Mar
02
2014
0saves

The name Dismal Swamp might not have you running to book your holiday to Tasmania – but it should! 

Contrary to its title, Dismal Swamp is anything but, well, dismal. It's an incredibly fascinating, little-known attraction of Tas, but if more people knew about it, it'd be sure to draw the crowds. We'll let you in on this hidden gem, so you can visit and experience something truly unique. Here's why you just can't go past Dismal Swamp.

What is it?

This fantastic location is the only blackwood sinkhole on Earth, making it a once-in-a-lifetime kind of attraction. Visit and you'll get a glimpse into a world like no other. Caves, springs, streams and dense forest are just some of the sights you will come across on your adventure here. 

The sinkhole spans 600 hectares, and is known as the 'elder' of a group of sinkholes in the area. Due to the unique geology and geography of the sinkhole, it's home to a hugely fascinating ecosystem. 

The blackwood trees are a type of wattle and are fascinating in themselves. They rarely flourish anywhere in the way they do at Dismal Swamp, so it's a great place to see them. Some of them are even up to 50 metres tall! Their timber is also particularly valuable, a favourite of craft-makers, carpenters and other woodworkers. While you will see the trees intact in the forest, you can also see the high-quality design effect they produce in the visitor centre, with its impressive curved blackwood wall. 

Getting there and getting amongst

The visitor centre can be found on the edge of the sinkhole rim, which is located in Tasmania's West. Head to 26059 Bass Highway, Togari, approximately two hours' drive from Devonport, or a 45 minute drive from Stanley. Once you arrive, things start to get pretty exciting.

Explore the visitor centre, including its cantilever that suspends over the forest canopy for some pretty insane views! Then prepare to discover a whole new wonderful natural world. And the best part? You have the option of getting to the heart of the swamp with a thrilling slide ride. That's right, from here you can whiz down a 110 metre slide to the floor of the swamp! This is such a fun and unique way of getting to see this natural feature, however if you have certain health conditions or are pregnant, or perhaps not a fan of such an adrenalin-pumping activities, not to worry. You can also get to the floor of the swamp with a nice walk, or on a motorised buggy. 

Once at the base of the swamp, you can explore its incredible ecosystem with four pathways that wind throughout. You might spot some amazing animals such as pademelons, ringtail possums, spotted-tail quolls, pink-breasted robins and even some burrowing crayfish. Take in the magnificence of the blackwood trees, and soak in the sounds of this thriving environment, something that's truly rare to behold.

So here's what you need to know. To ride the slide, you need to be at least eight years of age and 90 cm tall, and you will need to make sure none of the health exclusions apply to you. Otherwise, it's all smooth sailing! Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for those 12 and under, and kids seven and under get to explore this wonderful sight for free. It's open for most the year, except when weather conditions are hazardous. Check the opening hours before you go. 

Head to Dismal Swamp for an experience that's likely to be just the opposite of what it sounds! 

The Visitor Center at Dismal Swamp - Image Credit: Colorbond Steel

Down the Slide at Dismal Swamp

External View of the Slide at Tarkine Forest Adventure (Dismal Swamp)

Posted in Holiday suggestions | Leave a comment
Feb
27
2014
0saves

Tasmania is ‘heaven’ for foodies, with plenty of delectable delights to sink your teeth into. 

Here are some of the best destinations for lovers of all things food related, where some of the fruits of Tasmania can really be enjoyed. Make sure you get a taste of them all! 

Federation Chocolate

Chocolate is one of life's greatest pleasures, and thankfully the Federation Chocolate factory offers some great opportunities to enjoy this marvellous treat. It's located at Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula, which is less than 100 kilometres from Hobart, quite close to Port Arthur.

Visit this family-owned business that makes some truly mouthwatering handmade choccies. See how this fantastic food is created and sample of a variety of flavours. 

You can also take in some fascinating history while in Taranna, with the Federation Heritage Museum. This delves into the area's convict, saw milling and blacksmithing history. 

All about seafood

Surrounded by ocean, Tasmania is a natural haven for delicious seafood. There are many places where this can be enjoyed. Why not start off with Barilla Bay Oysters? 

This site is located in Cambridge, near Hobart’s airport in Tasmania's south. 

Here, shellfish are grown and harvested in clean and pristine waters, with a perfect climate nurturing the entire process. You can take a look at the farm itself before you try this tasty delight for yourself. You'll notice the extremely fresh and natural taste of the oysters, thanks to the wonderful environment they've been raised in. 

If you are in the north of the State pay a visit to the 41 Degrees South fish farm, wetland and ginseng plantation. To get here, you'll have to head to Deloraine. 41 Degrees farms salmon as naturally and sustainably as possible. Wander the farm seeing how it all works and learn how these tasty fish are raised. 

Wander through the wetland area with its array of wonderful wildlife, including platypi, frogs and a whole host of birds. Of course, you'll want to taste the delicious salmon and maybe even take some away with you. There are also organic ginseng root products on sale, with honey, spices, chocolate, nougat and more some of the treats to be had. 

Orchards and apples

Tasmania is known for growing a great range of fruit as well. And who doesn't love a juicy apple? 

Head to the Apple Shed, which is a newly redeveloped museum, ciderhouse and cafe, where you can enjoy all things apple in the Huon Valley.

You'll love the rustic atmosphere, as it's even based in an original apple shed dating all the way back to 1942. You'll be able to learn all about Tassie's apple growing heritage, or simply take in the beautiful surroundings. Amble through the museum then settle down for a nice drink of cider from the selection of their own and other ciders available. 

Enjoy a local, seasonal and sustainable menu that comes with a great understanding and appreciation of what you might be in the mood for.

The Sally Wise Cooking School

For a really unique experience, head to the Sally Wise Cooking School in the Derwent Valley.

Here, you can undertake a class with Sally Wise, who is a cookbook author and regularly features on ABC. 

You'll delve into the details of fresh, seasonal produce, with an emphasis on preserving, baking with yeast goods, creating delectable sweet treats, and the art of slow cooking. 

There are even some incredible, special interest classes, such as convict and colonial cookery and catering to food allergies.

Enjoy sharing stories, making memories and learning a whole host of new recipes. 

Remember, this is just the start of everything Tassie has to offer for foodies, so when you're planning your trip, set aside plenty of time to get tasting.

The Apple Shed Museum and Cafe, Huon Valley - Image Credit:  Hannah IG user @rose_red_ladybug

Barrilla Bay Oysters - Image Credit: Melissa Ting

Federation Chocolate Taranna

Platter at the Apple Shed - Image Credit: Willie Smith's Cider

Posted in Discoveries | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment
Feb
24
2014
0saves

Being an island, it's no surprise Tasmania's rich history centres on its beaches and the ocean. Today, Tasmanians still enjoy all the sea brings them, with a plethora of popular water-based activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, snorkelling and more, available on the island.

Check out some of the ways you can embrace this island's maritime heritage and make the most of the water while holidaying here.

Explore our beaches

Heading to some of Tasmania's best beaches is one way you can explore the ocean. Whether it's spending a day lazing on the shore or checking out the local marine life by snorkelling, you won't be disappointed.

Wineglass Bay is one of our premiere beaches, so rest assured it's going to be a total treat. With its stunning white sand and crystal-clear water, you'll get a good understanding of why Tasmanians hold the ocean so dear. Another bonus of this beach is that it's found in the Freycinet National Park, meaning there are beautiful views every which way you turn; whether viewed along the shoreline or from above in that picture postcard view the whole world knows. No wonder it has been nominated many times as one of the World’s Best!

For other stunning beaches, head to the Bay of Fires. This coastline and series of beaches along the northeast coast near St Helens is famous for pristine water and orange lichen-stained boulders.

Want to know what the locals know? Two other spots worth considering: Boat Harbour and Tomahawk. Boat Harbour is not actually a harbour, but all beach and a favourite amongst locals. If you have time to camp, and it is in the warmer months, a total escape can be had at Tomahawk along the coast from Bridport. Looking out to the strait and a distant Flinders Island, it is a great spot to completely disconnect from your normal routine. With its own small ‘offshore island’ and tidal pools which warm up in the sunlight who could imagine that a Bass Strait location could be so charming? Both are very children friendly.

Set sail

Finished on land? See a whole new side to Tasmania by hopping in a boat and heading out on the water. There are plenty of cruises and leisurely boat tours available around the island, so the hardest part will be choosing just where to explore!

One great idea is to explore some of Tasmania's offshore islands, such as King Island, Flinders Island, Bruny Island, Maria Island and more. This will give you a taste of the waters early pioneers had to navigate to reach or later to service the coastal outposts of Tasmania, and along the way you'll see the obstacles they had to face. These included factors such as spectacular rocky outcrops and ever-changing weather conditions. You might even come across a shipwreck site – many vessels were sunk in Tasmania’s early history. Thankfully, with today's technology and geographical knowledge of the area, it's much easier to identify risks in advance. 

Expand your mind

Tasmania is full of museums and other informational sites that shed a light on aspects of its maritime history. 

Take a look at the Furneaux Museum on Flinders Island, for example. This centre delves into the history of the group of offshore islands known as the Furneaux Group. Seven buildings showcase various aspects of heritage, such as an anchor from the Sydney Cove, a ship that wrecked on Preservation Island in 1797. There are many other artefacts from various shipwrecks, not to mention traces of Aboriginal settlement, such as shell necklaces. 

For another glimpse into the past, check out the SV May Queen at Constitution Dock in Hobart. This vessel is Australia's oldest sail trading vessel, dating back to the 1800’s. It was built on the banks of the Huon River, which supplied an abundance of fine timber thanks to the forest in the area. These days, you can even take a tour of the boat. Volunteers offer guided visits throughout the year, especially in summer, so head to the dock to see what all the fuss is about. 

Hobart’s Maritime Museum is a time capsule of all things nautical. Adjacent to the harbour in Sullivans Cove, Hobart there are many hours of exploration to be had indoors; this and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are also ideal rainy weather pursuits, should there be a dull day in your itinerary.

These is just a fraction of Tasmania's wonderful maritime history for you to learn about and enjoy. No doubt you will discover more and more when you head to Tasmania and start exploring. Not only is it an important part of the island's history, it relates to the development of Australia as a whole, too.

Wineglass Bay Beach - Image Credit: K A I T I E (IG @believe_in_empty)

Boat Harbour Beach - Image Credit: Paper Souls (Tasmanian Band) IG @papersoul

Tomahawk Beach with its small offshore island and the whole sweep of Cape Portland to the right - Image Credit: ABC and Sally Ives

The Historic May Queen, Hobart - Image Credit and link to Article: Think-Tasmania

Stunning Boat Harbour - Image Credit: blog site heneedsfood

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment
Feb
21
2014
0saves

If you have visited the new DiscoverTasmania web site recently you will have noticed that many pages have links to Social Media. An exciting new way to know more about any of Tasmania’s varied regions is to explore the Flipboard for each.

View with your desktop browser or subscribe to them from within the Flipboard App (on iPad/iPhone or Android smartphone and tablet), a Flipboard is a great way to view or be fed a fresh stream of information about the Tasmanian region that interests you.

Pouring in a constant series of curated material from Instagram, Twitter, blogs, facebook, travel magazines, Tumblr and other web sites – to which you do not have to belong, we are able to bring you a great visual experience and real journeys and memories which travellers, like yourself, are recording.

Planning a journey?

Browse at ease to assist you in planning where you would like to visit. Make discoveries from other people. Just click and explore. Compare notes with fellow travellers. Share with your friends.

Hobart and South – http://flip.it/wOxc9
Launceston and North – http://flip.it/2cPux
West Coast – http://flip.it/ttPkz
East Coast – http://flip.it/TEWkr
Flinders Island – http://flip.it/dwhCW
King Island – http://flip.it/k2PlH
North West – http://flip.it/ePYQ2

Flipboard: Hobart and South

Flipboard: Launceston and North

Flipboard: West Coast

Flipboard: East Coast

Flipboard: Flinders Island

Flipboard: King Island

Flipboard: North West

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment
Feb
19
2014
0saves

Tasmania is a paradise for those who love adventurous pursuits, and it's no exception when it comes to mountain biking.

With so many stunning national parks, hikes and trails and gorgeous natural beauty, seeing the island from the back of a bike is one of the best ways to get around and soak it all in.

Whether you're in Hobart or a more remote area of the country, there's usually a biking trail nearby to get your wheels dirty on. Beginners and experts alike will be able to experience thrilling routes suitable for their skillset and experience, and will be well rewarded with stunning views in all directions.

With that in mind, here are some of the top spots for mountain biking in beautiful Tasmania – so get prepared to peddle.

Mountain biking in Tasmania

You don't even have to get out of Tasmania's capital city to enjoy what's on offer. Right there, looming above the city, is Mount Wellington – and there are plenty of mountain biking trails to enjoy.

Beginners can try the Pipeline Track, which is even suitable for families. This is a great way to start out if you're not too confident yet, but don't worry, soon you'll be ready to hit the slopes like a pro!

The North-South Track is a slightly more challenging venture, so riders with a little more experience will love sinking their teeth into this one. Watch out – there are some jumps that the brave of heart might want to try!

If you head just a 15 minute drive outside of Hobart, you can even find a purpose-built bike park. The Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park includes cross country, downhill, mountain cross, dirt jump tracks – as well as plenty of other exciting features that mountain biking enthusiasts will love.

The park caters for beginners right through to the most extreme of bike riders, so there's fun for the whole family to enjoy at this action-packed complex.

Challenge your skills on rocky trails or see how high you can fly on the jump areas – just make sure you're wearing all the appropriate safety gear!

There are even more biking opportunities close to Hobart. Battery Point, a historic precinct, offers plenty of thrilling rides, while Richmond is just a 26 kilometre stretch away.

Take on some of the trails around Tasman Peninsula, including around the Port Arthur Historic site, which is just over 100 kilometres south of Hobart.

For a unique biking experience, head to Maria Island. You can hire a bike here, or bring your own across on the ferry. In locations like this, biking can be one of the best ways to see the scenery that the island is renowned for.

Heading closer to the northern tip of Tasmania,  Bakers Beach and Launceston offer some adrenalin-pumping rides to challenge even the most experienced of bikers. Put your pedal to the metal and see what you can achieve on these trails.

Some people manage to mountain-bike their way across most of Tasmania – that's how great the trails are and how fantastic the scenery is.

Make sure that wherever you're headed, you look into the weather and conditions. Between January and April are the best months for cycling on the island, with the summer climate and lengthy days offering up ideal rides.

Polish your helmet, get out your lycras and saddle up! Tasmania is yours to explore, and getting amongst nature and having an adventure sure is a memorable way of doing so.

Pipeline track nearest town - image credit: OnTheConvictTrail blog site

North-South Track Mt Wellington

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions | Tagged , , | Leave a comment
Feb
16
2014
0saves

Head to some of the southernmost points of Tasmania, and in fact Australia, in this fascinating region. 

Want to know some of the reasons why you should follow the compass south on your trip to this illustrious island? Read on!

New Norfolk

Just a 30 minute drive from Hobart, this town is right on the Derwent River, providing it with a hefty dose of natural beauty. It's got a gorgeous rural feel but at the same time there's always something going on.

Wander the quaint streets sheltered by tall trees, check out the hop-growing area that produces much of the hops for Aussie breweries, and explore historic buildings such as Australia's oldest Anglican church, St Matthews.

Make sure you spend some time in the traditional village square, too. You'll feel like you're almost in mediaeval times! 

New Norfolk is also a hub of activity for those who love antiques. There's plenty of furniture on sale at specialty stores from colonial times, not to mention plenty of Art Deco trinkets. 

Not far from New Norfolk, you'll also come across Mount Field National Park, with its amazing falls, and a world removed from the sights in the valleys leading to it.

Whereas northern Tasmania has a place named Paradise, the Derwent Valley is home to a locality named Plenty. It is easy to see why this area was named so; the first trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere and a amazingly well designed system of canals connecting farmland worked by early settlers and convicts. You can explore aspects of those times at historic Redlands Estate.

Cygnet

Cygnet is an small town nestled between the elegant D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the Huon River.

It's an oasis for lovers of fresh produce, considering its apple, cherry and berry orchards peppered throughout the area. Indulge your sweet tooth in this healthy way, then head to the Red Velvet Lounge for even more mouthwatering delights – and perhaps an indulgent dessert. 

Panorama Vineyard and Hartzview Vineyard are also incredibly great places to visit, especially for those wine aficionados out there here. Not to mention, at Hartzview there is a collection of heritage picker’s huts which allows you to go back in time and see how the original orchard workers and owners lived. 

If you still have time after all that, check out the shops that sell and display great arts and crafts, embark upon the Cygnet Art Trail, or head to the nearby swimming beaches Verona Sands and Randalls Bay.

Geeveston

This extremely unique and creative town is home to fantastic artwork and great food and eateries, too.

Love apples? Check out the range of orchards dotted in the region. Make sure you stock up on all your favourite varieties of this fruit at roadside stalls. 

Explore the nearby natural wonders, such as the Hartz Mountains National Park and all the natural wonders that the Huon and Picton rivers contain.

Then there's the incomparable Tahune Forest Reserve. Here you can embark upon the Tahune Airwalk, which takes you up into the canopy to check out spectacular views. Prepare to be wandering around 48 metres in the air! 

When you're back on solid ground, check out the Forest and Heritage Centre in Church Street where there is a hands-on interpretation of past and present forest practices. The township is dotted with hand-carved timber sculptures, and top it all off seek out a great meal – you wouldn’t think of sushi first up, but a local has created quite a reputation with his creations.

Huonville

You've heard a lot about the Huon River, but it's time to discover its heart. You can find it at Huonville. Some of its highlights? Stunning views of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Huon River itself, picturesque orchards and pleasant rural vistas. 

Try a jet boat ride along the Huon River or D'Entrecasteaux Channel, try your hand at fishing, or perhaps even jump in a kayak for a gentle paddle. 

Explore the town's main street and discover everything from mouthwatering pastries to second-hand books, crafts and more.

When you've worked up an appetite, make sure you try a few of the region's specialities, such as a whole range of fruit and honey and salmon so fresh it just melts in your mouth. 

Now that you know all about the south of Tasmania – what are you going to do first? 

Cygnet - Image Credit: The Australian

Schooner at Cygnet Tasmania - Image Credit: My Sailing - Around Australia with Jack and Jude

Tahune Airwalk - Image Credit: Tahune Airwalk dot com

New Norfolk from Pulpit Rock Lookout - Image Credit: Wikipedia

Redlands Estate at Plenty - Image Credit: On The Convict Trail Blog

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions, Journeys | Leave a comment
Feb
13
2014
0saves

Tasmania's eastern region is home to many exciting towns and places to explore.

If you're wondering just where exactly to go and what there is to do, here's a handy guide to some of the towns on the East Coast. Don't leave them off your itinerary – they're some true Tasmanian highlights!

Pyengana

You likely haven't even heard of this small (very small) Tasmanian town, but the truth is it's a wonderful hidden gem. Lovers of all things gourmet will be pleased to note that Pyengana produces a fantastic array of cheese. Be sure to sample some of these award-winning morsels at the local Pyengana Dairy with a cheese tasting, or stay a while at the on site Holy Cow Cafe for even more variety. The milk and dairy here is top notch, so be sure to indulge a little (or a lot). 

Also not-to-be-missed is the ‘Pub in the Paddock’, a heritage-listed hotel that's located, you guessed it, right in the middle of a paddock. This absolute treasure has been licensed since 1880, so is well woven into the history of Tasmania. 

Pyengana is also surrounded by some amazing scenery. There are plenty of stunning waterfalls, so ensure you drive through the South George River valley to the St Columba Falls. From here, it's just a short walk to a 90-metre cascading waterfall, not to mention beautiful rainforest – a true highlight of the region. 

Binalong Bay

The town of Binalong Bay is the gateway to the stunning Bay of Fires region, which is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches with pristine white sand and turquoise water. 

Spend some time in the small township of Binalong Bay before exploring the surrounding area with scenic walks and great activities such as snorkelling and diving. Expect to see plenty of colourful sights, amazing marine creatures and even underwater caves to explore. 

You can camp beachside as you explore the region. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the world, let alone Tasmania, so prepare to fall in love.

St Helens

St Helens is Tasmania's second-largest fishing port, and for that reason it's incredibly popular for boaties and recreational fishers. Deep sea fish and lobster (in season) are specialties here, so prepare to visit the town's fantastic range of cafes and restaurants where you can expect to taste some world-class dishes.

If you love fishing, you'll adore the game fishing on offer in the town's surrounding waters, where Albacore Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna are in abundance. Even if fishing isn't your thing, the pier is a great place for a dusk walk and a talk with the locals. They will be fishing. You can just take in the relaxing view.

When you've had your fill of seafood and adventure, another great outlook spot is St Helens Point, approximately an hour return stroll. From here, you'll have a great view of the Peron Dunes and of course, stunning beaches. 

Scamander

Another coastal gem, Scamander offers beautiful beaches, a lovely river, plenty of parks and a great, laid-back friendly vibe. 

Locals love to while their days away at the beach, so make sure you join them! Splash around in the shallows, try your hand at surfing or simply laze the day away.

The river is another great spot for those who like fishing, too.

What really can't be missed however is the Henderson Lagoon. This is located in the Winifred Curtis Scamander Reserve, where you can expect to find pristine, clear water, not to mention plenty of well-trodden nature walks. Take in the huge variety of wildlife, from woodland birds to rare plants and flowers. Pack a picnic and make use of one of the scenic spots along the way. 

Image Credit: Think-Tasmania.com (Read their blog story on Pyengana

St Columba Falls on the East Coast inland from St Helens. Image Credit Paul Fleming @lovethywalrus on IG

Surfing at St Helens - Image Credit: VisitStHelens-com-au

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions, Journeys | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment
Feb
12
2014
0saves

One of the most magical things about Tasmania is its sheer variety of wildlife. The island is home to a number of rare creatures and some that can't be found anywhere else.

So what kind of animals can you expect to encounter on a journey here?

The Tasmanian devil is the iconic animal of the island, and it's a must-see. It's unique as the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, and it's only found – you guessed it – in Tasmania. The noises they make are particularly distinctive, with loud snarls and growls something you should expect. After all that’s how they got their European name … for the sounds they made in the bush at night.

You're also likely to come across wombats. These are large burrowing mammals found around the state. They're nocturnal but some do like to crawl out of their homes during the day, especially on Maria Island, Cradle Mountain and Narawntapu National Park. Your best chance of seeing them, however, is during dusk and dawn.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for pademelons. These stocky creatures with short tails (shorter than the Bennett’s Wallaby or red-necked wallaby) can be found throughout Tasmania – even on the streets and reserves of Hobart! Known also as the Rufous Wallaby or red-bellied wallaby, they have all but disappeared on mainland Australia, but they continue to thrive here. Did you know that their name is a corruption of badimaliyan, from the Dharuk Aboriginal language of Port Jackson?

Other creatures you can expect to come across? Endless varieties of birds, dolphins, whales, platypi and more. You certainly won't be disappointed with the great array of species this island is home to.

A wombat at Narawntapu National Park - Image Credit: Launceston B&B

Tassie Devil released onto Maria Island - Image Credit: DiscoverTasmania and Graham M Freeman IG

Rufous Wallaby or Pademelon - Image Credit: Publish or Perish Blog

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions | Tagged , , | Leave a comment
Feb
10
2014
0saves

There's so much to explore on ‘mainland’ Tasmania it can be easy to forget that there are plenty of magical places to discover offshore, too.

Flinders Island is the main island of the Furneaux Group. This is made up of 54 islets in the Bass Strait, found off the northeast coast of Tasmania.

It's here you'll find Strzelecki National Park. This was established in 1967 and was named after Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1972, who explored much of the island in the 1840s.

Set aside to explore some of the park's 4,216 hectares, located in the island's south west. From a wide range of fascinating animals, to rare plants and vegetation, to an amazing landscape, this part is not to be missed. 

What's on offer Strzelecki National Park

To get to Flinders Island, you can travel by plane or sea. Remember, once you arrive on the island there is no public transport, however there are bikes and cars available to rent at Whitemark. Your best bet is to hop in a hire car and start your explorations of the island, and of Strzelecki Park, from there. 

What can you expect to see once you're in the park? Plenty of awe-inspiring rock formations, for one. There are huge granite peaks that formed approximately 370 million years ago, and there's no better example of this than Trousers Point headland. Here there are vast beaches and sand dunes, plenty of granite boulders and striking peaks and valleys. 

Then there is the huge variety of flora and fauna the park is home to. There are endemic species not found anywhere else in the world, as well as some other rare and threatened varieties. 

Tea trees, acacia, blue gum and Oyster Bay pine are some of the trees you'll notice when you enter the park, not to mention sassafras-musk rainforest. What will also become clear as you begin to explore this landscape is how some of the forest has been damaged by significant fires, and in contrast, heavy rainfall. Some parts of the park resemble wet forest, while others are incredibly dry and scarred by fire.

When it comes to wildlife, few leave Strzelecki National Park without having seen a wombat, Bennett wallaby or pademelon! Long-nosed potoroos are also commonly sighted. 

When it comes to reptiles, there are a few types of snakes, skinks, frogs and even a mountain dragon. 

Bird life in the park is also incredibly diverse. There are around 114 species on record, as many birds make a stop at areas of this park as they migrate between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. Varieties of particular interest include the grey-tailed tattler, the hooded plover, the forty-spotted paradalote and the swift parrot. 

History in action at Strzelecki

Like many parts of Tasmania, this National Park has plenty of Aboriginal heritage. There are sites the Aboriginal people inhabited dating back thousands of years, with shell middens, stone artefacts and relics found in caves that signal the Indigenous significance of this area. 

Then there's the history relating to the European settlement of Tasmania. In 1773, Captain Tobias Furneaux happened upon the Bass Strait Islands, and eventually they were even named to honour his discovery. In the years that followed, large colonies of seals on the island were hunted and land was used for farming. 

What to do

One of the best ways to discover what's on offer at this beautiful park is to explore by foot. You'll probably be relieved to hear that Flinders Island has hotels, shops and a petrol station so it's easy enough to base yourself on the island to make the most of your time exploring. There's a camping ground located at Trousers Point too.

Get ready to laze on beautiful beaches, splash around in the surf, have a picnic on beautiful lawns and even go fishing, snorkelling or diving. 

Embark upon some great day walks that will show you amazing sights and provide stunning views, but remember to check the weather before you leave as conditions can change quickly and rain and wind are common. Don't forget your map!

Atop Mt Strezlecki Flinders Island - Image Credit Nat Weaves  IG

Flinders Island another of Tasmania's very special places - image credit: Graham M Freeman IG

Island Life on Flinders Island - Image Credit: IslandLifeStyle blog via  IG

Trouser Point Flinders Island - image credit: Holly Murrells IG

Posted in Discoveries, Holiday suggestions, Journeys | Tagged , | Leave a comment
Feb
08
2014
0saves

Tasmania is a destination full of tasty culinary delights and is well-respected as a hub of fine food.

In particular, Tasmania focuses on fresh produce that's often farmed organically and sustainably, making it a mecca for those who love their food as nature intended it.

If you want to try out a taste of what Tasmania has to offer yourself, one of the best ways to do so is simply by coming for a stay in Hobart and then travelling through some of the smaller towns, too. Make sure to stop off at as many cafes and restaurants while you can, try a cooking lesson or two and visit the many orchards, wineries and farms that are open to visitors.

That's right – Tasmania's famous for its cool-climate wines too, especially when it comes to pinot noir and sparkling wines. But that's not the only much-loved variety of alcohol you can find here. Cider, whisky, gin and a range of craft beers are produced on the island and are in increasingly hot demand. While there are many wineries open to visit, some breweries and distilleries also have tours so that you can learn more about the practice of making these beverages.

Wherever you are in Tasmania, there's always somewhere fantastic to find a mouth-watering bite to eat. Whether it's a world-renowned restaurant in the heart of Hobart or a small, sustainable farm selling fresh produce tucked away in a small town, expect to find culinary heaven here.

What's best of all? Perhaps the fact that when you sit down to enjoy your divine meal, you'll likely have an awe-inspiring view to match, thanks to Tasmania's beautiful array of scenery.

Tasmanian vineyard setting and produce - image credit: Daily Telegraph

Posted in Discoveries | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment
-->
Page 1 of 8712345...102030...Last »