(In partnership with Tourism Australia, Tourism Tasmania and Qantas)
We had the opportunity to visit Tasmania with Tourism Australia recently. Here’s a rundown on how our trip went. Speak to our Aussie Specialists today, and let them help you plan to maximise your next Australia holiday!
Landing in Hobart airport means we’re starting our journey on South Tasmania. A short drive up to Richmond was the first stop of the day.
Richmond Bridge is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia, and what better way to see the bridge than with a clear blue sky in the backdrop?
Moving to our 2nd stop of the day was The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. The museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection, and features an ever changing gallery. While it may not be for everyone, it’s a recommended destination if you want to check out unique experiences, one not found anywhere else in the world. Did we also mention that the food served at The Source restaurant is really great too?
View from The Source restaurant, MONA
After a surreal journey through MONA, it was time to head to our accommodation, Curringa Farm. This working farm is almost the size of Sentosa Island, and has 9 cabins available for booking, or day farm tours, which is offered on our 8D6N Tasmania, Nature and Wildlife package. What you get on the day farm tour includes a private sheep-shearing, where you’re sitting only 1m away from the sheep itself, a tour of the farm with a sheep herding show and barbeque lunch.
Sheep Herding, Curringa Farm
Leaving behind good memories of the farm experience, we headed further inland to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is not a zoo, but a place to allow animals separated from their families to be rehabilitated and released back to wild. This helps the animals continue their lives in the wild, or for animals who have become paralysed, to remain in the Sanctuary as they are unable to fend for themselves in the wild. It’s a place worth visiting, not only because you’ll be helping their cause, but also to see the local wildlife up close and personal.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Our next destination was Mount Wellington, located just 30 minutes away from Hobart. This spectacular mountain offers a stunning view of the world below. If you’re visiting during Autumn, there’s a chance you’ll be able to catch the Turning of the Fagus.
View from the top of Mount Wellington
With that, it was time to check into our accommodation for the night, MACq 01, one of Tasmania’s newest waterfront hotel. Offering unspoilt views of the Derwent Estuary, it’s definitely one of the best places to stay if you’re looking for a cozy and luxurious place to retreat.
MACq 01 Hotel
Heading north, our next destination was Freycinet, a 2 hour drive from Hobart.
Starting the day with an early lunch at Freycinet Marine Farm, the oysters here are cultivated on the farm itself, and are hailed as one of the best in Tasmania. Be sure to order to your hearts content, because a dozen may not be enough!
Freycinet Marine Farm
After having such a lunch, the best way to digest it would be to go walking. Our next stop was to Wineglass Bay Lookout, which involves a 45 minute hike to the lookout itself. This hike is perfect for all ages as the track is gentle. It’s worth the time for sure, because when you reach the top, a spectacular view of Wineglass Bay can be seen from here, creating picture perfect moments.
Wineglass Bay Lookout
As the day turns to night, we headed to our next accommodation, the Freycinet Lodge, located in a rustic area away from the hustle and bustle of the city, providing the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind with nature.
It was time to travel westward towards Cradle Mountain, one of the highlights of Tasmania, but first, a stop along the way to Sheffield before heading further west. This journey takes around 4 hours from Freycinet.
Sheffield is the famous town of murals, where you can find an artwork on almost any wall in town. All sorts of artwork are on display here, and the town is large enough for a short day trip.
Cradle Mountain offers some spectacular sights, and plenty of walking trails for those in the mood to hike. Unfortunately we were greeted with rain on arrival, but on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the reflection of Cradle Mountain on Dove Lake.
Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain
Devils@Cradle is another activity you might be interested in, if you want to see the local wildlife in their natural habitat. There are feeding sessions as well so you can watch how the Tasmanian Devils scavenge for food.
We bid goodbye to nature and headed back to the city of Launceston, with a stop in the middle to Christmas Hills.
Our first stop of the day was Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm. While the season was almost over, we still had a chance to sample the raspberries and blackberries, right before winter. It’s a nice stop along the way, and definitely not to be missed for the berry lovers. You’ll also be able to sample some jams and purchase a few back, which are exclusive to Tasmania and cannot be found anywhere else.
Launceston is a riverside city in northern Tasmania, Australia. It’s famed for the Cataract Gorge, with panoramic views, walking trails, sculpted gardens and a chairlift. Since it was getting late, the day ended at our accommodation for the night, Peppers Seaport Hotel, located right at the waterfront. It’s another location worth staying at for great sea views, and is conveniently located just 5 minutes away from the city centre.
Peppers Seaport Hotel
5 days of great food, but we were greeted with a surprise today. Me Wah Restaurant, a highly rated Chinese restaurant located in Launceston was our dinner location. Me Wah serves authentic Chinese dishes using the unique ingredients of Tasmania, such as the Blue-eye Trevalla, possibly the best known local fish.
Me Wah Restaurant
It’s the last day of our trip, but we had some time in the morning to explore around Launceston.
Cataract Gorge, just 20 minutes away from the city centre, was the stop of the day, with the world’s longest single span chairlift across the gorge offering a great view below. Trekking through the gorge back down is also an experience not to be missed, and you might even catch a wallaby or two running around!
The journey for us ends here, but your journey to Tasmania starts here with Dynasty Travel. Contact our Aussie Specialists to help you plan for your next holiday to Australia, or join our next available departure on 8D6N Tasmania, Nature & Wildlife package, where you’ll definitely get to eat great food, see scenic sights and get up close with the wildlife of Tasmania!