Tasmania is at the top of the bucket list of many people for varying reasons – some want to experience the untouched nature and interesting wildlife of this little island, while others are looking for the best hiking spots that pose a challenge.
Then again, there are also those who would like to savor every trip they take, and for them, trying the local tastes wherever they go is an absolute must. Lucky for you, Tasmania has all of the above.
You can spend your whole day out and about, reconnecting with nature and seeing some of the best sights you could dream of, and at the end of the day, you can reward yourself with unique delicacies and amazing local wine. Here are some of the things you should not miss out on when in Tasmania with a gourmet soul.
A Taste of History in Hobart
The capital of the state boasts the title of being the second oldest capital on the continent, and you will agree that history is alive and kicking on the charming streets of this city filled with Gregorian buildings. In fact, many of the locales today were converted from old warehouses and now boast a unique flair.
Simply taking a stroll to appreciate the beauty of this city is a must, but make sure you also step in some of these locales because you can find true gems of restaurants.
For example, Franklin, once a Ford warehouse, now has a modern and sleek interior and some truly unique, artistic dishes you will not be able to stop yourself from taking a photo of.
It is also advised to visit some of the markets in Hobart, including the Salamanca Market held every Saturday and the Farm Gate Market held every Sunday, as you can find the best breads, cakes, jams as well as all kinds of local produce there.
Seafood in Freycinet
Freycinet National Park is one of the most coveted destinations of this little island for all the good reasons. It offers amazing hiking opportunities with breathtaking views of such staples as the stunning Wineglass Bay and the spectacular pink granite of the Hazards Mountains.
In addition, the peninsula boasts secluded beaches with crystal clear water such as Cooks Beach and Hazards Beach. Activities like kayaking, cruising, whale watching and swimming are all at your disposal. Make your stay even more memorable, make sure to try the local seafood!
The Freycinet Marine Farm located just by the famous Coles Bay serves some of the best oysters you will find in the region. You can even grab them to go and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the sea while savoring them!
Experience Tasman National Park
You have probably already heard that when in Tasmania, you simply must not miss out on the natural wonders of the Tasman National Park. Luckily, there are a good number of walking holidays in Tasmania to choose from and adventurous travelers will love the idea of embarking on a several-days-long hiking experience that combines nature, sightseeing, as well as comfort and delicious meals in the best way possible.
Check out the most spectacular landmarks of the national park on the Three Capes Track, including a 200-meter waterfall, Bruny Island and Tasman Island out in the endless sea, as well as the towering capes that gave the name to this much-visited track. At the end of the day, you can enjoy exquisite meals made from fresh, local produce in a restaurant with a view.
The second largest city in Tasmania just after Hobart should not be neglected either as it, too, hides some must-try delicacies for foodies. Launceston is also among the oldest cities in Tasmania, and it has become a true center where you can wine and dine to your heart’s content.
The eye-catching architecture and the abundance of culture wherever you look will make you fall in love with this city, so make sure that between your meals you also check out the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Now, when it comes to restaurants, you will find that you are spoilt for choice.
What you should definitely have on your list is Stillwater, where you can enjoy a delicious meal in elegance, and Bryher, especially if you’re looking for some vegan options.
Find Your Way to Doo Town
Visiting this little town on the southeastern edge of the island, just south of Eaglehawk neck, could be a fun day-trip.
One of the things that will catch your eye immediately is the humorous way in which the local shacks are named, but once you’re done laughing, make sure you have some delicious seafood at the Doo-lishus food truck next to the Tasman Blowhole.
There are lots of other things to see in the area as well, including the Devils Kitchen, the Tasman Arch as well as Eaglehawk neck and the Tessellated Pavement, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored (or hungry)!
Lavender Fields Forever
As mentioned in the beginning, Tasmania certainly has it all – including beautiful, fragrant lavender fields that will sweep you off your feet during their blooming months. Plan a trip to the Bridestowe Lavender Farm on the north of the island and get immersed in the calming effect of this flower.
You can take plenty of beautiful photos on this huge stretch of purple-colored land, and once you start to get tired, you can grab a bite at the local cafe that features some lavender-inspired delicacies as well! The lavender ice-cream is certainly something you don’t want to miss.
So, if you’re visiting Tasmania during the Australian summer months, make sure to check out this estate and take some souvenirs home!
Tasmania is a real treasure trove for those who are not afraid to look! Wherever you go, you can be sure that the two things that are going to be there are beautiful landscapes and delicious food. Now all you have to do is plan your itinerary and prepare your palate for new adventures!
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