Experience a culinary journey through Australia’s beloved island state while soaking up its wild, rugged natural beauty. Delight in paddock to plate dining experiences and meet the producers of some of Australia’s best food and wine. Delve into the untouched landscapes of Maria Island and the Bay of Fires.
Tour Code: IJTHBL
Meet your Journey Director and head out on a walking tour of the historic docks and Salamanca Place. Connect with the local artists as you explore the many galleries and shops hidden in the old sandstone warehouses. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the vibrant Salamanca Market as you wander past hundreds of stalls overflowing with local produce, crafts, jewellery, freshly baked goods and artisanal cider. Working up a hunger, you’ll head to New Norfolk for a Local Dining Experience at the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, borne from a longing to grow and cook authentic local food where the ingredients speak for themselves. Afterwards visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Immerse yourself in the gallery’s weird and wonderful installations and exhibitions, before hopping on the ferry to Hobart for an evening at leisure.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Hobart, 2 nights
Meals: Local Dining Experience
Explore the Huon Valley, a region renowned for its fresh produce, wine, seafood and other gourmet delicacies, as well as its natural beauty with pristine rivers meandering through valleys bordered by World Heritage listed national parks. Visit the Honey Pot before going behind the scenes and immersing yourself in traditional wooden boat building, lovingly crafted by hand. Stop by the side of the road to taste fresh apples, pears and berries from the local orchards before heading deep into the Australian bush to experience the Tahune Airwalk, an elevated walkway 30 metres above the forest floor offering spectacular views of the Huon River and beyond to the peaks of the World Heritage Area. Working up a thirst, sample some local ciders at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed before returning to the city. Indulge in dinner on Hobart’s waterfront, with unsurpassed views of the city and Mt. Wellington.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Travel to the working port of Triabunna just in time to catch the ferry to Maria Island. Rich in Indigenous and European history, abundant in wildlife, and boasting spectacular views and remarkable geological features, this entire island is a National Park. Explore the convict-built Darlington township, take a walk to the Fossil or Painted Cliffs, hire a bike, or simply relax and recharge by the waterside with your packed lunch full of local goodies. You’ll be in good company with an abundance of wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, possums and even Tasmanian devils who all call the island home. This evening, enjoy locally harvested scallops and oysters or perhaps a succulent Cape Grim Scotch fillet from the state’s north-west is more to your taste.
Hotel: Eastcoaster Tasmania
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
Your journey takes you to magnificent Freycinet National Park, where you can hike the 90-minute round-trip up to the lookout to experience panoramic views of the world-famous Wineglass Bay. For those seeking a slightly slower pace, take a guided walk to the lookout at Cape Tourville that affords you spectacular views across the ocean and golden beaches hidden between rugged rocky outcrops. Lunch is at the oldest vineyard on Tasmania’s east coast, Craigie Knowe. Meet a local expert and sample some of the island’s finest wines. There’s time to wander through the vineyard to learn more about the complexities of viticulture before indulging in a lunch of cured meats and cheeses, perfectly paired with award-winning wine. Later, we head further north, stopping at quaint fishing villages dotted along this beautiful coastline, arriving at our bespoke accommodation in the worldrenowned Bay of Fires. Connect with locals Anna and Tom at their intimate family-run bush retreat. You’ll stay in stylish Bell Tents and feast on food created by chef Tom, who cooks with love and is passionate about quality Tasmanian produce.
Hotel: Bay of Fires Bush Retreat (shared facilities)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Local Dining Experience
Explore the Bay of Fires, famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders. At the southern end, you’ll discover the Gulch at Binalong Bay, where you can sit on the rocks and indulge in freshly shucked oysters. Our morning of beachcombing at an end, we’ll head inland to the Pyengana Valley, where local expert Donna Coulson hosts us for lunch at the Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Café. Later, we take a leisurely drive to the small village of Legerwood, and its incredible memorial of carved trees. We continue to Tasmania’s ‘northern capital’, Launceston for a city orientation on arrival.
Hotel: Peppers Silo Launceston, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy a full day paddock, plate and pantry tour where you will be immersed in the very best produce this region has to offer. Taste some local wines, visit the home of hazelnuts and try some saucy treats at the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company in historic Evandale. It’s then onto 41° South Salmon Farm where you’ll taste what is arguably the best hot smoked salmon in Tasmania before lunch at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm. You may wish to indulge in some chocolate dipped raspberries, or rich creamy raspberry ice cream. This afternoon you’ll drop into the famous Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm, and then finishing at the Bell and Gong Winery, where you’ll gain unique insights into boutique Tasmanian winemaking. Head back to your hotel for Farewell Drinks and Canapes with your Journey Director and fellow travellers. The evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning your Tasmanian journey concludes, and you are transferred to Launceston Airport for your onward flight.