Although primarily known for iconic locations such as the Bay of Fires and the historic town of Port Arthur, Tassie has a lot more to bring to the table. From dazzling natural spots (many of which are still rarely sighted by visitors), to fantastic food and wine culture, to its charming people – here’s a list of five reasons why Tassie is Australia’s most underrated state.
It has plenty of ‘wow’ factor secluded spots
One of the most satisfying things a traveller can do is explore areas away from tourist busses. Tassie’s Lake Gordon makes for such secluded exploration. Adventure photographer and travel influencer Krystle Wright describes it as a “rugged and beautiful landscape that encapsulates that feeling of wild and dropping off the grid”. Located off the south-eastern coast of Tassie, Bruny Island is another underrated spot. Head to the island’s Adventure Bay, a perfect hideaway for those pining for a sheltered beach to go paddle boarding and get active on walking trails.
Tassie nests damn fine wine
Tasmania’s often forgotten Tamar Valley Wine Route is home to 16 vineyards, many of which are family-owned, where visitors can savour Pinot Noir and Sparklings – the region’s specialities. The best way to do it is by driving from Launceston up to the Bass Strait through orchards, scenic pastures and forests. We recommend sampling premium wines at Native Point and Three Wishes Vineyard. Travellers also have the opportunity to visit Greens Beach and Narawntapu National Park – a unique way to wrap up your winery tour.
Top-notch restaurants and unique farm gates make it a foodie’s paradise
Perhaps one of Tasmania’s greatest attributes boils down to its incredible fresh food and excellent restaurants. We recommend Peacock and Jones, located in Hobart, and Stillwater in Launceston. We also suggest visiting a farm gate on Tassie’s east coast. ‘Farm gate’ refers to anything from a typical pasture kind of farm to an award-winning oyster farm by the ocean. In this part of the island, you can savour everything from Tassie’s famous Pacific oysters to plump berries, flavourful cheeses and pick-your-own orchard fruits.
Tassie hosts some of the best (and weirdest) art
If the above reasons haven’t convinced you yet, perhaps you’ll be swayed by the fact that Tassie hosts one of the most controversial collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has been described by its owner, David Walsh, as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. Experience a not-so-ordinary museum visit, including everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. MONA is not for everyone but it’s a vibrant, eclectic phenomenon and a national treasure.
Tasmanians are super friendly and passionate about their home
As you explore Tassie’s secluded spots, you’re bound to come across friendly locals keen to tell you about their home and give you a helping hand. Jet-setters might also be seduced by the community feel of Hobart’s many restaurants, where communal seating, shared plate menus and no-bookings policy are all common practice. And, as you go wine tasting and farm gate exploring, you’ll enjoy meeting passionate growers who will be happy to share their knowledge about their food and wine.
*The hotel prices above are for double occupancy (including taxes and fees) and were found on KAYAK.com.au on 26 April 2017 for travel in June 2017. Prices are in AUD, may be subject to change and offers may no longer be available.
**The flight prices shown above are for one return economy seat (including taxes and fees, excluding baggage fees) and were collated on KAYAK.com.au on 26 April 2017 for travel in June 2017. Prices are in AUD, may be subject to change and offers may no longer be available.