The state government has announced that all vaccinated interstate and international arrivals can enter Tasmania without a need for quarantine from 15 December, as long as they have returned a negative COVID test.
Take a deep breath. A journey to Tasmania is a chance to unplug, recharge and reconnect with the things that matter.
One of the joys of travelling to Tasmania is not just the chance to taste produce straight from the farm and ocean, but the ease of meeting the makers at cellar doors, local markets and tasting trails.
With four distinct seasons, there’s always something new to see and feel. Here are the latest tourism offerings from Tasmania in food, experiences and nature.
Walk into Luxury at Pumphouse Point
Image credit: Natasha Mullhall, guided walk at Pumphouse Point.
For the perfect taste of Tasmania’s World-Heritage protected wilderness, Walk into Luxury’s four-day guided walk takes in the best walking in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and Mount Field.
Starting and ending in Hobart, the experience sees you visiting Russell Falls to hike the western side of Mount Field National Park to alpine lakes and tarns, before arriving at Lake St Clair for a chance to experience the lake from the water and a distillery visit to finish.
For a well-earned rest you will sleep overlooking the lake at boutique wilderness lodge, Pumphouse Point, known for its unique architecture and dramatic setting.
Wild Wellness Method
Yoga, art, writing and photography are among the special interests developed in a raft of new expert-led retreats by the Tasmanian Walking Company at its celebrated remote lodges.
Among these special events is a partnership with Wild Wellness, a retreat at the Three Capes Lodge Walk focused on the restorative power of nature, meditation, writing and cold-water immersion.
An Australian first, the Wild Wellness Method takes the best of the traditional wellness model and brings it into nature’s office, including Wim Hof dips with a qualified practitioner, fireside journalling and meditation among towering eucalypts.
If you don’t have time for a multi-day adventure, try the Fire & Ice Walk day experience.
See a different perspective of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. The walk connects guests to the mountain through storytelling, breathwork, fireside journalling, and if you dare – an icy plunging.
Eat the Wild
Image supplied from Eat the Wild food tours.
A tour bus turns into a mobile kitchen on wheels with Eat the Wild.
Owner Josh Phillips multi-tasks as personal chef, driver and tour guide on day excursions from Hobart, turning old barns, winemaking sheds and beauty spots into impromptu dining rooms.
Two bespoke tours are on offer. Beyond the Cellar Door takes you into the winemakers’ world of the Coal River Valley Wine Region, with a degustation food experience along the way.
Bruny Island is a day trip of exploring hidden beaches, temperate rainforest, observing wildlife and feasting on gourmet island produce with the wilderness as your restaurant.
Image credit: Love Her Wild photography, Mic Giuliani foraging for Sirocco South.
Mic Giuliani of Sirocco South has been a long-term fixture at Hobart’s Farm Gate Market.
Known by some as a “caped crusader of Tasmanian food”, Mr Giuliani is now sharing the secrets of his foraged ingredients.
Small group tours of up to six guests can join him in the hunt for wild ingredients, including native greens, wild asparagus, edible mushrooms, saltbush and more.
Then, beside sparkling Frederick Henry Bay, Mr Giuliani prepares the foraged finds with local meat and seafood to create a six-course long-table lunch.
Lunch is shared with Bream Creek Vineyard founder Fred Peacock, who offers an insight into the process of making the boutique wines as you enjoy them with the meal.
Southern Sea Ventures
Combine sea kayaking, whale watching and cliff-top hiking on the Tasman Peninsula on a new sea and land experience by Southern Sea Ventures.
A half-day whale-watching cruise to outlying islands and otherwise inaccessible coastlines is included in the three-night trip with resident biologist Gary Miller.
Mr Miller joins the group each day, to observe and explain the local and migratory marine life and deliver a series of specially prepared talks each evening. The overnight base is a private beachside lodge with direct access to Pirates Bay.
Tasmanian Boat Charters
Image credit: Mark Daffey, Tasmanian Boat Charters.
See the best of Tasmania’s spectacular east coast on a five-day expedition with Tasmania Boat Charters.
Departing from Hobart, the custom-built vessel caters to small groups wanting to explore the highlights of the region, including Port Arthur, Fortescue Bay, Maria Island, Wineglass Bay and Australia’s tallest sea cliffs along the Tasman Peninsula.
The voyage can be as relaxed or adventurous as one chooses with a maximum of 10 people per trip.
Enjoy coastal bushwalks, wildlife encounters and kayaking with plenty of time factored in to sit back on the deck with a glass of Tasmanian wine and a spread of local produce prepared by the onboard chef.
The itinerary is tailored to guests’ interests and plenty of local secrets are shared along the way.
Will you be heading to Tasmania when the border opens? Which of these experiences would you most like to try? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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