Only In TAS: 5 Experiences Unique To The State
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Australians are renowned for our love of travel, but while we’re often busy thinking of our next exotic overseas jaunt, we easily forget all of the gems in our own backyard.
From waterfalls to walking tracks, mountains to museums, there’s almost too much to discover across this big old island of ours – as Qantas have been kind enough to remind us with their beautiful and wanderlust-inducing new inflight safety video.
So next time you get those itchy feet, why not consider staying on home soil instead and exploring the best of what ‘Straya has to offer? We’re bringing you some excellent experiences unique to each state, whether you’re looking for a day trip from home or a giant Aussie adventure (and yes, you need to get out of your car, but trust us – it’ll be worth it).
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Australia’s darkest, weirdest museum
Does MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, really need any introduction anymore? The museum, just outside Hobart, is an absolute must on any trip down to Tasmania and it’s often touted as one of Australia’s – if not the world’s – best galleries. MONA’s owner, David Walsh, once described the gallery as a “a “subversive adult Disneyland”, and more permanent displays include a wall of plastic-cast vagina moulds, the controversial Cloaca “poop machine” and an engorged and distended Porsche convertible.
There’s definitely a dark sense of humour to it all. As well as the eclectic gallery, there’s a high-end restaurant serving great Tasmanian produce and luxury accommodation on-site. It’s a destination that every Australian has to tick off their bucket list – at least once. We recommend going during the gallery’s festivals, Mona Foma in summer and Dark Mofo in winter.
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Deep in the Tassie wilderness
Forming the northern end of the wild highland, World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is famed for being one of the state’s most naturally beautiful locations. The jagged-edged mountain, just a couple of hours’ drive inland from Hobart, is perfect for day hikes, and is also one end of the tough 65 kilometre, six-day Overland Track. The terrain around Cradle Mountain is vibrant, diverse and stunning: ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, icy streams pouring down mountainsides and forests full of old pines reflected in lakes make it look like Tasmania belongs in a fairytale.
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A food and wine crawl on the east coast
The space between Hobart and Launceston can often feel a bit like Point A to Point B but take a closer look and you’ll find some luxury along the way. Plenty of vineyards, cellar doors and gorgeous little boutique restaurants have arrived along Tasmania’s east coast, so why not take the coastal route and have a tipple – along with some local cheese and seafood – to make the trip that little bit sweeter? Start with Spring Vale and Darlington vineyards, both near the coastal town of Swansea – but really, the best thing to do is just hit the road and see what pops up along to the way.
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Hike Australia’s newest multi-day walking track
Before it was even open to the public, Lonely Planet declared the Three Capes Track the hottest new experience IN THE WORLD. Must be pretty good, then. It’s a perfect mix of roughing it and relaxing: four days, three nights and 46 kilometres – you’re not escaping that – but no heavy packs filled with tents and stoves, as along the track you’ll find pre-prepared huts to rest those weary legs every night. The walk passes Australia’s highest sea cliffs, dense eucalyptus forests and genuinely breathtaking ocean views. It is, quite literally, the edge of the world, and a beautiful way to see it whether it’s your first hike or you’re a seasoned pro.
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Follow the whisky trail
Tassie’s pure waters, chilly climate and pristine environment make it the ideal setting to produce one of the world’s most delicious liquids: whisky. The island is swiftly gaining global recognition for its whisky production and visitors can follow a whisky trail to meet the passion producers of these killer drops. From Overeem and Lark Distillery in Hobart to McHenry & Sons at Port Arthur and Hellyer Road in the north-west town of Havenview, there’s plenty of places to drop in and try Tasmanian whisky and hear the tales of production, right from the mouth of the makers. You beauty.
(Lead image: Mona/Rémi Chauvin)