Tasmania - It’s all right here waiting for you to discover.
While some places are all about the rush, Tasmania is about taking the time to enjoy. Escape your daily grind on bushwalks that take an hour, or take a week and really unwind. Stay and play world-class golf, dine on fresh seafood and taste award-winning wines. Across the whole island there are a multitude of discoveries to see, do, or taste.
Escape to our unspoiled world heritage wilderness. Explore rugged mountain ranges. Enter dense rainforests, or kayak the pristine coast. Spend the day on a beach where the only footprints left in the sand are yours or take an eco-cruise and observe abundant marine wildlife.
Indulge in a gourmet paradise where people live with the land and sea and there is a natural flow from paddock to plate. You’ll be treated to the freshest produce including some of the finest artisan cheeses in Australia. Visit a cellar door and enjoy Tasmanian cool-climate wines or try some Tassie beer, whisky and gin. Become inspired by the local bounty and join a cooking school for the day.
Discover it yourself, our little island is just an hour’s flight from Melbourne.
Food It's an unlikely spot for a food revolution – a bountiful green island off the southern coast of Australia. Tasmania's cool climate and rich soils allow small-scale producers to flourish and some of the best produce you will find anywhere is grown, harvested and served on the island. There are farmers markets, cutting edge restaurants, gourmet walking tours, farm gates, cooking schools and providores scattered all across the island.
Photo: Bangor Vineyard Shed, Dunalley. Tourism Tasmania & Alice Bennett
Agrarian Kitchen Pick your produce straight from the garden and rediscover the simple pleasures of preparing and eating freshly harvested ingredients at one of Tasmania’s boutique cooking schools. The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school nestled in the picturesque Derwent Valley run by Rodney Dunn - who in a previous life was the food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine. Guests don gumboots and forage ingredients from the farm and take classes in charcuterie, bread and pasta making. What can’t be harvested from the farm is sourced from local Tasmanian producers. The class continues in the kitchen as guests prepare, cook and enjoy a tasty seasonal feast together.
Bangor Vineyard Shed Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed is a cellar door, farm gate shop and restaurant in Dunalley Tasmania, brimming with cool climate Bangor wines, freshly shucked oysters and local produce. Perched on a hill beside the vineyard, at Bangor, what you enjoy is harvested from the vines and the sea before you. Cosy up by the fire in winter or around a picnic table in summer and you'll understand what Tasmania is all about; fine oysters and wine, sweeping views and a rural welcome that'll make you want to stay a while. The Dunbabin and Gray families are passionate about their farm produce, and together they have built this special place to share their wine and oysters with you. Just a 45-minute drive from Hobart, pop in on your way to Port Arthur or set aside a lazy Sunday afternoon with them.
Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail Let your tastebuds follow the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail to growers, farm gates and cellar doors on a journey of gastronomic proportions. Tasmania's North West combines stunning scenery with great produce and the ease and comfort of small town living. Roadside stalls and farmhouse shops sell vegetables and fruit, pies, cheese and handcrafted chocolates while cellar doors offer wine, cider, beer and whisky from dedicated boutique wineries and distilleries. Taste salmon and ginseng, raspberries and cherries, relish and sauces. The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is designed to help you discover the best artisanal producers this special region of Tasmania has to offer.
Melshell Oysters Farm Gate Step up to the window of a bright blue caravan for farm-gate oysters described as ‘blindingly fresh’ and ‘Dolly Parton plump’. There’s even rumour that tasting a Melshell oyster natural is ‘like French kissing a mermaid'. Calling the waters of Great Oyster Bay home, it’s little wonder they adopted a salty sweet imprint. Sit on the river bank and learn about the growing process while you enjoy fresh oysters served up naked, or with a squirt of lemon. After a quick show-and-tell tackle a crash course in shucking, slide a few babies down and you’ll be left somewhat a connoisseur.
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction The Tasmanian Seafood Seduction is a new gourmet seafood cruise from the multi-award winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys like no other in the world. Starting from Hobart you cruise the D'Entrecasteaux Channel home to Tasmania's finest seafood. Gather oysters, mussels, sea urchin and abalone straight from the sea – you can't get seafood any fresher than this. Pull a crayfish at the southern tip of Bruny Island or catch a fish before dropping anchor in the calm waters of a sheltered bay and help your guide prepare and serve your seafood bounty onboard the vessel.
Drink With a drink trail in every direction, plenty of charming cellar doors, breweries, cider houses and distilleries to drop into and lots of local makers to meet it's little wonder Tassie's drink is highly sought after. Grapes ripen slowly resulting in maximum flavour. Local cider producers have access to produce from third, fourth and even fifth generation orchardists. Whisky is still made the old-fashioned way and pull up any stool at a brewery to discover the stories behind the islands craft beer.
Photo: Willie Smith's Apple Shed, Huon Valley. Tourism Tasmania & Jonathan Wherrett
Cascade Brewery The Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest continuously operating brewery, in South Hobart, Tasmania. The brewery is located in the foothills of Mount Wellington, five minutes' drive from Hobart's central business district. Ex-convict Peter Degraves established the Cascade Brewery in 1824. Today, Cascade's brewers combine traditional brewing skills and pure mountain water with premium Tasmanian barley and hops to create the great tasting brew.
Hartshorn Distillery Local entrepreneur Ryan Hartshorn not only challenged convention, he flipped it on its head. Visit the family run Grandvewe farm and cheesery, in the lush farming district of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel for a truly ewe-nique experience. Meet the woolly residents, see the cheesemaking process and pop into Hartshorn Distillery where Ryan created the world’s first Sheep Whey Vodka. Resourcefulness and creativity are qualities you’ll find all over Tasmania, and you’ll get a taste of them all at Grandvewe.
Willie Smith's Apple Shed Curious about the Apple Isle’s rosy reds transformation into moreish cider? Head for The Apple Shed, a refurbished barn deliciously devoted to the humble fruit. A fruit which has for years been the livelihood of the region. Willie Smith’s is set among the orchards that are the source of the finished product. Within The Apple Shed, visitors can learn the history of apple growing in the Huon Valley. There is, of course, Willie Smith’s Organic Apple Cider on tap to welcome you and your palate to the Huon Valley in the most spectacular fashion. Take your glass, sit in the outdoor area and relax for an afternoon.
Tamar Valley Over 170 kilometres of winding roads make up the Tamar Valley Wine Route. But it’s not just enviable cool-climate wine territory and cellar doors that you’ll come across. You’ll find hazelnuts, lush orchards, pastures and a world-class fave not to miss- Jansz Tasmania- the type of sparkling that has put Pipers River Valley on the world map. Refuel with a delicious tasting plate of local cheese, charcuterie and seafood at Moore’s Hill Vineyard. There’s also craft beer, cider, coffee and whisky all served in a uber comfy and arty setting.
Lark Distillery When junipers for gin proved hard to find, Bill Lark of The Lark Distillery tried making a liqueur using Tasmania's native mountain pepper berries. The result is a smooth Bush Liqueur - a truly unique taste of Tasmania. The Bush Liqueur is also blended with another local product, Gillespies Ginger Beer, to make 2UP, a ginger beer with kick. Specialties of the distillery are single malt whisky, apple schnapps, bush liqueur, cherry max, and pepperberry vodka and gin.
Jansz Just as Tassie’s cool climate creates spectacular beauty in nature, it is also instrumental in the creation of art in bottles. It could be argued they’re mad growing grapes in such an unforgiving environment – but there’s mèthode to their madness. The climatic conditions of the Jansz vineyard rival the famed French wine region of Champagne. In fact, it was originally with French contribution that Jansz became Tasmania’s first sparkling made using the traditional Mèthode. Today they call it Methode Tasmanoise. In the Jansz Wine Room overlooking the picturesque lake, be guided through a tasting of the Jansz sparkling range.
Outdoor Adventures Adventures in Tasmania can be likened to the island's spectacular landscape – unspoiled and deeply personal. With one of the last great temperate wilderness areas on Earth, Tasmania is a huge outdoor playground. The island is only small in size, yet offers a fiercely diverse environment. Sweeping beaches rise to ancient rainforests and above, alpine tarns. It is shared with visitors through more than 300 adventure and eco-tours. Challenges rise to meet all levels from paddling furious whitewater rapids on the unpredictable Franklin River to cruising massive sea caves.
Photo: Fortescue Bay, Tasman National Park. Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
Aardvark Adventures Tasmania Join an abseiling adventure journey through the Tasmanian south west wilderness and straight over the edge of the Gordon Dam – with ropes of course. Climb over the edge of the railing and before you can say ‘geronimo’ you’ll be well into your 140 metres of adrenaline-pumping descent – the longest commercial abseil in the Southern Hemisphere. The Dam itself is concave, which means abseilers don’t touch the wall for most of the journey down. The Dam is six metres higher than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, at a massive 140 metres high, and holds back 30 times the amount of water Sydney Harbour holds. Aardvark Adventures can make all this happen.
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails Blue Derby is a network of trails that surround the town of Derby. Once the centre of a tin mining boom, these days it’s the mountain bikers carving up the dirt. Located in temperate rainforest in north-east Tasmania, the trails encompass some of the most stunning landscapes in the state. The world-class single track includes enormous granite slabs, dense tree fern forests, and breathtaking scenery. Dam Busters trail takes its name from the 1929 disaster when the Cascade Dam burst wiping out the riverbed and half of the township of Derby. Ride the forest and exposed riverbed and finish with a white-knuckle descent to Derby.
Cradle Mountain Canyons If adventure, wilderness and action is that you’re after - head to the alpine reaches of Cradle Mountain and climb into a wetsuit. Cradle Mountain Canyons run trips where you jump, swim and abseil through ancient canyons. Suitable for all abilities and those as young as eight - so don’t just walk around Dove Lake, leap into Dove Canyon – you’ve got to do this once in your life!
King River Rafting Be swept away on the King River Rafting adventure on Tasmania’s west coast. Your journey begins aboard the 118-year-old West Coast Wilderness Railway, Australia’s only steam train of its kind. With rafts atop and rafters aboard, the train will travel through remote rainforests and incredible landscapes to Dubbil Barril where your journey takes a rapid turn. Here you’ll swap comfort for courage as you plunge into the rapids of the mighty King River, which flows as fast as the adrenaline. Along the way, when the waters are calm, your guide will share stories of the region’s fascinating history.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers a multi-award winning three-hour coastal wilderness cruise, taking you along the rugged unspoilt southern coastline of Bruny Island. Bruny Island boasts spectacular rock formations, intriguing caves and sea cliffs that are amongst the highest in the world. The wild coastlines are home to hundreds of seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and seabirds, which you can experience from the comfort of your custom-built eco-cruising vessel.
Roaring 40°s Kayaking Mad about kayaking, this team of guides who grew up on waterways around this special island will show you Tasmania from the water. Roaring 40s Kayaking offer kayaking adventures to suit your time-frame and experience level. From two-and-a-half-hour city paddles with fish and chips, day tours around Hobart exploring cliffs, caves and beaches or multi-day expeditions into the Tasmanian wilderness, they guarantee to excite and inspire you. Take an unforgettable expedition amongst stunning landscapes and be inspired by the timeless nature as you glide far from the beaten paths of modern life.
Wild Cave Tours If you think Tasmania's wilderness only lives above ground level, think again. At Mole Creek Karst National Park in Tasmania's North West there's a world of subterranean adventures to satisfy any modern cave dweller. So ditch the beaten path and follow the expert crew at Wild Cave Tours on half-day guided tours of stream caves, glow-worm chambers and honeycombed hills. The walks range from easy to squeezy and it's totally up to you how you want to explore. Either way you're guaranteed an unforgettable underground experience.
Wild Pedder Wild Pedder is the dream of two best mates, Cody and Lou, two men who forged a friendship guiding along the deserted beaches of the Bay of Fires. With a shared passion for the endless pleasures and benefits of the wilderness, it wasn't long before the Wild Pedder idea became a reality. The Pedder experience is designed to give the intrepid traveller a taste of all that south west Tasmania can offer. Jagged mountain peaks strewn with flora, and magnificent temperate rainforests lined with mosses, fungi and ferns. The south west is also home to some of the tallest hardwood trees on Earth.
Walking Lace up your boots and walk at the world's edge on an island with over a thousand peaks where national parks and reserves cover nearly half of its landmass. The challenge of the wilderness alone is enough to excite any keen walker, but Tasmania isn't only for hardy explorers. Explore well-marked tracks hand-in-hand with comfy beds, gourmet food and wine. Luxurious wilderness walks dish up gourmet produce, a dash of local wine, and a sprinkling of bush pampering. Slow down to island time and let nature's drama unfold.
Photo: Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park. Tourism Tasmania & Jason Charles Hill
60 Great Short Walks Work your way down the list of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks. They give just about anybody the chance to explore some of Tassie's most scenic and iconic regions, in walks ranging from about 20 minutes to a couple of hours.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk The guided Bay of Fires Walk covers a coastline where there are more extraordinary white sandy beaches than houses. Immerse yourself in the pristine coastal environment teeming with cute and cuddly wildlife. Walk soft sandy beaches, explore secluded coves, and set off on a half-day kayak on Ansons River. End the days walking in uncomplicated luxury. Stay in an airy seaside cliff top lodge overlooking the ocean and blazing orange boulders. Walk through the bush to the spa and a soothing soak in the outdoor bathing pavilion.
Bruny Island Long Weekend Bruny Island Long Weekend will lead you along coastlines, feed you produce at the source and wine and dine you before you slip between crisp sheets and linger in hot outdoor showers. Meet a local oyster farmer who’ll shuck your oysters as waters swirl about your ankles. Drop in on a local farm to collect free-range pork that’s been slow cooking in the farmer’s smoker overnight. Then hop aboard an adventure cruise to travel under the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sea-cliffs. Keep watch for whales, playful dolphins and lively fur seals.
Cradle Mountain Huts Walk The Overland Track landscape was formed more than 150 million years ago. From Cradle Valley to Lake St. Clair, the multi-day expedition covers an ever-changing ancient landscape. Walking across it is usually reserved only for the hardiest of walkers. But with Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, there’s no roughing it. Cradle Huts provide everything. Each night of this six-day guided walk, guests snuggle down into architecturally-designed eco huts enjoy hot showers, a restful pillow and hearty Tasmanian food at communal tables.
The Freycinet Experience Walk Each day a new adventure unfolds as you access the most isolated corners of the Freycinet National Park. Snorkel clear waters, walk to magnificent views, fish for flathead in Schouten Passage and walk the powder white sand of Wineglass Bay under the Hazards mountain range, following in the ancient footsteps of the Oyster Bay tribe. Return each night to steaming hot showers, deep baths and a glass of wine by the log fire. Peruse the lodge’s library, watch wildlife and enjoy indulgent meals prepared by your hosts, and candlelit evenings in good company.
The Maria Island Walk Explore the breathtaking beauty of Maria Island National Park. This is a journey of relaxation and discovery where you can explore pristine beaches and ancient forests, discover convict history and spectacular wildlife out in the fresh air. Wines come from local vineyards, beers from Tassie breweries and guides hike and whip up Tassie scallops, and duck and roo sausages. Walking up an appetite has never been so fulfilling!
Three Capes Track This cliff top walk atop Australia's highest sea cliffs in the Tasman National Park on the Three Capes Track will make your heart skip a beat. Port Arthur Historic Site is your start and end point with a boat delivering you to the track start. Any migratory whales, dolphins or fur seals are complimentary. Wide tracks make it easy to take in the spectacular views and walk side by side. Three Capes is a self-guided walk, with three cabin sites providing maximum comfort with minimal impact on the environment.
Wineglass Bay Sail and Walk Explore Tasmania's iconic east coast by foot and by sea. On the four-day sail and walk journey visit the Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. On the six-day trip, you will also explore the Tasman Peninsula. Travel by yacht from one stunning walking destination to another. Immerse yourself in spectacular coastal scenery, mountain views and heathlands. Each walk is optional, you may stay on board the Lady Eugenie to relax, or explore the beaches, kayak, snorkel or swim. Each night, retire to the uncomplicated luxury of Lady Eugenie, where your guides will prepare a three-course dinner served with Tasmanian wine. You can also enjoy the relaxed surrounds of a barefoot beach dinner under the stars.
Wukalina Walk The wukalina walk is a three night, four day guided Aboriginal walk amongst the natural landscape of the larapuna/Eddystone Point and wukalina /Mt William areas, taking in the Bay of Fires, the cultural homeland of the palawa. Walk with palawa guides in the footsteps of their traditional people on the cultural homeland of wukalina and larapuna and learn about the Aboriginal palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and history. Hear first-hand palawa creation stories and take part in cultural practices that have been passed down for hundreds of generations.
Art and Culture A cultural revolution has been brewing in Tasmania over the last few years – and now the island’s vibrant arts and cultural scene has stepped into the spotlight and become the star of the show. Artisans are inspired by their surroundings, and a mix of the old, new and quirky foster an offbeat attitude that makes for an intriguing combination. It’s safe to say, the island’s been turning heads, showing the world things are done a little differently in Tasmania.
Photo: Mona - Museum of Old and New Art. Tourism Tasmania & Mona
Mona Mona is a three-level subterranean art space, built into a sandstone cliff face. Australia's largest private museum it houses a diverse collection ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Described as a 'subversive adult Disneyland', David Walsh's unconventional and challenging curatorial approach makes Mona a must-see for any visitor to Australia.
Design Centre An edgy design hub that’s been promoting inventive Tasmanian designs to the world since 1976. Better still, they’re affordable enough to take home. Browse works of art by local Tasmania designers. Pick up a one off platter, server or trivet for the table. There are few more beautiful products in the world than the ‘Glide Knife’ and ‘Butter Plate’ – now there’s a table combo that will knock any design connoisseur out for the count. Tuck a pair of handcrafted crafted ‘Pod Earrings’ in your luggage by Emily Snadden so you can admire the detailed sterling silver hand finish for years to come.
Makers' Workshop Here, studios are provided for local makers, innovators and artists demonstrate their skills and techniques on-site. The story of Burnie's deep connection with paper is told here with Creative Paper, where visitors are invited to see paper being made by hand, then try it for themselves. The Cheese Shop offers exquisite cheeses for tastings. A fascinating range of exhibitions can also be viewed in the contemporary gallery space. Significant objects from the Burnie Regional Museum are on display throughout the building and tell the stories of Burnie.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is Australia’s largest regional museum, full of with history, art and charm. It houses significant collections of Australian colonial art, decorative arts and design, Tasmanian history and natural science. Located on two sites, QVMAG can be experienced at the 1870s railway workshops at Inveresk and the 1891 Royal Park Art Gallery. The Inveresk site reveals Launceston’s railway heritage and social history and natural science collections, along with an interactive science centre and planetarium.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is the second oldest museum in Australia, but visiting the gallery, you wouldn't know it. Today, the gallery's contemporary design integrates seamlessly with the museum's heritage buildings. Known as TMAG to locals, the museum's art collection includes works from Tasmania's colonial period through to contemporary Australian and international artists. There is fascinating archaeological material of national significance, some of which was unearthed in the renovation of the museum itself, and displays that tell of early life in the colony. There's also a significant collection of Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural objects.
The Ship That Never Was Passionate local thespian Kiah Davey has spent the past 20 years performing in Australia’s longest running play. Originally written by her late father, Kiah proudly retells the story of ‘The Ship That Never Was’, at the Visitor Centre amphitheatre in the gorgeous village of Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast. See the harrowing true account of the great convict escape from Sarah Island, brought to life in this humorous and engaging play. By day you can cruise up the stunning Gordon River and walk in the footsteps of these convicts on the very island where they lived, worked and escaped.
History and Heritage Tasmania has come a long way since merchants traded on its shores and tall ships sailed into its harbours. Where trading once took place, market stalls and restaurants now abide. Where prisons were built, world heritage sites now enrich us with Australia's convict history. Tassie's legendary convict past tells captivating stories of wild colonial days. Explore the early lives of explorers, pioneers, and convicts.
Photo: Port Arthur Historic Site. Tourism Tasmania & Poon Wai Nang
Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre A place where you can lose yourself in history, play with treasures from the past and embark on a historical journey. You'll be entertained by the interactive displays and live a different story around every corner with buttons to push, levers to pull, tunnels to crawl through and animals to search for. Experience the excitement and realities of the elusive hunt for gold or learn about the mine rescue of Brant Webb and Todd Russell through interpretive displays.
Bonnet Island Experience The Bonnet Island Experience departing from Strahan visits a tiny island at Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast. Cruise in comfort arriving on Bonnet Island just before dusk. Hear stories of shipwrecks, rescues, storms and survival. Visit a historic lighthouse, to learn how lighthouse keepers lived and worked, guiding ships into the harbour. The island is also home to a thriving colony of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters. These amazing birds spend their days fishing at sea in all conditions, returning each evening at dusk, to their burrows on the island. Observing this phenomenon from close quarters is at the heart of The Bonnet Island Experience - a memorable and intimate encounter.
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site It’s time to get your heritage on with a visit to the Cascade Female Factory. The Heritage Tour starts at 10am with ‘Her Story’, a 45-minute roaming theatre show kicking off at noon. Try not to blush at the story of Ellen Scott – a lady who danced in public houses and slept with her master. Ellen arrived in 1830, transported for life because she stole a watch. Gain insight into the regimented system of punishment and reform that operated within these stone walls, and pose the question whether these women were more sinned against than sinning?
Highfield Historic Site This historic site offers a historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. Highfield is the story of success or tragedy – you decide. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, The Nut and Bass Strait beyond. Its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables, and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden. This classic Victorian house, built in 1860, is decorated with iron lace, and is secluded by lawns and trees.
Port Arthur Historic Site and Ghost Tours The most intact and evocative prison in Australia covered with ruins and complete buildings amidst English gardens and manicured lawns. Step into the past at this World Heritage listed historic site to learn of Port Arthur's story and the hardships faced at the inescapable prison at the 'end of the earth' where discipline ranged from physical to psychological terror. Stand as convicts did in the darkness of solitary cells and imagine their suffering. Come nightfall, your guide leads the way with a lantern telling chilling stories of apparitions and strange occurrences in this prison. But your guide will not be able to explain everything.
West Coast Wilderness Railway What better way to take in the rustic charm & old-timey atmosphere of Tasmania’s West Coast than an educational ride on an old-fashioned locomotive? Enjoy the rainforest views while sipping a glass of sparkling from the balcony in the luxurious wilderness carriages & listen to tales of Tasmanian resilience and triumph as the tour showcases the iconic local spirit of the early day inhabitants of this region.
Makers Markets and Vintage Stores Mixed markets in villages and towns are bringing communities together to celebrate eating and making local. Makers, crafters and bric-a-brac-ers come together with bakers, dairy producers, pig farmers and orchardists to offer a snap shot of the regions' creative diversity. Join in the tradition of sampling produce, accumulating good nosh and listening to buskers laid-back weekend vibes. From friendly outdoor markets to high end boutiques, it's easy to buy local in Tasmania and take a beautiful piece of the island state home with you.
Photo: Salamanca Market, Hobart. Tourism Tasmania & Hobart City Council
Devonport Farmers Market Devonport is at the centre of rich farming land and it shows at its local farmers market. Locals love the Dutch Cream potatoes grown at nearby Ulverstone, apples from Spreyton and carrots and other root vegetables from East Devonport.
Drill Hall Emporium Head deep into the Derwent Valley and discover the Drill Hall Emporium, an antiques store with a difference. Delight in the useful and decorative items on offer in their store, a former army drill hall that has been lovingly reinvented. The extensive range of decorative and practical pieces includes copper cookware, kitchenware, antique glass, china, silver, tableware and cutlery. The ever-changing collection of furniture includes fine English and French pieces, country oak and pine items. All complemented by a great range of linens, rugs and other decorator items.
Evandale Market Each Sunday the Evandale Markets are held in Falls Park, only a 20 min drive south of Launceston. These markets boast a wide variety of stalls including local produce, food trucks, second-hand books and local artisan crafts. Stroll through on a Sunday morning and you might spot some friendly faces. The pup soaking up the sunshine is a market regular and the traditional artisan painstakingly hand carving wooden dolls is present week after week.
Farm Gate Market Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by fresh and seasonal treats with a local twist. Salty, just caught seafood is on display alongside an array of fresh fruit and vegies as well as artisanal cheeses, wine, beer, jams and relishes. Foodies chat to local producers and growers who are on hand to share their passion for sustainable produce and paddock to plate philosophy. Stock up on produce and indulge on scrumptious gourmet delights.
Harvest Market Every Saturday morning Launceston's Harvest Market fills a quiet city car park with the region's best fresh produce. Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with seasonal produce, including delicious fruits and vegetables, dairy goods, artisan bread, pastries and much more. Enjoy a locally roasted coffee and taste your way around the foodie state while gathering a selection of delicious produce, cool-climate wines, artisan ciders and home-made preserves.
Salamanca Market Wander more than 300 stalls with everything from Tasmanian handmade arts and crafts, through to colourful ceramics and handcrafted glassware. Salamanca Place bursts into life and colour each Saturday morning when Salamanca Market fills the precinct. Hailed as Australia's best outdoor market, each week bustling tourists and locals shop for organic vegetables, freshly cut flowers and fine hand-made Tasmanian crafts. Meet the producers, sample their wares, and soak up the vibrant community atmosphere. Listen to the sounds of buskers knocking out tunes.
Events From cutting edge cultural festivals and world-class sporting events to country fairs and farmers markets, there's always something on in Tasmania. Find fresh food and a fresh perspective at festivals and events across the island.
Photo: Festivale, Launceston. Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship - Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint The Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint is a must-see annual event for every Tassie racing fan. Check out the on track action at Symmons Plains from 6 – 8 April 2018. The 2017 season provided one of the closest and most exciting finishes to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and the drivers and teams will be eager to stamp their mark early in 2018 at Round 3. Targa Tasmania Over six days of Targa Tasmania, the world's best touring, sports and GT cars race in competitive stages on the island's toughest roads. They travel more than 2000 kilometres (1200 miles) to challenge the best in their category. Each year up to 300 of the world's finest cars and drivers compete on Tasmania's scenic routes and mountain passes. Catch the high speed action from 16 – 21 April 2018.
Dark Mofo Mid-winter brings Dark Mofo to town and Hobart immerses itself in everything from large scale public light and sound art displays, amazing food and awesome music line ups. Embrace the dark and join the waterfront crowds or celebrate the Solstice with a communal nude dip in the Derwent. The festival runs from 15 – 24 June 2018 and promises to engage, shock and entertain in equal measure. Festival of Voices (includes FOV Coastal) Every winter vocalists from Australia, Asia-Pacific and beyond travel to Tasmania for Festival of Voices and celebrate the human voice and the magic of the singing experience in concert halls, theatres and public spaces across the state. For a great community, family friendly experience head to the Hobart Big Sing Bonfire at Salamanca place. The festival will run from 29 June – 15 July 2018. Festival of Voices Coastal takes the music to the east coast from 29 June - 1 July 2018.
Huon Valley Mid – Winter Fest The Mid – Winter Fest focuses around the pagan tradition of wassailing, which is basically scaring nasties out of the orchard’s cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop. Still not sure what you’re signing up for? Think craft cider and hearty food around the bonfire plus great live entertainment, throw in banging pots and pans by candle light and you’ll have an experience you won’t forget. Join in the action from 13-15 July 2018.
Tasmanian Whisky Week The 2018 Tasmanian Whisky Week will feature industry events held in Tasmanian distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels in the month of August. Throughout the week distilleries will be opening their doors to host behind-the-scenes tours to meet the distillers in person, provide access to unreleased whiskies, and offer dining opportunities where distilleries (both old and new) will recount the successes, challenges and events that have shaped who they are today. Junction Arts Festival Junction is a unique arts and cultural festival, in which audiences and artists come together in exciting new ways within unusual spaces throughout Launceston. The 8th Junction Arts Festival will run from 5-9 September 2018. Junction puts the audience at the heart of the action with an amazing program over 5 days and nights throughout Launceston.
The Unconformity The Unconformity is a contemporary arts festival exploring the unique paradoxes of Queenstown, in Tasmania. The three day art festival held in the west of the state, features 30 events in various locations around the town. Performances will be held in locations that characterise the history of the old mining town, from a power station to an old limestone quarry. The next event will be held on 19–21 October 2018.
Effervescence Tasmania Boasting a world-class program of events, Effervescence Tasmania celebrates the New World’s best sparkling wines across a long weekend of luxury and indulgence. Effervescence Tasmania is rapidly developing a cult-following of sparkling wine enthusiasts from around Australia as they enjoy a Tasmanian sparkling masterclass or meet with some of the region’s top producers in the beautiful grounds of Josef Chromy Wines.
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Join the waterside cheer as Rolex Sydney Hobart yachts cross the line for the 74th year. The 628 nautical mile yacht race across Bass Strait is one of the great blue water classics – departing Sydney Harbour on December 26. Head down to the waterfront and hang out with the yachties at the race village as they bring in the New Year. The Taste of Tasmania Flavours, produce, culture, tunes and outdoor entertainment hit Hobart’s waterfront at the Taste of Tasmania from late December and into the New Year. The annual taste-fest sees Princes Wharf Shed No. 1 brimming with island fare and there is plenty of family fun at Kids in the Park.
The Falls Music & Arts Festival Get your arms in the air and welcome the New Year beneath the stars at The Falls Music and Arts Festival. Few festival stages can boast the Tasman Sea as their backdrop. Now a major festival on the Australian calendar, the event attracts international visitors and a healthy mix of local and interstate regulars. So pack your tent and get ready for top bands, DJs, workshops and countryside fun.