The island of Tasmania – Down Under’s down under – is almost a hundred times bigger than SG! Spend at least a week to uncover its fresh local produce and gorgeous countryside, especially in the fall months of March and April.
Where To Eat & Drink
In capital city Hobart, small, independent restaurant Templo serves up simple, well-executed and innovative dishes. Try the Blue Eye Trevalla (a local fish) and some delicious gnocchi. Mains start at $23.50 and you can BYO for just $14.60. In northern Launceston, Stillwater impresses with its seasonal, farm-to-fork menu. Opt for the Chef’s five-course evening menu ($107.50; $178, when paired with wines). Best to book ahead for both joints.
What To Do
From 1 to 3 February 2019, Festivale lets you sample the best of Tasmanian produce while you enjoy live music, stand-up comedy, cooking demonstrations and even entertainment for the LOs. Tasmania is also home to some amazing hikes. Trek around Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, which offers walks ranging from two to eight hours.
Where To Shop
Annual week-long food festival The Taste of Tasmania takes place at the end of the year (28 December 2018 to 3 January 2019) and features vendors selling locally made produce like cheeses, wines and more. Find the floral, spicy Tasmanian Mountain Pepper – native to this region – in shops (from $7 for a 15-gramme jar). Tas Live Abalone offers fresh abalone cultivated from the world’s most pristine waters.
Where To Stay
In the capital, the lovely Islington Hotel (from $270 a night) is located close to downtown Hobart. Saffire Freycinet (price upon request) offers activities like mountain biking and yoga sessions, while the lakeside Relbia Lodge (from $246 a night) is in a beautiful wine region just 10 minutes from Launceston Airport.
Getting There & Around
There are no direct flights to Tasmania from Singapore. Fly to Melbourne and connect via more than 10 daily flights to Hobart or Launceston. (Just FYI, Qantas flights to Hobart and Launceston are about 11 hours each.) Hobart is well-connected by city buses, so invest in a $25 pre-paid Greencard; in Launceston, taking Uber is cheaper than a taxi. If you’re heading into the countryside, driving is your best option.
Photos: 123RF.com, Saffire Freycinet, Stillwater
Some text adapted from www.straitstimes.com, www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg
Additional Reporting: Joshua Tan
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