Tasmania, the tear drop state of Australia, should in my opinion be high on anyone’s must see places to visit. It is far too easily forgotten about and certainly doesn’t deserve to be. This little southern pocket of Australia boasts all and more of what the mainland can offer, without having to embark on long internal flights, always welcomed when exploring this vast country. From the moment you step off the plane, you immediately believe the statistics that the freshest air in the world has been recorded in Tasmania. It feels a million miles away from London just for this reason, and then I explored further…
Food and Wine Heaven
Think seafood seduction excursions, bush tucker camp fires, oyster tasting in the sea, creamy cheeses at local farmers markets, vineyards and boutique cider and beer brands to taste – it’s all found here with the freshest local produce. If you are a seafood lover then a day boat trip from Hobart to Bruny Island is an absolute must. Your local Tassie crew will free dive from the boat to catch your lunch, and cook it up on board. How can it get better than this? You can enjoy oysters pulled straight from the oyster pots and a first for me, sea urchins and abalone (a type of marine snail), all washed down with locally produced Janz champagne!
If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, a private bush tucker camp dinner is right up your street, you can stay at an extremely remote area in the bush, collecting local herbs en route, where you will be cooked up a storm by the camp fire, from cheese platters, smoked wallaby, salmon and wine pairings from Tasmania, of course, to match. As the sun goes down enjoy dinner with many local friends, perhaps a few possums, quolls, wombats and wallabies, all hopping around your camp fire under the incredibly starry skies. This is a once in a lifetime experience – quite simply Tassie is a food lovers paradise!
Wildlife, wildlife, wildlife
We all want to see Australia’s iconic and indigenous wallabies and wombats but believe it or not they can be tricky to spot in the wild – not so in Tasmania! Here you can revel in numerous close encounters with these astonishing marsupials.
I was lucky enough to take a stroll with a wild wombat in the striking Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park where I was able to cuddle some adorable joeys. It was an experience I will never forget! There is so much more wildlife hidden on the island that I discovered, from echidnas, shy platypus, endangered Tasmanian devils and if you are lucky you could even see the white kangaroo on Bruny Island.
Escape the hordes of trekkers on Cradle Mountain and let Scott Dunn get you to off the beaten track amongst unforgettable scenery where you can enjoy deserted beaches or mountain peaks to yourself. Favourites of mine include Ben Lomond, with its snow-capped mountain tops where wallabies roam freely and you can take in the dramatic panoramic bush views enjoying your picturesque picnic lunch spot. The Freycinet Peninsula is also breath taking for coastal scenery and a trek to the lookout point to Wineglass Bay is a must.
My recent adventures in Tasmania have given me such special memories I will cherish and there’s no doubt I be telling the tales to friends for a very long time.
To find out more about Tasmania, take a look at some of our itineraries here or call us on 0203 603 3555 and speak to one of our travel consultants.