Pack your hiking gear and visit one of Tasmania’s most infamous and scenic natural wonders. The World Heritage Listed area is famous for the stunning Dove Lake and Lake St Clair National Park, where you will find a stunning array of unique flora and fauna. Spot wallabies and wombats that take residence among the native bush land as you stroll through the various forest trails. Better still, take a walk through the world famous Overland Track that takes you through Cradle Mountain National Park to Lake St Clair. This track is not for the weak or faint-hearted, taking around five to six days to complete. The track is free to visitors with the exception of peak walking season (October 1- May 31) when a fee of $200 for adults and $160 for pensioners and students applies.
East Coast trip: Binalong Bay, St Helens, Freycinet and Coles Bay
Tasmania’s East Coast provides the best coastal experience within the state, offering the most spectacular beaches, lagoons and forest reserves with picturesque views. Only a short two-hour drive from central Launceston, St Helens is the largest town on the coast and is in close proximity to Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires, where you are treated to the best outdoor activities, including bush walking through the Bay of Fires Conservation Area or snorkeling and fishing among the striking lichen-covered red rocks. Close by in the nearby Coles Bay and Freycinet, you will find some of the most impressive views of the coastline, with challenging rock climbs along the Freycinet Peninsula. The Freycinet National Park is home to the stunning Wineglass Bay and Mt Amos, both known for their regular appearances on tourist postcards and other Tasmanian memorabilia. Eat some of the freshest seafood in Australia at one of many beach-side cafés, or better still, eat fish and chips sourced from local waters along the beach.
North West Tasmania Tasting Trail
North West Tasmania is a food lover’s retreat, best known for the luscious berry farms and fresh local produce. On the way back from Launceston, start your food journey at the nearby Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, just 30 minutes from Launceston CBD in Elizabeth Town. The café will satisfy all of your raspberry cravings, offering everything from raspberry pancakes to chicken burgers with pesto and raspberry mayo. Drive another 14 minutes north to Ashgrove Cheese Farm where you can sample award-winning cheese until your stomach is content. Buy milk, cream and other dairy products all made at the factory. Next up, in a small location ten minutes from the city of Devonport, in the town of Latrobe, you can find the Anvers Chocolate Factory. This chocolate lover’s dream features a café where you can have the full chocolate experience. Choose from the extensive range of cakes and chocolates available to chocolate waffles and a full breakfast menu in a small but comfortable setting. If you’re still craving more chocolate, head to the gift shop where you can purchase Anvers’ signature truffle and chocolate range and even sample some free fudge! Foodie tip: the hot chocolates are to die for.
Anvers Chocolate Factory, 9025 Bass Hwy, Latrobe, TAS, Australia, +61 3 6426 2958
Ashgrove Cheese Farm, 6173 Bass Hwy, Elizabeth Town, TAS, Australia, +61 3 6368 1105
Hobart: MONA and Cascade Brewery
The city of Hobart is known for being Australia’s second oldest capital, but is most famous for the world-renowned MONA museum. The museum is most accessible via a 30-minute ferry ride from the CBD, providing an entertaining and scenic trip along the way. Experience the current works of Mathieu Briand in ET IN Libertalia Ego, Vol. 2, running from September 2, 2015 to July 11, 2016. While you’re there, take a look at the museum’s cinema, Cinemona, or buy some memorabilia at the MONA shop. Afterwards, take a tour of Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade Brewery. The student price of $20 will score you a 1.5-hour tour through the brewery and gardens, including tastings of the local brews — did someone say free beer?
MONA, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale, TAS, Australia, +61 3 6277 9900
While down south, check out the small town of Geeveston, a 60-minute drive from Hobart, where you will find the adrenaline pumping Tahune AirWalk. Situated 20-30 meters above the ground, the walk offers a stunning view of the forest floor below. The last section of the walk is approximately 48 meters above the ground — not for the faint-hearted. The 619-meter trail takes approximately 50 minutes to complete, with plenty of opportunities to take some impressive photos to show family and friends back home. Concession tickets are $25.20. If you are not one for heights, sit and relax at the café and take a look around the gift shop. The café offers free wifi, and the menu includes plenty of Tasmanian produce and local beer, wine and cider. Barbecue facilities are also available if you are looking for a casual, less expensive lunch in between the shrubs of lush forest.
Tahune AirWalk, Arve Rd, Geeveston, TAS, Australia, +61 1300 720 507
By Ainsley Koch
Ainsley Koch is studying a Bachelor of Journalism at Monash University. She is originally from Tasmania, but moved to Melbourne in 2013 for study. She is interested in health and fitness and also loves fashion.