When it comes to finding Australia’s foodie wonderland, you really can’t go past Tasmania. With it’s gourmet fresh produce, elegant wines, decadent seafood from its pristine waters and artisan producers creating everything from cheese and honey to boutique beers and spirits… there’s no need to make the trek to France to experience the ultimate foodie adventure. It’s right here!
Foodie: Choosing to Taste Tasmania
by Erin – The Food Mentalist
For these reasons, Tasmania was the perfect choice for our upcoming end of year holiday. The perfect destination to bid farewell to 2011 and welcome in all the excitement of the year ahead. I have visited Tasmania several times, however this will be my husband Pete’s first visit and for this reason I am eager to show him how truly amazing it is.
We will fly into Hobart where we will collect our hire car and spend four nights. As someone who often makes restaurant bookings before flights and accommodation, I was quick to secure reservations at The Source at Moorilla Estate, Garagistes and The Stackings at Peppermint Bay. Any foodie trip would not be complete without a visit to Salamanca Markets held every Saturday and the Taste Festival which runs each year from 28 December to January 3, showcasing over 70 food, wine and beverage exhibitors displaying the best Tasmanian produce.
Produce of Hobart and Richmond
Whilst in Hobart, we will also spend a day touring the charming historic village of Richmond and exploring a few of it’s surrounding vineyards. The region is reported to produce some of the state’s finest Pinot Noirs, Sauvingnon Blancs and Rieslings. Perhaps, one night we will head out to one of Hobart’s many pubs to catch a local band and sample a few local ales and ciders.
Referred to by locals as ‘the mountain’, Mount Wellington rises to 1,271 metres over Hobart, and we intend on visiting the summit. With temperatures ranging between 1-7 degrees Celsius it should be fun! We may even embark on one of the Mt Wellington Descent bike rides where as part of a tour, we would travel about 21km to the summit and then after being supplied with riding gear, head back down on bikes. I did something similar called the Haleakala Sunrise Tour in Maui, Hawaii back in 2004 and it was one of the most amazing travel experiences I have ever had. For that reason alone, this one is definitely on the list of things to do.
The Mount Wellington decent bike ride will provide the perfect active introduction for the next part of our trip where we will head north to Swansea for two nights. During this time we will get back to nature, exploring the Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.
Hitting the Tamar Valley Wine Trail
Our Epicurean trail will then continue north, when we head to Launceston where we will base ourselves for the remainder of our trip. Whilst in Launceston, we will explore the Tamar Valley wine route and sample some of Tasmania’s finest cool-climate wines. A few nature walks and a trip to Cataract Gorge will also feature in our visit here.
Time permitting, we would like to investigate the Hollybank Treetops Adventure as well as tour the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery. I’m still looking into which restaurants we should visit in and around Launceston. Does anyone have a favourite to recommend to a fellow foodie?
I anticipate our trip will be wonderful. We will devour some of the best produce in the world; sample some of the finest cool climate wines Australia has on offer; indulge in delicious cheese, boutique beers and spirits; as well as explore the amazing wilderness, pristine rainforests, waterfalls and experience the serenity that is Tasmania. I look forward to sharing our Tasmanian foodie experience with you all in the new year.
Erin writes a foodie blog called The Food Mentalist. She is passionate about food and so is her husband Pete. They live in Sydney with their eccentric cat Max, who also loves his food.