Of course travel is completely subjective and there is no right or wrong answer for where you love to travel to, but for me the best travel destination in Australia is… Tasmania! Yep Australia’s own little ‘Apple Isle’ is the pickings of Australian destinations for me.
We all travel for different reasons and searching for different experiences and unique travel stories to relay to our friends, we are all individuals and our chosen travel destinations reflect on our passions and what makes us happy!
My passions and what makes me happy are fitness and food and wine, and I also love a destination with a strong historical story to tell! For all of those reasons my favourite destination to travel to in Australia is Tasmania.
Hobart is a great place to start, my family visited during Taste of Tasmania, arguably the best time to be in Hobart; the boats are coming in from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the sun is shining and there is an incredibly buzz around the city. Taking a wine appreciation class at Taste of Tasmania introduced me to array of Tasmanian wine’s and they are sublime, while it’s common knowledge that Tasmania produces incredible sparkling wines they are also bringing out buttery delicious Chardonnays and light, yet full of flavour Pinot Noirs.
From Hobart it’s just a short drive to Port Arthur Historical Site, which is quite simply a tourist attraction done right. Steeped in history this is a genuinely fascinating place for anyone with an interest in Australia’s convict history. The highlight of the Port Arthur site is the Ghost Tour, the guides are passionate and knowledgeable and the stories that you here are guaranteed to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, make sure you book a tour for after the sun has gone down for maximum effect!
For those more of an interest in wildlife you can also go on a Tasman Island Cruise which departs from both Hobart and from Port Arthur, on these cruises you can see seals, whales, dolphins, sea eagles and a plethora of other birds.
From Port Arthur we headed North West to Freycinet National Park which would rival any of Australia’s most picturesque areas with its mountains, crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. There are day walks ranging from under two hours up to eight hours, all of which include Wineglass Bay which is an absolute must, it is out of this world stunning! A perfect end to a day of hiking in Freycinet involves eating dinner at one of the local restaurants, the Freycinet area is home to oyster farms and the restaurants provide oysters that are fresh and delicious and taste even better when washed down with a glass of Jansz.
For those who love a lengthier hike you can make you way over the east side of Tasmania where lies Cradle Mountain and The Overland Track, one of Australia’s most famous walking tracks. For those less adventurous there are plenty of shorter day walks as well as botany walks, horse riding and many other activities, at the end of the day reward yourself with a sensational massage at the lodge.
For me, Tasmania has everything I could want in a holiday; scenery, walks, quality food and wine, wildlife, history, art (MoNA is a must see for any art buffs) and quirky little places like doo town (you don’t want to skip doo town ;)) It is an exceptional destination for schools groups as well as a food and wine enthusiasts, hiking holiday goers, couples wanting a romantic getaway and a fantastic family holiday destination as well.
If I have captured anyone’s interest in this phenomenal destination call us on 1300 360 809 or email [email protected] and one of our agents can help plan your Tasmanian getaway.