What's New in Tassie this Spring

Island escapes, food tours and flights of fancy

With new hotels turning on the lights, new ways to reach once-remote islands and beaches, and restaurants serving up seductive seasonal flavours, there's lots of new uniquely Tasmanian stories to share this spring.

MACq 01

Mac01The breeze along Hobart's waterfront carries a thousand captivating stories of those that were here before - a cast of remarkable characters, each with an intriguing story to tell. Now these stories are captured and shared in Australia's most anticipated new hotel, MACq 01. Celebrating Tasmania's famous and infamous, with big ideas and quiet achievements, MACq 01 is a storytelling hotel. Convicts, crooks, captains of industry and other colourful characters are remembered in words and artefacts woven into every detail, making every room individual and special. Flanking the Hunter Street wharf with views across the Derwent River and up to Mount Wellington, the hotel brings the story of 114 remarkable Tasmanians to life. This isn't a token effort to tell a few yarns, it's a full-on, immersive experience - Tasmania will run deep through your veins. Dine in at Old Wharf restaurant (head chef Simon Pockran will share some fascinating food yarns at the Chef's Table) or sip at The Story Bar, adorned with old newspapers alongside plush seating and killer cocktails.


Maria Island Ferry

Maria IslandUse those precious extra daylight hours exploring Maria Island, a natural wildlife sanctuary and World Heritage-listed island with historic ruins, sweeping bays and dramatic cliffs. Getting to the island just got a whole lot easier, with Encounter Maria Island now offering a year-round ferry service with multiple sailings each day. Be transported to another world, only 30 minutes off the East Coast at Triabunna, to enjoy walks, wildlife and water activities on the island. Take in the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs or one of the many other walks at all levels, and stay the night in the old penitentiary at Darlington. You can book a bike to use on the island, or the ferry staff will kindly help you lug a kayak over if you want to explore the water. Check the timetable on their website.​​


Barnbougle Luxury Oceanfront Villas

BarnbougleWhat better way to get a lung of fresh Tasmanian spring air than 18 holes alongside Bass Strait? Golfers (and their caddies) will love the new Barnbougle Luxury Oceanfront Villas, overlooking the ever-changing landscape of Barnbougle Beach and out to Bass Strait. The villas are two bedroom, two bathroom, open plan spaces that spill out onto the weathered timber deck overlooking the beach. Enjoy the earliest round in the morning, taking in the two courses, The Dunes and Lost Farm, making up the Barnbougle Links Golf Resort. Or sit inside with a glass of local wine and watch the weather roll in from the sea.


Curringa Farm

Set among the picturesque rolling hills of central Tasmania is Curringa Farm, a 750 acre working farm run by 6th generation farmers, Tim and Jane Parsons. And if going behind the scenes on an award-winning sheep farm wasn't enough, you can now stay on the farm in the new two bedroom, two bathroom deluxe cottages overlooking Lake Meadowbank. There's also studios, cottages and farmhouse already on offer. While you're there, explore the property on foot, taking a look at their sustainable farming practices on the way to beautiful forest walks, watch the shearing, meet the working dogs and partake in the delicious homemade scones and barbecue hampers. The ultimate adventure for holiday makers wanting to get close to nature.


Bay of Fires Bush Retreat

Hosts at the relaxed Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, Thomas and Anna, encourage you to get your hair salty and your feet sandy at their simple and stylish communal accommodation. The Retreat offers two options, the Bell Tents and the Bunk House (available from early January). Guests access the beautiful hand-crafted amenities block only a short stroll from the accommodation areas. For the foodies among us, you'll be treated top notch Tasmanian fare by courtesy of Tom (former head chef at the acclaimed Angasi in Binalong Bay and Drift in Devonport), or the communal kitchen is decked out with everything you'll need to create a feast from the outstanding local produce. The Retreat is only minutes' drive from the stunning sights of the Bay of Fires and is the perfect base from which to explore. ​


Taste. Walk. Talk

taste-walkThis roaming food tour is the perfect way to soak in the sites of Launceston at a leisurely pace, sample sumptuous local fare and learn about the city's history while you're at it. Hit the pavement with local foodie Brock, who will lead your tastebuds around his city and share the uniquely Tasmanian produce that abounds here. Taste wine, beer, charcuterie, pastries, chocolate - if it's made near Launceston, then Brock knows where to find it. Taste.Walk.Talk offers three tours depending on how much time is up your sleeve; a full day exploring up to seven secret spots or an afternoon tour visiting at least three producers, or a pre-dinner tour to Brock's best watering holes, including drinks and nibbles. Customisable tours are also available upon request.


Rosevears Hotel

If being in the heart of the Tamar Valley Wine region 20 minutes from Launceston wasn't enough, the Rosevears Hotel has added luxury accommodation into the mix with the opening of 26 contemporary rooms and spa suites overlooking the Tamar River. After a day of wine touring, get ready for a night of bubbles - spa suites have an outdoor jacuzzi on their private deck, and the region is known for fine sparkling wine - win, win. Or should we say wine, wine. Dine in the historic hotel for a contemporary menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Osborne Aviation Tasman Experience

AviationDon't walk people, run! Run to the chopper! Osborne Aviation have recently launched new itineraries from Port Arthur, offering holiday makers an extraordinary birds-eye-view on the apple isle's natural beauty and rugged terrain. Breath-taking views from above await as you soar next to the towering sea cliffs that feature in the Three Capes track (Cape Hauy, Pillar and Raoul), witness the exposed lighthouse on Tasman Island and marvel at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site from high up. There's no better way appreciate the raw and wild scenery than from high above in the comfort of a helicopter.


Magnet Mine Tours

Burn through narrow bush tracks and be rewarded with sweeping views over the Tarkine wilderness on a Magnet Mine Tour. See where small steam trains chugged along 90 years ago, and descend into Magnet Valley to see the remote former Tarkine mining town of Magnet in a state-of-the-art new four-seater off-road vehicle, it even has wifi! Nestled 60 minutes either side of Cradle Mountain and Corinna, Magnet Mine Tours reveals a part of the Tarkine very few people see, as well as letting you see the harsh conditions miners worked in a century ago.​


Flinders Island Walking Adventure with World Expeditions

Flinders IslandWorld Expeditions has launched a new six-day walking adventure exploring the raw beauty of Flinders Island. With spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and Aboriginal and European history, Flinders Island is a fascinating place to explore with many stories to tell. After a quick flight from Launceston, guests will have the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of both Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki, the highest point on the island with incredible 360-degree views of the whole island, as well as learn more about the diverse ecosystems and little locals like the common wombat.


Glamp Sandridge

GlampIs glamping one of those items on your bucket list you never quite seem to tick off? The arrival of the warmer months is the perfect excuse to discover the laid-back luxury that glamping affords. Glamp Sandridge at Boat Harbour on the North West Coast is an eco-village of eight luxury tents, hidden in the native forest on Sandridge Estate. Each glamping tent features a queen-size bed, luxury linen, a gorgeous fit-out and suitably luxurious bathroom and shower facilities on site. Wander the property and find rainforests and creeks, mountain bike tracks and bushwalking trails. Or do some hard-core wildlife spotting for wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils, platypus, quolls, Mountain Dragons, kookaburras and eagles.


Hobart Free Walking Tours

The streets of Hobart are a living museum in their own right, with historical buildings, markings and monuments telling rich stories of the lives of our ancestors and the founding of Van Diemen's Land. On these free tours, your local guide will share Hobart's fascinating history around Salamanca Place and Battery Point, as well as where to find the best shopping, hot tips on where to eat and helpful information like how to get to Mona, Salamanca Market and the Farm Gate Market. But how is this free you ask? Well, after the tour, you tip your guide what you feel the tour was worth. Check the website for tour times. ​


Freycinet Adventures Aqua Taxi

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be any more secluded beaches and wilderness tracks to discover, the clever folk at Freycinet Adventures Aqua Taxi have made it even easier to access the bountiful walking tracks and bays around Coles Bay on the East Coast. Explore the walking tracks and bays around Coles Bay on the East Coast by taking a ride to the secluded Hazards Beach where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset and camp for the night. Or head offshore to Schouten Island for great swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Freycinet Adventures Aqua Taxi also offers one way and return trips into Freycinet National Park. You can choose to be dropped off and walk out on one of the walking tracks, or book a return trip if there's no juice left in the tank after your walk.


Three Capes Gear and Gourmet

Hiking can be both heady and hedonistic. The Three Capes Track is the benchmark for Australian bushwalks, combining the raw beauty of the southern hemisphere's highest sea cliffs with comforts and interpretation unsurpassed by any other trail in the country. If you're keen to explore this remarkable track but don't want to buy all the gear and provisions yourself, Three Capes Gear and Gourmet have got you covered. The new one-stop shop for all your hiking gear and food to take on the trek - it's as easy as choosing your gear online, selecting your food package from basic to luxe (including a tipple!) and then leave it to the team to drop it off ready for your walk.


Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

Agrarian KitchenTasmanian food is characterised by fresh seasonal produce, served without pretension in a way that lets the flavours speak for themselves. The Agrarian Kitchen and Eatery epitomises this philosophy. Founded by Rodney Dunn and Séverine Demanet and borne from a longing to connect back to the earth, and to grow and cook authentic food, the Agrarian Kitchen and Eatery is housed in the historic Bronte building in New Norfolk's Willow Court. A true highlight on Tasmania's abundant list of superb dining experiences, Agrarian Kitchen Eatery works with a local network of growers, farmers and fishermen to bring the best Tasmanian produce to your table.


Truffle Lodge

There's nothing quite like waking up with nature right on your doorstop, without sacrificing on comfort – especially when you are smack bang in the middle of one of Australia's first truffieres. Situated on the banks of the Derwent River just 39 kilometres from Hobart, Truffle Lodge has absolute river frontage and magnificent views to the mountains. Styled to resemble an Aussie Bush Camp, it sits comfortably in its Australian landscape, with a fun overlay of Tales of the Arabian Nights meets Steampunk. Get your fix of five star hotel luxury under canvas.


Ibis Styles Hobart

IbisBold, bright and modern, the four star Ibis Styles Hotel is an exciting addition to Hobart's vibrant CBD. By staying at the Ibis Styles Hotel, you're literally sitting on a hidden piece of Hobart's heritage – the hotel backs onto one of the city's oldest streets, Collins St via Crowther's Lane (an original laneway of Hobart which has been closed off for decades). Adjacent to The Commonwealth Government Centre, the hotel features 11 floors with 296 rooms, a fitness centre, swimming pool, basement parking and an Asian street food restaurant. And for those visiting on the weekend, this playfully designed hotel is just a hop, skip and a jump from the famous Salamanca market.


For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian events, and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website discovertasmania.com.au.