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Tasmania uncovered: secret spots to explore in Australia’s southern state

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The Apple Isle is only a stone’s throw from most of Australia’s major cities and, just like the mainland, has plenty for travellers to see and do.http://www.deevanahotels.com/ But believe it or not, there’s much more to Van Diemen’s Land than Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay. With world-class wine, a fascinating history and dramatic landscapes to take in, Tasmania really is a hidden gem for Australians wanting to flee the rat race – for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. To help Aussie travellers discover the state’s hidden beauty, the travel experts at KAYAK.com.au have rounded up the best, off-the-beaten-track experiences that Tassie has to offer.

Cape Hauy

A short drive from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, is Cape Hauy; where travellers can find some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. At an impressive 300 metres tall, the Cape is dramatic, to say the least, and is best appreciated by taking a three-hour bushwalk from Fortescue Bay. Suitable for walkers of all levels, the newly opened track takes in beautiful flora and fauna. It’s the striking sea cliffs that steal the show, however, including views of the aptly coined ‘Totem Pole’, where travellers can admire daredevil climbers and abseilers as they manoeuvre their way up and down the stone pillars.

Where to stay: Stay at Stewarts Bay Lodge, starting from $183*

How to get there: Return flights to Hobart, starting from $259**

Adventure Bay

Secluded from the tourist trail, Bruny Island’s Adventure Bay gives Wineglass Bay a run for its money. A sanctuary from the crowds, Adventure Bay’s scallop-shaped stretch of sand offers keen swimmers calm, clear waters in which to relax and unwind. A sheltered beach with few waves, the hideaway not only makes for an ideal, family-friendly swimming spot, but is also perfect for activities like stand-up paddleboarding. Visitors to Adventure Bay who want to raise their heart rates can take in the ocean air (and a 360-degree panoramic view) by climbing atop the dunes found at ‘The Neck’. For an up-close-and-personal interaction with nature, head down to the shoreline at dusk where travellers can catch a glimpse of the local fairy penguins as they return from a day feeding at sea.

Where to stay: Stay at The Cove Kettering, starting from $197*

How to get there: Return flights to Hobart, starting from $259**

Tamar Valley

Regions like the Barossa and Hunter may be well known for their Shiraz and Semillon Sauvignon, but when it comes to Pinot Noir, it’s Tasmania’s forgotten Tamar Valley that takes first place. With the Tamar River flowing through the heart of the Valley, the region not only offers visitors world-class vino but also a bountiful supply of fresh produce, which takes centre stage at local wineries and restaurants. Amongst the providores, Australians will find Ashgrove Cheese – a cheesemaker known for it’s innovative flavours, from wild wasabi to bush pepper. Best explored over a long weekend (and with a designated driver in tow), the Tamar won’t be a secret for long.

Where to stay: Stay in Hillwood at Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, starting from $101*

How to get there: Return flights to Launceston, starting from $240**

Lake Gordon

Spots like Lake St-Clair are well known in Tasmania for their serenity, but it’s Lake Gordon region that’s captivating travellers who stumble upon the jaw-dropping, human-made dam and its spectacular natural surrounds; including adventure photographer and travel influencer, Krystle Wright. According to Krystle, the drive to the isolated lake is just as impressive as the 140-metre high dam itself. Wright said, “As I drove the winding and beautiful roads out to Lake Gordon, I found myself absolutely floored and stunned by the raw beauty surrounding me.” The lake, together with neighbouring Lake Pedder, is Australia’s largest inland body of freshwater, spanning 500 square kilometres. With snow possible at any time throughout the year, the rapidly changing weather adds to the profound backdrop, making it a top pick for budding photographers wanting to test their skills.

Where to stay: Stay in New Norfolk at Old Colony Inn, starting from $120*

How to get there: Return flights to Hobart, starting from $259**

Sarah Island

Each year thousands of Australians flock to Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site, arguably one of the country’s most infamous convict settlements. The truth is, Tasmania’s convict story extends far beyond Port Arthur and travellers interested in getting deep into Van Diemen’s Land’s tumultuous past should make a beeline for Sarah Island in the state’s west. Found in Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island was a 19th-century penal colony, referred to by many as ‘hell on earth.’ Visitors today can take themselves back in time with a dramatised tour of the island, which paints a picture of the unspeakable horrors that took place there during settlement. Lucky for the faint-hearted, tours also include a guided cruise of the spectacular Gordon River where travellers can take in ancient Huon Pines towering from above.

Where to stay: Stay in Strahan at Strahan Village, starting from $107*

How to get there: Return flights to Hobart, starting from $259**

Susan Lee, Director of APAC, KAYAK says, “With pristine beaches like Wineglass Bay and trekking experiences that are second-to-none, there’s no doubt Australians are starting to cotton on to what Tasmania has to offer. However, it’s the hidden getaways and secluded spots that make the southern state such an appealing destination. Australians love to escape the crowds and, unlike other major hotspots, Tasmania offers holidaymakers a tranquil alternative where they can truly rejuvenate from the daily grind. The trip across the Bass Strait is also very affordable, with deals on airfares available throughout the year. Travellers can also set up price alerts via the KAYAK app or website, to ensure they never miss out on a deal to get the most economical fare.”

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