A melting pot of culture and history, discover Tasmania, a region bursting at the seams with foodie delights, mesmerising culture and picture-perfect ancient landscapes. Life on the island is chilled – focused on mindfulness and embracing your surroundings.
Things to do
NATURE & WILDLIFE
For striking glacial peaks and undulating pastures draped in alpine wildflowers, look no further than Ben Lomond National Park. In winter months, it’s the place to be for avid skiers. But, if you prefer the water, clean white sands and granite rocks splashed with orange lichen, visit Bay of Fires. Or for something unique, discover more striking landscapes aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway – meandering through luscious rainforests, deep gorges, and eerie ghost towns. But remember, a trip to Tasmania wouldn’t be complete without visiting the region’s most famous native at the Devils@Cradle conservation facility.
FOOD & DRINK
Explore Tasmania’s infamous food and drink scene, starting with the Tamar Valley – home to one of the world’s top wine routes. Tour the vineyards, stopping off to taste moreish artisan cheese, pick your own berries or sip on fresh coffee. For the best seafood, head to Bruny Island. Hop on a fishing expedition and watch as your host shucks for oysters and dives for sea urchins. The UNESCO city of gastronomy, Launceston, is the perfect spot to uncover more local flavour. Spend afternoons strolling its renowned farmer’s market before winding down in a bar with a locally distilled whisky.
Satisfy your adventurous spirit with a hike to the summit of Mount Wellington. Expect panoramic views perfect for a selfie – it’s Tasmania’s most visited natural attraction for a reason. And for the best ocean views, visit Maria Island National Park. Take on the Bishop and Clerk trail – named after its two rocks resembling a Bishop with his clergyman at his side. Venture out to Sarah Island, one of Australia’s harshest penal-colony settlements to learn more of the region’s vivid history. Or visit the ruins at Port Arthur historic site, a penal settlement turned open-air museum.
Top Tip from SLH
For a jaw dropping sight, visit Russell Falls – the most photographed waterfall on the island featured on one of Australia’s first stamps.