EXPLORE THE TASMANIAN WILDERNESS

Tasmania has some amazing wilderness and national parks to explore with 45% of Tasmania covered in forrest reserves and the World Heritage Area. There are plenty of amazing places all around Tasmania you can go to explore our amazing wilderness, here are a few of our suggestions.

 

MELALEUCA AND THE SOUTH WEST

Tasmania’s South West in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is one of the more difficult areas to access but also one of the most amazing. Melaleuca sits inland from Port Davey and with it’s airstrip is the perfect way to get deep inside the World Heritage Area.

For walkers the South Coast Track is one of the most challenging in Australia taking you from Cockle Creek to Melaleuca. This walk has a tendency to throw up some adverse conditions with plenty of river crossings and mud making this a track for experienced walkers only. Well equipped walkers can take this track on themselves but there are also guided tours run by Tasmanian Expeditions which can take you as well.

Par Avion run regular flights into Melaleuca with opportunities to book a half and and full day

STAY AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN

The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is one of the most popular parks in Australia with some amazing walks throughout the park that will suit any fitness level. Most walks are easily accessible and maps are available from the park visitors centre.

If you are looking for an amazing view make sure to take the walk up to Marions  Lookout which provides amazing views over the park and the mountain.

Cradle Mountain is also the departure point for the famous and popular Overland Track which goes through the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park from Cradle Mountain itself to Lake St Clair. On average the Overland Track takes between four and five days to complete with options to do the track yourself or with a variety of guided tours.

Cradle Mountain is one of the best places to see Tasmanian Wildlife with Pademelon, Wallabies, Wombats all being spotted in the park all year round. We regularly see great wild life shots from around the National Park on Instagram and Facebook and you often don’t have to go too

THE FAMILY IN TASMANIA THIS SUMMER

What happens when you take a white water raft and put it in the surf? A hell of a lot of fun! King River Rafting are this year adding a new product to their lineup which is perfect for families and a great way to cool off on warm day. Jump into a raft at Clifton Beach near Hobart and ride the waves, no experience is required and lunch and all equipment is included.

 

SEE THE PENGUINS AT LOW HEAD

Tasmania has a number of penguin colonies but the rookery at Low Head is by far the largest. If you are there at the right time of day just after dark you can watch the penguins come in from Bass Straight and back to their nests. Tours are run from Launceston five nights a week and take about 3.5 hours so you still have plenty of time to get the kids to bed.

 

CANYONING IN THE LOST WORLD

In addition to the amazing Dove Canyon experience Cradle Mountain Canyons offer a great family friendly alternative called the Lost World that is suited to kids eight and up. This

Greatful Day on Tasmania Autumn

Autumn has arrived after what feels like a slightly absent summer. We are starting to see some amazing colours coming through with leaves changing colours and the amazing Fagus not that far off as well. With nature doing it’s thing it’s time to call all of you out and get another hashtag trending. This time around we want to see your autumn shots from all around Tasmania.

Ok it’s simple, jump on instagram and post (or retag if you’re lazy) your best Autumn shots from around Tasmania. We have a super awesome tool that goes out and finds all your photos and we will post the best ones in an Article as well as share them on Facebook, Tumblr and tweets.

Bangor is a stunning property located five minutes from Dunally at the top of the Tasman Peninsula. We recently were invited along by Wild Bike Tours on one of their regular trips to explore this amazing spot.

THE PROPERTY

Bangor is a 6200 ha privately owned property and farm that has remained in the Dunbabin family for over 100 years and four generations. The farm runs merino sheep and beef cattle as well as producing grapes for the winery.

The farming side is only a small

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS AND TREETOPS

Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania and effectively the capital of the north. There’s heaps to do both in Launceston and it’s surrounding regions so here are five things to do on a day out in and around Launceston.

Hollybank has exploded in recent months with a series of new world class mountain bike trails including the impressive Jugernaut decent line. If you didn’t bring a bike you can hire one easily from Vertigo MTB and they also run shuttles during peak season on various days of the week (check their facebook page for dates and times). If mountain biking isn’t your thing then Hollybank Tree Top adventures lets you get harnessed up and go flying through the treetops on massive flying foxes.

Cataract Gorge is one of the more impressive sights in Launceston and there are plenty of walking tracks to explore. The Gorge has been carved out by the South Esk River which in flood makes for some great white water kayaking. If you don’t feel like walking too far you can always catch the chair lift up to the gardens and the tea house. On hot days it’s also worth heading down with your bathers as there

HOW TO GET CHEAP FLIGHTS TO TASMANIA

Tasmania has always been just that little bit harder to get to than many other destinations in Australia. Being an Island has it’s benefits but flights can be one of the more expensive elements of an Tasmanian holiday. With that in mind here are our tips on how to score cheap flights to Tasmania.

 

JOIN THE MAILING LISTS

One of the best ways to score cheap flights is to be on the airlines mailing lists. Every few months most airlines will run snap seat sales where you can get sub $100 flights. These sails are usually announced via email or social media and are designed to sell seats quickly so it’s worth not hitting the spam button on these emails.

Some things to take into account with these seats especially with Virgin and Jetstar is you will get charged steep credit card fees and also things like checked baggage all cost extra. These flights also often come with specific date ranges often around off-peak times so it’s worth making sure you can do the things you want to do here in those times.

 

WAIT FOR MARKETING CAMPAIGNS

Tourism Tasmania runs two marketing campaigns each year, one in spring and another in autumn. These campaigns are

THE LENS WITH LOIC

Tasmania is one of the best locations in Australia for photographers both pro and amateur alike. Tasmania is one of the few places in the world where a coast to coast drive is no more than 6 hours opening up all sorts of possibilities.

Two of Tasmania’s premier and most in demand photographers Loic Le Guilly and Rob Blakers are teaming up to share their photography techniques and some of their favourite locations in a three and five day workshop on Tasmania’s stunning East Coast.

According to Loic Le Guilly these workshops will suit”amateur photographers who want to experience world class photography in stunning locations and in style”.

The five day workshop will be held in the Bay of Fires and the Blue Tiers (May 13 2015) with the three day workshop being held on Maria Island (August 28 2015) with both workshops being bookable online (see below).

Table Cape Lighthouse is located on the North West Coast of Tasmania near Wynyard and overlooks treacherous Bass Strait.

Table Cape itself was settled in the 1820’s, at the time the only lights visible from the coast were those being kept on at night in peoples homes. It wasn’t until 1888 that the lighthouse that the lighthouse and support buildings

MOUNTAIN BIKING AND WINE

Bangor is a stunning property located five minutes from Dunally at the top of the Tasman Peninsula. We recently were invited along by Wild Bike Tours on one of their regular trips to explore this amazing spot.

Bangor is a 6200 ha privately owned property and farm that has remained in the Dunbabin family for over 100 years and four generations. The farm runs merino sheep and beef cattle as well as producing grapes for the winery.

The farming side is only a small part of the property with 5100 ha of the property being native forests and grassland backing onto 35km of coastline that includes white sandy beaches and huge dolerite cliffs.

Public access to the property is limited with some camping available (must be negotiated with the owners) and currently Wild Bike Tours is the only tour company on the property.

Bangor prior to settlement was home to Aboriginal peoples and the first contact between Aboriginal and European explorers was made at Two Mile Beach in 1772. If you look closely you can still see the shell middens and even some stone artifacts from the Aboriginal inhabitants.

In 1642 Abel Tasman landed at Tasman Bay while seeking shelter from bad weather. His crew

Suggestions from us of places to stay

Somerset on the Pier is located down Elizabeth St Pier right in the centre of the Hobart Waterfront. This hotel is the perfect place to stay for events such as the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and is only a five minute walk from the Salamanca restaurant precinct.

Sullivans Cove Apartments are tucked away next to the IXL Jam Factory buildings on Hunter st at the eastern end of the Hobart waterfront. Sullivans Cove Apartments offer a variety of accommodation options and is very close to restaurants and bars.

Hotel Grand Chancellor is one of the largest hotels in Tasmania and offers amazing waterfront views on one side and views of Mt Wellington and the Hobart CBD on the other. Hotel Grand Chancellor sits between Davey St and Macquarie St offering easy access to Salamanca and the Hobart CBD.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel is situated on Hunter st in the IXL buildings and takes in much of the aesthetic and design of the 200 year old buildings. The Henry Jones is close to restaurants and a popular place to stay during festivals such as MOFO / Dark MOFO due to it’s proximity to a number of major festival venues.

Hobart has heaps to see

SOUTH WEST TASMANIA

Flying is the easiest and one of the most scenic ways to explore the South West and provides you with an amazing aerial view of the peaks around the South West and the amazing coastline. Par Avion run regular flights between Hobart and Melaleuca with options for both a half and full day trip into the South West that includes the a boat ride around Melaleuca inlet with opportunities to spot rare wildlife such as the Orange Bellied Parrot.

Sea Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the waterways around Bathurst Harbour and the South West wilderness. Kayaking allows you to get up close to wild life and explore where powered vehicles can’t go.

Roaring 40s run three and seven day trips in the South West that include scenic flights in and out, equipment, meals and accommodation utilising both specially designed huts and spacious tents. Trips run throughout the summer months.

If you are looking for a luxury option then there is no better way to reach and explore the South West than from a privately chartered Yacht. Hobart Yachts run a number of private charters each year sailing from Hobart that allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery as well as a

TASMANIA IN WINTER

Spring is here but winter has been long, very cold and full of fun things to do. From Dark MOFO to all the amazing snow that had Hobartians freaking out. We keep pretty close tabs on all the things happening on social media, here is all the stuff you guys were showing off and interested in this winter.

 

DARK MOFO

Dark MOFO was back for it’s third year with huge public art exhibitions and some amazing performances. This year we saw Dark Park take over much of the waterfront area around Macquarie Wharf with some amzing displays including the huge fire organ and Bass Bath.

 

LOTS OF SNOW

With one of the coldest winters on record we got an amazing amount of snow all around the state. From Hobart to Cradle Mountain there were plenty of places to get out and make a few snow angels. Hobart was also lucky enough to get a once in a generation dumping with snow down to sea level.

We also saw a huge amount of snow at Ben Lomond and Mt Field offering plenty of opportunities for skiers and snow boarders to get out and explore the landscape in a different way.

We have had a number of big Auroras

THINGS TO DO IN TASMANIA

Tasmania has some of the best walking in Australia with a number of the Great Walks of Australia all being located here. There are plenty of walking options from short day trips to longer walks such as the Overland, Three Capes and the South Coast Track Walks with options to both do them yourself as well as take a guided tour.

MOFO has become one of the major highlights of the year with amazing performances drawing huge crowds to venues all over Hobart. Previous headliners have included Nick Cave and Amanda Palmer.

MONA itself is a great gallery to explore and always nice on a hot summers day. The gallery is huge and well worth setting side a day to get the full experience.

The East Coast of Tasmania has some of the best white sandy beaches in Australia perfect for cooling off on a hot summers day.

In addition to amazing beaches the East Coast has some amazing places to explore including Freycinet National Park and the stunning Bay of Fires. If you are looking for the perfect road trip destination then this part of Tasmania has to be on the top of your list.

The Tarkine is one of Tasmania’s natural marvels and

Dark mofo guide

Dark Mofo has become a regular fixture on the Tasmanian festival calendar with locals and visitors selling out events and flocking to all the free outdoor events and exhibitions. Here are a few quick tips from us to get the most out of your Dark Mofo experience.

 

DOWNLOAD THE APP

Dark Mofo put together an awesome little app for Android and iOS devices with heaps of useful features including a full events program, information on various exhibits including all the ones at Dark Park, maps and a planner so you can put all the events you want to go to in one place. This is the easiest way to find out what is going on around the festival as well as the easiest way to find various venues which are some times tucked away in hard to find places.

 

DRESS FOR THE COLD

Hobart in Winter can be brutal with cold temperatures and rain so far this week making things a bit more interesting. If you are planning on heading out to explore events like Dark Park then make sure to bring appropriate warm clothes that will keep you warm while waiting in line. We also recommend not wearing thin soled shoes as the

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

We all have that one person in our lives that is a nightmare to go shopping for. They are either too picky, have everything or you just don’t have enough in common to really come up with that perfect gift idea that isn’t going to end up in the trash three days after you have gone home.

If you can’t think of a physical thing to buy, what about an experience? Here are a few ideas from us for expereicnes you can buy as a present this Christmas. Each of these tours comes with a gift card option allowing someone to pick a day that suits them.

 

SEA KAYAKING AROUND HOBART

Tasmania is one of the best coastal destinations in Australia with a huge variety of easily accessible coastlines with stunning beaches and huge sea cliffs to explore.

Roaring 40’s is an award winning Sea Kayaking company that runs both day tours and multi day expeditions in the South West of Tasmania. Around Hobart they offer a variety of day tour options perfect for beginner to moderate ability paddlers that allow you to get up close to sea cliffs and see our local wildlife such as sea eagles, seals and dolphins.

 

CANYONING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN

Cradle

TABLE CAPE LIGHTHOUSE

Table Cape Lighthouse is located on the North West Coast of Tasmania near Wynyard and overlooks treacherous Bass Strait.

Table Cape itself was settled in the 1820’s, at the time the only lights visible from the coast were those being kept on at night in peoples homes. It wasn’t until 1888 that the lighthouse that the lighthouse and support buildings were completed and went into service. The lighthouse itself was designed in Hobart, built locally however the bricks used all came from Victoria as part of ships ballast.

 

MERSEY BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE

Mersey Bluff Lighthouse is located on the Mersey River near Devonport and is quite distinctive and recognisable due to it’s bright red vertical stripes.

The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse was built in 1889 in order to replace a series of lights and beacons that had proven difficult to spot. Prior to the lighthouse the coast line it stands over was natourious for ship wrecks.

IRON POT LIGHTHOUSEIron Pot Lighthouse was the first lighthouse built in Tasmania, the second in all of Australia and also holds the distinction of being the oldest original tower in Australia. The lighthouse sits on a tiny spec of land at the entrance to the Derwent River.

The Lighthouse in it’s current form was built in