24 August, 2021

Five virtual Tassie experiences from home

Travelling to Tassie might be on standby for the moment, but nothing stops you from hiking Cradle Mountain or going fly fishing on the waters of Nineteen Lagoons… all from your very own home.

We’ve put together five, epic virtual adventures around Tassie you can embrace right now – without having to venture further than your couch, of course! Are you ready?

Cradle Mountain in snow. Photo: Paul Fleming.

1. Watch the day go by at the top of Cradle Mountain

If you’ve always wanted to hike Cradle Mountain but haven’t had the opportunity yet, Windy’s Cradle Mountain webcam will make you feel like you’ve just trekked to the top of the iconic mountain – without having to break a sweat or rug up for the cold!

Watch up to one year of footage recorded live from one of Tassie’s most loved national park, and be mesmerised by the spectacular show of alternating days of pure sunshine, gloomy clouds, snow falling and dense fog.

Want to go elsewhere? Windy has webcams set up at the top of kunanyi / Mount Wellington – offering breathtaking views over Hobart – as well as on Beaumaris Beach, just south of St Helens, so you can go from mountains to sea in no time.

Fly fishing on St Patricks River. Photo: Adam Gibson.

2. Discover Tassie’s best fly fishing destinations

Tasmania is one of the world’s best destinations for fly fishing. Celebrated for its outstanding sight-casting opportunities, crystal-clear waters and for its abundance of fully-finned trouts, fly fishing enthusiasts flock to Tassie to put their skills to the test.

With the season now officially open, it’s time to finesse your knowledge and immerse yourself in Discover Tasmania’s YouTube series on fly fishing. Learn unique tips, join expert Christopher Bassano as he tackles the waters of Nineteen Lagoons, and come up close with a wild brown trout in Little Pine Lagoon.

Little penguin. Photo: Stu Gibson.

3. Spot penguins on Macquarie Island

Want to check the weather conditions in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? The permanent base of the Australian Antarctic Division on Macquarie Island – known as Macquarie Island Station – has you covered with access to its webcam, a two-day timelapse always available and even a 360-degree virtual tour of the station, which allows you to discover what life looks on this remote island.

Set halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica, this rugged and windswept island became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978, and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. The island is home to an incredible variety of plants, including over 90 moss species, a whopping 80,000 seals, as well as 13 different species of penguins… so take a seat and keep an eye out on the live webcam: you may be able to spot a penguin or two if you’re lucky!

Clover Hill Cellar Door. Photo: Supplied Courtesy of Clover Hill Wines.

4. Taste Tassie wines from your kitchen

A true wine lover’s paradise, Tasmania is home to seven different wine regions, and is a fine producer of elegant cool-climate wines including pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling and pinot gris. But did you know that the island state is one of the world’s top producers of sparkling wine, as we mentioned in this post? It’s your turn to pop open a bottle of Tassie’s best sparkling wine and get to know all the secrets of the trade from your very own home with a virtual social tasting with Clover Hill Wines.

Join wine educator and Clover Hill Cellar Door’s Manager Ian White on an exclusive wine tasting where you and your friends will taste two, three or six different sparkling wines, enjoy a Q&A session and learn more about the art of producing sparkling wine in Tasmania.

No need to worry about buying the bottles: Clover Hill Wines will send you everything you need a few weeks prior to your tasting, so you won’t even need to leave the house.

Nelson Falls. Photo: Jess Bonde.

5. Immerse yourself in nature… from your couch

The art of Forest Bathing originated in Japan in the 1980s, and it’s the simple practice of being in touch with nature, reconnecting with your senses, taking a moment to slow down the pace and breathe… no matter how far from nature you may be. This is the idea behind Discover Tasmania’s Moments of Calm videos.

From a peaceful walk to the enchanting Nelson Fall, in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Tasmanian Wilderness, to the Aurora Borealis dancing across the night sky over Freycinet National Park, find a comfy spot at home, take a moment to escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in Tassie’s spectacular natural beauty.


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