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The Wild Side
Tasmania’s West Coast has developed a reputation as an impregnable enigma. The Franklin-Gordon River system winds deep into the untouched World Heritage Area. One of the best ways to experience nature’s grandeur is by riding the currents along these wild waterways. Franklin River Rafting guide thrill-seekers through this remarkable isolated area on eight or ten day long tours. Flow along with the powerful vitality of the river; drifting from serene moments on gentle currents to exhilarating paces and crashing waters. Camp amongst the ancient temperate rainforest, feasting on freshly prepared meals and on a clear night sleep under a sky pinpricked by countless stars.
For more information visit the Franklin River Rafting website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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The Wild Side

Tasmania’s West Coast has developed a reputation as an impregnable enigma. The Franklin-Gordon River system winds deep into the untouched World Heritage Area. One of the best ways to experience nature’s grandeur is by riding the currents along these wild waterways. Franklin River Rafting guide thrill-seekers through this remarkable isolated area on eight or ten day long tours. Flow along with the powerful vitality of the river; drifting from serene moments on gentle currents to exhilarating paces and crashing waters. Camp amongst the ancient temperate rainforest, feasting on freshly prepared meals and on a clear night sleep under a sky pinpricked by countless stars.

For more information visit the Franklin River Rafting website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by franklinriverrafting.

Coastal Bliss
Picture a beautiful landscape dominated with dappled turquoise waters, orange-tinged rock pools and soft white sandy beaches. Does Tasmania come to mind? 
The East Coast of Australia’s southernmost state is an escape to coastal bliss, and home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world. One of the most striking and infamous destinations is the Bay of Fires. This remote and astonishing landscape is bursting with colour and life. Take the time to explore the area down one of the many bushwalking tracks, kayak down Ansons River or simply sit back with a picnic and listen to the sounds of the bush. Keep an eye out for the endangered Forester Kangaroo, wombats, wallabies, dolphins, sea eagles and the occasional whale.
The Bay of Fires Conservation Area is a two and a half hour drive from Launceston and open to the public. For a four-day escape, the Tasmanian Walking Co. has been hosting walking tours in the area for over ten years and treat their guests to experienced guides, luxurious accommodation and a sampling of Tasmania’s best gourmet produce. For more information about the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk visit their website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Coastal Bliss

Picture a beautiful landscape dominated with dappled turquoise waters, orange-tinged rock pools and soft white sandy beaches. Does Tasmania come to mind? 

The East Coast of Australia’s southernmost state is an escape to coastal bliss, and home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world. One of the most striking and infamous destinations is the Bay of Fires. This remote and astonishing landscape is bursting with colour and life. Take the time to explore the area down one of the many bushwalking tracks, kayak down Ansons River or simply sit back with a picnic and listen to the sounds of the bush. Keep an eye out for the endangered Forester Kangaroo, wombats, wallabies, dolphins, sea eagles and the occasional whale.

The Bay of Fires Conservation Area is a two and a half hour drive from Launceston and open to the public. For a four-day escape, the Tasmanian Walking Co. has been hosting walking tours in the area for over ten years and treat their guests to experienced guides, luxurious accommodation and a sampling of Tasmania’s best gourmet produce. For more information about the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk visit their website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by momentsoftriumph

Winter Wonderland
Mount Wellington stuns at any time of year. The formidable range that watches over Tasmania’s capital Hobart is frequently frosted with snow, even during the summer months. Whether you brave the crisp air and traverse one of the many criss-crossing walking tracks up to the peak or drive up in comfort of a car or tour bus, it is well worth the spectacular sweeping view across the harbour city. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Winter Wonderland

Mount Wellington stuns at any time of year. The formidable range that watches over Tasmania’s capital Hobart is frequently frosted with snow, even during the summer months. Whether you brave the crisp air and traverse one of the many criss-crossing walking tracks up to the peak or drive up in comfort of a car or tour bus, it is well worth the spectacular sweeping view across the harbour city. 

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by nickhendrie

Down River
The gorgeous Lake Rosebery was formed by damming of the Pieman River on the west coast of Tasmania. Located in the remote wilderness surrounded by rugged mountains and rainforest, it’s the perfect stopover while exploring the west coast with Cradle Mountain and Strahan both one hour away in opposite directions.
Avid fisherman may have heard whispers of the fantastic game to be found in the lake. They won’t be disappointed. Set up camp nearby or visit the little town of Tullah that lies on its shores.
You can also take a break from fishing to explore the nearby wilderness tracks and sweeping views via foot or mountain bike. Or jump on board the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railyway to experience the same journey pioneer miners once took to travel to Tullah.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Down River

The gorgeous Lake Rosebery was formed by damming of the Pieman River on the west coast of Tasmania. Located in the remote wilderness surrounded by rugged mountains and rainforest, it’s the perfect stopover while exploring the west coast with Cradle Mountain and Strahan both one hour away in opposite directions.

Avid fisherman may have heard whispers of the fantastic game to be found in the lake. They won’t be disappointed. Set up camp nearby or visit the little town of Tullah that lies on its shores.

You can also take a break from fishing to explore the nearby wilderness tracks and sweeping views via foot or mountain bike. Or jump on board the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railyway to experience the same journey pioneer miners once took to travel to Tullah.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by ffourie.

Let It Snow!
Visitors often think of Australia as the land of sunshine and endless beaches. Tasmania offers not only both of those, but transforms into a winter playground. Ben Lomond - Tasmania’s second highest peak after Mount Ossa - is the perfect location to shake off the winter blues and jump into a range of snow sports. Ski across the stunning alpine plateau - that sits almost 1500 metres above sea level - under dramatic escarpments. 
The peak is located in the north west, a scenic 70-minute drive away from Launceston. For more information about the area visit the Parks & Wildlife Services Tasmania website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Let It Snow!

Visitors often think of Australia as the land of sunshine and endless beaches. Tasmania offers not only both of those, but transforms into a winter playground. Ben Lomond - Tasmania’s second highest peak after Mount Ossa - is the perfect location to shake off the winter blues and jump into a range of snow sports. Ski across the stunning alpine plateau - that sits almost 1500 metres above sea level - under dramatic escarpments. 

The peak is located in the north west, a scenic 70-minute drive away from Launceston. For more information about the area visit the Parks & Wildlife Services Tasmania website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by lokmannorazmi

Into The Blue
Dip into the cool blue waters along the coastline of Freycinet National Park via sea kayak. It’s one of the best ways to explore the secluded coves, sandy white beaches and paddle over water so clear that you can see the marine life below.
Sea kayaking is minimal impact and pollution free, allowing visitors to soak in the surrounds without disturbing its pristine condition. The area is also blessed with a year round sunny climate, allowing the area’s spectacular natural beauty to shine through. 
Inexperienced kayakers are recommended to take a guided tour to navigate the waters and spot local wildlife such as the rare white bellied sea eagle and dolphins.
 For more information visit Freycinet Adventures website.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Into The Blue

Dip into the cool blue waters along the coastline of Freycinet National Park via sea kayak. It’s one of the best ways to explore the secluded coves, sandy white beaches and paddle over water so clear that you can see the marine life below.

Sea kayaking is minimal impact and pollution free, allowing visitors to soak in the surrounds without disturbing its pristine condition. The area is also blessed with a year round sunny climate, allowing the area’s spectacular natural beauty to shine through. 

Inexperienced kayakers are recommended to take a guided tour to navigate the waters and spot local wildlife such as the rare white bellied sea eagle and dolphins.

For more information visit Freycinet Adventures website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by scottyscottyscotty

Rainbow Fields
During October and November the fields across Table Cape erupt into a patchwork of spectacular colour. The source of this dramatic transformation is the blooming of the local flower fields that spread out across the volcanic plug, surrounding the local lighthouse, until a sharp 170-metre drop to the Bass Strait below.
Tulips are planted in March/April and then harvest begins in December. Visitors can wander through the rows of tulips, iris and liliums from the 27th September to 17th October this year as well as take part in the Bloomin’ Tulip Festival hosted by the nearby town Wynyard. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Rainbow Fields

During October and November the fields across Table Cape erupt into a patchwork of spectacular colour. The source of this dramatic transformation is the blooming of the local flower fields that spread out across the volcanic plug, surrounding the local lighthouse, until a sharp 170-metre drop to the Bass Strait below.

Tulips are planted in March/April and then harvest begins in December. Visitors can wander through the rows of tulips, iris and liliums from the 27th September to 17th October this year as well as take part in the Bloomin’ Tulip Festival hosted by the nearby town Wynyard. 

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by montetuna.

Stanley & The Nut
Tasmania is home to an array of unique geological phenomenon, such as The Nut located on the edge of the quaint town of Stanley. The monumental volcanic plug dominates the landscape, rising 150 metres straight up from the ocean. 
The little coastal town is a fantastic launch pad for the region thanks to its beautifully preserved colonial buildings, charming cafes and B&B cottages. It’s the perfect hub for a visit to the nearby Tarkine wilderness, Rocky Cape National Park or Highfield Historic Site.
Closer to home, nothing beats the view atop The Nut. Climb the winding path to the plateau for an uninterrupted view from every angle or sit back in the open chairlift ride to the top pass seals backing in the sun and penguins coming in to nest in the evening.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Stanley & The Nut

Tasmania is home to an array of unique geological phenomenon, such as The Nut located on the edge of the quaint town of Stanley. The monumental volcanic plug dominates the landscape, rising 150 metres straight up from the ocean. 

The little coastal town is a fantastic launch pad for the region thanks to its beautifully preserved colonial buildings, charming cafes and B&B cottages. It’s the perfect hub for a visit to the nearby Tarkine wilderness, Rocky Cape National Park or Highfield Historic Site.

Closer to home, nothing beats the view atop The Nut. Climb the winding path to the plateau for an uninterrupted view from every angle or sit back in the open chairlift ride to the top pass seals backing in the sun and penguins coming in to nest in the evening.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by swanesphotos

Skyline Exploring

Bruny Island, aka a piece of Tassie paradise is only a ten minute flight from the centre of Hobart. Tasmanian Air Adventures offer a chance to soak in Tasmania’s famed and diverse landscapes from above. Their Bruny Island tour lifts off from Hobart, taking in the sweeping views of the city and Mount Wellington, before turning south across the Tasman Peninsula to the southernmost point of the island state. 

Towering dolerite sea cliffs rise sharply from the deep blue waters, broken up by gentle sandy beaches and vast expanses of untouched bushland. Look out for remarkable landmarks such as The Neck, the narrow isthmus that connects North and South Bruny Island (shown in bottom right picture) and a cluster of small islands known as The Friars, home to hundreds of Australian fur seals. Lucky adventurers are advised to keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the sheltered waters of D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the surrounds.

Tasmanian Air Adventures also offer an optional beach picnic on one of the many beautiful beaches in the area. Dine on Tasmanian wine, cheese and sweet treats in the midst of the island’s untouched surroundings.

Learn more about Tasmanian Air Adventures on their website.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credits: Published on Instagram by lovethywalrus

Snow Business At Mount Field

Mount Field is Tasmania’s first national park, with a unique array of alpine plants and wildlife - from the eastern quoll to the platypus. As you follow the winding road that leads to the higher peaks of the mountain pass the diversity of the flora increases; a unique feature of the area.

The Pandani Grove walk will take you by the serene Lake Dobson and the pencil pine forest nearby. The area is brimming with waterfalls including Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the unbelievably picturesque Russell Falls, which can be seen up close via an easy walk. If you’re walking at night and switch off your torch, you can even spot glow worms amongst the vegetation surrounding the falls.

In winter things get pretty snowy. Mount Field is a well-loved skiing venue with tows operating on the slopes, (weather conditions permitting).

The park is a one hour drive from Hobart via New Norfolk.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by stephlomay

Wildlife Paradise
Dubbed the ‘Serengeti of Tasmania’, Narawntapu National Park is located on Tasmania’s central north coast, a 90-minute drive from Launceston.
It’s a great spot to catch native wildlife in close quarters, especially at dusk, when you might see anything from the Forester kangaroos pictured to the smaller Bennett’s wallabies and wombats. If you’re lucky (and quiet!) you might even hear the screeches of the endangered Tasmanian devils.
Birdwatchers will also have a field day with the park’s plethora of feathered residents, which include rosellas, robins, honeyeaters and majestic black cockatoos. The endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and white-bellied sea eagles can also be spotted closer to the water. Take a dip in idyllic swimming spots Bakes Beach and Badgers beach, drop a line at one of many prime fishing spots and keep one eye of the sky above to catch of glimpse of the unique birdlife.
There are a number of walks criss-crossing the area, shorter ones under two hours return and longer day walks. If you’re a game hiker opt for the trek up to the appropriately named Mount Vision, which offers spectacular glimpses of the coast along with rare plants and wildflowers. There are also a number of prehistoric refuse pits, known as shell middens, dotted along the coastline, which offer insight into the history and culture of the region’s traditional owners, the Northern Midlands Aborigines.
There’s a 26-kilometre horse riding trail for those who prefer to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Within the park there are horse yards as well as several camping areas where you can stay overnight. 
Whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find an adventure waiting for you at Narawntapu National Park!
Go Behind The Scenes here.
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Wildlife Paradise

Dubbed the ‘Serengeti of Tasmania’, Narawntapu National Park is located on Tasmania’s central north coast, a 90-minute drive from Launceston.

It’s a great spot to catch native wildlife in close quarters, especially at dusk, when you might see anything from the Forester kangaroos pictured to the smaller Bennett’s wallabies and wombats. If you’re lucky (and quiet!) you might even hear the screeches of the endangered Tasmanian devils.

Birdwatchers will also have a field day with the park’s plethora of feathered residents, which include rosellas, robins, honeyeaters and majestic black cockatoos. The endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and white-bellied sea eagles can also be spotted closer to the water. Take a dip in idyllic swimming spots Bakes Beach and Badgers beach, drop a line at one of many prime fishing spots and keep one eye of the sky above to catch of glimpse of the unique birdlife.

There are a number of walks criss-crossing the area, shorter ones under two hours return and longer day walks. If you’re a game hiker opt for the trek up to the appropriately named Mount Vision, which offers spectacular glimpses of the coast along with rare plants and wildflowers. There are also a number of prehistoric refuse pits, known as shell middens, dotted along the coastline, which offer insight into the history and culture of the region’s traditional owners, the Northern Midlands Aborigines.

There’s a 26-kilometre horse riding trail for those who prefer to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Within the park there are horse yards as well as several camping areas where you can stay overnight. 

Whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find an adventure waiting for you at Narawntapu National Park!

Go Behind The Scenes here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by Tasmania via MattGlastonbury

Hop To It
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary has been providing Tasmania’s native animals a safe haven for many years now, and its visitors an intimate insight into their stories and conservation efforts. Many of the wild and fragile creatures that call Tasmania home have never existed anywhere else or have only survived on the isolated island. Bonorong takes pride in helping wildlife continue to thrive in the unique landscape.
Their conservation efforts include a 24-hour rescue service manned by volunteers who bring in thousands of distressed animals every year. Every animal that passes through its gates is lovingly nursed until ready to set back into the wild. Get up close and personal with a constantly changing guestlist of wombats, devils, quolls, native birds, possums, koalas, lizards, snakes and emus.
The sanctuary aims to better the Tasmanian environment, rather than act as a showcase. They also are passionate about their Tasmanian devil breeding program that’s helping boost the population of the endangered and rare species. 
Learn more about Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary here. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Hop To It

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary has been providing Tasmania’s native animals a safe haven for many years now, and its visitors an intimate insight into their stories and conservation efforts. Many of the wild and fragile creatures that call Tasmania home have never existed anywhere else or have only survived on the isolated island. Bonorong takes pride in helping wildlife continue to thrive in the unique landscape.

Their conservation efforts include a 24-hour rescue service manned by volunteers who bring in thousands of distressed animals every year. Every animal that passes through its gates is lovingly nursed until ready to set back into the wild. Get up close and personal with a constantly changing guestlist of wombats, devils, quolls, native birds, possums, koalas, lizards, snakes and emus.

The sanctuary aims to better the Tasmanian environment, rather than act as a showcase. They also are passionate about their Tasmanian devil breeding program that’s helping boost the population of the endangered and rare species. 

Learn more about Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary here

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by kathrynleahy

Dolphins Ahoy In Coles Bay
With a population of just 200 people, this quiet peninsula is one of the world’s best-kept travel secrets. The Coles Bay area rests at the foot of The Hazards mountain range in the picturesque surrounds of the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast. It’s a great area for water sports, and has some particularly good fishing spots.
The town experiences more than 300 days of sunshine a year, which means plenty of opportunities to explore the pristine beaches nearby; the stunning Wineglass Bay and Friendly Beaches are only a stone’s throw away. If you don’t feel like walking, you can take a Wineglass Bay Cruise from the Coles Bay jetty along the Freycinet Peninsula, with a side of sparkling wine and delicious local produce.
The bay is often visited by pods of dolphins. If you’re brave enough you can join them. Let them come to you, they’re friendly and love to say hello!
Coles Bay is a two and a half hour drive from both Hobart and Launceston.
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Dolphins Ahoy In Coles Bay

With a population of just 200 people, this quiet peninsula is one of the world’s best-kept travel secrets. The Coles Bay area rests at the foot of The Hazards mountain range in the picturesque surrounds of the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast. It’s a great area for water sports, and has some particularly good fishing spots.

The town experiences more than 300 days of sunshine a year, which means plenty of opportunities to explore the pristine beaches nearby; the stunning Wineglass Bay and Friendly Beaches are only a stone’s throw away. If you don’t feel like walking, you can take a Wineglass Bay Cruise from the Coles Bay jetty along the Freycinet Peninsula, with a side of sparkling wine and delicious local produce.

The bay is often visited by pods of dolphins. If you’re brave enough you can join them. Let them come to you, they’re friendly and love to say hello!

Coles Bay is a two and a half hour drive from both Hobart and Launceston.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by insta_graham23

Food Lover’s Nirvana
Tasmania is a foodie heaven, offering a smorgasbord of delicious rewards for the culinarily curious.
From Freycinet marine farm fresh shellfish to artisan cheese with a side of baked goods, Tassie fare is sustainable and unique. Guests of Saffire Freycinet can don waders and enjoy a gourmet seafood experience surrounded by the tranquil marine farm.  For a more classic fine dining experience, go straight to The Source at MONA, which offers the best of Tasmania’s fresh produce served up with a French twist.
If liquid nourishment is more your style, there’s ample tasty options to tempt you and their point of difference is the purity of Tassie’s water. It’s said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so we can only imagine the benefits heritage orchard ciders would offer you! Whisky is another Tasmanian specialty - there’s trails aplenty just waiting to be discovered. 
Head over to Restaurant Australia for all the gourmet gratuities. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
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Food Lover’s Nirvana

Tasmania is a foodie heaven, offering a smorgasbord of delicious rewards for the culinarily curious.

From Freycinet marine farm fresh shellfish to artisan cheese with a side of baked goods, Tassie fare is sustainable and unique. Guests of Saffire Freycinet can don waders and enjoy a gourmet seafood experience surrounded by the tranquil marine farm.  For a more classic fine dining experience, go straight to The Source at MONA, which offers the best of Tasmania’s fresh produce served up with a French twist.

If liquid nourishment is more your style, there’s ample tasty options to tempt you and their point of difference is the purity of Tassie’s water. It’s said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so we can only imagine the benefits heritage orchard ciders would offer you! Whisky is another Tasmanian specialty - there’s trails aplenty just waiting to be discovered. 

Head over to Restaurant Australia for all the gourmet gratuities. 

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on restaurantaustralia.com

Four Must-Do’s in Port Arthur

Port Arthur lives on as a reminder of Tasmanian’s colonial past. The infamous UNESCO World Heritage Site’s haunted history seems to be etched across the crumbling sandstone remains. Whilst visiting the site, make sure to tick these must-do’s off your Tassie bucket list:

1. Picnic At Scorpion Rock: Take a moment to soak in the magnitude of the site and its incredible history from the lookout. The view looks out across the ruined church into the bay beyond (as seen in the middle image).

2. The Penitentiary And Surrounds: The imposing Penitentiary building constructed in 1843, housed over 480 convicts. Port Arthur became the preferred site to send the British convicts who were repeat offenders between 1833 and 1853. Many men and women were convicted of trivial crimes by today’s standards such as petty theft. 

3. Coal Mines Historic Site: Tasmanian’s first operational mine formed part of a brutal system of rigorous convict forced labour. The harsh daily life of the over 600 convicts working during the busiest years is fascinating and harrowing to hear.

4. Ghost Tour: After dark the brutal history of the area, creeps from the shadows of the ruins. The eerie atmosphere has led many to believe that the victims of the site’s convict history continue to haunt the site to this day. Take a guided tour through the ruins to learn more about the area’s dark past.

Learn more by visiting the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s website here.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by jayedevil.