Seven of Tasmania's Best Food and Wine Trails

Choose to embark on any of the seven road trips and discover Tasmania's food culture. From exotic cheeses to exquisite wines, beers and whiskies. Seven of Tasmania's Best Food and Wine Trails
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Explore the Best of Tasmania's Food and Wine Trails

Choose to embark on any of the seven road trips and discover Tasmania's food culture. From exotic cheeses to exquisite wines, beers and whiskies.


By Andrew Bain

Tasmania is well-known in the world for its unique culinary experience.The island state produces an astonishing array of excellent produce, from beer and berries to pork and Pinot Noir. These seven road trips are destined to take you to the heart of Tasmania's famous flavours.

Uncover the Authentic and Delicious Tastes of Tasmania

The Great Tasmanian Cider Trail

Once known as the Apple Isle for its superb apples, Tasmania continues to celebrate its famed apple with the Tasmanian Cider Trail. Cider is a delicious alcoholic beverage made from fermented juices of apples. The trail links 11 cider producers across the state from the southern Huon Valley, where 80 per cent of the state's apples are grown, to cideries (breweries where cider is produced) in the north around the wine-producing Tamar Valley. There are also detours to other cider producers in the capital city of Hobart, as well as upstream from Hobart in the Derwent Valley, and in the apple-producing northern town of Spreyton, a 75 minutes drive north-west of Launceston. The drive from the Huon Valley to the Tamar Valley is about 300 kilometres (187 miles). This trail is known for its handmade cider which has a unique flavour, and of course the friendly people. Come discover the apple cider which attracts the world to this famous isle.

The Exciting Beer Adventure Trail

Not a cider person? Fear not, we have great beer too! Tasmania’s many breweries are the focus of the Tasmanian Beer Trail, which brings together more than 20 breweries on one hop-filled journey around the state. Start your day from the capital city of Hobart, driving along the state's beach-lined east coast and through the northern cities of Launceston and Devonport, to taste a wide variety of great tasting beer. The trail incorporates tours of the state's two largest breweries - the Cascade Brewery in Hobart and Boag's Brewery in Launceston - as well as a number of small craft brewers that offer intimate tastings.

THE BOLD AND SCENIC WHISKY TRAIL

Tasmania produced the world's best single malt whisky in 2014, and this trail connects 11 distilleries throughout the island. While the trail is perfect for a whisky lover, it also gives you the chance to visit Port Arthur (a former convict settlement and one of Tasmania and Australia’s heritage spots), the 18th century prison there, and beautiful beaches along the east coast. The drive from the capital city of Hobart to the northern town of Burnie, returning past a trio of distilleries in the rural Midlands, covers about 900 kilometres (559 miles).

CRADLE TO COAST TASTING TRAIL

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's biggest natural attractions, located in a region that tastes as good as it looks. The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail extends across the north-west of Tasmania, from the city of Launceston to the town of Smithton, taking in wineries, restaurants, cheese makers, olive growers and more. The straight journey is little more than 200 kilometres (124 miles), but it's worth stretching it over a few days to experience and taste it fully. There are more than 20 producers along the way, as well as farmers markets in Launceston and Ulverstone, and some great accommodation options linked to the trail. Make the most of this trail known for its wilderness experience and the vibrant food, and take home great memories!

'MADE IN BRUNY ISLAND’ GOURMET TRAIL

Long and spectacular Bruny Island is like a snapshot of all things great about Tasmanian food distilled into one smaller island. The 'Made in Bruny Island' gourmet trail passes along many of Bruny's most spectacular sights, including beaches, cliffs and wildlife, as it connects the island's terrific tastes. A 40 kilometre (25 mile) drive south along the trail from the island's ferry terminal is the greatest adventure you'll experience in Tasmania. You will pass by a famed cheese-maker, an oyster farm with oyster bar, a whisky house, and a berry farm where you can pick your own fruit. For a gourmet trip sprinkled with pleasant walks and great accommodation, book a Long Weekend Tour of Bruny Island right away!  Bruny Island is reached by a short car-ferry crossing from the town of Kettering, about a 30 minute drive from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

EXPERIENCE THE WILD AND GREAT EASTERN DRIVE

The Great Eastern Drive runs spectacularly along Tasmania's eastern edge from the quiet beach town of Orford to the bustling fishing centre of St Helens. The 180 kilometre (112 mile) drive is as beautiful as any in Australia, but one of its prime attractions is the opportunity to enjoy the produce that comes from the surrounding land and sea. North of the holiday seaside town of Swansea, the drive passes through a handful of vineyards. There's fresh seafood at the Freycinet Marine Farm on the Freycinet Peninsula, while further ocean treats await at the dockside seafood punts (boats) at the drive's end in St Helens.

THE MAJESTIC TAMAR VALLEY WINE ROUTE

A driving loop through Tasmania's foremost wine region, the Tamar Valley Wine Route, links more than 30 cellar doors north of the fascinating city of Launceston. The circuit covers about 170 kilometres (106 miles), running along both banks of the Tamar River. Most vineyards have cellar doors with regular opening hours, while several also offer platters of local produce to complement the wines. The signature wine variety of the region is Pinot Noir, but there are also wonderful sparkling wines, Chardonnays, Rieslings and even fortified wines to taste along the drive. The perfect break for a wine lover. Excited yet? Hop in your transport and head to Tamar Valley!

 

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