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Top 10 things to do in Tasmania

1. Tamar Valley1 EXPLORE TASMANIA’S GREAT COOL CLIMATE WINE REGION, THE TAMAR VALLEY

The Tamar Valley wine route produces some of the finest wines in the world, with award-winning wineries and cellar doors dotted amongst the picturesque landscape. Over 32 wineries are located in the region, within driving distance of each other.

2. The Stanley nut2VISIT THE NUT IN STANLEY

Stanley’s iconic Nut is an ancient volcanic plug looming majestically over the seaside village. It is possible to navigate the Nut via a walking track, though a chairlift can also take visitors to the top for spectacular views across Bass Strait. Stanley is a great base to explore Tasmania’s west coastline and wildlife, and also to relax in luxurious accommodation and indulge in fine produce from the fertile farming lands nearby.

3. Tarkine Rainforst3 STAY IN THE WEST COAST ON A CORINNA EXPERIENCE

Head deep into Tasmania’s wilderness on this rejuvenating experience, set far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. In this remote settlement, set on the banks of the primitive river, visitors can engage in long walks through the stunning wilderness, kayaking, fishing and photography, returning each night to the comfort of beautifully-appointed accommodation with all the creature comforts one needs.

4. Barnbougle golf4 ENJOY A ROUND OF GOLF AT BARNBOUGLE OR THE LOST FARM

Set on the sweeping north shores of Tasmania, Barnbougle Dunes is Australia’s top ranked public golf course, reminiscent of the wild coastal links courses of Scotland. It’s sister property, the Lost Farm, consists of a quirky 20 holes of golf and is dramatically different to Barnbougle, giving golfers the chance to experience two completely different games in this striking destination.

5. trout fishing tasmania 25 TRY A ROUND OF TROUT FISHING IN THE HIGHLANDS

With more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, Tasmania is internationally sought-after as a destination for brown and rainbow trout fishing. With its striking surrounds and rich waters, the Central Highlands is one of the top places to fish for trout, with knowledgeable guides available to take guests to prime fishing locations and/or provide fly fishing tutorials.

6. Rocky HIlls Retreat6 UNWIND IN AWARD-WINNING ACCOMMODATION ON TASMANIA’S EAST COAST (ROCKY HILLS RETREAT)

Rocky Hills Retreat was recently bestowed a gold award at the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, and a stay here while visiting Tasmania is highly recommended. Located on the state’s stunning East Coast, Rocky Hills Retreat is just two kilometres up a driveway, but feels tucked away in the wilderness. A beautiful Huon Pine bathtub sits out on the deck, a fully equipped Art Studio is just 300m away, and there’s plenty of creature comforts to ensure guests are truly looked after.

7. Cradle Mountain 27 VISIT CRADLE MOUNTAIN

Set in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (this year celebrating its 30th anniversary), Cradle Mountain lies within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and is ideal for a day visit or longer stays. Many short walks can be found within the park, all of which afford stunning views of the scenery – from cascading rivers to dense, old-growth rainforest. The more adventurous can also brave the multiday Overland Track, a six-day long trek through the wilderness.

8. cataract gorge8 WALK – OR TAKE A CRUISE – THROUGH CATARACT GORGE

Launceston’s landmark is one of the most striking features of the city, transporting visitors from a charming small town to wilderness within minutes. The Gorge can be explored via a short 15 minute walk from central Launceston and along the banks of the Tamar River, on a pathway originally built in the 1890s and overlooking the churning white waters of the South Esk River. Another fantastic way to explore the Gorge is via a cruise, which offers a completely different perspective of this incredible natural formation.

9. Bruny Island Lighthouse9 EXPLORE BRUNY ISLAND IN A DAY WITH THE BRUNY ISLAND TRAVELLER

The Bruny Island Traveller is one of the best ways to take in all the rich and diverse island has to offer in one day. Run in small groups and led by a knowledgeable local guide, the Bruny Island Traveller takes in the incredible produce of the area – from cheese, oysters, salmon and berries, sourced from the surrounding land and waters – the multi award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, a trip to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and The Neck, and close encounters with Bruny Island’s wildlife and birds including the rare white wallabies.

10. Gordon River Cruises10 TAKE THE GORDON RIVER CRUISE

Board the gracious Lady Jane Franklin II on a journey down the world-famous Gordon River, set in the breathtaking Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness. It is a wonderful way to take in the striking tranquility and wilderness of this ancient area, from the misty, tannin-stained waters framed by lush temperate rainforests, to craggy mountains and a formal penal colony (Sarah Island). Disembark on the island to walk amongst the ruins and listen as the knowledgeable guides bring to life stories from Tasmania’s convict era.