With world-class beaches and mountains, incomparable wildlife, and insanely delicious food and wine, Tasmania is an Australia travel must
Sometimes, the best part about living in a big city like Singapore is leaving it. If you could do with a break from the crowds, mama, point your compass South and head for a place so peaceful and pristine, you just might never want to come back. Compact and eminently drivable (and a super easy flight or ferry ride from Melbourne), Tasmania (or Tassie, as the Aussies fondly call it), offers up a brilliant new landscape or exciting adventure every day of the week.
Whether your kiddos want to see wildlife (particularly Aussie specialities like the Echidna and Platypus, or of course the Tasmanian Devil), or you’re after a bit of cuisine and culture in the cosy, cosmopolitan cities of Hobart and Launceston, you’ll find it in Tassie, mama! Here are five reasons you should book your next holiday ASAP!
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For a glimpse of 19th century Hobart, visit its picturesque harbour and Castray Esplanade, where you’ll spy handsome stone warehouses dating back to the 1830s which today brim with shops, cafes and restaurants.
Be sure to visit on a Saturday, mama, to experience Salamanca Market – Tasmania’s most popular attraction – where you can find local treasures including hand-worked glass; innovative furniture made from Tasmanian timbers; organic produce and bath and body care; handcrafted cheeses, wines and spirits; and all manner of delicious hot foods.
Nearby you can also discover one of Australia’s most interesting galleries, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). If the kiddos are misbehaving, take a short drive to Port Arthur Historic Site to get a glimpse of Australia’s infamous convict past – they say the former jail is haunted!
From coastal cliffs and natural lakes, to alpine ranges and verdant rainforests, exploring Tasmania either on foot or by scenic drive is an absolute must!
For starters, head to Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park, which is home to world-class hiking on the iconic 65km Overland Track and includes Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.
On the island’s east coast (just a few hours away by car!), you’ll find some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world within Freycinet National Park. From the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range to the sparkling turquoise of Wineglass Bay (wait, is this Australia? Or Tahiti?!), there’s ample opportunity for exploration whether you choose to rough it on a camping trip, or splash out at one of the region’s stunning luxury lodges.
If you choose to hike the Overland Track, be on the lookout for wildlife including Tasmanian Devils, Platypuses and Wombats.
Just outside Launceston is Platypus House, which offers the opportunity to view live platypuses and echidnas (both notoriously shy creatures that are tough to spot in the wild). These super cute, egg-laying mammals cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, mama!
If you find yourself along the coast, keep an eye out for Bottle-Nosed Dolphins, Fairy Penguins and even Humpback and Southern Right Whales.
In Tasmania, food and nature go hand in hand. You’ll find topnotch cheese, wine (more on that in a sec), apples, oysters, seafood, and so much more, pretty much everywhere you go.
Whether eating at one of Hobart or Launceston’s outstanding fine dining restaurants, visiting Bridestowe (the world’s largest lavender estate), or perusing super fresh veggies and truly free range eggs at a farmers’ market, you and your fam are guaranteed to eat very well in Tassie, mama!
Tasmania’s rich soil and cool climate produce some of the finest Pinot Noir wines in the world. In pretty much every direction you’ll find another wine trail mama: the Tamar Valley Wine Route, the Southern Wine Trail, the East Coast Wine Trail, and the North West Wine Trail are conveniently central to the major cities, with ample accommodation and dining options to boot.
If you need a quick break from the vino, Tassie also has a beer trail, whiskey trail, and even a cider trail owing to its super fresh waters and succulent fruits!
Have we got you tempted, or what?! For more information, or to book your tailor-made Tassie itinerary, contact the Australia travel experts at Flight Centre, mama!
Book by 31 May and you can take $100 off any Tasmania holiday package! Contact Flight Centre at (+65) 6692 9778 or email [email protected]centre.com.sg for more deets!
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