Dec
02
2013

Our beautiful islands of Tasmania are more than just a great holiday destination – they also grow a lot of Australia's best produce.

Make the most of what this state has to offer while you revel in its towering cliffs, spectacular beaches and vast array of wildlife – pick up some locally grown fruit to enjoy alongside the view.

Huon Valley

Located just 40 minutes south of Hobart,  the Huon Valley is home to a rich rural heritage with plenty of orchards to choose from.

Get amongst the friendly locals and enjoy some of the food and wine the region is known for – there are plenty of riverside settlements here, too. Try some of the region's famous seafood, as it's known for its salmon and shellfish.

Wash that down with a bottle of regional wine and finish up your meal with a few pieces of fresh fruit from a roadside stall.

The Huon Valley region produces world class berries. Blackberries and raspberries are grown from January through to April and blueberries from December to April.

Cherries are another fruit produced by the region from December until February; luscious traditional ones almost the size of small plums and exotic new varieties.

The Channel region

Starting at the southern suburbs of Hobart and stretching down to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, this region includes the picturesque Derwent River starting at Tinderbox and Howden.

Whilst touring, sample the delicious cheeses and meats produced in this region at some of the state's most iconic restaurants.

Bruny Island is a wildlife sanctuary hub with plenty of national areas to check out, as well as history dating back to 1642. Why not pack a picnic lunch and head out for a day trip?

Make sure you pack some apples. This delicious fruit is grown from March until November, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from – after all this is the Apple Isle.

Otherwise pack some delicious berries or cherries – the perfect treat to snack on as you walk.

South East region

This section of mainland Tasmania has great wine trails. There are plenty of beaches to visit or if dipping is not your thing, you could be content to journey along the rugged coastline, taking in the spectacular views from the many vantage points.

Make sure you leave plenty of room in your bag, however, as you are going to want to stock up on the region's beautiful eats.

If you are lucky enough to be in this area in the months of January and February, make the most of the juicy apricots.

The region also produces a vast array of apples, pears, cherries and berries, so you will be really spoilt for choice.

Derwent Valley

This stunning valley has everything you could possibly imagine – hops, farmland, forests, gardens and orchards.

A historic centre for sheep grazing, you will easily spot sheep or, for a more metropolitan activity, have a look at some of the antique shops in New Norfolk.

No matter what activity you choose, make sure you taste some of the fresh and seasonal cherries and berries in the valley. The left bank of the Derwent at the aptly named Plenty offers visitors an experience to remember at historic Redlands Estate adjacent to the Salmon Ponds. Australia’s awarded Best Farmer of the Year 2013 and his property Reid Farms is right across the road.
One of Australia’s largest berry farms is at Westerway, a hop, skip and gear change from a scenic favourite – Russell Falls.

North West

This beautiful area is picture perfect with lush pastures, a wild coastline, flowing fields of tulips and spectacular natural landmarks.

The area is known for its exports, so enjoy delicious carrots, peas, potatoes, onions, garlic and wasabi from the source. Cook up a delicious meal, and make sure you include some local cheese for afters!

Follow it up with some of nature's sweet treats – apples and berries are a feature of this region too. Combine it with some award-winning ice cream for the ultimate indulgence.

Tamar region

With its base in Launceston, this is an ideal place to set yourself up to explore the area. There are many cool climate vineyards producing some spectacular wines as well as an abundance of stone fruit and berries to sink your teeth into.

Salmon Smokehouse in the Huon and Apples - Roger Scales from Woodbridge Smokehouse. Image Credit: The Australian

Farm stays - Derwent Valley: Curringa Farm

The Reid Fruit Group at a recent trade fare

Josef Chromy Vineyard near Launceston

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