Rob Burnett
Rob Burnett
Travel Tip

The Great Island Escape

Rani Milne
​Slip away to another world, without a passport and without the jet lag. Just a couple of hours and you’ll land in Tassie in time for a paddock-to-plate dinner and a glass of local red. A Tassie Great Escape is all about epic road trips, indulgent long weekends and new discoveries on an island at the world’s edge. Tasmania. It is Australia – but not as you know it.

Stop the traffic, jump out of the chaos and leave your daily concerns behind. It’s time to enter Tassie Time. The best bit – you can be here in the time it takes you to commute to work.

These boots were made for walking

From hiking through the remote steps of a unique alpine wilderness to roaming white sandy beaches with bare toes and a smile, Tasmania is a mecca for walkers the world over. Here are 60 great short walks to get you started. If you prefer hikes that go for several days and are packed with spectacular scenery, don’t miss: the Three Capes Trackwukulina walk and the classic Overland Track. These walks will make memories that will stay with you forever.

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Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
The Blade at Cape Pillar

Raise a toast

Indulge in Tassie’s world-renowned produce and raise your glass to fresh new flavours! There are so many delicious experiences to choose from:

  • Join a Grand Picnic and experience rugged Maria Island, rich in convict history, accompanied by a gastronomy of flavours with a fully catered breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. A furry friend might drop in to say hi, too.
  • The Devonport Food and Wine Festival is an October-long celebration of food, wine and community.
  • The Farmgate Festival in November is the ultimate paddock-to-plate experience.
  • Have you the energy to embrace Effervescence Tasmania? Visit Josef Chromy for three days of sunshine and sparkles in mid-November with Tassie’s top producers.

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Liza-Jane Sowden
Effervescence, Tamar Valley

Adrenalin junkies

Thrill seekers unite on the isle of adventure – we haven’t earned our reputation as the rugged wilderness state for nothing. If two wheels and a mountain track are your thing, then it will be no surprise to discover that mountain bike riders around the world are flocking to ride our wild trails through some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. Attention Rock Climbers: grab your anchors and let’s go! With more mountains per km2 than any other state, you’ll find a rich diversity of climbs all within easy reach. Then there’s kayaking, white water rafting, abseiling, zip-lining, quad riding… take a breath, then take your pick!

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Flow Mountain Bike
Mountain biking at Derby

 

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