Gourmet Food

Farm Gate Market Grab a bagful of top local produce at Hobart's Sunday-morning farmers market.

Fat Pig Farm Sydney food critic turned TV Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans cooks and eats with you in Cygnet.

Bruny Island Home to a cheesemaker, an oyster farm, a smoke house, a berry farm, a whisky bar and a fudge maker.

Freycinet Marine Farm Briny oysters, mussels, octopuses and crayfish, fresh from the sea.

King Island Dairy Show-stopping dairy on remote King Island with a walk-in tasting room…enjoy!

Harvest Launceston's excellent foodie market happens every Saturday morning.

Summer Kitchen Bakery This little bakery hidden in the southeast bakes the best sourdough you'll ever taste.

Taste of the Huon This annual Huon Valley festival plates up much more than just apples.

Melshell Oysters Far-flung, forlorn oyster shack in the dunes somewhere near Swansea. Magic!

Bushwalking

Cradle Mountain Give yourself a full day to reach the summit of this iconic mountain.

Three Capes Track Raoul, Pillar, Hauy – tick them off your list on this four-day Tasman Peninsula hike.

Wineglass Bay You've seen the photos…now do the walk. It's a three-hour return hike over the saddle to the sand.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk Four-day guided walk with all the perks of luxury accommodation and gourmet food.

kunanyi/Mt Wellington Check out some challenging tracks a short drive from Hobart. And how about those views!

Mt Field National Park In spring and summer, Mt Field’s high-country tracks are awash with wildflowers, chuckling streams, tarns and waterfalls.

Overland Track Tassie's big-ticket trail is an epic through 65km of majestic highlands and forests.

South Coast Track Ever been to the edge of the known world? Here's your chance.

Maria Island Walk Luxury guided (and catered) four-day hike along Maria Island, off the east coast.

Beer, Wine & Whisky

Old Kempton Distillery Nose your way into some fine single malt at this Midlands whisky distillery.

Seven Sheds Railton's microbrewery is home to organically brewed boutique beers.

Puddleduck Vineyard A charming family-run vineyard in the Coal River Valley. Sip some wine and picnic by the lake.

Bruny Island Premium Wines Wines from Australia’s southernmost vineyard buddy up nicely with island oysters and cheeses.

Cascade Brewery Take a tour of Australia's oldest brewery and sample the super product.

Weldborough Hotel A one-stop shop for Tasmanian craft beers (of which there are dozens – plan on staying the night).

Hellyers Road Distillery Hellyers makes vodka too, but golden single malt is why you're here.

T-Bone Brewing Co The hippest of Hobart's craft-beer breweries is on the fringe of the North Hobart strip.

Jansz Wine Room The 'Méthode Tasmanoise' sparkling white from Jansz is liquid happiness.

Colonial History

Port Arthur Historic Site Beautiful coastal scenery (almost) masks the tragic melancholy infused in every building.

Callington Mill Organic flour from this meticulously restored 1837 mill in Oatlands is transformed into baked treats around the state.

Hobart Historic Tours Take a guided walking tour and uncover the history of Australia’s second-oldest capital city.

Midlands towns Piece together Tasmania’s rural history in photogenic Oatlands, Ross and Campbell Town.

The Ship That Never Was Hear a true tale of convict escape in this entertaining production in Strahan.

Evandale The whole town's listed by the National Trust. Don't miss historic Clarendon mansion!

Woolmers Estate Longford farming estate dating from 1819; one of the 11 Unesco World Heritage Australian convict sites.

Stanley Historic northwest fishing village sheltering beneath the Nut.

Richmond Bridge The oldest road bridge in Australia is in picture-perfect little Richmond, near Hobart.

Native Wildlife

Maria Island National Park For all things furry and feathered. The wombats are supersized!

Mt William National Park Rare Forester kangaroos gambol on the grassland behind the beaches.

Trowunna Wildlife Park Check out some Tasmanian devils, koalas and wombats in the northwest.

Tasman Island Cruises Astonishing coastal scenery and the chance to see seals, dolphins and the occasional passing whale.

Bonorong Wildlife Centre Conservation-savvy wildlife centre near Hobart, starring Tasmanian devils, koalas, wombats, echidnas and quolls.

Bruny Island Winning birdwatching, including penguins and mutton birds at Bruny Island Neck.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park Wombats, birds, possums, devils, snakes...any visit here (especially along the Overland Track) is a zoo-like experience.

King Island Everything seems so healthy and well fed here: the cows, the seagulls, the snakes...

Beaches & Swimming

Boat Harbour Beach Locals say the water here is the warmest in Tasmania!

Ocean Beach Long, wild beach walks, giant waves and west-coast sunsets.

South Cape Bay It's a two-hour walk from Cockle Creek to one of the world's wildest ocean beaches.

Douglas-Apsley National Park Cool off in the deep, dark waterholes of Douglas River on the east coast.

Seven Mile Beach Hobart’s best beach: safe swimming, undulating dunes and nearby camping. Righto, that’s summer sorted.

Fortescue Bay Gloriously isolated and definitely worth the national-park entrance fee. Camping a must!

Binalong Bay The southernmost beach in the Bay of Fires is just begging for swimmers.

Kingston Beach South of Hobart, this little suburban beach has safe swimming and before/after distractions (pub, bar, cafes).

Luxury Stays

Red Feather Inn Gorgeous accommodation and slow-food cookery classes at Hadspen.

MACq 01 Hobart's latest waterfront wharf revival has seen MACq 01 take shape – architecturally amazing and superplush.

Henry Jones Art Hotel A true Hobart highlight: amazingly unpretentious for such a hip hotel.

Saffire Freycinet Hands down Tasmania’s most spectacular accommodation, amid the improbable landscapes of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Avalon Coastal Retreat A glass-and-steel east-coast haven with endless views (‘beach house’ just doesn't cut it).

Pumphouse Point Amazing accommodation actually on Lake St Clair (or on the shore, if you like).

Quamby Estate True class, in a meticulously restored, ultra-elegant historic Hagley homestead.

Peninsula Experience Amazing 19th-century homestead near Dover, with Asian-chic design and a private beach.

Islington This historic South Hobart home is awash with lavish trappings.

Festivals

Dark MOFO Cometh the winter solstice, cometh Dark MOFO – an eerie, unnerving and very hip winter festival.

Falls Festival This touring music fest visits Marion Bay around New Year's Eve.

Taste of Tasmania Tassie's top food festival is a true gourmet feast.

Cygnet Folk Festival Folky good times and groovy summer vibes south of Hobart.

The Unconformity The west coast can be bleak, but this quirky Queenstown festival warms the mood.

Ten Days on the Island Tasmania's loftiest arts festival.

Festivale Launceston's showpiece event is a delicious melange of food, wine and good times.

Festival of Voices Tune up your pipes for a little winter singalong in Hobart.

Targa Tasmania How does Tasmania look from inside a speeding sports car? Classic cars, classic scenery.

Getting Out on the Water

Bruny Island Cruises See vertigo-inducing sea cliffs, towering ocean-eroded rocks and the wild expanse of the Great Southern Ocean.

Wineglass Bay Cruises Sail into the bay’s perfect curve of sand and liquid turquoise.

Kayaking Bathurst Harbour Join Roaring 40s Kayaking for a remote expedition in Tasmania’s southwest.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Explore jagged Tasman Island off the Tasman Peninsula, with a look at Port Arthur to boot.

Gordon River Cruises Take a leisurely cruise on the mirror-flat Gordon, with a look at Macquarie Harbour and Sarah Island en route.

Rafting the Franklin Undertake a classic, remote, 10-day river journey.

Lady Nelson Sign on to crew this majestic tall ship sailing out of old Hobart town on the Derwent.

Lake St Clair Ferry Walk the length of the lake's shoreline if you want, or catch the ferry to complete your Overland Track hike.