What do you do when the leaves are falling in Tasmania? You head up the mountain and enjoy hot chocolate from a shipping container labelled "˜Lost Freight.' You hop on an electric bike and find out where Abel Tasman first sent his men ashore in Tasmania. Or you take a water taxi to a far flung beach on the East Coast and share footprints with no one.
1. SOAR LIKE A BIRD
There’s a clarity and crispness in our Tassie autumn air. It’s the season to board an Osborne chopper for a Sea Cliffs and Convicts tour. We can’t promise you’ll spot a convict but high above towering cliffs and Eaglehawk Neck you’ll sight no easy escape route on this peninsula. For less than a couple of hundred dollars departing from the Port Arthur heli base though, freedom is yours. Then again, soaring over the North West’s Arthur River and into the revered Tarkine rainforest might be your preferred flight path.
Image: Osbourne Heli Tours
2. GET YOUR GLAMP ON
Fancy camping in fancy surrounds. We have popped the roof on bell tents across the island so that you can get cosy with nature as leaves fall and stars twinkle this autumn. Just out of Hobart, glamp in one of Australia’s first truffle farms. At Boat Harbour or the Bay of Fires, glamp beachside, where sandy feet and salty hair are encouraged. Then there’s the tents of the Tamar, equipped with snug European wood fires. Pick river, coast or countryside and curl up in comfort.
Image: Bay of Fires Bush Retreats
3. FOODIE WANDERING
Don’t just follow your own nose, let a local foodie lead you down laneways and through doors of our best haunts or follow a trail. If you’re in Hobart, Mary from Gourmania is a sixth generation Tasmanian who knows her way about town. Hop on the brekkie tour and expect everything from fine pastries and baked eggs to a nip of Bill Lark’s single malt. Up north, Brock of Taste Walk Talk is your best mate when it comes to a pre-dinner wander. He’ll take you to Launceston’s loved watering holes and help with restaurant tips to follow. The North West’s Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail brims with truffles, berries, vineyards, cheeses and other car-stopping deliciousness.
Image: April Wright
4. FLY WEST
Ready to get wild? Par Avion can fly you to Tasmania’s wild west coast, to a region accessible only by foot, air or sea. Spend a day exploring Bathurst Harbour with a pilot who doubles as a boat skipper and lunch host or overnight in the South West Wilderness Camp. Par Avion offers a three-day experience tucked away in the forest, complete with hot showers, Tasmanian fare and complimentary South West National Park silence.
Image: Matt Glastonbury
5. SANDY EAST COAST FEET
Our twilight hangs in the air this time of year, perfect for evening wanders. Hit the Great Eastern Drive and walk the long curves of Tasmania’s east coast beaches. Want the beach all to yourself? You’ll probably get it. Want to be sure? Hire Picnic Island just 800 metres from the shore at Coles Bay. There’s also the newly launched Aqua Taxi – a great little commuter to get you down to the likes of Schouten Island or Cooks Beach.
Image: Picnic Island
6. WALK THE WORLD’S EDGE
There’s good reason visitors and locals are pulling on boots for the Three Capes Track. The four day trek along Tasmania’s south east coastline has been touted as Australia’s premier coastal walk. But don’t just walk the 46 kilometres with noodles in your pack. Do it in style. Let Three Capes Gear & Gourmet help you out with gear hire and food. You may just be the only ones sitting down to a McHenry’s Dry Gin sundowner followed by back country roast lamb and vegetables.
Image: Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
7. TWO WHEELING IN TASSIE’S NORTH EAST
Mountain bikers refer to it as “˜flow.’ Experience flow at its finest in north east Tasmania. The Blue Derby Pods Ride is a brand spanking new three-day experience. It’s a blend of lush forest, winding mountain bike trails and stellar Tasmanian fare. Each evening, retreat to the comfort of your custom-designed pod. Come find out why the Derby Mountain Bike Trails network has riding enthusiasts from across the world in a spin.
Image: Blue Derby Pods Ride
8. LODGE LIFE
It’s the land of a thousand lakes. So, it’s fitting Tasmania’s latest highland escape is named Thousand Lakes Lodge. High up on the Central Plateau near the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, the newly developed lodge was once a training facility for Antarctic expeditioners. Today, it boasts a roaring double fire, hearty menu, guided fly fishing and cosy loft rooms. The other-worldly landscape with its glacial tarns and ancient cushion plants begs to be explored.
Image: Thousand Lakes Lodge
9. ELECTRIC PEDALLING
If you haven’t ridden an electric bike, Tasmania is the place to swing a leg over one. Tasmanian E-bike Adventures offer half and full day tours of Bangor on the Forestier Peninsula. Thirty-five kilometres of spectacular coastline unfurl on this private property less than an hour from Hobart. Don’t expect to be the only one to hit the “˜boost’ button when climbing grassy hills or pedalling through native forest.
Image: Tasmanian E-bike Adventures
10. AUTUMN EATS
Hobart’s commitment to new eats and drinks across town has not waned. Those who visited six months ago will have new places to choose from. Some of our latest newbies up on North Hobart (or NoHo as the locals say) include Born in Brunswick and Veg Bar. In the city and Midtown, keep an eye out for Fico, Dier Makr, Etties, Landscape down by the waterfront, and Miss Jane in South Hobart. Further afield, at a slightly higher altitude is Lost Freight at The Springs, catering for toasty hot chocolate needs up Mount Wellington.
Image: Born in Brunswick
11. SUNSET BUGGY CRUISING
Sand dunes plus buggies mean one thing; an epic time on Tasmania’s wild West Coast. Strahan ATV Adventures is brand new to the region, and a thrilling way to discover Henty Dunes. With an experienced guide driving, the Roaring Forties breeze having its way with your hair and a sandy highway ahead, this is Tassie’s definition of four-wheeled fun. Not just that but you’ll be treated to historic stories and can even book a tour to coincide with a west coast sunset. And they’re spectacular!
Image: Tourism Tasmania Visual Library
12. SOUTHERN WILD DISTILLERY
At Southern Wild Distillery and Lounge Bar local food scientist and distiller George Burgess takes you on a flavourful gin journey. His Dasher + Fisher Gins are named after rivers that carry snow melt from Cradle Mountain. Find a stool and he’ll transport you from the mountains to the meadows (including his very own herb garden) to the ocean. All while you’re sitting in central Devonport.
Image: Southern Wild Distillery and Lounge Bar