We’re a stylish bunch down here. But we want you to create your own #TassieStyle. That might include hiring your own private island (celebrity style) or watching flames lick as a chef creates your outdoor summer feast and shares his insider mountain biking tips. Expect a surprise or two – like a salty sea dog who is mates with a seal named Gideon. We’ve hand-picked a few of our favourites to help you carve out your own #TassieStyle adventure.
Hire an Island
It’s not just movie stars that hire out entire islands. And Tassie islands aren’t your norm. There are no tropical palms or lavish banana lounges. Instead, there are islands where you can shuck your own oysters straight from the rock shelf, like Satellite Island. On Three Hummock Island, you’ll feel the roaring forties winds whipping through your hair, cleansing every ounce of stress. It’s some of the cleanest air on the planet, so breathe deeply. Or, park yourself at Picnic Island and the clear waters of Tasmania’s East Coast are yours to paddle from your front door. Some explore the island by foot, do it #TassieStyle from the seat of a kayak.
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Nature’s treasure hunt
Lose hours to a sandy island treasure hunt. Rumour has it that every seven years, many paper nautilus shells wash up on Flinders Island. This shell is home to the pelagic octopus and to find one undamaged by a pecking seagull is to discover a rare natural treasure. Gulls seek out the nourishing octopus eggs within. Wild weather tends to be a beach fossickers best friend on Flinders, washing up the likes of these translucent paper-thin beauties. Life on the island follows a relaxed rhythm, so there’s no need to rush here. It’s a place where locals wave to fellow drivers and newsagency staff might be nursing a wombat. Kate Mooney has raised more than a hundred orphaned wombats. Get chatting and she may also know where those shells wash up.
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It’s a match made in #TassieStyle heaven – mountain biking adventures, communal dining where epic downhill manoeuvres are embellished and bell tents beneath the Tasmanian night sky. The Bay of Fires Bush Retreat is located just minutes from Binalong Bay, on a coastline famed for its white sand beaches, sparkling waters and orange lichen-licked boulders. The retreat even has its very own live-in chef Tom, who doubles as a mountain biking enthusiast. He’ll cook over fire, serving up his favourite biking trails with the main course. That main course could be the latest catch not long pulled from salty waters or Tassie grass-fed beef cooked to mid-rare perfection. Here, your chef isn’t tucked away in the kitchen but cooking beside you and happy to share his #TassieStyle barbie tips.
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Get Wineglass Sand Between Your Toes
Most have heard of Wineglass Bay, but few know the secret of enjoying this famed white crescent bay #TassieStyle. While many walkers descend to the sapphire blue waters through the day, few continue along barefoot to the campsite at the bay’s far end. So, pack a few worldly belongings and set up home here. The benefit is, while all the others are trekking back before nightfall, you get to lay out your Tassie cheeses and pinot. Being summer, the calmer waters at this end of the bay may call you in for a dip. As for the early risers, imagine a beach rated among the world’s finest all to yourself. Now, that’s worth pulling yourself out of the sleeping bag for.
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Get Your Natural High
We won’t shoot you up to an observation tower by elevator here in Hobart. Nope. That’s not our way. Instead, we’ll direct you to kunanyi/Mt Wellington, an ever-present Godfather that’s looked over our capital city for millennia. Just a few minutes’ drive from the city streets and you’ll be breathing mountain air. Have your morning coffee #TassieStyle, up among the trees. It’s a rare treat that office workers can lunch in the wilderness and be back at their desk within the hour. Continue up to the summit. Don’t just follow others to the viewing shelter, there’s plenty more secrets this mountain harbours. It was an early settler’s playground with tracks and historic relics scattered all over. Think secret mountain huts, downhill mountain biking fun and even a 1930s-built ice skating rink.
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Fish and Chips and BFFs
Like your fish fresh? In the small seaside hamlet of Dunalley is an unassuming fish market. Pull up outside the old wharf shed and order yourself some fish and chips. The menu is handwritten depending on whatever is caught fresh that day. Settle on the wharf and if a fishing boat isn’t chugging in, you might spot tail-wagger Bill, the fishmonger’s salty sea dog and his BFF Gideon the seal, who is always up for a playful paddle with the pooch. Only in Tassie….
Senses – Meet Mona
Tasmanians are an unassuming lot. Get into their non-pretentious ways by going ‘Cattle Class’ out to Mona. The ferry has a delightful suite of sheep to sit on, far enough away that you can’t see those upper class Posh Pit passengers. Then again, the Tassie sparkling is pretty good up front so voyage in your chosen #TassieStyle. On arrival, there’s only one place on the planet with a highly complex poop machine so don’t miss it! That’s Mona for you, Australia’s largest privately owned museum. With its thought-provoking art ranging from Egyptian mummies to an overweight, well indulged car, the senses will need time to adjust to this subterranean art-packed wonderland. Be sure to pull up a pink beanbag out on the lawn with a glass of bubbles when you resurface.
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Meet a Man with Seven Sheds
Willie makes beer in Railton, a tiny North West town well known for its topiary streetscape and gardens. Willie has seven sheds, so he named his business Seven Sheds Brewery. You can count them if you like on a tour of his hop gardens and brewery. But you might be more interested in sampling his award-winning small batch brews. The Kentish Ale is a must sip! His hand-crafted beers have a naturally Tasmanian flavour, packed with local produce including honey, berries and malts. Bottoms up beer lovers!
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From Rail to River Rapids
Hop aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway, Australia’s only steam train of its kind, for a day like no other. When’s the last time you hopped on a train with intent to slip on a wetsuit at one of your train stops? Head through the West Coast’s remote rainforest to Dubbil Barril where your journey takes a rapid turn. Here, swap comfort for courage as you plunge into the rapids of the mighty King River. Along the way, when the waters are calm, your guide will share stories of the region’s fascinating history. Find out about hardy Tasmanians who set up a dairy farm in the middle of the rainforest and those who built the rail in wet soggy shoes day after day. Now that’s #TassieStyle tough.
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From Great Heights to Great Oceans
No matter which way you look at them, from above or below, the dramatic dolerite sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula are something else. Whether you’re on the water gazing upwards, looking out from the Three Capes Track clifftop, or soaring overhead in a chopper (flights depart from opposite the Port Arthur Lavender Farm) – the enormity and rawness is staggering. Formed over millions of years, they’re some of the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. Speaking of old age, don’t be surprised if your pilot is quite the opposite. The current tour pilot is a 22-year-old lady with some serious chopper skills and more hours under her belt than some decades her senior. That’s what you get when Dad has you up in the air as a youngster paragliding at 12.
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