Are you the outdoors type? If you're looking to do some bushwalking, fishing, rafting, sea kayaking, sailing, scuba diving or surfing, Tasmania could be your personal promised land!

Resources

Bureau of Meteorology (www.bom.gov.au/tas) Tasmanian weather can be fickle: check the forecast before you head into the wilds.

Paddle Tasmania (http://tas.paddle.org.au) Canoe- and kayak-club info around the state.

Inland Fisheries Service (www.ifs.tas.gov.au) Info on fishing regulations around the state.

Parks & Wildlife Service (www.parks.tas.gov.au) Everything you want to know about Tasmanian parks, reserves and activities within them.

Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (www.ryct.org.au) Sailing advice for around the island.

Tasmanian Scuba Diving Club (www.tsdc.org.au) Scuba advice and events.

Tassie Surf (www.tassiesurf.com) Daily surf photos and weather updates.

Tourism Tasmania (www.discovertasmania.com) Extensive outdoor-activity info and operator listings; click on 'What to Do', then 'Outdoors and Adventure'.

Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania (www.troutguidestasmania.com.au) Trout-fishing guides and Central Highlands accommodation options.

Great Walks of Tasmania (www.greatwalkstasmania.com) A collective of eight bushwalking guiding companies.

LISTmap (http://maps.thelist.tas.gov.au) Online topographic map covering the entire state.

The Mountain Biking Revolution

It began with a forgotten and forlorn tin-mining town. When Derby, in Tasmania's northeast, was fitted with a scribble of mountain bike tracks in 2015, the town and Tasmania suddenly found themselves at the centre of the mountain-biking world. Two rounds of the Enduro World Series have now been held along the Blue Derby trail network, and there are many who rate tracks such as Blue Tier as among the finest on the planet.

Blue Derby has well and truly set the mountain bike rolling for Tasmania. In January 2018, the Maydena Bike Park opened in the state's southwest, with more than 50 trails plummeting 800m down the area's rainforest-covered slopes. Despite its reputation for steep and challenging runs, Maydena launched the world's biggest beginner descent – the Regnans Ride – at the end of 2018.

At around the same time, the Wild Mersey (http://ridewildmersey.com.au) mountain bike trail network opened in the state's northwest. Centred on Latrobe and the Badgers Range, its plans include more than 100km of trails – stage one features 15km of predominantly green (easy) and blue (intermediate) trails in Latrobe's Warrawee Reserve.

Nor is Derby itself finished with its development, with stage two of its development to see a 66km extension of the trail network created near St Helens.