33 THINGS YOU CAN ONLY DO IN TASMANIA
1. PICNIC OVERLOOKING TASMAN ISLAND
Climb The Blade and enjoy lunch with this view. Just one of the stops on the Three Capes Track.
2. DINE IN HOBART'S FLOATING ALOFT RESTAURANT
On the Brooke Street Pier you can now dine afloat. We recommend the Chef's Menu.
3. LEAP INTO AN ANCIENT CRADLE MOUNTAIN CANYON
With Cradle Mountain Canyons, jump off a waterfall, abseil and float, all the while surrounded by Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
4. SOAK UP SOUTH WEST WILDERNESS SILENCE
Get your feet walking then stop...and listen. Silence. Absolute silence in a place with no roads - only accessible by foot, boat or by air.
5. PLAY A ROUND ON AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST GOLF COURSE
At Ratho Farm, swing a club on the country's oldest course and meet this guy if you're lucky!
6. DINE ON A PRIVATE EAST COAST BEACH
With Wineglass Bay Sail Walk, finish your hike and arrive to oysters, Tasmanian champagne and a linen-topped table.
7. BREATHE IN THE CLEANEST AIR ON THE PLANET
Head west to Cape Grim where the cleanest air in the world has been measured - travelling 16,000 kilometres across the ocean before reaching North West Tasmania. Breathe deeply.
8. TRY SHEEP WHEY VODKA STRAIGHT FROM THE DISTILLER
Here's a first, the only hand-painted bottle of sheep whey vodka anywhere in the world...as far as we know...thank you Ryan Hartshorn. You'll likely find Ryan at the Brooke Street Pier or his family's Grandvewe Cheeses property.
9. TACKLE THE WORLD'S HIGHEST COMMERCIAL ABSEIL
At the Gordon Dam you can do it with Aardvark Adventures - just don't look down. Some 140 metres below you'll touch solid earth again. Staying at Pedder Wilderness Lodge is a must in this neighbourhood!
10. WALK A COASTLINE FEATURED ON LONELY PLANET'S COVER
There's good reason the Bay of Fires featured on a Lonely Planet guide. It's a stunner. Bay of Fires Walk anyone?
11. SIP TASMANIA'S BEST RIESLING
According to the esteemed Royal Melbourne Show for 2015 - Pooley Wines has the island's best Riesling. Drop in for a glass and head onto Richmond where you'll find Australia's oldest continuously operating bridge.
12. GO TO GIN CLASS
At Bill McHenry's Gin Laboratory you can make and bottle your very own gin with Bespoke Tasmania.
13. DRIVE TO AUSTRALIA'S SOUTHERN-MOST POINT
Once you reach Cockle Creek, you can't drive any further south. This is the end of the road. And it's beautiful.
14. EAT AN OYSTER FROM THE HAND OF A STOCK BROKER TURNED OYSTER FARMER
Head for Bruny Island and be tempted to change your career too with the Bruny Island Long Weekend.
15. VISIT AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST PRIVATE ART COLLECTION
Head for the bowels of David Walsh's subversive wonderland - Mona - the Museum of Old and New Art.
16. FLY OVER JURASSIC LANDSCAPE
With Par Avion you can fly down the Bathurst Narrows - untouched wilderness at its finest.
17. WALK WINEGLASS BAY
Set foot on a beach regularly named among the world's best. It's a beauty - take a dive during summer if you're keen!
18. VISIT MARIA ISLAND
Our own Noah's Ark or sorts, visit Maria Island of Tasmania's east coast and meet the locals including wombats, wallabies, Cape Barren Geese and our much loved Tasmanian devil. Spend four days with Maria Island Walk or do a day trip with East Coast Cruises.
19. WELCOME IN SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHTS
Welcome in the Sydney to Hobart fleet aboard your own vessel Helsal IV with Hobart Yachts - or charter it any time.
20. WHALE WATCH OFF TASSIE'S EAST COAST
Watch from the shores or hop on a boat cruise and keep an eye out for these beauties during migration season.
21. DARK MOFO IT UP
Come during winter and be prepared for anything as Dark Mofo brings Tasmania's winter to life. Of course there's also the summer's Mofo (15-17 Jan) not to be missed!
22. MEET A TASMANIAN DEVIL ON HIS/HER OWN ISLAND
They're our little iconic heroes - get up close at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. They need all the help they can get due to the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
23. SEE THE BIGGEST VARIETY OF APPLES ON THE APPLE ISLE
Inspiration for baby names? Or just a fascinating look at the varieties of apples - head for none other than The Apple Shed and enjoy the range over a Willie Smith's cider.
24. EXPLORE OVER 2,000KM'S OF TASMANIAN TRAILS
It doesn't really matter which direction you walk - there's going to be spectacular landscape waiting.
25. SAMPLE BILL LARK'S FINEST ON HIS HOME TURF
Enjoy a dram by the waterfront – courtesy of Bill Lark. He’s the Godfather of Australian whisky, earlier this year inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame in London.
26. VENTURE SOUTH WEST FOR ANCIENT HUON PINES
Tasmania is home to one of the oldest living things on earth - beautiful Huon pines. According to Tas Parks & Wildlife, 'fossil records from a tree found in the south-west of Tasmania were dated at 3,462 years.'
27. ARRIVE BY HELICOPTER FOR BANGOR OYSTERS
That's right, arrive by helicopter like a super star for oysters and wine at Bangor - land where Abel Tasman first set foot.
28. WANDER AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST OUTDOOR MARKET
Enjoy the sights and flavours of Salamanca Market each Saturday in Hobart. From Truffle oil to Huon pine picnic planks, local gin to lavender, and local buskers strumming in between, Salamanca comes to life from 8am. Pop into the Salamanca Arts Centre too.
29. CHECK FOR CONVICT RELATIVES AT PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE
Find out if you have convicts in the family! Stay until nightfall for the ghost tour at Port Arthur, one of Australia's most significant heritage sites and drop into Port Arthur Lavender for ice cream with a hint of lavender and the Coal Mines Historic Site on the way home.
30. VISIT THE COUNTRY'S OLDEST BREWERY
Order a cold brew at Australia's oldest brewery - in Tasmania it appears the locals got busy on the important things first.
31. SLEEP SUSPENDED ABOVE AUSTRALIA'S DEEPEST FRESH WATER LAKE
Stay at Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clair- Australia's deepest fresh water lake - carved by glaciations over the past two million years.
32. CLIMB CRADLE MOUNTAIN'S SUMMIT
Gustav Weindorfer’s stood atop Cradle Mountain in the early 1900s and said, "This must be a National Park for the people for all time." And so it was.
33. HUNT FOR TASMANIAN SAPPHIRES
Head to the far north east with Metal Urges and find rare Tasmanian sapphires...Master Jeweller Chris Hood knows where to hunt.
WORDS + IMAGES: ALICE HANSEN (UNLESS OTHERWISE CREDITED)
12/13/2015 08:28:47 pm
Didn't mention any where that you breath the cleanest air in the world ,did it? No good hiding things .Ok you can't see it Not like you see it in Beijing or other known spots!
12/13/2015 09:45:05 pm
Yes it did in number 7. Check it out!
12/14/2015 03:01:24 am
Lovely photo's, I've been to all those places over my 72 yrs born and lived here all my life. Traveled Australia but there is no place like home.
12/14/2015 07:51:34 pm
What about the world's only seahorse breeding facility at Seahorse World, Beauty Point?
7/20/2022 09:07:28 pm
Your the bestt
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