Join us in Tasmania with Lili. She’s got loads of reasons you should add this island to your must-see list.
Tasmania feels like the end of the world. It’s rugged, other-worldly and wildly beautiful. More than 40% of this island lies in natural park, and with the lowest population of any Australian state there’s plenty of space for flora and fauna.
Bruny Island is a small island about 80 kms south of the capital Hobart. It’s a sleepy place, with a small artisan food trail, stunning scenery and plentiful wildlife. I walked up to the highest point of the mountain, on a well maintained path, accessible only by dirt roads. In my short stay on the Bruny Island, I saw many wallabies, even the rare albino variety, penguins, and all manner of birds.
There’s something for the food lover as well. Plentiful, fresh, totally delicious oysters. Award winning cheese and beer makers. A chocolate and fudge shop. A pick-your-own berry farm and a winery. Perfect for a post-hike picnic.
Tasmania isn’t just about wilderness, Hobart is fast becoming an internationally renowned cultural centre. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an incredible art museum set in a winery a short ferry ride from Hobart. The man behind the museum, David Walsh funds the project with money made from a gambling system he invented. He describes MONA as a “subversive adult Disneyland”.
Every year MONA puts on festivals MOFO and Dark MOFO, which showcase artists and musicians from a range of specialties. If you can’t make it to one of these events, MONA is still a must-visit.
But perhaps the most compelling reason to visit is the food. Tasmania, and especially Hobart, is in the midst of a culinary revolution. The combination of truly spectacular local fresh produce, carefully created artisan goods and cutting edge breweries, distilleries and wineries has elevated Hobart to a top-rate culinary destination. Tasmania is heaving with good things to eat and drink.
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