Need a prod to get you out into blue sky Spring time? We have 13 ways to feel anew in Tasmania. There's outdoor tubs, helicopter picnics, huggable newborn natives and more.
1. SPARKLING GARDEN PARTY
What better way to welcome Spring than with a glass of New World bubbles at a sparkling garden party? Head for the rolling hills of Relbia come November 3-6 for Effervescence Tasmania, touted as one of the best international sparkling festivals. There’s masterclasses, a five-course degustation and, of course, plenty of time to sip alfresco at Josef Chromy Wines.
2. SKIP THROUGH THE TULIPS
Who said frolicking through tulips is reserved for childhood movies set in Europe? At Table Cape in Tasmania’s North West, skip your way through what’s believed to be the largest tulip field in the Southern Hemisphere. The rich volcanic soil here explodes with colour from late September. Base your visit around the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival on October 8, part of a three week calendar of all things colourful in the region.
3. GREAT WALKS
Shake off that winter lazy feel, boot up and head for the grand outdoors. Hibernation is over! If you haven’t taken to the world’s edge and walked the Three Capes Track, this four-day cliff-hugging trek is the ultimate way to welcome in Spring. With over 2,000 kilometres of walking trails across the island, there are plenty of shorter walks on offer too. Dip into rainforest on a circumnavigation of Dove Lake or take a short but steep climb to the summit of Cathedral Rock, just out of Hobart. Take our word for it, there’s walks, well everywhere.
4. TEE OFF
If you haven’t swung a club on King Island, you’d best book your tee time. Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham Links have already been described world-class. Rugged, windswept coastlines present a challenge well followed up with prime King Island beef. Back on mainland Tasmania, there’s good reason international golf enthusiasts drop into Barnbougle Dunes by chopper. Haven’t played a round at neighbouring Lost Farm? Add that to your list too.
5. SPRING BABIES
We do Spring babies with incredible cute factor here in Tassie. If you haven’t met a Tasmanian devil joey, that’s reason enough to come in Spring. But it’s not just devils welcoming new families, there are baby wombats, wallabies and tiny little echidnas. Out in the wilds you might be fortunate to spot a mother with her young, or head for our wildlife parks to enjoy close-up encounters. Nope, you can’t take one home but they do accept selfies.
6. THE UNCONFORMITY
It’s not your average name for a festival but this isn’t an average town – it is remote Queenstown on Tasmania’s West Coast. The Unconformity is named after a geological feature on which the town sits, the very reason also for its mining wealth. From October 14-16, the festival celebrates all that is curious about this town – it’s bare and dramatic landscape, mine closures and locals reinvented. Music, sound, international artists, theatre, dance….prepare for the unexpected and a good dose of fun.
7. FARMER’S MARKETS
There’s a flurry of farmer’s markets across Tasmania. Some are more well-known than others – the likes of Hobart’s Farm Gate Market, Launceston’s Harvest Market and the organic veggie vendors of Salamanca Market. But there are so many more, from Cygnet to Brighton to Wynyard. If you like the idea of your rhubarb so fresh it was plucked from the earth that morning, or organic walnuts collected from trees over a century old, take your time at Tasmania’s markets.
8. SOAK IN A BATH
Tasmania asks that you slow to island time this Spring. We give you permission to soak in a generously-filled bath tub, for a non-assigned, lengthy amount of time. Whether it’s a spa treatment in the outdoor tub on your Bay of Fires Walk, or turning the taps on Thalia’s East Coast deck, don’t rush that soak. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the Hatherley Birrell Collection, Magnolia Garden Pavilion with outdoor stone bath anyone?
9. ISLAND HOPPING
Just because you’re on an island, doesn’t mean it’s the only one to visit. In fact, the Tasmanian archipelago is made up of 334 islands, so there’s plenty of options. If you haven’t popped over to Flinders Island that’s a must. Take your bikes and go on the cargo ship, or nip across with Sharp Airlines. There’s a famous wombat lady to meet, turquoise waters, unreal fishing and secret coves. For those based in Hobart and surrounds, Bruny Island and Maria Island are great island hopping options too.
Dial up the excitement this Spring with some honest outdoor fun. There are few places in Australia that one can go canyoning, and only one place in the world that has Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park as its canyoning playground. Those with a penchant for rafting might be tempted by the mighty Franklin and mountain bike devotees will love the trails of Derby in Tasmania’s north east.
11. HELICOPTER PICNIC
Par Avion can make magic things happen … like depositing you in the South West wilderness by light plane and having you back in a capital city by cocktail hour later that day. And if you really want to impress someone why not design your picnic with a helicopter pilot as your chauffeur? Ask Par Avion, they might just have the perfect little east coast spot in mind for your private getaway.
12. WALK A DESERTED BEACH
Take the Great Eastern Drive and find yourself a beach of your own. That’s the beauty of Tasmania. No need to battle over umbrella space. If there’s footprints or humans in sight, keep walking. Step on round to the next cove or drive up around the point, a deserted sandy spot is never far away. Keep a look out for Cosy Corner, and do your best to keep it a secret.
13. GALLERY HOPPING BY BIKE
Why arrive to a gallery by vehicle when you can pedal up to the door. The subversive wonderland that is Mona encourages all manner of cyclists to arrive by pedal power. Follow the river-side track from the city, setting aside time to explore GASP (Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park) by the foreshore en route.
Alternately, pick up an Artbike from the eastern shore and busy yourself with self-exploration of local galleries including TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery), Handmark Gallery, Colville Gallery and more.