Despite wanting to keep it to ourselves, we simply couldn’t resist bringing you the incredible views from the deck of the luxe retreat Thalia Haven on Tasmania’s east coast. What better way to envelop yourself in all things winter than with a long, hot soak in the tub, wine glass in hand, as the waves of Great Oyster Bay crash below you. Bathe after sundown for a truly spectacular atmosphere – just you, the stars, the moon and the Milky Way. The rugged yet elegant house, which has been fully open since April, is completely wind- and solar-powered. Set on...
With vast stretches of pristine, ancient forests, unspoilt coastline and snow-capped mountains, lush, tranquil Tasmania is the ultimate destination for nature lovers - (and, of course, one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes) Tasmania is proof positive that good things do come in small packages. Framed by white-sand beaches and wildly beautiful headlands, and rising into some of Australia’s most spectacular mountain landscapes, the island offers a travel experience like no other. More than 40 per cent of the state is protected by reserves, and almost 20 per cent is World Heritage-listed wilderness – all of it teeming with rare flora and...
Score: 9.1 Who’d have predicted that the drive up the east coast of Tassie, from Hobart to the Bay of Fires, would beat all our iconic road trips – including the world-famous Great Ocean Road, the wildly isolated Nullarbor – to take the #2 spot? What can we say – you’ll understand when you get there. Maria Island, the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay, and holiday mini-mecca Bicheno are all waiting to be uncovered on this trip, but they’re not the only highlights. Tellingly, the area’s most luxurious stay also came in at #5, while the Freycinet Experience was voted Australia’s...
Score: 8.91 There was much debate in the office about whether this deserved its own ‘spot’ in the list; it is, after all, a stop along the East Coast Escape (see #3) and the location is an integral part of its appeal. But it takes something extra to be voted the top luxury lodge in Australia – especially by a panel who’ve been to them all, and more than once – and Saffire Freycinet really does have a unique appeal. “It feels like home... but home, if home was perfect,” Craig Tansley muses. “There’s something so comfortable about it... yet...
Score: 8.74 Another upset! Then again, though the Freycinet Experience is arguably the least well-known of the seven Great Walks of Australia, that’s part of its charm. Created by Joan Masterland (founder of Tassie’s iconic Cradle Mountain Huts walk on the Overland Track) 22 years ago, the four-day experience, which winds through some of the most pristine environment in the world, including Wineglass Bay, is not only still owned by its creator, it’s still run with the same principles. Only one walk runs per week, only 10 people per walk (with two guides, two lodge coordinators and a boat driver...
Score: 8.47 Yet another guided Tasmanian walk cracks the top 30 – the panel has well and truly spoken! But this, the award-winning Maria Island Walk, really is princess walking at its finest: superb food, an incredible wilderness landscape, and more so than some of Australia’s other great walks, some truly fascinating history. Maria Island was home to some of Australia’s earliest convicts (and even they took wry note of the island’s beauty), and the stories you’ll hear will boggle the mind. Something to reflect on, perhaps, while you’re reclining each evening in your plush glamping tent. From $2300 per...
Score: 8.32 A vast, sadly unprotected wilderness, Tasmania’s Tarkine is home to the world’s second largest temperate rainforest (after British Columbia), as well as 56 endangered species, and one of the greatest concentration of Aboriginal sites in the world. However you experience it, via one of the many forest walks, self-guided drives, or river cruises, or by staying at the heritage town of Corinna, “once you see this glory, you’ll feel so proud to call yourself an Aussie,” says Catriona Rowntree. You better get there quick. More info: discoverthetarkine.com.au Plan your Great Australian Holiday with our sponsors Discovery Holiday Parks Back...
Score: 8.055 Ah, it seems someone already has, and has poured you a flight of flavours from the Tamar’s famous pinot, to Velo Wines cabernet, to Holm Oak fortifieds… We don’t need an English magazine to tell us this is one of the 10 best wine routes in the world, but thanks Essential Travel UK! “The views are almost as good as the wines,” says Georgia Rickard, without a hiccup, “and in autumn, the vineyards take on a golden glow, like a good riesling.” Stay in Launceston at Hatherley House (book ahead, Cinderella, at this two-room delight, to be able...
Score: 7.99 Plastered with awards for excellence in sustainable tourism and for, well, tourism generally, Rob and his company don’t just talk the talk on its cruises of Bruny Island, Tasman Island and the Derwent River; they donate 25 per cent of all profits to environmental and humanitarian charities. So you’ll feel doubly good about trying their Tasmanian Seafood Seduction tour, which lets you catch and chow down on crayfish, abalone and oysters, while bobbing on the pristine waters around Bruny. The tours take place on specially designed boats that get you right up close to the spectacular wilderness action...
It doesn't take much effort to get off the beaten track in Tasmania and you certainly don't have to leave your creature comforts behind either, writes Megan Arkinstall. 1. Make yourself a private nest: West Kentish, Sheffield Halfway between the towns Paradise and Promised Land is heaven on earth, aka Eagles Nest – a collection of three luxury retreats with views like nothing else. Each retreat has something special – above-bed glass ceiling, lakeside firepit or, our favourite, a giant outdoor hot tub converted from an insulated milk vat, where you can have a spa bath, milk bath, mud bath…...
He’s at it again, that Rob Pennicott (à la owner of Tasmania’s Pennicott Wilderness Journeys). This time, the award-winning tour operator has launched a hunter-gatherer experience along the D’Entrecasteaux Channel (which separates Bruny Island from mainland Tassie), where guests can help collect oysters, mussels, sea urchin, abalone, crayfish and fish… followed by a seafood feast onboard. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. From $685 per person. See seafoodseduction.com.au...
This photo was taken at Lake Pedder, deep in the south-west of Tasmania. It was taken in July this year and I had headed out to the lake to try and get some nice general shots of the area. I was taking a shot of the overall landscape of Lake Pedder when I looked to my right and saw the rain captured within the sun rays. I was on my own with no one else there, which was a shame as I couldn’t tell people about it until I got back home. Cameron Blake, Rosetta, Tas Calling all Australian Travellers! For a chance to have your photograph published in Australian Traveller, please email a...
The real crux of what makes this week-long harbourside festival of deliciousness so special is that it really encapsulates the spirit of our fair southern isle. Sampling the beautiful and bounteous produce from the food and drink stalls will no doubt take up most of your time: think still-kicking fresh salmon, plump briny oysters and huge crabs washed down with boutique beers or fresh juice, and polished off with flaky pastries stuffed with local cherries and apples. Yes, it all tastes as good as it sounds. The food won’t be the only thing clamouring for your attention – a little boat...
Tasmania’s Maria Island is a beautiful place packed with history – not all of it pleasant. Besides boasting the dramatic Fossil Cliffs and beautiful Painted Cliffs around its coastline, abundant wildlife, snorkelling and scuba diving, and beautiful walks, the island also offers a glimpse into Tasmania’s convict past. In a move that will prove either terribly exciting or serve as a stern warning of what happens to naughty children, you can book a night for the family in Maria Island’s Darlington penitentiary. The (very basic) lodgings date back to the 1830s and offer visitors the chance to live how the...
Its pristine environment and passionate local growers and foodies make Tasmania an ideal place to hit the coastal road, where you’ll not only marvel at the scenery and the beaches but the food scene, too. Drive north from Hobart and take in the spectacular coastal views along the way before stopping for fresh berries at Kate’s Berry Farm, just three kilometres south of Swansea. Visit the pretty seaside town of Bicheno, check out the local wildlife (there are penguin tours and a wildlife sanctuary nearby) and sample the local seafood and wines. Don’t miss Coles Bay, where you can visit...
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