Tasmania is one of the best places to spend summer, boasting everything from lush fields of lavender to magical music festivals. Don’t let the mugginess of the season get you down – head out and enjoy everything summer has to offer, with this list of ways to enjoy the heat the right way.
Frolic through fields at Bridestowe Lavender Estate
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Founded in 1921 with the arrival of London perfumer CK Denny, Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of the most photographed landscapes in Tasmania. More than 50, 000 visitors, both local and international, head to the fields to enjoy the scenery – and with around 650, 000 plants, the lavender stretches for around 200km, so you can truly bask in a sea of purple.
Summer is the best time to delight in the beauty of these fields of purple, as the lavender blooms most vividly in the summer months.
For more information, head over to the Bridestowe Lavender Estate.
Spend some time in Freycinet’s Wineglass Bay
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One of the best things about summer are the beaches, so head down to Wineglass Bay for sun, sea, sand, and stunning views – everything you need for a perfect beach trip planned to rest and recuperate. But for those who would rather run around than relax, there are countless things to do around the area, from boating to bushwalking, rock climbing, kayaking, bike-riding, or enjoying the novelty of Wineglass Bay by viewing it from the air. Any hiking enthusiasts will love the trails cradling the bay, where you can do everything from a simple trip in the area, to a four-day viewing experience of the entire Freycinet Peninsula, accompanied by an informative guide.
For more information, visit the Wineglass Bay.
Marvel at nature on the Bruny Island Wildlife Cruises
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Named winner of Australia’s Best Tourist Attraction in 2012, 2013, and 2014, this stunning cruise will be the highlight of your summer. The cruise’s route is bordered by some of the highest sea cliffs in Australia, making it the perfect route to marvel at the sheer beauty of the ocean, while catching a peek of the truly extraordinary variety of species. Depending on the conditions, you’ll be lucky enough to glimpse seals, whales, sea birds, and dolphins.
For more information, head over to Bruny Island Cruises.
Enjoy the magic of MONA’s MOFO Festival
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Herald in the new year by revelling in the fantastic MOFO Festival and its dazzling array of performers, both local and international. Musicians from all over gather at Tasmania’s world-famous MONA to celebrate the best of the music scene, with popular acts including the ‘voice of the Arab Spring’, Emel Mathlouthi, innovative hip-hop artist Moor Mother, and Gotye, who will present a tribute to Jean-Jacques Perry on the 12th and 13th of January.
This festival session is especially notable, too, as it’s the last MOFO festival taking place in Hobart, due to the planned development of a MONA-owned hotel. It runs from the 12th to the 22nd of January, so get your tickets soon to avoid missing out on your favourite act.
For more information, head to MOFO 2018.
Sample stunning fresh produce at Salamanca Market
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One of Tasmania’s best cultural events, the Hobart-heralding event holds everything from fashion and glassware to woodwork and artisan pieces from around 300 stallholders, accompanied by the sounds of local Tasmanian musicians. The market is also especially notable for the wonderful fresh produce available for purchase, so any food-lovers should definitely make sure to give the Market a chance. However, with the massive numbers of stalls, surrounded by Hobart’s historical sandstone buildings, there’s definitely something for everyone. The market runs from 8:30am to 3:00pm, so make sure to get in early to get the best of the day’s offerings.
For more information, head to the Salamanca Market.
Fly above the ground at the Tahune AirWalk
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Let the summer sunshine shine down on you as you walk amongst the trees at the Tahune Airwalk. Although the climb up to the 20m platform is audacious – there’s 112 concrete steps on the way up – the view is more than worth it. The whole experience takes around an hour, depending on how fast you walk and how many times you stop to take photos of the magnificent foliage.
And if you’re a little more adventurous, there’s also an eagle glide – an exhilarating five minute ride through the air over the Huon River.
For more information, head over to the Tahune AirWalk.
Have the best summer trip on the Great Eastern Drive
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Make the most of the long, sunny days by taking the quintessential road trip. Stretching for 176km, the official route travels from Orford to St Helens on the east coast, and can take anywhere between two to an infinite number of days. The winding route takes you both inland, to enjoy stunning farmland and forests, and to enjoy the summer sunshine in charming beach towns. There’s no end to the wonders you’ll be able to witness and experience on this trip, so the trip’s customisability comes in handy when considering how much time you’ll have to spend on the best things Tasmania has to offer.
For more information, head over to the Great Eastern Drive.