Tasmania is packed with opportunities to win bragging rights for being the first in the pack – whether it's glamping, golfing or mining for gold.
What is it about being the first to try a hip new something? Is it bragging rights or the satisfaction of having no one else’s judgement to sway your experience? Whatever it is, Tasmania is packed with newness and opportunity to be the first one in the pack whether it’s glamping in our South West or discovering gold in an unused mine. Now, that might be a first.
1. South West Wandering
It’s a wild place that South West Tasmania. Untamed. But Par Avion have added a touch of luxury to the wilderness with their South West Wilderness Camp. Spend two nights sleeping near the shores of Bathurst Harbour, waking to freshly cooked breakfast and being ferried by private boat to secret coves and walking trails. Feel like an early explorer atop peaks that have stood unchanged for millennia. Aboriginal middens, ancient Huon pines and untouched Celery Top Islands await. Even if once in your life, experience the remote silence of Tasmania’s south west.
Melaleuca – South West Tasmania
2. Discover Ancient Mines out West
Step inside a cool tunnel on the side of a mountain and watch as the outdoor light becomes a dim pin point. If you’re wondering about Queenstown’s pioneering past, Anthony Coulson of Queenstown Heritage Tours is your man. Across four hours, he’ll show you forgotten copper and gold mines, a Huon pine sawmill, railway and even a rainforest as he delivers the contrasts and colourful past of Queenstown’s piners and miners. It’s absolute gold starting with gold’s discovery here in the 1840s on the Queenstown Lost Pines and Ancient Mines Tour.
Queenstown Lost Pines and Ancient Mines Tour
3. Great Eastern Driving
There’s nothing quite like hopping in the car with good company and a road trip adventure ahead. Tasmania’s Great Eastern Drive delivers the ultimate in road trip ticks – a ribbon of coastal bends to navigate, staggeringly top-notch food and wine both left and right and luxurious lodgings dotted from Orford to St Helens. Plus, there are beaches and walks rated among the world’s finest when it comes time to stretch those legs.
Great Eastern Drive – Four Mile Creek Beach
4. Tee off on King Island
Australian Golf Digest Magazine has just named King Island’s Cape Wickham Links among the top three golf courses in the country. Its windswept and wild allure has drawn serious attention – 18 dramatic holes riding a coastline where rugged cliffs spill into the ocean. If that’s not reason enough to hop over to King, there’s not one but two new courses on the island. Ocean Dunes Golf Course’s first nine holes are officially open, sculpted in the likes of Scotland’s great links courses with accommodation for those wishing to “play and stay.’
Cape Wickham Links Golf Course – King Island