There’s so much ‘new’ this summer it’s difficult to know where to start. Do you raise your glass with a new gin mixer, fly across Freycinet waters, swing a club for a trip to America or hover high over western wilderness? Perhaps don’t try all at once, but here’s our picks for all the latest fun to be had this summer.
1. GET DOWN TO THE DEN
New to Salamanca Place, The Den gives a gracious nod to Tasmania’s elements. They believe it’s their duty to honour the island’s fine natural conditions through Tasmanian tastes and cocktails. You can too by opting for The Apple Isle cocktail, featuring Granny Smith infused vodka and some Bruny Island oysters with yuzu, pickled ginger and micro wasabi. Served in a seriously stylish fit-out.
Visit: The Den
2. SWING A CLUB AND WIN
There’s lots happening at Ratho Farm, just outside Hobart. Play a round of golf on Australia’s oldest course and you could be heading off on a golfer’s dream getaway to America’s mighty Midwest. The winner gets to play at recent US Open, PGA and Ryder Cup venues from Chicago to Wisconsin. There’s also a round of golf with David Boon up for grabs, in support of Common Ground Social Housing. Those less inclined to swing a club will love the summer Birdies, BBQ & Beers - playing at Australia's newest 18 hole course followed by a BBQ and the option to purchase or bring your own bevvies.
Visit: Ratho Farm
3. KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH GIN-UARY
Ready to sample over 30 different gins in a gin inspired garden? We thought so. Gin-uary is happening in The Goods Shed. There’ll be tunes, cocktail demonstrations, master distillers to meet, gins to sample, Lady Hester gin and plum doughnuts and plenty more at this zero waste event. Don’t miss sampling 'The Splendid Gin Summer Cup', a fancy new mixer from Tassie’s east coast and the first of its kind from an Australian distiller. Could just be your new summer drink.
Visit: Splendid Gin and Gin-uary
4. RETREAT THIS SUMMER
Sink into a generous outdoor tub, hugged by World Heritage wilderness. The Retreat is Pumphouse Point’s brand new offering on the edge of Lake St. Clair. It’s exclusive, it’s all inclusive and it even has a ‘Midnight Snack’ button by the bed that lights your way to the fridge. Everything has been afforded careful thought …. Your only job is to choose the indoor or outdoor bath, to plan your wilderness walking and what local spirit takes your fancy from the indulgent larder.
Visit: Pumphouse Point
5. WESTERN WANDERING
There’s plenty happening out west including a new Heli Steam Experience, combining the wonder of Strahan Helicopters and the West Coast Wilderness Railway. You can also combine your train trip with a rafting journey (King River Rafting) if you like to mix rail travel with wetsuits. Come nightfall, catch a classic movie in the 1930s Art Deco Paragon Theatre. They’ll even serve you up a wine and decadent dessert once you’ve settled in to your comfy seating. Movies start at 8.15. Oh, and Captain’s Rest is one special place to stay in Strahan.
6. FLY IN TASMANIA
With 780 horses propelling you along, the brand new Freycinet Flyer jet boat is built for thrills. Expect spins, jumps, fleeting cliff views and maybe even a dolphin visit or two on this Freycinet National Park adventure. The 10 metre-long vessel is fully enclosed, meaning up to 12 passengers stay cosy and dry year round. So get flying from Coles Bay with Tim.
Visit: Freycinet Flyer
7. YES YOU CAN AT THE HOBART BREWING CO.
Cans are in this summer! Think of them as mini-kegs, ensuring your ale is fresh as can be. These handsome new beer vessels hold more than a bottle at 375ml (yay) and are lighter to pack on your camping trips. Oh, and better on the recycling front. Brewed and canned right here in Hobart Town, pick up yours from the taproom for takeaway or enjoy at Macquarie Point with your mates.
Visit: Hobart Brewing Co.
8. WUKALINA WALK
This new Aboriginal owned and operated walk takes its first guests in January 2018. The guided three-night experience in the Bay of Fires region includes two nights in palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) domed huts and the final night in a Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. Packed with culture and stunning North East surrounds, find yourself listening close to creation stories carried through generations and joining in cultural practices around the night fire.
Visit: Wukalina Walk
9. COD ROCK POINT
Like your accommodation waterfront? Like the possibility of Little Penguins calling your front garden home? At Cod Rock Point in Bicheno on Tasmania’s East Coast, the water is just beyond the doorstep. There’s special torches at the ready to enjoy the Little Penguins, but be respectful, after all it was their home first! Redbill Beach is just five minutes wander and with so much to do on the East Coast make sure you don’t just stay one night.
Visit: Cod Rock Point
10. OCEAN BLUE SAFARIS
Coming in February, prepare for an ocean adventure taking you straight to the famed Wineglass Bay beach. More news to come on this so stay tuned!
Visit: Ocean Blue Safaris
11. McHENRY DISTILLERY GIN PAVILION
There’s a fancy new Gin Pavilion high on the hill at McHenry Distillery near Port Arthur. If you like the sound of becoming your own distiller for the day, sign up to a four-hour workshop at one of Gourmet Traveller’s favourite gin distilleries. Created by Kim Dudson (Bespoke Tasmania www.bespoketasmania.com) and Master Distiller William McHenry, the workshop includes a gin-matched lunch and 500mls of your very own gin label.
12. EDGE OF THE WORLD TOURS
So, you’ve arrived at the Edge of the World. If you’re unfamiliar with this part of the planet, why not go with pro and let them guide you? Edge of the World Tours is a new way to explore rare and remote locales. If you want to explore the West Coast, Freycinet or Bruny Island, these guys have you sorted!
Visit: Edge of the World Tours
13. VAN DIEMENS LAND CREAMERY PUNT
What goes well with summer? Artisan ice cream and gelato of course. Not only can you find Van Diemens Land Creamery near Elizabeth Town in the North West, but also now at the Hobart waterfront. Roll up to their Constitution Dock punt for the most delicious gelato and ice cream, established by a dairy farming fam and all handmade. Yum!
Visit: VDL Creamery
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