Reach great heights
Tasmania packs a bunch of white-knuckle adventures into a small space. From short and sporty to big and wild; spectacular sea cliffs to challenging mountains. While others explore marked tracks, why not extend your skills on Tassie’s spectacular climbs. Need instruction from the experts? Rock Climbing Tasmania can show you how to use equipment, stay safe and develop technique. Starting with short climbs on kunanyi / Mt Wellington, they’ll help you progress to longer climbs on a host of Tassie crags.
Drop over the edge
Ready for the Gordon Dam challenge? Journey through the Tasmanian south-west wilderness and straight over the edge of Gordon Dam – with ropes, of course. Climb the railing and before you can say ‘Geronimo’ you’ll be well into your 140 metre descent – the longest commercial abseil in the Southern Hemisphere. The Dam itself is concave, which means abseilers will not touch the wall for most of the journey down.
For a day you’ll never forget, it’s hard to match a helicopter flight over the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area. See areas of the park you would never see when hiking – Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake, Crater Lake and Fury Gorge. The beauty of a helicopter is you can touch down almost anywhere, perhaps travel to a snow covered mountain, arrange a romantic picnic on top of a mountain peak overlooking alpine lakes, or fly to a deserted wild west coast beach.
Take to the tracks
If you’ve heard about Tassie’s recent rise to become a mountain biking mecca, the first place you’ll want to go to is a little town called Derby. Didn’t bring your bike? No drama, you can hire one or just head out on the Blue Derby Pods ride – a three-day, soft-adventure mountain biking experience based from your private accommodation – a pod nestled amidst the trails. Rough it on the tracks by day and indulge by a roaring fire at night with local produce prepared by your guides and paired with Tassie’s best wines and craft beers.
Bruny Island Cruises is a three-hour wilderness cruise along Bruny Island’s rugged south-eastern coast. The custom-built yellow boats will take you up close to deep sea caves and through the narrow gap between soaring cliffs and The Monument. Feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the mighty Southern Ocean. Albatross, dolphins, seals and even migrating whales are just a few of the abundant wildlife calling the coastline of Bruny Island home.
Take the path less travelled
Orange cliffs that rise from white sandy beaches with turquoise seas will surely make your eyes pop, but seeing it all on a quad bike will get your heart racing. Keep pace with your guide on dirt tracks that lead to remote beaches few people have discovered. With four big rubber tyres beneath, accelerate up the sandy paths, navigate boulder-filled valleys and drop into an abandoned mining cottage before reaching the coast and your afternoon tea stop, with views of turquoise waves and bright orange granite boulders – a signature east coast view.
Cruise the wilderness
Adventure doesn’t have to mean crazy, wind-in-your-hair madness. A cruise down the Gordon River often rewards with mirror-calm reflections of World Heritage Area rainforest. You’ll journey across Macquarie Harbour (six times the size of Sydney Harbour) through Hells Gates, aptly named by convicts on their way to Sarah Island. Gordon River Cruises and World Heritage Cruises can take you down this ancient waterway.
Farm life for a day
Dream of throwing it all in for a place far from spreadsheets and meetings? Farming dreams are a modern seduction. Plucking fresh vegetables from the garden. Walking through lush meadows. Cavorting with piglets. In your heart, you’re a farmer. Appease your yearnings to live off the land with a day at Fat Pig Farm. Get your hands dirty on a farm-to-fork tour. Harvest produce bursting with flavour. Bring it all back to the kitchen and get stuck in to a hands-on workshop, followed by a feast.