If these 10 reasons to visit Tasmania don’t persuade you, maybe free return airfares will.
If these 10 terrific reasons to visit Tasmania don’t get you over to the Apple Isle, then maybe the offer of free return airfares will – as included in AAT Kings’ Airfordable holiday packages.
1. Discover famous Salamanca Market
Nestled between the harbour and the historic sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place in Hobart is Tasmania’s most visited attraction – Salamanca Market.
Here you can meet your maker – and by that we mean the creators and producers of fine food, fashion, fresh fruit and organic veggie growers, jewellers, ceramicists, woodworkers and craftspeople who make up the almost 300 Salamanca Market stallholders.
2. Visit spectacular Russell Falls
Located within Mt Field National Park is Russell Falls – Tassie’s prettiest waterfall and certainly one of the most photographed sites on the Apple Isle. It’s an easy walk, along which you’ll spy some spectacular scenery and maybe a cute pademelon or two.
3. Step back in time on Sarah Island
Established in 1821, Sarah Island was home to the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station, which was once one of the harshest settlements that took in the worst convicts in the colonies, but is now a site of particular beauty. Wander along an easily accessible walking path through the ruins of a colony girded by lush rainforests and wilderness. Sarah Island was once considered a place from which it was next to impossible to escape. The only thing that’s impossible to escape from now is the charm of this old settlement.
4. Hike around Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain
Dove Lake is situated at the northern end of Cradle Mountain, and is known as one of Tasmania’s best walking tracks – and for good reason. While roaming along the boardwalk, you’ll catch glimpses of Cradle Mountain, beautiful beaches, the ancient Ballroom Forest and the virtually impenetrable thickets of horizontal scrub. Oh, and if you’re lucky, you may see the odd echidna or platypus.
5. Explore the town of murals – Sheffield
At the foothills of Mount Roland is a rural town that has reinvented itself into an arts hub. Sheffield is also known as the town of murals, because of the public artworks that trace the origin story of the area and the tales of pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers and other local heroes and characters of Tassie’s past.
6. Sampling Seafood
From tasting Tasmanian salmon at 41° South Salmon Farm, to shucking oysters at Great Bay, Tasmania is home to the finest, freshest seafood in the southern hemisphere – and quite possibly the world.
7. Visit Bridestowe Lavender Estate
The Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of Tassie’s most famous properties, not only because it’s a sight to behold all year round, but also because it has set the global standard for fine lavender oil. With over 260 acres of stunning lavender fields, landscaped gardens and a native forest, Bridestowe is both visually pleasing and easy on the nose. Hit the visitor centre for its famous lavender oil, stock up on potpourri, hand creams, soaps and room sprays, or indulge in some of Bridestowe’s lavender-infused delicacies.
8. Cruise on Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay is your favourite beach. How do we know? Because you told us! So, why not set off on an eco-cruise that takes in the stunning scenery of the region? You may even chance upon dolphins, seals, and sea eagles, or even whales as they undertake their annual migration from September to December and April to June.
9. Explore historic Port Arthur
Between 1830 and 1877, more than 12,500 convicts called Port Arthur a living hell. Nowadays, the well-preserved penal colony has to be one of Tasmania’s most rewarding travel experiences. Simply walking around the site evokes the settlement’s dark history, but head out at night for one of the famous ghost tours and you’ll really scare your socks off. The historic site is not just home to beautiful colonial buildings, but it also boasts a remarkable rocky coastline and towering cliffs, as well as other unique landmarks, such as Remarkable Cave and Crescent Bay.
10. Experience MONA
The Museum of Old and New Art is Australia’s largest private museum – home to one of the most controversial, some may say ‘confrontational’ art collections in the world. It’s also one of the most ingenious uses of space ever conceived, with its subterranean floors housing more than 300 pieces of art, sculpture and miscellaneous debris. MONA is simply a must-see museum and one from which you’ll walk away with a new perspective.
Planning your next escape to Tasmania, Outback Australia, Western Australia or New Zealand couldn’t be easier or more ‘airffordable’ with AAT Kings’ fantastic guided holiday and airfare package deals.
Complete-package holidays include all the must-see highlights such as those mentioned above, as well as fascinating commentary and local insights, carefully chosen accommodation, breakfast daily and many other meals, travel by luxury coach, airfares and airport transfers.
So, why not take advantage of these fantastic deals and allow AAT Kings’ expert team to bring each of these destinations to life? They’ve taken care of everything, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday.
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