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THE MUST-DO'S FOR AN ULTIMATE TASMANIA Escape

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If Tasmania has been on your wish list for some time, now is your opportunity to discover this special place. Take a bite of the Apple Isle, sip the Tamar Valley wine, indulge in the taste of fresh local produce and feast your eyes on iconic views of Wineglass Bay or Cradle Mountain. If you travel down the East Coast from Launceston or choose to head up West from Hobart, no area will disappoint. Either way, ensure you don’t miss these must-do sites, in this paradise at the edge of the earth.

Salamanca Market, Battery Point

Take in the tastes of Salamanca Market every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm. With tempting truffles and sneaky Hobart tipples, it is no surprise it is one of Tasmania’s most popular attractions. This vibrant meeting point of over 300 makers and creators embraces the culture and welcoming nature of Hobart locals. Fall in love with the characters, crafts and divine produce, tasting your way through the stalls while listening to the buskers of the laneways.

 

Visit the Markets with a local guide on the Perfect Tasmania 13 day AAT Kings tour 

Tasmania’s Wildlife and National Parks

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, is an absolute must-see and is one of Tasmania’s most iconic sights. With a diverse landscape of grassland and rugged wilderness of ancient flora and fauna, the park is rich in wildlife and the perfect wombat-spotting country. In the heart of the park with the most picturesque backdrop is the crystal-clear Dove Lake. This jewel is the starting point of one of the state’s premier walks best experienced with an expert guide and a visit to the Waldheim Chalet where you can hear the famous love story of the mountain. 

 

Experience this and more on AAT Kings Tassie’s Parks and Nature 7 day tour 

 

Fields of purple at Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Stunning fields of lavender outside of Europe may come as a surprise to some, but Tasmania has similar climate conditions to the Lavender regions of Provence, France. In 1921, London Perfumer grew the first lavender flowers from a modest pocket of seeds obtained from the French Alps. Today, Bridestowe Lavender Estate is recognised as the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. Wander down the fields taking colourful photos, which are best captured in the mid-summer months when the lavender is in full bloom. Try a lavender latte at the café, or have a spot of afternoon tea, complimented with a blueberry and lavender jam scone.

 

Visit the fields on the Perfect Tasmania 13 day tour with AAT Kings 

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Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

When visiting Tasmania, you cannot leave Freycinet off your list. This stunning curve of coastline hosts one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay. The perfect setting to view the contrast of the pristine white sand against the deep turquoise waters is the lookout which gives you panoramic views of Freycinet National Park. If you love a brisk walk through coastal woodland, don’t miss this highlight, a worthwhile reward for the effort of an incline. End your day at sunset on Freycinet Lodge’s deck with some Tasmanian bubbles. Or, dip your tired feet in the water at the very tiny but strikingly beautiful Honeymoon Bay.

 

Stay at Freycinet Lodge on the Tassie Getaway 7 day tour

 

New growth from a dark past in Port Arthur

Well known for its history as a place of hardship and sad stories of convicts meeting tragic ends, Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most well-known World Heritage-listed Historic Sites. The unsuspected beauty of this walk-through time is the blooming colonial gardens on the grounds where 1830s oak and elm trees still stand tall today. Take in the scents and colours of these paths, where bulbs and cuttings were shipped on an eight-month journey from England by passionate horticulturists, bringing floral colours to a dark place. 

 

Discover more about Port Arthur’s gardens on Tasmanian Wonders 10 day AAT Kings tour

 

Farm-to-table freshness at Mt. Gnomon 

If visiting the cutest-sounding town on the planet is on your bucket list, ensure this is included in your itinerary. The Mt. Gnomon Farm sits just outside Penguin in the north of Tasmania and is the site where fifth-generation farmer Guy Robertson and his family have perfected centuries-worth of skills in cider orchards and gardens. Your farm-to-fork Be My Guest lunch amid this lush setting is like Tassie in a fresh and flavourful mouthful.

 

Dine in the garden on your Perfect Tasmania 13 day AAT Kings tour 

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Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

When visiting Tasmania, you cannot leave Freycinet off your list. This stunning curve of coastline hosts one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay. The perfect setting to view the contrast of the pristine white sand against the deep turquoise waters is the lookout which gives you panoramic views of Freycinet National Park. If you love a brisk walk through coastal woodland, don’t miss this highlight, a worthwhile reward for the effort of an incline. End your day at sunset on Freycinet Lodge’s deck with some Tasmanian bubbles. Or, dip your tired feet in the water at the very tiny but strikingly beautiful Honeymoon Bay.

 

Stay at Freycinet Lodge on the Tassie Getaway 7 day tour

 

New growth from a dark past in Port Arthur

Well known for its history as a place of hardship and sad stories of convicts meeting tragic ends, Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most well-known World Heritage-listed Historic Sites. The unsuspected beauty of this walk-through time is the blooming colonial gardens on the grounds where 1830s oak and elm trees still stand tall today. Take in the scents and colours of these paths, where bulbs and cuttings were shipped on an eight-month journey from England by passionate horticulturists, bringing floral colours to a dark place. 

 

Discover more about Port Arthur’s gardens on Tasmanian Wonders 10 day AAT Kings tour

 

Farm-to-table freshness at Mt. Gnomon 

If visiting the cutest-sounding town on the planet is on your bucket list, ensure this is included in your itinerary. The Mt. Gnomon Farm sits just outside Penguin in the north of Tasmania and is the site where fifth-generation farmer Guy Robertson and his family have perfected centuries-worth of skills in cider orchards and gardens. Your farm-to-fork Be My Guest lunch amid this lush setting is like Tassie in a fresh and flavourful mouthful.

 

Dine in the garden on your Perfect Tasmania 13 day AAT Kings tour 

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