The best way to experience Tasmania is to get amongst the action – get on the water, get in the wilderness, get on the golf course and get in the bar! Get it? This season, we’re showing off new tours, new tracks and trails, and plenty of new food and bars to really show you what we’re made of. It’s all pretty tasty so get down here and try for yourself.
Southwest Wilderness Camp
The deep south west of Tasmania is so ruggedly beautiful, but because it can be a bit tricky to get there, it’s largely untouched. Already known for spectacular flights over the region, Par Avion have now opened Southwest Wilderness Camp to help guests immerse themselves in the flora, fauna and breathtaking vistas of the area. For three days and two nights guests explore Aboriginal middens and caves, take the private boat through remote waterways to see Huon Pine forests and the untouched Celery Top Islands, visit untrodden beaches and even climb a mountain. From $1125 per person per night including delicious Tasmanian food and wine, more information at www.paravion.com.au/flights/south-west-tasmania/southwest-wilderness-camp
Eco-luxe at Aplite House
Aplite House on Tasmania’s East Coast is a luxury coastal getaway embedded in 200 acres of secluded forest, surrounded by the world-renowned Freycinet National Park. Architecturally designed by Hobart firm Dock 4, Aplite House features weathered timber, large vista windows, works by Tasmanian artists and sleeps four people comfortably in two bedrooms, both with ensuites. Aplite House is a completely solar powered luxury eco-experience, complete with cute creatures like Tassie devils, wombats, echidnas, quolls, and wedge tailed eagles in the neighbourhood. Rates from $320 per night, book at www.aplitehouse.com.
Pepper Bush Adventures new Bush Magic tour
Fancy spending a few days in the wilderness, spotting elusive furry animals and eating up a storm around the campfire? Pepper Bush Adventures, run by 6th generation Tasmanians, Craig and Janine Williams from Scottsdale, have a new three day itinerary, Bush Magic, designed to introduce guests to the fascinating Big Five – the Tasmanian devil, the Eastern quoll, Tasmanian bettong, pademelon and long tailed mouse – all endemic to the island. Guests enjoy two nights at Beulah Heritage and the tour includes nocturnal tours, devil sponsorship including meeting the little devil and expertly prepared camp food with local game and produce. Book at www.pepperbush.com.au
Three Capes Track
Australia’s newest, hotly anticipated multi-day walk is now open for business. The cliff-hugging Three Capes Track has been years in the making (some parts even 300 million years of development!), and is 46km of dry boot walking, suitable for a range of ages and abilities. The walk takes four days and three nights to complete and each journey starts with a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys cruise from the meeting point at Port Arthur Historic Site to the start of the track at Denmans Cove. Walkers are rewarded with raw and rugged views at every turn of this dramatic landscape. Nights are spent in comfortable, environmentally-sensitive cabins at Surveyors, Munro and Retakunna, purposefully designed to invite new friendships and interaction. Book now at www.threecapestrack.com.au
Brentwood Coffee, the Mount Wellington Coffee and Food Truck
Visitors to Mount Wellington are rewarded with an awesome view over Hobart and now, a coffee at the cutest little food truck this side of Hipsterville. Bentwood Coffee serve up locally sourced coffee and food in a timber-clad caravan decked out using recycled materials. Bentwood Coffee is open every day from Wednesday to Sunday at The Springs on Pinnacle Road, and now at the Hobart Twilight Market twice monthly on Friday evenings. Visit www.bentwoodcoffee.com for more information.
Society Salamanca’s single focus
A bar that exclusively serves Tasmanian craft beer on tap is our kind of place. Society Salamanca celebrates the wonderful union of pure water, hops, yeast and grain, focusing on our state’s microbreweries rather than major breweries. Get hoppy with beer from the likes of Captain Blighs, Hobart Brewing Company, Kick Snare Brewing and Van Diemen Brewing. Craft brewing is really fermenting down here – there are over 20 microbreweries operating! Society Salamanca also craft cocktails using local spirits like Poltergeist Gin and serving up beer friendly food, especially the $2 pinxtos on Tapas Tuesday. societysalamanca.com
Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant
Ah, la dolce vita – a new little slice of Italian heaven in Launceston, serving up carefully crafted aperitivo and shared plates of quality Tasmanian produce, much of which comes from local Chatsworth Farm. Aperitivo is to Italy what tapas is to Spain – a delightful reason to have a drink and snack, or maybe something more, after work with friends and neighbours. A changing aperitivo plate is served daily from 4pm-6pm ($15) and the exciting menu showcases carefully procured proteins, vegetables and of course, wood fired pizza. Open daily except Tuesday. www.geronimorestaurant.com.au
Ratho accommodation on the banks of the Clyde
Set on Australia’s oldest golf course near Bothwell, Ratho Farm is a collection of old farm buildings and convict cottages restored into boutique accommodation fusing old and new carpentry and masonry. Settled in 1822, Ratho Farm has seen it’s fair share of controversy, colourful characters and even bushrangers back in the day, whose stories are all there to be discovered. The nearby banks of the pretty Clyde River hug the farm, which is perfect for couples or friends, as well as entire families or groups in adjoining rooms. Fly fishing is incredible here and local guides can be arranged, as well as 18 holes of golf for $35. Rooms start at $165 per night, book at www.rathofarm.com
Bay of Fires ECO Tours
Visitors to the east coast often ask, “Where is the Bay of Fires?”. The easiest answer is to get in a boat with Bay of Fires Eco Tours and experience the turquoise waters, fiery red rock formations and striking headlands like explorer Tobias Furneaux did in 1773, when he named the area. Covering 28kms of coastline, the outward journey heads north past the Ansons Bay Conservation Area to Mount William National Park and the lighthouse reserve at Eddystone Point. But the return leg hots up with an exciting offshore run where guest might see humpback and southern right whales, dolphins, fur seals, sea lions, pelicans, albatross, pacific gulls, shearwaters and sea eagles depending on the season. The Bay of Fires tour is $135 for adults, $85 children. Book at www.bayoffiresecotours.com.au
Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages
Explore Hobart’s historic Battery Point in style on a Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages tour. On a perfect Tasmanian day, enjoy the smell of spring blossoms in Battery Point and the fresh salty air along the waterfront. There are three different routes and the guide will pepper the trot with historic commentary if guests are interested. Horse welfare is taken seriously and operators Sharon and Steve have a lifelong passion for horses. Tours start at $60 for up to four, more tour details at www.hobarthorsetours.com.au
Tasmanian Beer Trail
Would we call perfect weather and pure water an unfair advantage in beer making? You betcha! Way back in 1816, the Hobart Town Gazette declared the colony’s climate was ideal for brewing beer and growing hops and grain – and we haven’t looked back. The recently launched Tasmanian Beer Trail takes beer lovers on a tasty tour of 15 breweries, large and small, dotted throughout the state – from the big guns Boag’s and Cascade, to smaller brewers like Seven Sheds and IronHouse, and new kids T-Bone Brewing Co. Learn more about the trail at www.tasbeertrail.com
Hubert & Dan Café, Longford
With a name like Danielle Lefrancois, it was a natural step to move into becoming a chef with a French influence. After stints in France Soir and Rockpool in Melbourne and in France, Tasmanian Danielle decided to move home and open Hubert & Dan in Longford, focusing on fresh local ingredients sourced seasonally and celebrating the unique, magical flavours the island has on offer. The café opens for breakfast and lunch daily, and a cabinet laden with homemade cakes and French pastries is there for the grazing all day. Thursday nights, the café transforms into an intimate restaurant where Danielle and her team showcase their foodie skills across a two or three course set menu. hubertanddan.com.au
For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian events, and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website www.discovertasmania.com.au.