Have a week to spare in the southern hemisphere?
Plan a trip to intriguing and scenic Tasmania, the small island state off the southeastern tip of Australia.This wonderful place is small enough to explore every inch of in just one week but full of interesting locations that you will leave, ready to plan your trip back. With a vibrant food scene, amazing wines from local vineyards, stunning hiking locals and rich arts and culture, you will quickly see why Tasmania is one of the hottest spots to travel in 2015.
Before tucking into the one of the many top gourmet restaurants Tasmania has to offer, you might want to work off a few extra calories by spending time exploring the natural beauty of the island. Tasmania is well known for some of the world’s best multi-day hikes like the Overland Track. Australia’s most famous trek must only be tackled by experienced walkers or with a guide. Take in some of Tasmania’s highest peaks and most breathtaking views while out on a six day adventure on the Overland Track. December to April sees many trekkers heading out in the warmer, summer weather and blue skies through fields of soft colored wildflowers. Spring and autumn also offer wonderful views, cooler weather and less populated hiking tracks.
Certainly after pushing your limits on a multi-day hike, a little wine tasting should be in order. Tasmania is quickly becoming known as one of the top wine producing regions in Australia, achieving lots of international recognition in the last couple of years. The Tamar Valley wine region is the place to taste some delicious Pinot Noir from Freycinet Vineyards or Holm Oak Vineyards. Located 64 kilometers from Lauceston, this pastoral farmland is lush with green rolling hills and dotted with beautiful wineries. Plan to spend a full day moving between different boutique wineries. What makes the Tasmania wine country so unique is the absence of any big production. There are no big tank, mass producers here. You will only find first-class wine to try as you select a bottle to take home.
Food with your wine
Now that you are schooled in Tasmanian wine, you will know what to order when you head out for a dining experience. Settle in at any number of Tasmania’s local pubs for some delicious gourmet fare. Australian pubs often serve up some of the best food around and always boast a warm, open atmosphere with great service. When in Hobart, grab a table at the New Sydney Hotel (pubs are often called hotels in Oz). A favorite with locals and visitors alike, New Sydney always serves up mouthwatering meals.
Craving a little culture, make sure you plan to spend a few hours wandering through the impressive collection at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), a ferry-ride from Hobart’s harbor front. Known as Australia’s most unique art experiences, the gallery houses over 400 pieces of controversial and mind-blowing art. A few hours spent exploring all three levels of underground galleries and world-class exhibits will definitely leave you with something to talk about and consider.
Created by Lynn May Gosselin