There has been a lot of interest in Tasmania's new farm-to-fork culinary experiences, private tours at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and more. Below are a sample. Email us for more information.
Meet the maker food and wine day tours, operate with a minimum of 2 pax, great value at A$170 pp for the Huon Valley day tour and A$190 for the Bruny Island day tour. Other day tours are also available on demand as long as enough lead time to contact the producers and secure the visit.
Lunch is at the renowned Red Velvet Lounge at Cygnet where chef Steve Crumper produces many wonderful dishes which won him the prestigious Country Style Country Chef of the Year award. After lunch we are off to Panorama Wines where Sharon or one of her helpers will guide us through their range of products. Don't forget to try the Pear Liqueur and you won't want to leave without a bottle! This refreshing Tasmanian pear Liqueur is wonderful just as it is, over crushed ice or add to champagne or your favourite mixer. An old Vishacki Family recipe. We then travel to Home Hill Vineyard at Ranelagh to enjoy a tasting of their delightful wines.
The building which houses the Cellar Door and Restaurant is quite spectacular and different as it was built using rammed earth, local hardwoods and polished cement. Don't forget to go over and say hello to the Alpacas who are quite friendly and curious about visitors. Our last stop is to the Honey House where you can sample (and buy) a range of honeys produced by the owners. There is also a glass enclosed live hive so you can watch all the activity; can you spot the Queen Bee?
We travel down to Kettering to catch the ferry over to Bruny Island with our first stop being Murrayfield Station. Murrayfield is owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation and run by resident managers. They farm lamb and wool however Murrayfield is much more than just a sheep farm, it is a plays a vital part in Aboriginal land management, training and operates in conjunction with the Weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation.
Our next stop is Jo, who won the Seafood Industry Young Achiever Award in 2009, at Get Shucked Oysters who will guide us through the whole production process with lots of interesting nuggets of information, for example did you know that most oysters start out life as male and change to female? Apart from all the information you get to taste some oysters straight from the sea! We stop for lunch at the Bruny Island Cheese Co, owned and operated by Nick Haddow, renowned artesian cheese maker who uses traditional techniques. Don't forget to try the 1792 which is a cow's milk cheese very much in the French style; nice and smelly this one! We then travel to Adventure Bay to see Graham at Bruny Island Berries; depending on time we may have a quick stop to see if we can spot some Penguins! Graham has grows an amazing collection of berries, traditional ones such as Strawberries and Raspberries but also unusual types such as Youngberries and Jostaberries.
The land has been in the same family since 1880 and has historical and environmental significance. Kathy and Graham offer some pretty delicious treats made from their own produce. The berry farm is closed during winter and reopens late October. Our last stop is to see Michael at Bruny Island Providore and Fudge. See how their wonderful fudge and truffles are made and don't forget to pick up a bottle of their Chocolate Sauce which can be poured over, well anything really, it's that good! You may catch a glimpse of the incredible Hiba Gardens, unfortunately we don't have time for a tour but you may want to think about a return visit but be sure to check with Michael first.
Tasmania's Sullivan's Cove French Oak Cask has just been named the World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the prestigious World Whisky Awards in London!
Also a new day tour operator - Tasmanian Whisky Tours gives you the opportunity to visit 3-4 distilleries in a single day, to taste up to ten Tasmanian single malt whiskies, to meet the whisky makers and to go behind the scenes of the distillation process, all while being guided and driven through spectacular Tasmanian landscapes from the Derwent Valley to the Central Highlands to the Tasman Peninsula. Seven of the nine distilleries are in Southern Tasmanian and on each tour you will have the opportunity to visit the estates, tour the distilleries and enjoy an inclusive picnic lunch of seasonal local Tasmanian produce from the famous Wursthaus Kitchen.
Welcome aboard the good ship Whisky, no prior experience required.
Cost is A$185 per person, minimum of 4 pax or private tour minimum of 2
(scroll down to see a very special 5 day Whisky Trail Tour)
The night tour is an exclusive experience just for you and whomever you are with. One of our knowledgeable, passionate staff will be your guide for the duration of this intimate, private tour. It is the ultimate up-close-and-personal Tasmanian wildlife experience.
You will enter our animals' world. Hand-feeding weird and wonderful Tasmanian creatures like bettongs, tawny frogmouths and golden possums. You will also be able to have a 'tug of war' with our beautiful Tassie devils for their dinner.
In fact, you are going to give almost all of our animals something to eat. First it's dinnertime for our daylight dwellers.Then the nocturnal animals get their breakfast. A special highlight is meeting our mob of 100 friendly Forester kangaroos.
You are also going to meet some incredible survivors. Many of our animals are recovering from injury or they are orphans. We will show you how you are helping us get them back into the wild.
It's gonna be a full two and a half hours of incredible (and often very moving) fun.
Go crazy wildlife fans! It's feeding time at the sanctuary and your personal guide will help you to get up close to as many different animals as possible in two and a half hours.
What you'll do:
Private Feeding Frenzy and night tours. Now offering private roundtrip transfers from Hobart (35-40 mins drive each way) for A$100-A$150 round trip per booking.
Nightly Tasmanian devil feedings and tours, very close to Cradle Mountain Lodge
Devils are primarily a nocturnal species therefore far more active at night, we use environmentally sensitive lighting and focus on the social interactions and feeding habits of these unique carnivores, allowing visitors a rare up close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation - quite a spectacular sight.
Discover the stories of Australia's convict women. Meet Mary Hutchinson. As Matron she had to manage an incompetent husband, twelve pregnancies and one thousand convict women.
Part history lesson, part roaming theatre show, Her Story is an accurate and emotional depiction of the harsh life within the Cascades Female Factory in 1833. Her Story helps visitors to really understand the significance of this place and what happened here. Her Story is performed daily at 11am. Duration approximately 1 hour. Cost $20 Adults, $12.50 Child, $60 family.
Barnbougle and Lost Farm were recently named by Golf Digest Magazine among the world's top course.
Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm Golf Courses is a traditional 18 hole links golf course located on the pristine coastline of North East Tasmania. Completed in December 2004 the course has received global accolades. The course has been crafted out of an extraordinary landscape.
Barnbougle is now a name that represents two iconic golf courses, true golfing treasures for both the enthusiast, and social golfer. This is a destination that resonates of the game's connection to ancient Scotland and Ireland. Ruthless Marram Grass, wide open fairways and exquisite hole layouts make for an unforgettable challenge. With fresh Tasmanian air and the omnipresent echo of crashing waves, Barnbougle is the perfect golfing getaway and welcomes players of all abilities.
Tasmania has all ingredients to make a world class whisky - rich fields of barley, wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate - which Distilleries have used to produce premium, world class whiskies. This premium 5 day tour combines some of Tasmania's best whisky experiences with sightseeing. Get to know Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, the flora and fauna of the island's temperate rainforests, the stories of UNESCO World heritage convict sites and the natural beauty of the East Coast beaches.
Day 1 Hobart Arrival - Lark Distillary
Accommodation: The Islington (Garden View), Hobart Meals: L
Day 2 Bonorong - Whisky Tasting - Mt Field
Accommodation: The Islington (Garden View), Hobart Meals: B/L
Day 3 Hobart - Tasman Peninsula - Port Arthur
Accommodation: Stewarts Bay Lodge (1 bedroom premium) Meals: B/L
Day 4 Freycinet National Park
Accommodation: Saffire Freycinet (Luxury Suite ) Meals: B/L/D
Day 5 Freycinet Peninsula - Launceston Departure
Also stay one night at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, a unique blend of heritage and modern comforts right on Hobart's waterfront. Take a ferry ride to explore the newly opened MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), wander the Salamanca Market on a Saturday, or visit historic Port Arthur.
Hotel pick up and drop off, highly qualified and knowledgeable guide, travel in luxury air - conditioned vehicles, home-made morning tea, light café style lunch, all park entry fees including Port Arthur and comprehensive commentary.
We then make our way to Port Arthur visiting the Tessellated Pavement which is a unique rock formation disappearing into the sea. You will marvel at the numerous natural attractions the peninsula’s rugged coast has to offer such as Tasman’s Arch and Lookout. The quirky Doo Town is another sight to see on the way to the Port Arthur Settlement.
The Port Arthur Settlement was first a timber gathering camp worked by convicts that over 47 years grew to be the most successful industrial prison and reform institution know to date. The settlement of Port Arthur was created to put fear and hatred into the minds of those unfortunate enough to be sent there.
After a light lunch our guide will personally escort you around the ruins of the settlement telling you tales of the hardships suffered by the convicts. Your guide will passionately support your tour with endless knowledge about the historic settlement.
The Port Arthur experience includes a cruise around ‘Arthur’s’ Carnavon Bay on a modern catamaran introducing you to sites such as the Isle of the Dead, Point Puer and the Dockyards.
We return to Hobart but not before stopping at Richmond, just 25 kilometers from the City yet time warped into the 1870’s. Australia’s oldest convict built bridge still in use, churches and more as a must see before being dropped back at you hotel.
Group Size: min 2 max 8 persons
This is a tour of top quality, presenting a well selected range of the island’s iconic locations, nature, history and food & wine, 4 Days and 3 Nights.
Scheduled Departures (min 2, max 8 passengers) every 2nd and 4th Saturday. Private tours operate daily.
Travel for 4 days in style. Enjoy cosmopolitan life in Hobart . Visit the famous Salamanca Market before discovering the rainforest and tall trees at Mount Field National Park, Tasmania’s fine foods and wine, the colonial heritage of Port Arthur and the renowned beauty of Wineglass Bay. Note: you can also add two more days to the 4 day ‘Icons of Tasmania’ and visit the highlights of Launceston before enjoying the fascination of Cradle Mountain National Park.
Day 1 Launceston – Wineglass Bay - Bicheno
Day 2 Port Arthur Historic Site - Hobart
Day 3 Bonorong Wildlife Park – Mt. Field National Park
Day 4 Salamanca Market - Mt Wellington – Huon Valley Wine & Food
The Tour includes: