Top five Tassie attractions in spring
Tamar Valley Wineries
There’s no better way to toast the arrival of spring than with a glass in hand, overlooking sun-drenched hillsides and lush gardens. The Tamar Valley is renowned for its world-class wineries—Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brook and Jansz to name a mere few—most of which offer tastings and tours of their cellar doors. The best part is they’re all relatively close, meaning you can happily hop from one to the other (with your pre-designated driver of course).
We know, we know—we’ve waxed lyrical often enough about Tassie’s abundance of fresh produce, but, well…#sorrynotsorry. Its markets rival the country’s best, and each offers an experience to savour. There are the big-name players, of course—Harvest Launceston, Farm Gate, etc.—but let’s not forget about the smaller operations either, such as the farmers markets at Devonport and Burnie, and also the Richmond Village Market. The boot will be near to bursting with delectable goodies in no time!
Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Come November, the small, rural town of Nabowla in North East Tasmania bursts to life in aromatic colour. The world’s largest privately owned lavender farm, Bridestowe is a must-see during the warmer months, offering visitors tours of the fields, as well as a range of unique lavender products suitable for perfumery and cooking—ensuring all your senses are indulged! Be sure to also try a lavender-inspired dish at the property’s popular café.
Maria Island Walk
After the annual beach hiatus imposed by winter, it’s time to reacquaint yourself with coastal beauty—and what a way to do it. Lace up those boots and dust off the bathing costume that no doubt hasn’t seen the light of day for months and spend a few days in a region of the world that comes as close as any other to paradise. Three-day guided walks (accommodation included) are available or you can set out by yourselves to explore the stunning scenery (including the amazing painted cliffs) and even encounter some rare Tassie wildlife that have the enviable privilege of calling this part of the world home.
Gordon River Cruise
Gliding across the calm, mirror-like waters of Macquarie Harbour with swathes of pristine wilderness all around, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve reached nirvana. Courtesy of Gordon River Cruise, you can experience this unique pocket of Tassie’s west in style and comfort—aboard the purpose-built Lady Jane Franklin II. You’ll see some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins and hear fascinating tales of the region’s famed colonial history.