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ADVENTURE

A playground for nature lovers, Tasmania is blessed with some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country

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Incredible Beauty

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Go rock climbing at Cataract Gorge

Learn the ropes with an introductory rock climb and abseil at Cataract Gorge.

Tips to Take you Further #1

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Tips to Take you Further #1

Tasmania is a relatively small, safe and manageable state, the sort of place that’s best explored independently. The best way to do this, of course, is to hire a car – preferably something sporty so you can stick mountain bikes on the roof and dirty hiking gear in the boot. Tasmania has some beautiful drives, which means the journey truly is more important than the destination.

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Abseil the Gordon Dam

Get your heart racing abseiling down the 140-metre Gordon Damat Strathgordon.

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Scale the Totem Pole

Test your limits climbing Tasmania’s challenging Totem Pole atCape Hauy.

Natural Wonders
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Tasmania: it’s so hot right now. It’s the MONA art gallery and the Lark distillery; the wineries and the cheese makers; the coffee shops and the boutiques. But there’s more to this beautiful little island than a few well-trodden paths. In fact, there are places in Tasmania where barely a soul has set foot, or rope, or paddle before you.

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Hiking in Tasmania is hugely rewarding, but it’s not always easy. This is some pretty rugged terrain we’re talking about, and the weather can change in an instant. Best way to prepare for this is to hike in a group, with a dedicated, professional guide who knows the area well. There are plenty of companies offering this service.

Places, for example, like the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, a World Heritage-listed area of incredible beauty where you can go on a multi-day whitewater rafting adventure. This isn’t any old journey, either. You take everything you need in to the park, and you take it all out again. You spend eight or 10 days exploring this immaculate wilderness from the comfort of a rubber raft, tackling rapids and smooth water, through deep gorges and past old-growth forest, sharing an adventure with new friends, camping each night by the side of the Franklin River, cooking meals and even drinking water directly from the stream, it’s that pure. This is one of Australia’s truly great adventures, run by Franklin River Rafting, and it’s one that even many Tasmanians have never completed.

But of course, there’s more to adventure on this island state than a paddle. Up for setting a world record? Why not join Aardvark Adventures for the world’s highest commercial abseil: down the face of the 140-metre-high Gordon Dam. That’s slightly higher than the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We could tell you about the stunning scenery in that part of the world, but you’re not going to notice it. This is white-knuckle stuff.

Off the

BEATEN PATH

Escape the crowds and discover Tasmania’s hidden gems.

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Pristine Wilderness

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Walk the South Coast Track

Traverse mountain ranges, coastal heathland and pristine beaches along the eight-day South Coast Track.

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Though it’s rare to see a Tasmanian Devil in the wild, it is possible, and you’ll have the best chance of doing it at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park in Taranna, on the Tasman Peninsula. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, near Hobart, also has a few devils, as well as koalas and kangaroos.

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See spectacular Wineglass Bay

From bushwalking to sea kayaking and scenic flights, there areplenty of ways to go off the beaten track while visiting the Freycinet Peninsula.

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Escape into the Tasmanian wilderness

Very few people get to experience the remote, alpine wilderness of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Flawless & Secluded
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There’s a beach in the south-west of Tasmania, a flawless stretch of sand called Cox Bight, that barely anyone gets to visit. That’s because it’s not easy to get there. It’s not like Bondi or St Kilda. You can’t catch public transport to Cox Bight. The only way to get in is to hike the spectacular eight-day South Coast Track, camping and carting your own equipment, or do a shorter fly-in fly-out sightseeing visit from Hobart with a charter company, bookable through Viator. Regardless of your chosen method of entry, however, you’ll never forget your visit. This is Tasmania at its untouched best, the perfect introduction to the seldom-visited, off-the-beaten track destinations that the island state has to offer.

Tassie is a wonderland for nature lovers. Closer to Hobart, Hazards Beach is another secluded, hike-in, hike-out patch of sand, near the better-known Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Or how about the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, a short drive further east of Cradle Mountain reserve? It’s only the dedicated few who ever make it to the Walls, given it’s a four-hour walk from the nearest car park to even access the area. It’s worth the effort, however, to visit: up there you’ll find pristine alpine wilderness, rocky peaks and stunning lakes, pine forests and deep gorges, all riven with well-maintained walking tracks. Talk to Tasmanian Expeditions [accepts Amex] about guided hikes in the area.

Those who prefer to spoil their nice walk with a round of golf, meanwhile, can also get off the beaten track in Tasmania. The town of Grindelwald, just north of Launceston, is not just a quirky and slightly odd replica of a traditional Swiss village, it’s also, surprisingly, home to a “world class” 18-hole mini-golf course. Golf is hugely popular in Tasmania, of course, but few people make the journey to putt their way around the Grindelwald course.

And there are plenty more outdoor activities for travellers who like to combine exercise with adventure. The Blue Derby mountain bike trails offer rides for all standards, with accommodation each night in custom-built pods [accepts Amex]. In the beautiful Huon Valley, in the island’s south, there’s horseback adventure on offer at Horsehaven Farmstay. And for something truly exhilarating, explore Dove Canyon with an adventure bookable through Viator [accepts Amex]. This vast canyon, in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, offers serious adventure for anyone who’s not afraid of a little cold water.

Home is where

THE HEART IS

Spend the night in rustic retreats; secluded, boutique accommodationand delightful hideaways.

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Remote Places

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Enjoy the peace and quiet of Bruny Island

Walk along cliff-top trails, join a wilderness cruise and dine on gourmet produce, then spend the night in an intimate cottage or rainforest lodge.

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People tend to forget that Tasmania is the perfect place to view Aurora Australis, or the “southern lights”. This nighttime feast of colour can be enjoyed in different places at different times of the year – best way to track it is by following the Aurora Australis Facebook page and checking out the updates.

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Stay in unique accommodation

Pumphouse Point offers premium accommodation in a converted 1940s hydroelectric pump house, suspended over Lake St Clair.

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Visit historic Corinna on the Pieman River

Take in the spectacular wilderness of the Southern Tarkine from Corinna, on Tasmania’s west coast.

Somewhere Unique

Adventure in Tasmania needn’t stop when the sun goes down. The feeling of being lost in the wilderness, of treading where few people have trod before, doesn’t have to disappear once you’ve checked into your accommodation. There are plenty of options in this state for spending the night somewhere unique, somewhere amazing, somewhere relatively untouched.

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Though Tasmania is as far south as south goes – for Australia, at least – it’s still a great winter destination. Picture yourself in front of a log fire with a glass of locally distilled whisky, or hanging out in a Hobart café with a cup of the city’s famously reliable coffee. And remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes.

How about sleeping in an old pumphouse set 250 metres out in the middle of gorgeous Lake St Clair, in a World Heritage-listed section of south-western Tasmania? That’s what’s on offer at Pumphouse Point, a recently refurbished old industrial building set at the end of a long pier, the ultimate in peace and seclusion in a part of the state that very few people get to visit. This boutique hotel is not merely a place to stay, but a place to explore, a home from which to check out parts of Tasmania’s Overland Track, as well as other shorter walks through beautiful countryside.

Piermont Retreat, on Tasmania’s east coast, offers a similar experience. The beds are comfortable and the surroundings are stylish, but it’s the location of this boutique hotel that really sets it apart. The homestead here overlooks Great Oyster Bay, a pristine and seldom visited area near Freycinet National Park. Residents can choose to hike through the surrounding forest, paddle on the calm waters, or just relax with a cup of tea and take it all in.

Tasmania, in fact, has plenty to offer those looking for somewhere quiet and secluded to spend a few nights. Bruny Island, for example, has a plethora of quaint accommodation options in beautiful surrounds, homes that make the perfect base from which to explore the wilds of this rugged patch of land off Tasmania’s south-east coast. From former boathouses to cottages in the middle of the countryside to seaside cabins – check out Airbnb [accepts Amex] for all of the options.

And there are other places, too, to enjoy time away from the crowds. Maria Island, off Tasmania’s west coast, is basically deserted save for the bunkhouse accommodation in the Old Penitentiary, built in 1830. There are only 10 rooms available, and there’s no one else who will be spending the night on the whole island. The town of Corinna, also on the west coast, offers another interesting place to stay, with many of the small town’s old buildings – the butcher’s shop, the general store, and the mews – having been turned into tourist accommodation. Book a stay there on booking.com

Wine

AND DINE

There’s good reason Tasmania is considered a gourmet paradise. Sample some of its delicious, fresh produce at markets, restaurants and bars.

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The Freshest Produce

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Unwind at The Henry Jones Art Hotel

This boutique hotel is tucked in the old sandstone warehouses on Hobart’s waterfront, and offers a cosy restaurant and bar.

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Hobart is well known for its fine-dining restaurants, which celebrate fresh, seasonal Tasmanian produce. Book in advance for dinner at Smolt and dine on Mediterranean-style dishes which showcase local seafood. Afterwards pull up a stool at The Glass House, which serves elegant cocktails on the waterfront.

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Tasmania’s whisky distilleries

Tasmania has garnered a reputation for its whiskies – names include Lark Distillery, Sullivans Cove and Nant.

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The flavours of the Huon Valley

In the Huon Valley, you’ll find orchards and farmers selling produce at honesty stalls by the side of the road.

Adventure on a plate
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Adventure in Tasmania needn’t stop when the sun goes down. The feeling of being lost in the wilderness, of treading where few people have trod before, doesn’t have to disappear once you’ve checked into your accommodation. There are plenty of options in this state for spending the night somewhere unique, somewhere amazing, somewhere relatively untouched.

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Tips to Take you Further # 1

Tasmania is a relatively small, safe and manageable state, the sort of place that’s best explored independently. The best way to do this, of course, is to hire a car – preferably something sporty so you can stick mountain bikes on the roof and dirty hiking gear in the boot. Tasmania has some beautiful drives, which means the journey truly is more important than the destination.

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Tips to Take you Further # 2

Hiking in Tasmania is hugely rewarding, but it’s not always easy. This is some pretty rugged terrain we’re talking about, and the weather can change in an instant. Best way to prepare for this is to hike in a group, with a dedicated, professional guide who knows the area well. There are plenty of companies offering this service.

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Tips to Take you Further # 3

Though it’s rare to see a Tasmanian Devil in the wild, it is possible, and you’ll have the best chance of doing it at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park in Taranna, on the Tasman Peninsula. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, near Hobart, also has a few devils, as well as koalas and kangaroos.

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Tips to Take you Further # 4

People tend to forget that Tasmania is the perfect place to view Aurora Australis, or the “southern lights”. This nighttime feast of colour can be enjoyed in different places at different times of the year – best way to track it is by following the Aurora Australis Facebook page and checking out the updates.

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Tips to Take you Further # 5

Though Tasmania is as far south as south goes – for Australia, at least – it’s still a great winter destination. Picture yourself in front of a log fire with a glass of locally distilled whisky, or hanging out in a Hobart café with a cup of the city’s famously reliable coffee. And remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes.

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Tips to Take you Further # 6

Hobart is well known for its fine-dining restaurants, which celebrate fresh, seasonal Tasmanian produce. Book in advance for dinner at Smolt and dine on Mediterranean-style dishes which showcase local seafood. Afterwards pull up a stool at The Glass House, which serves elegant cocktails on the waterfront.

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Tips to Take you Further # 7

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