4 ways to experience Tasmania

4 ways to experience Tasmania
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4 ways to experience Tasmania

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Discover Tasmania's South West, search for gold in an unused mine, road trip the rugged coast and play golf on one of the best courses in the country. 


There is so much of Tasmania to explore - the World Heritage wilderness and national parks. Bruny Island's wildlife, the East Coast Escape, Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and the Overland Track through Cradle-Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – and that’s just the beginning.

With so much to consume, see and explore it’s hard to know where to start. Here are four ways to experience what Tasmania has to offer – starting with the rugged South West, the copper and gold mines in Queenstown, then driving Tasmania’s epic Great Eastern Drive and finishing with a round of golf on King Island. 

1. SOUTH WEST WANDERING

South West Tasmania is untamed, but Par Avion have added a touch of luxury to the wilderness with their South West Wilderness Camp. Spend two nights sleeping near the shores of Bathurst Harbour. Wake up to freshly cooked breakfast and tour around by private boat to secret coves and walking trails.

You'll feel like an early explorer when you stand atop peaks that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Aboriginal middens, ancient Huon pines and untouched Celery Top Islands await. 

 

2. DISCOVER ANCIENT MINES OUT WEST

Step inside a cool tunnel on the side of a mountain and watch as the outdoor light becomes a dim pin point. If you’re wondering about Queenstown’s pioneering past, Anthony Coulson of Queenstown Heritage Tours is your man. Across four hours, he’ll show you forgotten copper and gold mines, a Huon pine sawmill, railway and even a rainforest as he delivers the contrasts and colourful past of Queenstown’s piners and miners.

3. GREAT EASTERN DRIVING

There’s nothing quite like a road trip adventure. Tasmania’s Great Eastern Drive delivers the ultimate in road trip ticks – a ribbon of coastal bends to navigate, staggeringly top-notch food and wine both left and right and luxurious lodgings dotted from Orford to St Helens. Plus, there are beaches and walks rated among the world’s finest when it comes time to stretch those legs.

 

4. TEE OFF ON KING ISLAND

King Island’s Cape Wickham Links is among the top three golf courses in the country. Its windswept and wild allure has drawn serious attention – 18 dramatic holes riding a coastline where rugged cliffs spill into the ocean. If that’s not reason enough to hop over to King, there’s not one but two new courses on the island. Ocean Dunes Golf Course’s first nine holes are officially open, sculpted in the likes of Scotland’s great links courses with accommodation for those wishing to ‘play and stay.’

 

This article originally appeared on Tourism Tasmania

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