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Published on December 8th, 2010 | by john.weir

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New tourist attractions in Tasmania, Australia for 2011

From the opening of the £100 million Museum of Old & New Art to brand new wilderness walks, the world’s most exciting new golf course, staying in forest tipees and behind the scenes with weird and wonderful wildlife – read on for a new year’s worth of news from the wilderness island at the bottom of the world.

Hobart prepares for the £100 m opening of MONA with launch of ArtBikes & smARTmap

As the art world awaits the opening of the £100 million Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) which promises to put Hobart on the world map when the doors to David Walsh’s ‘subversive adult Disneyland’ finally open on 21 January, Tasmania’s state capital is preparing for it with the launch of free ArtBikes, in key locations around the city,  to explore the cultural scene.  Furthermore a new map of the arts hot spots and galleries in Tasmania has been launched online, smARTmap Tasmania, which makes a fantastic guide for culture seekers. For more information on all this see  www.artbikes.com.au, www.smartmaptas.com.au and www.mona.net.au

Get Behind the Scenes with Tasmania’s unique wildlife at the state’s rescue sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run one of the leading young lights in Tasmania’s wildlife conservation, Greg Irons, is now offering private ‘behind the scenes’ tours with the animals.  Just forty minutes form Hobart, there is quite simply no better place for anyone, adult or child, to experience almost all Tasmania’s weird and wonderful wildlife.  From hand-reared orphaned devils to quolls, bandicoots, pademelons, potoroos, sugar gliders, forester kangaroos, tawny mouthed owls, echidnas and many more species, Greg has poured his heart, money and energy into being Australia’s best wildlife sanctuary and is now running a 24 hour rescue scheme for injured and orphaned animals all around the state. All animals are rehabilitated and released unless too badly injured, except for  he devils due to the facial tumour disease. Greg’s night-time tours, when the animals really come into their own, are sheer magic.  Tours from AU$19 per adult and AU$9 per child.  www.bonorong.com.au

The art of walking – The Freycinet Experience still has space in January and no single supplement

Keen walkers who appreciate their creature comforts should consider one of the state’s most artful four day walks – the Freycinet Experience. This is a lodge based four day walk  which explores the hidden corners of the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula including Wineglass Bay.  The eight or ten walkers per group return every evening to a hot shower or bath, toasty fire, gourmet food and a proper bed at the ‘Invisible’ Lodge on Friendly Beaches, and can enjoy the most wonderful art for which the Lodge is renowned. The Walk still has space on its departures on 6, 11, 18 and 28 January. AU$2100 per person including all meals – with no single supplement, and children’s rates available too.  walk@freycinet.com.au or visitwww.freycinet.com.au

The new Three Day Tarkine Explorer Walk

One of Tassie’s newest and most exciting walk operators, Tarkine Trails, has introduced a 3 day Tarkine Explorer, based at its just-built sustainable Tiger Ridge standing camp deep in the Tarkine rainforest . Perfect if time is an issue and for those who worry that their fitness level might not be up the other walks, it combines the only accommodation in the world-renowned ancient and remote Tarkine rainforest with fantastic food and wine, and easy walking with a day pack. Your clients can even leave their car in Burnie and be collected – so it fits beautifully into a self drive tour. For more information see www.tarkinetrails.com.au

The Great Walks of Tasmania – all under one website

All Tasmania’s  top multi-day walks can now be seen together under a new ‘Great Walks of Tasmania’ – a dedicated website to help walkers decide which is best for them.   In total there are seven of the very best bushwalks in Australia on the website  for all levels of fitness from basic to the most experienced.  While the nine day South Coast Track is one of the most arduous and exciting walks in the world, walkers needn’t be put off by the remote locations  – for example, the ‘Walls of Jerusalem’ all-accommodated walk by Tasmanian Expeditions in the uninhabited, rugged national park is proving a huge hit for families and the company can provide twin share cabins for even its more remote walks too.  Many of these are ideal for solo travellers too with no single supplement.  www.greatwalkstasmania.com

Tasmania rules as Australia’s No 1 golfing state with the opening of The Lost Farm & The Spa at Lost Farm

Barnbougle Dunes is already ranked as Australia’s number one golf course, and the Lost Farm, which has just opened adjacent to it on the north east coast of Tasmania overlooking the Bass Strait promises to top it.  The location, an hour from Launceston, is worth a visit alone.  For golfers, it is a magnificent new 20-hole championship links golf course, designed by one of the world’s top golf course architects Coore & Crenshaw, with a 50 room lodge and restaurant built high on a ridge. The best bit for part time/non golfers  is the The Spa at Lost Farm with several treatment rooms using all-Tasmanian products, and a stunning hot tub with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors overlooking the astonishing view of the wild coast line including Sand Dunes which are 25 metres in height. Website not yet available – see Barnbougle Dunes for more information www.barnbougledunes.com.au

Homes & Gardens

It’s getting hot in the city with the pending opening of MONA, and with  accommodation now at a premium in Hobart now may be the time to head out of town and try some of the charming B&Bs, many of which have some wonderful gardens attached or close by.  Twenty minutes from Hobart, in pretty Margate – the ‘happiest town in Tasmania’ on the way to Bruny island, is  Margate Cottage, a lovely boutique B&B with two cottages set in exquisite gardens with platypus in the stream.  Rates are just AU$148 per night including breakfast.  Just a couple of minutes away from Margate Cottage lies Inverawe Gardens, 22 acres of privately owned and superbly crafted gardens overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux channel, bursting with bird and wildlife and 7500 species of native plants and shrubs.  Owner Bill Chestnut offers daily tours followed by tea and biscuits on the sun drenched terrace. www.margatecottage.com and www.inverawe.com.au

Stay in a Tipee in a carbon positive eco forest retreat  in Southern Tasmania

Huon Bush Retreats is a collection of rustic, charming but importantly carbon-positive cabins and tipees deep in the forest in the little visited Huon Valley, surprisingly less than an hour from Hobart. Fantastic for families but equally so for romantic couples wanting to hide away in a cliff top or riverside cabin, there are studios  and two bedroom cabins with decks and outdoor baths set in 1300 hectares of forest with five km of walking trails, abundant wildlife, eagles and 60 metre tall trees.  The Huon is famous for its fruit and the Huon Bush Retreats makes a huge range of its own yummy home made fruit sauces, preserves and honey. From AU$90 for a wooden tipee to AU$375 for a cliff top cabin.  www.huonbushretreats.com

The return of the ‘Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge’

F1 star and winner of the British Grand Prix Mark Webber flew into Tasmania on 30th November to announce that he is bringing his four day adventure race, the Mark Webber Challenge, back to Tassie after a two year break following the accident that resulted in a broken leg. Trekking, kayaking, mountain-biking, swimming, rafting and caving are all to be included in a star studded line up from 4-8 December 2011. Spectator and competitor packages will shortly be available. www.markwebberchallenge.com

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3 Responses to New tourist attractions in Tasmania, Australia for 2011

  1. Nessa White says:

    I lived in the UK before moving out to Australia 5 years ago. We live in Tassie now and it was really hard to find info on Tasmania so it’s great that you have a whole feature on it.

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