An unforgettable gourmet escape, from Launceston to Hobart
Start your journey in Tamar Valley, just north of Launceston; a region that offers some of Tasmania’s best gourmet produce and cool-climate wines. Visit the Hillwood Berry Farm where you can pick your own berries, before heading to Josef Chromy and Jansz to taste renowned wines, truffle-based delicacies and artisanal cheeses at Tamar Valley Truffles.
Nearby is history-rich George Town, Australia’s third oldest town. There are so many sites to see, including an 1805-built pilot building and the town gaol, initially built in 1843 and refurbished in 2004. Why not hire a bicycle to explore the area? Drive to Launceston in the afternoon, stopping on the way at Cataract Gorge to bask in truly breathtaking views from the chairlift. Retire for the night at Quest Launceston, a magnificently restored heritage building in the heart of the city.
Launceston favourite Bryher Café has you covered for breakfast, serving up delicious options using predominantly local producers. Get on the road soon after, detouring east towards Freycinet National Park. There is no shortage of cafes and restaurants in this area, but you can’t go past a picnic lunch of beautiful local produce while taking full advantage of the views.
Wineglass Bay is one of Tasmania’s most celebrated vantage points, and the short uphill climb to the lookout is well worth the effort. A number of vendors in the area offer half day cruises and kayaking tours. Alternatively, you might like to set your own pace and opt for a long walk along the breathtaking beach. On the way back to Hobart take a quick stop at Freycinet Marine Farm and sample the local oysters, mussels and crayfish before checking in at one of the 3 beautiful Quest Apartment Hotels in Hobart.
With kitchens in all rooms, enjoy a leisurely breakfast in before heading out for a day of adventure. The iconic Salamanca Market operates every Saturday and offers everything from fresh produce to art and locally-made collectables and treasures. Next stop is MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, a non-negotiable for any visitor to Tasmania. You can get lost for hours here, revelling in this amazing collection of ancient, modern and contemporary art. You’ll be spoilt for choice come dinner time. Ask the friendly team at Quest for a restaurant recommendation.
If you need to recharge your batteries after an action packed few days, Bruny Island is the place to do it. A stone’s throw from Hobart (though once you’re there you’ll feel worlds away), picturesque Bruny Island is reached by ferry and offers the perfect landscape for hiking, walks on long sandy beaches, surfing and birdwatching, though the real drawcard is it’s food. Hop between Get Shucked Oyster Bar, Bruny Island Cheese Company, and finish up your long Tasmanian weekend with some fudge from Bruny Island Chocolate Company.