Every travel bucket list should include Tasmania. Full of natural wonders, this Australian island has it all – from city spotlights to bushland attractions – that will occupy all your senses. The island locally produces most of its food like dairy products, wines, and seafood.
Thanks to the architecture and history, towns and certain sacred Aboriginal sights attract a lot of visitors making Tasmania a popular tourist destination.
So, if you are looking for the next destination to explore, here are amazing things you can see, do and taste in Tasmania that will put it on your radar.
1. Lavender ice cream on Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Bridestowe Lavender Estate is a magnificent property that looks like French Provence from December to February. The fields around the main building not only turn purple but also gain other colors making the whole area look like a rainbow. Visitors are encouraged to take a walk among the fields and smell the sweet fragrance of fresh lavender and sit on the nearby hill enjoying the view.
The Estate has a coffee shop where you can try all sorts of lavender products including their signature purple ice cream popular with everyone, not just children. The mountainous landscapes surrounding the estate make it a perfect stop to rest before continuing your journey and buy a batch of lavender honey, also made on the Estate.
2. Explore the history in Hobart
There are so many things to see, do and taste in Hobart that this is where you will probably make a base of your Tasmanian adventure. Mount Wellington nearby is an ideal place for a moderate hike and taking the look of the whole area. Various museums like the Museum of Old and New Art with provocative exhibitions and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery dedicated to the country’s traditional art will keep your preoccupied a good portion of the day.
Farm Gate Market on Sunday will get you the best homemade and locally produce products from free-range eggs to tasty cakes. Hobart Convict Penitentiary is the start of learning more about the history of the island and Australia. You can observe convict-built architecture on the Battery Point Sculpture Trail, while Salamanca Place is great for a lunch break and shopping due to many cafés and antique shops there. To try everything this island has to offer, visit during the Taste of Tasmania festival when all local businesses bring out their food and beverages, as well as dishes by the famous Tasman chefs.
3. Best lamb in the country on Flinders Island
Flinders Island is an ideal destination for people who want to enjoy their vacation slowly and more relaxing. The area has many secluded beaches, golf courses, and diving tours, as well as searching for the “Killiecrankie diamonds.” If you want to find out more about the island and see shipwrecks and artifacts stop by the Furneaux Museum for a guided tour. The Island is famous for its lamb and seafood, as well as fruits, vegetables, and wines – all locally produced on many farms in the area.
Strzelecki National Park is full of granite mountains and serves as a home for many animal and plant species. This is where you will find Sassafras-musk rainforest, rare orchids, dense forests of tea tree and Tasmanian blue gum. Bennett’s wallabies, pademelons, and wombats are some of the animals here, as well as over 100 species of birds. Fotheringay Bay is a popular place to swim, dive and snorkel, as well as to have picnic and beach walks thanks to its unique rock formations.
4. A taste of Tasmanian gin on the Freycinet Peninsula
For many, Freycinet Peninsula is a favorite spot for hiking, swimming and camping especially Mt. Amos and Wineglass Bay. However, this is also one of the most popular stops on the gin trail starting at McHenry Distillery where you can even make your bottle. However, the Spring Vale winery on the Freycinet Peninsula makes an exquisite Tasmanian gin – The Splendid Gin.
If you come during summer you will be in for a treat since the winery makes a gin-based Summer Cup with Tasmanian pepper berry for a distinct taste. Once here, go to the Freycinet Marine Farm to try some of the best fresh oysters, as well as rock lobster and mussels. You can even order a takeaway to have a picnic at one of the many areas with a nice glass of gin.
5. Hiking in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is a place where everyone will find the perfect activity and enjoy amazing sights of the region. This is one of the most famous scenic natural wonders in Tasmania with unique flora and fauna. Peaceful kayaking on the Dove Lake overlooking the glaciers or going on a hike through the Overland Track is only some of the activities here.
You can go on a scenic helicopter ride or visit Devils @ Cradle a conservation sanctuary for the most iconic animal of the island – the Tasmanian Devil. House of Anvers uses pure butter, Tasmanian cream, and the finest world’s chocolates to make delicious desserts you can try at their café. This is a perfect way to rest and energize for exploring the area and hiking some of the most gorgeous terrains.
With so many amazing things you can see, do, and taste in Tasmania, it’s hard to resist the charms of this Australian island. Offering something for everyone, this is a favorite tourist destination for a reason among international and Australian travelers. So don’t think twice whether to place Tasmania on your travel list and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime that will engulf all your senses.
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