Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s most breathtaking sceneries and pristine environments.
Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast, is known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves.
Unlike famous cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Tasmania has its uniqueness. It has the most beautiful scenery and pristine environments.
An hour’s flight from Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania, this state is home to some of the finest, most unique accommodations in Australia from luxurious coastal retreats to the contemporary elegance of city waterfront hotels. It is also the home to some of the best whiskies in the world as the distillers use water that runs off Tasmanian mountains.
Salamanca Market is Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction and a must-visit place at Hobart. It is Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction and has won many awards for excellence. In 2018, the market was awarded a silver award in the Tasmanian Tourism Awards.
The Salamanca Market is located at historic Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart waterfront and with over 300 stallholders it’s an experience that’s hard to beat. It operates every Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. There is no entry fee, making it free to enjoy.
Tasmanian producers and designers make the market memorable and unique. Tasmania’s biggest selection of locally made products can be explored including hand-worked glass, innovative designs in Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing, bespoke jewellery, organic produce, artworks, bath and body care products, ceramics and leather goods, handcrafted cheeses, bread, wines and spirits, and delicious hot foods.
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Next on the itinerary was the MONA museum, an approximately 20 minutes ferry ride from the Hobart waterfront. Located just up the river, its subterranean architecture showcases the highlights (and low-lights) of David Walsh’s A$110 mil private collection of art and antiquities, a busy exhibition programme.
MONA also hosts two festivals. Each January, its summer festival, Mofo, unleashes an eclectic mix of music and art. Come June, Dark Mofo winter festival delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals and celebrates the dark through art, music, food, film, light and noise.
A trip to Tasmania is incomplete without a visit to the home of one of the world’s best single malt whiskies. We visited three major whiskey distilleries namely, Lark Distillery, Shene Estate & Distillery and Sullivans Cove Distillery.
Lark is Tasmania’s first single malt whisky since 1839. Double-distilled in locally crafted copper-pot stills and aged in meticulously sought out oak wood barrels, Lark Single Malt Whiskies are bottled and labelled by hand in the heart of the Coal River Valley whereas Shene produces the finest Poltergeist Gin and triple distilled Mackey Single Malt Whisky.
Last but not least, Sullivans Cove Distillery is Australia’s premier producer of single malt whisky. Established in 1994, it is Australia’s second-longest-running craft single malt distillery, producing hand-crafted, single cask, single malt whiskies from 100% Tasmanian ingredients. Having won three “World’s Best” titles at the World Whiskies Awards, Sullivans Cove is also Australia’s most highly-awarded whisky distillery.
Next on the agenda was a trip to Freycinet National Park and the trip is not complete without visiting Freycinet Lodge. It is a great base from which to explore the area, including the famous Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach, and to enjoy sea kayaking, cruising and more.
Nearby, you can explore the Freycinet Marine Farm, the seaside villages of Bicheno and Swansea and acclaimed cool-climate wineries. One can sit at one of the picnic tables or enjoy lunch on one of the coastal beaches.
The crystal-clear waters and white sandy beach of Wineglass Bay are a tremendous sight to behold. This is a steep uphill walk on a rocky, well-constructed track within the national park.
Best golf courses in Tasmania
A round of golf in these prestigious golf courses in Tasmania is what a golfer yearns for. Barnbougle has two courses – The Dunes and Lost Farm, which is the second of the two World Top 25 Golf Courses. Both courses have an 18-hole links layout and draws golfers from across the globe seeking links courses in the tradition of Scotland and Ireland.
One should not miss the hour-long flight to King Island where the 18-hole Cape Wickham Links course is located. Golfers enjoy ocean views from every hole on the course, with eight holes that are adjacent (parallel) to Bass Strait (ocean), another two holes that have greens on the coastline, and three more holes that have tees beside the ocean.
The second largest city after Hobart, Launceston is renowned for its high concentration of excellent gourmet food. One will be mesmerised with foods from local farmers delivering world-class produce. Peppers Silo Hotel was forged from this iconic landmark and is now converted into a sophisticated 9-storey hotel.
For casual dining, head to the Grain of the Silos Café and enjoy locally roasted coffee beans and an all-day dining menu. One should not miss the Stillwater Restaurant which has won multiple awards for dining experience.
For more information on Tasmania’s many attractions, visit www.discovertasmania.com.