1. One stroke at a time
Halfway along Tasmania’s east coast is Coles Bay, a seaside town that holds the key to slow adventure. Get from one idyllic spot to the next in a kayak so you can take it all in – and keep your eye out for dolphins.
2. Explore an island of animals
Maria Island has its own ‘animal safari’. You’ll be relieved to know they are all of the cute and cuddly kind – cheeky wombats, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian devils and the tiny forty-spotted pardalotes. Aside from wildlife, you can explore historic convict ruins, sweeping bays, dramatic sea cliffs and mountains.
3. 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. The 140-metre descent is the longest commercial abseil in the Southern Hemisphere. The dam is concave so you don’t touch the wall for most of the way down.
4. Search for seals, dolphins and whales
Take a Bruny Island Cruise, a three-hour wilderness cruise along Bruny Island’s rugged south-eastern coast. These custom-built boats take you up close to deep sea caves and through the narrow gaps between soaring sea cliffs. Albatross, dolphins, seals and even migrating whales are just a few of the abundant wildlife that call Bruny’s coastline home.
5. Unleash the fearless chef within
For some, picking produce straight from the garden and rediscovering the simple pleasures of cooking and eating freshly harvested ingredients is adventure enough. The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school nestled in the picturesque Derwent Valley. Don gumboots, forage in the garden and end in the kitchen cooking a tasty seasonal feast. The school is run by Rodney Dunn who in a previous life was the food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
6. Shoot down a natural waterspout
If adventure, wilderness and action is what you’re after, head to Cradle Mountain and slip into a wetsuit. With Cradle Mountain Canyons you’ll jump, swim and abseil through ancient canyons and shoot down a natural waterspout. Suitable for the young and the young at heart.
The Canyon Chaser