From outdoor adventures in untouched landscapes, to cities and townships bursting with arts and culture, Tasmania is the place to be this spring.
Stop and smell the… tulips
Tasmania’s landscape comes alive in spring, as canary yellow wattle trees and rich magenta native orchids paint the great outdoors in a kaleidoscope of colours. Alongside this, the fresh winter rains and the warming sunshine during spring make for thriving, lush gardens and an abundance of greenery. Experience the new blooms out and about on your own meanderings, or head to Tassie’s north-west coast to see the spectacular Bloomin’ Tulips Festival. For three weeks every September to October, the charming town of Wynyard comes alive with a large-scale appreciation for the bright perennials.
Indulge in a gourmet degustation
Hobart is home to a wide range of incredible dinner options. Sitting atop a range of lists dedicated to Tasmania’s best restaurants, Fico celebrates local produce with a rich European menu that changes weekly. Think: flavoursome stuffed quail and charred slithers of eggplant, truffle-infused tortellini filled with game, and buffalo milk gelato with fresh Tasmanian raspberries. For something a little less fancy (but equally tasty!), Sawak Cafe in the CBD has some of the best Malaysian food in the state – with rich fish curries, spicy laksas and fresh mee goreng featuring on the menu.
Experience local culture
Tasmania is bursting with a culture rich in art, music, and a love for all things local and sustainable. Head to the Salamanca Market in Hobart on a Saturday to grab a coffee and browse the 300-plus stalls. From cute and creative homemade gifts, to pre-loved clothes and fresh produce, the market is a staple in Hobart’s local culture. Come here to enjoy delicious snacks from food trucks, listen to talented local buskers, and mingle with the vibrant crowds (in a COVID-safe way, of course).
Explore the great outdoors
Spring in Tasmania is also an incredible time for whale watching, as humpback whales spend the latter half of the year migrating back to Antarctica via the Tasman Sea. If you’re wanting to catch a glimpse of the giant creatures, then head on a Pennicott Wilderness Tour from Bruny Island, a couple of hours south of Hobart. There’s a whole range of tours to choose from – on land or out at sea – with a plethora of natural wildlife on display. Regardless, you’ll be exploring Tasmania’s rugged coastline and skyscraper‑high cliffs, and encountering lounging seals, humongous whales, and jumping dolphins.
To read about more exciting springtime adventures in Tasmania, grab a copy of the Spring 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia.
Image: Wineglass Bay (C) Jason Charles Hill.