Tasmania: The Isle Of Cruising Adventures
Not only is Tasmania – which is about the size of Ireland – the undisputed adventure capital of Australia, it has quickly gained a reputation as a foodie destination; Tasmanian seafood and cool climate wines are highly celebrated.
MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) — an astonishing private art gallery on the outskirts of Hobart — has generated a wave of interest in the island state, which is also rich in convict history and marvellous Georgian architecture.
Apart from the car ferry that runs between Melbourne and Devonport, multiple cruise lines, such as Carnival, P&O, Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises, include Tasmania as a port of call on their itineraries.
The dining scene in Hobart, the state capital, is equally impressive, with restaurants such as Monty’s on Montpelier and Garagistes forging a distinctly modern – and funky – regional cuisine using top-notch local produce.
The city’s pubs, some dating back to the first days of settlement, are also enjoying a revival and Hobart now offers a lively cafe scene.
While Tasmania’s convict heritage remains a major draw — a visit to the convict ruins at Port Arthur or the more modest settlement on Maria Island, just north of Hobart, is highly recommended — the island also offers a number of stunning adventure activities, such as the famous Overland Track for trekking and whitewater rafting in north-west Tasmania.
There’s a selection of less extreme stuff too, such as touring by quad bike or cycle, kayaking along the coast and exciting jet boat rides.
And for those who like their outdoor pursuits to come with a warm bed and a gourmet meal, Tasmania specialises in 'glamping' (glamorous camping) expeditions.
One of the best-known hikes is the Bay of Fires guided walk along the East Coast. This is a gentle introduction to trekking for novices or those who are unsure about their fitness. Walkers need only take a light day pack and a change of clothing – the guides sort out the food and accommodation.
Hikers spend two days walking along the pristine coastline before spending a final night at the Bay of Fires Lodge, a top property with fine coastal views. Similar trekking experiences are available at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (with Tasmania’s highest mountain) and on scenic Maria Island off the east coast.
Tasmania is a wild and beautiful place that now boasts plenty of carefully designed facilities for culture-lovers. Well worth the trip.
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