1. Exhilarating Tasman Adventure
Get your exhilaration on along the Three Capes Track. Stand atop sea cliffs of the Southern Hemisphere’s highest order. Out there in the high seas, next landfall is icy Antarctica. Don’t like heights? Take the Tasman Island Cruise and experience the salty breeze in your hair. Down the peninsula there’s plenty to do – chopper flights over capes, gin classes with seriously spirited views and windswept beach walking to the tune of roaring waves.
2. Taste the Best
Ever milked a goat to make dessert? At the Agrarian Kitchen under Rodney Dunn’s watchful eye, you just might. Flavours don’t get fresher than just beyond the cooking school’s back door. Elsewhere, at indulgent wineries they don’t just invite tastes but overnight stays among the vines. With a wood fire and cosy throws, the cottage at Wines for Joanie in Tassie’s north is the ideal winter escape. Then there are farm stays like Curringa where 750 acres are yours to explore. Get friendly with the farm dogs, watch sheep lose their coats and always say yes to Tim firing up a farm barbecue.
3. Visit an Island off an Island
You’re on an island so keep the theme alive and hop to another. Maria Island is a great little day tripper (or a two night winter stay). Meet the local wombats and Cape Barren geese, get Tassie’s convict history lowdown and look closely at the fossilised past at the Painted Cliffs. If you’re tempted to see more, hop on two wheels as there are no roads or cars, but bike tracks are all over the island. Then there’s Bruny Island for its sweeping coastal landscapes and bountiful fresh produce. There’s handcrafted cheese, wine and oysters shucked to order. For the ultimate island fantasy escape, book an entire island. Our pick is Satellite Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel or Picnic Island in Coles Bay.
4. Go For Liquid Gold
Our whisky doesn’t just glow gold, they wear gold having won the title of best whisky in the world. What better time to enjoy the golden goodness than during Tasmanian Whisky Week. From August 13, you can spend seven salubrious days sipping your way across the island. The doors of hotels, lesser-known bars, stables and barns swing open and whisky makers share unreleased whiskies and the stories behind their label. Follow the whisky trail or forge your own liquid gold path.
5. Head West
The west and far north west is a vast and wild place. It’s easy to be fooled that there’s nothing here, yet it’s what lies behind the scenery that will capture your imagination. Climb to the top of Stanley’s Nut, a geological wonder known as a volcanic plug, and admire the historic fishing village below. Cruise the Gordon River and let the reflections of this ancient river challenge your perceptions as much as the stories of the past on Sarah Island will.
6. Meet Ghosts
If being chilled to the bone is your thing, Tassie should be your mystery-shrouded island of choice. Keep in mind, it’s surrounded by water. There is no escape. Ghost tours of Launceston reveal grim stories down dark alleyways. Down at Port Arthur Historic Site, walk through the ruins in the black of night, hear gruesome tales and brush shoulders with ghosts. At the Hobart Convict Penitentiary in Hobart’s CBD, wrap yourself in a blanket and wander through underground tunnels to solitary cells where it’s not uncommon to see Van Diemen’s Land faces that others cannot.
7. Flying High
Don’t touch down at just another bustling airport. Fly with Par Avion to an ‘International Airport’ where you step straight from the plane in to the wilderness. At Melaleuca in the south west, there are no busy baggage claims, no lattes, there isn’t even a road in. What you will get, is plenty of fresh air and the whole natural wonderland to yourself. If you don’t feel like heading to the remote south west you can still take to the air. There are chopper flights to vineyards for rock-star style lunches or the chance to helicopter high over Tasman Peninsula’s dramatic coastline to Port Arthur with Osborne Heli Tours.