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Tasmania in winter is notoriously cold but come spring, tourists come in their droves and are always keen for new experiences. Thankfully the Apple Isle never fails to deliver, so here is what is new to do in Tassie this year.
Cape Wickham Golf Course, King Island
The Cape Wickham golf course on King Island opens on 30 October 2015. What determined golfer could resist such a windswept, wild and beautiful setting where dramatic rugged cliffs lead down to wild beaches and ever-changing dunes? The remoteness of this getaway means practically the only building you'll see during your scenic game is the 48 metres tall, Cape Wickham Lighthouse.
For more information and accommodation options click here.
Barilla Bay Oysters and Candy Abalone Tours
Barilla Bay Oysters, have been farming their premium oysters outside Hobart for 35 years. They have now teamed up with Candy Ab who process superb abalone next door. Tours are $35 and take guests on a farming and tasting tour from oysters to abalone, via a crushed abalone shell path linking the two farm gates.
This is a new tourist drive that takes travellers deep into the Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania's North West.This is your chance to experience unique flora and fauna, stunning rainforests, wild riverscapes and dramatic coastlines.
Along the way you can stop off for look outs, short walks, land stopovers. You can choose to do the coastal section as a one-day drive and return for the rainforest section, or do both across two days.
This is the Apple Isle so what better place to taste cider? Tasmanian Cider Tours take guests to visit four different cider houses in one day. You get to meet the cider-makers, walk in the orchards and taste up to a dozen different styles of Tasmanian cider.
In Tamania's north Hundred Acres at Ghost Rock Winery is all about the full paddock-to-plate experience. The region is home to some of Tassie's most productive soils, and Ghost Rock are celebrating with the opening of a new food and wine destination. The million-dollar interpretation centre and winery allows Ghost Rock to produce award-winning wine onsite and take visitors through the whole production story – from vines to wine glass.
Source: Hundred Acres Braised pork belly rotolo, roasted quince, dutch carrots, parsnip purée and a cider sauce
This is a three hour tour from Hobart that looks at Tasmanian Aboriginal history. You can enjoy a cultural walk on Kunyani / Mount Wellington, learn about bush medicine and tucker, and find out more about healing and smoking ceremonies and what they mean for the local Aboriginal people.
Adults are $75 per person, with family and child tickets available. Click here for more information.
Fancy sleeping in a pod? Cyndia Hilliger and Justin McErlain just made hanging out in shipping containers a whole lot of fun. They have transformed decommissioned containers into ultra-stylish pods with front-row water views of the Inglis River in North West Tasmania. You get a reading nook bathed in northern sunshine, a generous deck, kitchen, laundry, king-sized bedrooms and ensuite. Click here for more information
Wineglass Bay is one of the most stunning places to see in Tasmania. A tour with Freycinet Adventures is aimed at novice sea kayakers and walkers meaning you get to experience both these pastimes without being too gungho about it and enjoy this pristine perfect place.
This new tour takes in the exhilarating view of Tasmania's largest wind farm and the impressive west coast cliff-line. You can watch the sun set over the Southern Ocean and then retire back to the Woolnorth Director's Lodge for dinner with Tasmanian wines and local cheeses. As for the nightly entertainment, you get to see the nocturnal Tasmanian devils coming out to play after your meal. Tickets are $165 per person.
How about seven nights aboard a classic catamaran cruising the stunning East Coast to the remote Southwest while being lapped by waves a s well as luxury including the freshest of Tasmanian produce and wines. Coral Expeditions has announced its inaugural Tasmanian itinerary. Highlights include two days exploring the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area at Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, a visit to the the Freycinet Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay, and exploring the remarkable history and wildlife of Maria Island on Tasmania's East Coast. The first of 16 departures embarks 16 November with the inaugural season lasting until February 2016.
Tasmania's latest farm-gate and food experience has opened in the Coal River Valley, just 20 minutes drive from downtown Hobart. Coal River Farm provides a special combination of small batch cheese, fine chocolates, pick-your-own berries and orchard fruit, and freshly prepared meals with an emphasis on Coal River Valley produce. Coal River Farm is open seven days, 8am to 6pm with all day dining.