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Exhilarating East Coast
The East Coast is a place to discover untouched beaches and clean green waters, national parks and spectacular landscapes. Situated inland among the farms, the freshest produce from orchards, gardens and pastures await. The waters here offer some of the best fishing experiences in Australia, and at the ports of Traibunna, Bicheno and St. Helens, fresh seafood abounds. Elsewhere are small vineyards, staffed by friendly, knowledgeable folks. The coast offers some of the most sought-after beaches in the world. Sand and water are easily accessible, and everywhere invites a walk.
Mountains to Coast
Cradle Mountain with its mirror-like Dove Lake is one of Tasmania’s finest national attractions. From high up in the ranges the rural road winds its way down to Burnie and onto the far northwest of the island. Life here is very relaxed but full of extraordinary experiences for those passing through. The historic seaside fishing hamlet of Stanley makes an excellent base for exploring remote areas like Cape Grim, small seaside communities and the main city of Burnie.
Drive northwest out of the capital Hobart through the scenic Derwent Valley and the Central Highlands to the remote West Coast. Deviate into the beautiful Mount Field National Park to admire several its dramatic waterfalls. Curringa Farm offers a fascinating insight to sheep farming and the rural accommodation is extremely comfortable in a tranquil setting. Continue westward to admire the southern extremity of Lake St. Claire National Park and possible stay in the unique Pumphouse perched over the wilderness waters. The onward journey to Strahan passes through lush rainforests and Queenstown where it’s possible to ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway; one of the world’s remotest railways. Strahan is the stop off for a cruise through the wilderness waters of Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River.
Ocean Fresh Seafood
Some of the world’s freshest seafood is harvested in the pristine waters surrounding Tasmania. Restaurants throughout the state proudly serve Tasmanian fresh oysters, lobsters, abalone, scallops and a dazzling selection of fish. Dine alfresco at one of several seafood punts on the Hobart foreshore, sushi restaurants in Hobart or landmark restaurants around the island state.
Prime and Pristine Produce
Tasmania’s relative isolation works in its favour as the state’s produce from the sea and land is grown in optimum conditions. Fresh air (Cape Grim in the northwest has the world’s cleanest air) and pristine rivers and seas ensures that the state’s abundant produce is of the highest quality. Savour local delights like leatherwood honey, native pepperberries, Cape Grim, Wagyu beef and heirloom vegetables.
East Coast food trail
It’s easy to be distracted along the East Coast too with all the tempting produce much of which is sold directly from the grower or producer. While most fruits are seasonal, it’s possible to enjoy apricots, cherries, plums and berries at several places with Kate’s Berry Farm and Eureka Farm being popular stops for fresh fruit, ice creams and wicked desserts. The pristine waters off the Tasman Sea along the East Coast are full of delicious bounty too with oysters from Freycinet Marine Farm and Lease 65 are sold straight from the water. Enjoy the finest produce and local wines in the luxurious surroundings of either Freycinet Lodge or Saffire Freycinet overlooking the scenic waters of Coles Bay and the rugged outcrop, The Hazards.
Escape to clean air, mountain views and cosy cabins! Anytime is a good time to enjoy the natural wonders and special moments at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Photograph the kaleidoscope of autumnal covers, the alpine flowers of spring and snuggle up in front of log fires in winter. This alpine area, only 2.5 hours' drive from Launceston, is unique to Australia’s high country. Its plant life, wildlife and dolerite mountains are found nowhere else. The park is home to Tasmanian Devils, Spotted Quolls and you will see wombats and pademelon (wallaby-like) grazing in the evening light. The awesome beauty of this region will stay with you long after you return home.
Mount Field National Park
This pristine park is located less than one hour’s drive from the capital Hobart. The graceful Russell Falls are accessible along a well-formed forest trail that snakes beneath giant tree ferns. In autumn, sections of the forest turn golden yellow as the native beech of Fagus tree shed their leaves and turn the forest into hues of yellow that just cry out to be photographed.
Hobart and Surrounds
Mount Wellington offers panoramic views over Hobart and the expansive Derwent River. In winter there’s always the chance to see snow while at other times of the year, cycling down the mountain offers a thrilling descent. Take a catamaran ferry to another of Hobart’s mostly exhilarating cultural attractions, MONA. This art space set out to challenge and entertain and now it’s one of the main reasons many visitors travel to Tasmania. Travel back in time and visit Richmond with its preserved sandstone buildings that take visitors back to the 18th century but with many contemporary luxuries. Not far out of the city, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to get a glimpse of Tasmanian Devils and other unique Australian fauna. Seek out some of the states finest produce at outlets such as Wicked Cheese, Sorell Fruit Farm, Barilla Bay Oysters and Tas Live Abalone.
To Market, to Market
Hobart’s Saturday Salamanca Market is marked off on everyone’s calendar – locals and visitors as everyone wants a slice of the market action. Think fresh, unique, artisanal and seasonal at the most competitive prices. The former historic sandstone warehouses along the docks are a backdrop to all the market action which lasts from 8.30am to 3.30pm. There are farmers’ markets on Sunday and an abundance of restaurants serving Tasmania produce from the land and the sea. Explore the docks and dine in seafood restaurant from fine dining to takeaway along Constitution Dock. Battery Point with its historic house is best explored on foot.
Pluck n' Pick
Become a farmer and pick your own sweet and delicious local cool climate seasonal fruit at Sorell Fruit Farm just out of the city. The season lasts from November to May. Enjoy sweet and plump strawberries and less known fruits such as tayberries, loganberries and silvanberries. Afterwards enjoy tasty berry ice cream and Devonshire teas. Hillwood Berry Farm north of Launceston in the picturesque Tamar Valley is another place to pick fresh berries.
Aquatic and Coastal to Seafood
Wilderness cruise along Tasmania’s rugged coast, to see soaring sea cliffs, dolphin, seals and even migrating whales. Offering trips to Bruny Island and Tasman Island or take the gourmet option – Seafood Seduction.
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