During summer, the temperate climate of Australia’s island state brings flavours that you just can’t find anywhere else. Tasmania’s local produce is among the freshest and finest in our country – and the foods of Tassie’s east coast are no exception.
First on the map is Swansea, a town that fills with holiday-makers over the summer months and boasts spectacular scenery. Visit the Barkmill Tavern and Bakery for a delectable meal in a warm atmosphere. For a taste of Swansea’s acclaimed cool-climate wines, try the Devil’s Corner Cellar Door by Moulting Lagoon, or Spring Vale Wines, where the pinot gris is not to be missed.
Your next stop for fresh eats will be the Freycinet Marine Farm near Coles Bay. The taste of the daily fresh hauls of oysters, mussels, scallops and locally sourced salmon will leave you speechless. Continuing around the bay, through the Freycinet National Park, you’ll find the astounding Wineglass Bay Lookout. For an up-close view of Wineglass Bay, embark on a cruise, which will allow you to see hundreds of different sea creatures, wander through hidden coves and enjoy a ploughman’s lunch with local Tasmanian produce.
Then, head to St Helens, a village town on the shores of Georges Bay inlet. Georges Bay is home to kelp forests, underwater caves and colourful aquatic life. It’s also an angler’s dream, with fishing charters available for catching deep-sea fish and lobster. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, visit St Helens History Room to discover the Aboriginal and Chinese heritage, and tin mining history of the area.
To round off your incredible trip, continue to Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania docks to take you to Melbourne. Offering great accommodation and loads of on-board experiences – with cinemas, kids’ activities, dining rooms and bars – it’s a welcome break as you cross the Bass Strait. The Flavours of Tassie menu offered to passengers showcases Tasmanian preserves, cheeses, beer, wine and spirits, and will leave you with a lingering taste of the wondrous island state.