When it comes to food and wine destinations we want to explore this year, Tasmania has got us talking.
Despite its location at the bottom of Australia, this foodie destination is at the top of our list for good times and great wines (and whisky, beer, seafood, artisan products and produce).
Follow our guide on where to start, what to see and how to sample the best of Tasmania’s food and wine trail for your next foodie adventure.
The North Coast is as good as any place to start the Tassie food and wine trail. Here you’ll find the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail which stretches across the north-west of Tasmania from Launceston to Devonport and onto Stanley and Smithton, capturing the region’s best wineries, restaurants, providores, olive growers and cheese makers.
While Tasmania is only a small island, you’ll need at least a few days to explore all this tasty North West region has to offer. (Handy hint: this is one of the best trails to explore for members exchanging at Shearwater Resort in Devonport.)
Close to Devonport, be sure to visit Ashgrove Farm Cheese and the Cherry Shed, then on to the region’s highlights including raspberry farms, salmon, boutique wineries and distilleries. You’ll want to leave plenty of room for sampling fresh produce from the farm gates and roadside stalls.
Tasmania’s capital, Hobart is teaming with food-filled events, from the long-running Taste of Tasmania festival held every year over summer to the weekly Salamanca Markets held on Saturdays at the city’s waterfront.
So, what better to do in this food-obsessed city than follow your tastebuds? Be sure to get a reservation at some of the city’s hottest restaurants (Dier Makr, Fico and Franklin to name a few). Then take advantage of the proximity of Tasmania’s best southern wineries – fun fact: Hobart has the closest vineyards to a capital city anywhere in Australia. Head for Coal Valley Vineyard and Pooley Wines to start, with a stop at The Wicked Cheese Company (because, cheese).
Of course, no visit to Hobart is complete until you’ve experienced the weird and wonderful world of MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art. A strikingly personal collection by eccentric owner, David Walsh, you can trawl the eclectic exhibits with a free handheld device – and even vote whether you Love or Hate it. It’s a Hobart must.
Featuring more than 20 vineyards over a 60km stretch from Launceston to the coast, you can self-drive the Tamar Valley in a day – making it one of the most popular scenic drives in Tassie. Our recommendation? Take your time and hit the Tamar Valley Wine Route – voted one of the 10 best wine routes in the world! This extended route covers 170km and more than 30 cellar doors, so slow down to a leisurely pace as you explore the Tamar Valley over a few days.
You’ll want to stop at a couple of the best-known Tasmanian wineries (hello Penfolds, Clover Hill and Jansz), but make sure not to miss a few of the hidden gems of the region. Goaty Hill Wines is a small family owned operation where you can enjoy fine wines along with cheese plates and vineyard platters. Just 25 minutes out of Launceston, find Stoney Rise – home to some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the land and recently named a 5-star winery in the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion.
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Regent Park is set amidst the buzz and bustle of trendy central Hobart. A charming suburban apartment block, perched on the edge of the city's pretty harbour, it's close to attractions like Battery Point, the world-famous Salamanca Markets (held every Saturday) and the incredible Wrest Point Casino. This is an area rich in world culture, where lilting South American panpipes meld with the mouth-watering aromas that waft from the many superb restaurants and cafes. Towering above all this is the indomitable Mount Wellington. Those intrepid enough to make the trip are rewarded with spectacular views across the city and the ocean beyond. Regent Park Apartments is a comfortable base from which to enjoy the area and there are many superb bushwalks, caves and impressive waterfalls waiting to be explored. If you enjoy fishing, you'll be pleased to know that the lakes are teeming with crafty trout. And, for history buffs, there are hundreds of years' worth of history and human stories waiting to be discovered at the convict settlements and beautiful old sandstone churches that dot the countryside. Enjoy an exhilarating jet-boat ride on Huon River, a cruise on the Derwent River or indulge yourselves in many of the fine foods found at Bruny Island. Walking on the sun-dappled trails beneath the canopy of the mighty pines of the Huon Valley is an event not to be missed either. If you're after an unforgettable Tasmanian holiday experience with a difference, then Regent Park Apartments is the place for you. Try it and see.
Set amongst beautiful rows of grape vines and fields of olive trees, Riversdale Estate is just a stone's throw from Hobart's central business district, but it feels a million miles from ordinary. <br /><br />Brand new luxuriously appointed, self-catering cottages are furnished in a French provincial style and packed with Tasmanian hospitality. Whether you sit on the veranda or ramble across the rolling countryside, you'll experience a new level of tranquillity. If you love the sand and surf, don't worry - Riversdale Estate also has its own private beach, perfect for whiling the time away on a sunny afternoon. If you love cooking, you'll fall in love with your cottage's fully equipped kitchen. It's ideal for preparing local fresh produce.<br /><br />Riversdale Estate is the ideally located to allow easy access to many of Tasmania's most beautiful tourist areas, including Historic Port Arthur. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, Hobart has something for everyone. Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce, while on the waterfront, punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean. <br /><br />Enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in 1830s Georgian warehouses and on Saturdays, enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca Market, Australia's best outdoor market.<br /><br />If you're after a memorable holiday, you will love your stay amongst the grape vines at Riversdale Estate.
Nestled in an idyllic location on Tasmania's ruggedly beautiful north coast, the award-winning Shearwater Resort is central to some of the Island State's most spectacular tourist attractions. Set in beautiful gardens on 30 acres, adjacent to the resort's 16-hectare golf course, you'll be just short stroll from the water's edge at Freers Beach. <br/> <br/> The studio, one and two-bedroom self-contained units come equipped with TV, foxtel and STD/ISD phones. Prepare a home-cooked meal on your bench cooktop, or make popcorn in your microwave to go along with a movie. All kitchen essentials are provided for your convenience. As you'd expect, the resort boasts a fine choice of amenities, including a bistro and an al fresco dining and entertainment area. Relax by the pool and plan a day of sightseeing you'll never forget.<br/> <br/> Proximity to both Devonport Airport and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal makes reaching the resort easy by both air and sea. A car will help to enhance your holiday experience, because you'll want to visit Cradle Mountain, nearby waterfalls, National Parks, wineries, caves, beaches and quaint country towns. Fairy Penguins, Narawntapu National Park and Squeaky Point are all close by.<br/> <br/> You'll find there's no better place to unwind, indulge, revitalise and refresh than Shearwater. It's sheer pleasure.<br/>