From road trips to secret beaches, day hikes and sunset sails: Alissa Jenkins gives a rundown on hot activities to keep you on the go in TAS this summer. Enjoy the outdoors
01. Have a hit on Barnbougle Dunes, said to be the best public golf course in Australia. It is spread across 200 acres of undulating coastal dunes in Bridport, on Tasmania’s northern coastline, overlooking Bass Strait.
02. Abseil the Gordon Dam in Tasmania’s south-east: it’s the highest commercial abseil in the world. But if you’re not ready for the 140m drop, there are other choices between 30m and 50m.
03. Hobart’s Taste Festival is a summer must, a celebration of Tassie produce including salmon, oysters, cheese and wine. Running from December 28 to January 3 at the Princes Wharf, it will coincide with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – the finish line is a ten-minute walk up the wharf.
04. Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy warm nights, as visitors will discover on a guided night tour at East Coast Nature World throughout summer. Expect to see nocturnal natives such as Tasmanian devils and quolls.
05. Rent a holiday home right on the beach, such as Tidal Whispers in Boat Harbour on the north-west coast of Tassie. It features panoramic ocean views, two bedrooms, outdoor decks and steps leading directly from the house to the water. Bliss.

Take to the water
06. Get an adrenalin rush on a jet boat on the upper reaches of the Derwent River, 35km north-west of Hobart. The 12-seater jet boat was designed and built in Tasmania especially for Derwent River conditions, allowing it to skim over exploding white water and between exposed rocks.
07. Try your hand at fly-fishing in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, rich in trout. Summer is said to be one of the best times for the sport, when fish can be easily spotted, rising to the surface to feed on plentiful summer insects.
08. Hop on board an award-winning three-hour wilderness coastal cruise, along the untouched southern coastline of Bruny Island. Expect to see some of the tallest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and an abundance of sea life, such as dolphins, seals, seabirds and migrating whales.
09. Raft down one of the world’s last great wild rivers, the Franklin, located in Tasmania’s rugged south-west.
10. Following a tour of Hastings Caves, located 90 minutes’ drive south of Hobart, dip into the nearby thermal pool which is fed by an ancient spring. Alternatively, walk along the Hot Springs Track to the point where two streams converge, and feel the warm current from one stream meet the cold current of the other.

Top 3 day walks
11. The Mt Donaldson walk is a half-day, medium-graded trek through the Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania’s north-west. The mainly gravel track meanders through open myrtle forest and grassy plateaus, past rivers and up Mt Donaldson. At the top, vast views extend from the West Coast Ranges to the sea.
12. Wineglass to Wine Glass is a full-day guided walk on the east coast of Tassie. It takes in spectacular views from the Hazards Mountains of the ocean surrounding Freycinet Peninsula, and along the white sandy shores of Wineglass Bay. A banquet of fresh local produce is also included as part of the tour.
13. The Walls of Jerusalem day walk in the state’s north showcases the Jurassic landscape of this national park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It includes stunning views of dolerite peaks, lakes and caves and takes up to nine hours to complete. Recommended for experienced bushwalkers, as there are limited facilities within the park.

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