1. Head off on a walk
Step out of your winter hibernation, boot up and head into nature. Tasmania boasts more than 2,000 kilometres of walking tracks. There are short walks for those keen to get out and back in a few hours, longer walks from a few hours to multiple days that cover mountain peaks and cross wild rivers. Then there are luxurious guided walks – the ultimate walking for those who love the outdoors as much as a beautifully cooked meal in the wilderness.
2. Meet spring babies
We do spring babies with incredible cute factor here. If you haven’t seen a baby Tasmanian devil,like these ones at Tasmania Zoo near Launceston, that’s reason enough to come. But it’s not just devils that venture from pouches in spring, there are baby wombats, wallabies and tiny echidnas. Out in the wilderness you might be fortunate to spot a mother with her young, but keep your distance and please, no feeding. We like to keep them wild here. Head for a wildlife park if you’re seeking close-up encounters.
3. Hop from island to island
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 are plenty of options. If you haven’t popped over to Flinders Island, just off Tasmania’s far north east coast, that’s a must. Take your bike and nip across on the cargo ship or fly across with Sharp Airlines. There are diamonds to fossick for, crayfish to devour and mountain biking trails to hit. Bruny Island, filled with foodie finds, and Maria Island, covered in wildlife, are favourite island-hopping options too.
4. Set out on an adventure
Dial up the excitement 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.
5. Walk deserted beaches
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 are 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 at Bay of Fires, and do your best to keep it a secret.
6. Celebrate with bubbles
What better way to welcome spring than with a glass of bubbles? Starting in Hobart on 11 November then moving to Launceston from 16-18 November, Effervescence Tasmania is touted as one of the best international sparkling festivals. Tickets are snapped up fast, so jump on and secure your place at meet the maker events, masterclasses, degustation dinners and the wind-down event Bubbles and Beats – a chance to cleanse your palate, take a load off and relax with some local tunes at Josef Chromy Wines.
7. Skip-worthy tulip fields
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 Day on 13 October, part of a three-week calendar of all things colourful in the region.
8. Tee off by the ocean
If you haven’t swung a club on King Island, you’d best book your tee time. Both Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham Links have been described as world-class. Rugged, windswept coastlines present a challenge well followed up with prime King Island beef. Back on mainland Tasmania, international golf enthusiasts drop in by chopper to Barnbougle Dunes in Bridport. Haven’t played a round at neighbouring Barnbougle Lost Farm? Add that to your list too.