earned, and two parks sum it up: Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails and Maydena Bike Park.
This is the creme da la creme of mountain biking in Australia.
Offering unparalleled natural beauty and genius trails designed by Glen Jacob and Word Trail, this park surprises and delights everyone who visits. Whatever the secret sauce is, Blue Derby is a gift from the MTB gods. Situated in the north-eastern corner of Tasmania, there are 24 trails to ride from green to double black. The Atlas and Blue Tier trails are crowd favourites, charming riders with views to the coast, trickling streams and boulder roller coasters. This park might change your life.
Gravity-fed and gravity-led, this park has upped the ante on Tasmania's exploding MTB scene.
Developed by local legends Dirt Art, 73+ individual trails make Maydena a must-ride for anyone who loves getting dirty. From family-friendly scenic rides, wilderness cruises and epic pro-trails, every one of them makes the most of Maydena's unique rainforest location and includes spoonfuls of vertical elevation. Serviced by a fleet of minibuses to get you and your bike back to the summit fast, there's no reason you can't go all day here!
Tasmanians have some of the best beer in the country running through their veins! Proud of their fresh air and even fresher water, a great place to start is in Hobart, where Tassie brewing began!
Cascade Brewery's 19th century heritage in South Hobart should satisfy history lovers, while views of the spectacular Mount Wellington is the icing on the cake! The brewery tour of this historical building ends with a tasting of their range of internationally awarded beers, including a sample of the Cascade Pale Ale - the oldest continuously brewed beer in Australia!
Launceston, in the northeast part of the island is home to arguably Tasmania's most famous brewery. James Boag's has been producing premium beer since 1881, and we've been thanking our lucky stars ever since. Examine every step of the beer-making process here and go on a 90 minute brewery tour that will surround you in its fascinating history - and the smell of hops!
Tamar Valley Wineries
Oozing with charm, Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities, and even better, is just down the road from the Tamar Valley, home to some of Australia’s best cool-climate wineries.
A combination of great produce, cool climate wine and natural attractions, the Tamar Valley stretches 60kms north-west from Launceston to the coast either side of the Tamar River.
A gloriously fertile valley full of high-yielding vineyards, the Valley is famous for its chardonnays, sparklings, pinot noirs and aromatic whites. The Tamar River feeds the vineyards of the region from Launceston to the white, sandy beaches of Bass Strait making it the perfect road trip or weekend away.
Tasmania’s cool climate, fertile land and hardworking artisans combine to create gorgeously creamy cheeses that are uniquely Tasmanian. Better still, many are within easy reach of Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania disembarks.
Close to Hobart, Coal River Farm is the creation of Daniel and Melanie Leesong, who gave up corporate jobs to pursue their passion for cheese! Visitors can see firsthand the results of this collaboration growing fresh produce and making cheese and chocolate of the highest quality.
Another bunch of cheesemakers just 25 minutes east of Devonport, the Ashgrove Cheese factory and Tasmanian Farm Store are open to the public all year-round and offer a range of deliciously creamy farm-fresh cheeses, ice-creams, bottled milks, cream and butter!