What's new in Tasmania - Adventure

Outdoor adventure Tassie Style - From the deep, blue ocean to the soaring mountain ranges and cliffs, here’s what’s new in our wild outdoors.

Maydena Bike Park

We're pleased to share that one of our most anticipated openings, Maydena Bike Park, is ready to shred. The renowned team at Dirt Art have outdone themselves, designing and building a series of world class trails that offer something for every rider's ability - for families through to elite riders. Maydena is a gravity focused MTB park, with an unrivalled 820m vertical elevation with loads of long distance descending trails. The uplift bus shuttle is available to riders and sightseers, as well as sightseeing tours, bike hire, retail bike shop, café, bar, skills coaching and group skills sessions. Various riding packages are available starting at $60, to book visit www.maydenabikepark.com

Port Arthur Visitor Information Centre development open

The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of our most visited, and treasured experiences, and now has a brand new Visitor Information Centre. With a footprint 30% larger than its predecessor, the Centre is now home to a restaurant and bar, 1830, as well as an interpretation gallery and exhibition space, the expanded cafe and a dedicated space for the lucky walkers who are about to embark on the Three Capes Track nearby. The whole centre gives the opportunity to delve deeper into the stories of Port Arthur's layered history and the people who spent time here. More information at www.portarthur.org.au

Three Capes Track adds Cape Raoul Track section

The third and final Cape' of the Three Capes Track has opened to the public with a 14 kilometre return walk to Cape Raoul now added to the itinerary. Novice and day walkers can complete the day walk to get a taste of the track, and Three Capes Track visitors are now encouraged to bag' their third cape by arriving early or staying late. With beautiful lookouts along the way, the section has been developed to the same standard as the first two stages and is the ultimate route from which to watch surfers tackle the unpredictable surf of Shipstern's Bluff. The walk can be completed in about five hours on a one metre wide dry boot standard track, with the previous steep sections rerouted to make it easier for a broad range of walkers.

Horsetail Falls Walk now open

Visitors to Tasmania's West Coast will now be rewarded with spectacular views on the new Horsetails Falls walk, near Queenstown. Hugging the craggy hills, the boardwalk takes walkers closer to the falls, which cascade over 50 metres down the steep cliff face. The walk is relatively easy and suitable for most visitors who journey down the scenic Lyell Highway. Nearby, the Lake St Clair, Franklin Nature Trail, Nelson Falls and Donaghys Hill walks make this area a new walking destination in its own right.

RoamWild Tasmania Mountain Heights Tour

From mountain heights to wildlife nights, RoamWild Tasmania shares the local landscape surrounding Queenstown combined with local insight, from the comfort of a 4WD. The new Mountain Heights tour takes in incredible views high over the wilderness landscape, with countless photo opportunities such as the gigantic pink conglomerate rock formations. The tour culminates in a spectacular sunset atop the Mount Owen spur, previously inaccessible to the public accompanied by light refreshments, of course. For some after-hours fun, the Wildlife Nights tour continues on after the sunset - guests travel into ancient rainforests at night to watch the wildlife awaken. More information at www.roamwild.com.au

West Coast Wilderness Railway – Heli Steam Experience

Get all steamed up with the brand new Heli Steam experience on Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway, near Queenstown. The itinerary includes a two hour steam train trip, discovering the fascinating mining history of the area as well as gliding through old growth forest, plus a scenic flight option from Regatta Point, Strahan in conjunction with Strahan Helicopters. Guests can choose from a range of flights, from a 10 minute spin ($299) up to a 70 minute exploration over everything the West Coast has to offer ($899).

Walk Cataract Gorge Tours

The new jewel of Launceston tour from Walk Cataract Gorge takes guests on a guided walk through the stunning Cataract Gorge. Over an hour, hear about the natural history of the Gorge and the precarious balance between nature and society. The air here is as crisp and fresh as it gets, and guests will be able to smell, touch and even taste their way through the Gorge and across First Basin, finishing up near Basin Cottage, for further self exploration at leisure after the tour. The hour-long tours depart at 10:30am daily and are $22 per person. Book at www.walkcataractgorge.rezdy.com

On Your Bike Tours

Get to know the city of Launceston in the saddle of a bike on an On Your Bike guided tour. Each tour packs in history, local stories, tastings and a touch of exercise as guests take in the pretty streets of our major northern city. There's a range of tours from Ride The River ($70pp) taking in some of Launceston's best cycleways and a Tassie Taste Plate, Ride The Harvest ($40pp) on Saturday morning exploring the famous Harvest Market, and the Ride the Vines ($60pp) with a two hour cycle around and through the vines that make the Josef Chromy range of wines, finishing up with a tasting. Book at www.onyourbiketours.com

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Image credits from top: Maydena Bike Park, Alastair Bett, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Lea Walpole, Walk Cataract Gorge, On Your Bike Tours.