“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller.
It seems like every year goes quicker than the last, doesn’t it? Don’t let another year pass you by without spending some time slowing things down on a relaxing holiday away from the worries of work and life. Instead, throw some essentials in a travel bag and hit the road to one of these fantastic hidden-gem destinations in Tasmania.
Day trips ahoy
An hour-forty’s drive west of Launceston, Gunns Plains is a picturesque little town perfect for a day trip. Take a tour through the Gunns Plains Cave, formed by an underground river which is actually still flowing to this day and is home to fish, crays and eels. Once you’re done there, make your way to the Level River for some trout fishing or kayaking - or both!
Take the 30-minute ferry off the east coast of Tassie (departs from Triabunna) to get to the glorious Maria Island. From the historical Heritage Australian Convict Site of Darlington Probation Station to the natural beauty of the Painted Cliffs, gorgeous waters and beaches and more, you definitely won’t run out of things to see and do!
There are no vehicles or shops on the Island either, helping you properly disconnect from the stresses of reality for a while.
Drive along the coast in a westerly direction from Devonport and in about an hour you’ll find yourself in Table Cape. Here you can visit the lighthouse via a cliff-top walk, drive to the top of a 12-million-year-old volcano, and check out the incredible colour variations at the Table Cape Tulip Farm (in Spring). Book a night at Table House Farm - the views of Bass Strait are nothing short of spectacular, and it has all the facilities you’ll ever need (the kitchen is a stand-out).
Walls of Jerusalem National Park
While you may have heard of Walls of Jerusalem, because it takes 4 hours’ trekking to get to you may well have never actually been - like many other Tassie natives. The distance combined with some potentially pretty harsh weather conditions can deter the vast majority, but if you’re ready for a challenge, this is a must-do. Pay a visit to Solomon’s Throne and Mount Jerusalem while you’re there, and spend the night camping at the WIld Dog Creek campsite.
Corinna is a historical mining town that’s sort of in the middle of nowhere, set on the banks of the Pieman River and surrounded by lush cool-temp rainforest. And if you’ve been thinking of a getaway that really takes you away from emails, calls and, well, civilisation, this is most definitely it. There’s just one shop (which also serves as a restaurant and bar), meaning you can focus on you for a while. Activities include kayaking, river cruises, bird watching, umpteen bushwalking tracks varying in difficulty and fishing. Accommodation options range from pitching a tent at a camping spot to eco-cabins and more.
Located on Tasmania’s east coast, if you’re tossing up between a beachside stay and bushland, Bicheno offers the best of both worlds.
Head out into the splash and go diving at some of Australia’s best spots in the Governor Island Marine Reserve and you’ll be presented with sponge gardens and reefs galore. If you’re not a diver, you can always opt for a glass-bottomed boating trip out. For the anglers, fish off the rocks or the beach and try your luck hooking flathead, shark and Aussie salmon or head offshore if you’re up for a fight against leatherjacket, barracuda, cod and a few other locals.
Back on dry land, there are heaps of wildlife encounters ready and waiting including fairy penguin tours as well as kangaroos and Tassie devils in the local wildlife park.
Find various types of accommodation that range from budget-friendly such as the Bicheno Caravan Park to a bit pricier (but not too pricey) like the Diamond Island Resort.
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