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Tasmania – Come to Sail, Stay to Play

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If you are heading to the SB20 Worlds in Hobart in 2018 you may want to consider staying a bit longer.

Tasmania is an island and also the most southern state in Australia sitting at 42 degrees south. It is a unique place known for its natural beauty, vast Wilderness World Heritage area, abundant wildlife, and a well preserved convict history. And if that’s not enough, Tassie’s evolving foodie, arts and tourism culture provides a vibrant social scene and amazing no-where-else-on-earth experiences.

Tasmania has the freshest air and some of the cleanest waters in the world with a cool climate and pristine environment resulting in high quality seafood, beef, whisky and cool climate wine production. It has been attracting passionate food and drink producers and makers from around the globe and the results are starting to show. You can experience a delectable choice of both primary produce outlets, eateries, boutique wines, beers, ciders and spirits all around the state. A good start if you want to experience a selection of Tassie’s finest is the Taste Festival in Hobart in Dec/Jan each year or at Salamanca Market in Hobart each Saturday.


December and January is a serious yacht racing period in Tasmania with the culmination of the Sydney-to-Hobart, Launceston-to-Hobart and Melbourne-to-Hobart yacht races in the Hobart docks around 28-29 December. The welcome party on the docks usually starts on 27 December and gains festive momentum with arriving yachties and visitors till around 3 January. The City of Hobart hosts the spectacular (and very civilized) Taste Festival consisting of local eateries and producers, wine, beer, cider and whisky makers preparing the best of local produce in a festive atmosphere.  The vibe is celebratory, inclusive and relaxed.

Natural attractions

If you want to experience Tasmania’s wilderness, wildlife and history, you don’t have to travel very far. In fact Tasmania’s uniqueness is in how accessible everything is.

Mount Wellington/Kunanyi is Hobart’s landmark mountain which sits as a backdrop to the small capital city. Topped in snow in winter, changing colours in summer, it’s affectionately referred to as ‘The Mountain’ by locals. The most spectacular views can be seen over southern Tasmania from the viewing platform at the top and it’s only a scenic 30 minute drive (self drive or bus trip) from Hobart’s CBD to the pinnacle.

If you love the water as much as we do then you may want to consider a Pennicott Wilderness Journey around the spectacular Tasman Peninsula or Bruny Island. These sea journeys are on the iconic and purpose built blue and yellow rubber ducks which zip you from the Hobart docks down south to view amazing rugged and wild coastal scenery. Along the way you will see wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, fish, seals – in fact you will probably see them all, several times. During spring and summer you may even see a whale or two. Pennicott Journeys also offer a seafood extravaganza where you are taken south to hunt and gather the local seafood (abalone, lobster, fish, shellfish) which is cooked and eaten on board. They also pack back-up supplies of fresh Tassie seafood in case your efforts aren’t productive. www.pennicottjourneys.com.au

There are breathtaking scenic flights over some of Australia’s most rugged and remote wilderness areas. Tasmania’s west coast is a sparsely populated and wild region of Tasmania with a rich mining history. Much of the southwest and west is World Heritage National Park because of it’s unique flora and fauna and is untouched and pristine. paravion.com.au

Cultural activities

Tasmania has a very high proportion of artists among it’s 415,000 inhabitants. It must be the inspiring surroundings and relaxed way of life.

Of note is MONA – the privately owned Museum of Old and New Art which is well worth a trip not just to experience the extremely interesting and varied art, but also to visit to the winery and restaurants on site. www.mona.net.au

Salamanca Market set in Hobart’s historic waterfront precinct is one of the best in the world featuring local produce, food, crafts, entertainers and wonderful people-watching opportunities.

Tasmania’s vibrant and exciting arts and cultural scene can be explored with the Tasmanian Arts Guide website which provides a very thorough and enticing round up of what’s on, what’s happening and what to know in Tasmanian arts. tasmanianartsguide.com.au

Foodie experiences

Over the last few years Tasmania has experienced a world class food revolution. There is an incredible array of producers ranging from large scale international suppliers to specialist boutique entrepreneurs catering to locals and visitors with adventurous taste buds. Some of our finest eateries, wineries, distilleries, markets, food producers and chefs are regularly popping up in the world’s best lists compiled by the likes of Gourmet Traveller.

Tasmania has a rich history of food production, previously known as the Apple Isle because of it’s perfect apple growing climate and soils. Tasmania’s producers and chefs have continued to be produce-driven resulting in a unique Tasmanian food culture and personality. Must try foods are the local seafood (lobster, abalone, salmon, oysters, scallops, fin fish), beef, pork, berries, pinot noir, white wines, whiskey, cider, beer.

A good place to start (and a favorite with locals) is Salamanca Market which is held each Saturday among gorgeous historic convict built warehouses on the Hobart waterfront. There are lots of producers, food trucks and tastings with a Tasmanian theme.

There are too many experiences to mention so best to explore what’s on offer to your own tastes – there are lots of restaurants, food trails, cooking schools and tours on offer.


If this is not enough to tantalise your sense of adventure you can ask some of the locals what they enjoy and their favourite spots. Tasmanians are known as the friendliest people in Australia and love to share their local knowledge with visitors. Just don’t tell anyone else….

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