Spotlight on Tasmania
Colloquially known as ‘Tassie’, this wondrous island state is located 240 kilometres off the Australian mainland and its national parks, reserves and World Heritage Sites form almost 45% of the island. That means there are vast expanses of coastline, an abundance of scenic wilderness and lots of ‘au naturel’ adventures to be had. Combined with its foodie culture, fascinating colonial history and hip arts scene, Tasmania offers a uniquely local cruise experience, right on our doorstep!
What Should I See and Do?
For Art Enthusiasts
One of Tasmania’s biggest cultural drawcards, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), is Australia’s largest privately funded museum in Hobart. Abutting a sheer rock face and structured across three underground levels, it showcases ancient antiquities alongside thought-provoking contemporary works, and has been described as ‘provocative, disturbing and deeply engaging’. MONA also hosts the annual MOFO festival (in January) and Dark Mofo festival (in June), which showcase vast public art installations, theatrical displays and live music performances.
Still not had your art fix? Head to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, where you can view a range of extensive collections that highlight the island’s biodiversity and cultural heritage.
For Culture Seekers
If you love looking to the past, organise a guided tour of the World Heritage convict site, Port Arthur. Incorporating dozens of history-soaked structures, you can explore the interpretative gallery, which offers amazing insight into some of the convicts’ journeys from England to Tasmania.
Elsewhere on the island, architectural treasures include Battery Point, the heritage houses in Launceston and the stoic convict-constructed bridges at Ross. And if your idea of culture is a spot of shopping, then make sure you’re waterfront on a Saturday for a taste of the Salamanca Markets, which feature over 300 stalls of the best of Tassie – organic vegetables, local artwork, hand-made clothing and unique timberwork are all on offer.
For Nature Lovers
From the breathtaking plateaus of Lake St Clair National Park to the windswept monoliths of the east coast, Tasmania’s wild beauty offers something for everyone. Mount Wellington, Cataract Gorge, Cradle Mountain … they’re all ready and waiting for energetic hiking or rafting adventures, or if you prefer somewhat less-ambitious pursuits, hop on board a leisurely cruising vessel where you’ll share the swell with a range of sea life from playful dolphins to notoriously cute penguins.
Prefer a more local experience? Head for the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, where you can eye-ball the island’s resident marsupial, hand feed a gentle wallaby or experience Tasmania’s only flight show with a Bird of the Bush presentation.
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From mouth-watering cheeses, cool-climate wines, insanely fresh produce to delectable seafood, the Apple Isle is a veritable smorgasbord of gastronomic delights.
Book a trip in early January to experience the week-long harbour-side festival, The Taste of Tasmania, and expand your palate with a nibble of a truffle or two and a whirlwind tour of tastebud tempting treats that celebrate the who’s who of the Hobart restaurant scene.
When Should I Go?
With four distinct seasons, Tasmania’s warmest months are between December and March. After that, crisp Autumn weather descends, with winter daily temperatures ranging from three to eleven degrees Celsius. While this is chilly, it’s also the perfect weather for snuggling fireside with a robust red and a platter of the country’s finest cheeses (possibly a King Island double cream brie)!
Are you now dreaming of a trip to Tassie? Can’t wait to experience all this and more? Call our friendly consultants on 1300 954 661 today and book your next cruising adventure!
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