Tasmania’s winter wanderlust

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Chilly nights and icy mornings may be one of the reasons why so many Australians are busy spending the cooler months planning winter getaways.

But rather than dream of summer, it might be better to put your thinking hat on and start planning the ultimate cold-weather holiday.

Australia is blessed with a largely temperate climate, which means that even though it might be a bit nippy outside, you can still embrace the winter sun, and, compared with other places winters here are not as challenging as one might first think – winter is to be celebrated.

Hiking during winter is a great way to get your heart-rate pumping and clear the lungs as you breathe in fresh mountain air. It is also the time to capture awe-inspiring vistas which have no erqual.

For some of the best big scale bushwalking experiences in Tasmania, you can't go past world-renowned Cradle Mountain for its trails and Overland Track.

However, Tassie’s Parks & Wildlife has more than 60 well-established Short Walks on offer right across the state that you can also choose from.

They range from inland adventures at Tall Trees Reserve at Mt Field through to the raw beauty of the sea cliffs that have come to define walks at Cape Raoul.

An added advantage of walking is that it helps you build a healthy appetite as you journey.

And what better way to finish off a hike of any length than to sit down with friends for a hearty feast of thick winter soups, chunky stews and crusty breads.

Indulging in artisan foods is something that Tasmanians do well and you will be sure to find a variety of cafes and restaurants that specialise in locally produced meat, vegetable and dairy products in many of the state's smaller towns.

You might also be tempted to try some of the regions best cheeses and fortified wines, which best are served indoors alongside a log fire.

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