It’s never one-size-fits all with Tasmania – with so many attractions that appeal to a variety of travellers, there’s always something to please everyone, no matter your agenda
BONORONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
A haven for native critters, the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and releases animals that have been orphaned or injured. Randall the echidna is one of the permanent residents here; he lost his leg in a dog attack, and although healed, is unable to fend for himself in the wild. In addition to housing a whole mob of kangaroos, the occasional wombat, a family of Tasmanian devils, a trio of Eastern quolls, and a gorgeous peacock that roams the grounds freely, the sanctuary also actively educates and invests in wildlife conservation.
SORELL FRUIT FARM
It’s always more fun to pick your own food! Don’t let its name fool you — Sorell Fruit Farm also offers vegetables for picking, including big fat broad beans. In addition to strawberries and blackcurrants, the farm also grows some exotic varieties such as jostaberries, loganberries, silvanberries, tayberries, and nashi pears. They also serve some mean scones with clotted cream and jam for afternoon tea, which you can drizzle with world famous Leatherwood Honey.
At around the size of Sentosa Island, adults and children alike will adore the immersive experience at Curringa Farm. Run by a husband-and-wife team that is supremely hospitable and very business-savvy, accommodations on the farm are spacious and adequately-spaced so that every guests has their own privacy. Witness sheep shearing, savour a filling barbecue lunch, and witness a dog herding demonstration before going on a quick tour of the grounds (they grow poppy and crop seed, unique to other farms on the island). We highly recommend that you spend a night here, where you can take your time to explore farm at dusk, before watching the free-grazing sheep come right up to your balcony in the morning.
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TASMANIAN GOURMET SAUCE COMPANY
Speaking of picking your own food, the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company is truly a unique hands-on experience that will see you harvesting, cooking, and eating your own meal, farm to table — a rare experience for us urban-dwellers. Owner Tim Barbour started the sauce kitchen as a personal project, but the response has been so good that he’s turned it into a full tour experience, including a roam of his well-stocked potager garden that features a chicken coop and miniature apple orchard. They also sell their delicious homemade sauces for you to take home, with multiple recipes available to teach you how to bring their best flavours forward.
Held on Saturdays between 8.30am and 3.00pm, the Salamanca Market is the most famous in Tasmania, filled with local producers, artists, and food vendors hawking anything and everything from wallaby burgers, genuine leather goods, upcycled homewares and vibrant, fresh blooms. Sip on fresh brewed coffee and munch on an everything bagel slathered in jalepeno cream cheese, or tuck in to a delicious breakfast paella that’s a full sensory experience all on its own. There are loads of artisans selling homemade remedies such as essential oils, organic soaps and skincare — you can be sure not to leave empty handed.
BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER ESTATE
There’s that saying, “to come up smelling like roses”. But we’d much rather smell like lavender instead. Lavender oil has a long and established history of use as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory remedy, and as a cure for indigestion or heartburn. There are about 39 species of lavender but Bridestowe Lavender Estate only grows Lavandula angustifolia — the single species suitable for both perfume and culinary use. In addition to premium quality lavender oil, be sure to pickup some lavender-infused teas (we loved the earl grey), bath and beauty products, and their signature BobbieTM bear. Grab some tea as well — the lavender scones and various confectionaries are sure to please.
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TASMANIAN SEAFOOD SEDUCTION
It’s a literal all-you-can-eat smorgasbord on board Pennicott Wildnerness Journeys’ Tasmanian Seafood Seduction cruise. Slurp up as many freshly-shucked oysters as you can stomach; watch your guide dive for live abalone, sea urchin and rock lobster before devouring them sashimi-style or fried in garlic butter and cilli; and sip on some of the best local wines, boutique beers and ciders as you please. Bubbly and oysters? Now that’s a romantic encounter waiting to happen.
MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA)
Museum date, anyone? For some head-tilting, life-questioning, far-out art, cop a cup of culture at the (in)famous MONA. Its selection of installation and traditional art reads like an eccentric billionaire’s curation of old antiques, provocative sculptures, and digital art. Not just for its exhibitions, MONA also offers great beer tours and wine-tasting sessions at its Moo Brewery, and visitors can even opt to stay at one of the eight luxurious ship ping-container pavilions that promise decor like none you’ve ever seen.