76% of Malaysians think Australia is just beaches, beaches, beaches.
With long lengths of coastline and wide stretches of sand, Australia is renowned for its many beaches. But step off the sand and into one of Tasmania’s stunning locations and you’ll soon discover that there’s much more to Australia than the beach. On the island of Tasmania you’ll encounter rare wildlife, zipline through beautiful forests and play golf on some of the world’s best courses. There’s adventure around every corner in Tasmania.
Tasmania is home to countless incredible backdrops, making it a favourite destination for professional and amateur photographers alike. In the summer months (December to February), Instagram is flooded with images of vibrant rows of purple lavender found on farms in the island’s north east. These working farms make a stunning backdrop for an Instagram post, but your visit isn’t limited to snapping pictures. You’ll also find fragrant soaps, hand cream, tea and lavender flavoured ice-cream to enjoy. If you’re visiting Tasmania in autumn, you’re not out of luck. Head to Cradle Mountain to see what locals refer to as “the turning of the Fagus”, when the Tasmanian Deciduous Beech tree transforms from green to vibrant reds, oranges and golds.
The Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s top hiking trails drawing visitors with its cliff top views over the Pacific Ocean and rugged Tasmanian coastline. Forgo the heavy lifting and opt for the Three Capes Lodge Walk, a 48-kilometre trek which includes your guide, food and a comfy bed each night. Starting in Hobart, walkers will trek for four days, culminating in a climb to the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue. Each day your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of massive sea cliffs, wildlife encounters and soul warming sunsets, while each evening you’ll be treated to gourmet food, Tasmanian wine and a restful night’s sleep in the track’s exclusive eco-lodges. Book your journey with Tasmanian Walking Co., which takes a maximum of 14 guests along the windswept coast.
Golf enthusiasts will be impressed with Tasmania’s beautifully designed courses. Located along the wild and remote coast of north east Tasmania, just an hour from Launceston, The Dunes course at Barnbougle Golf Links has gained a reputation as one of the world’s most impressive links courses since its opening in 2004. Designed by US golf architect Tom Doak and former Australian pro golfer Michael Clayton, the course is a seamless blend between Mother Nature and human craftsmanship. Nearby, Barnbougle's Lost Farm is one of Australia’s most visually spectacular golfing experiences. Established in 2010 to complement the fairways of The Dunes, Lost Farm boasts many similarities, yet is noticeably different to its sister course. On the steep, dramatic sand dunes of the Tasmanian coast, golf architect Bill Coore created a non-traditional 20-hole course, with greens dispersed among the dunes and along the coastline.
Combine the adrenaline rush of a high-wire canopy ride with the tranquillity of the native bush and plantation forests on a ziplining adventure in Hollybank Forest. You may even spot wildlife as you glide through the canopy. Located just 25 minutes north of Launceston, Hollybank Treetops Adventure offers a wide range of activities, such as zipline tours, segway tours and tree rope courses suitable for all ages. Try one of their twilight tours for a unique opportunity to be enchanted by the serenity of the forest as the sun goes down.