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June 7, 2021
Hikes In Tasmania

 

 

Tasmania is home to many National Parks and vast arrays of mesmerizing landscapes, compiled below are a few of many one day hikes in the small island state.


 

  1. Dove Lake Circuit

 

Dove Lake. Photo: unsplash/Juliana Lee

 

Hike Length: 6km circuit

Hike Duration: 2-3 hr circuit

Grade: 2 (suitable for most on a flat, compact surface with one short moderate hill)

 

What to expect: The walking track takes you through a diverse range of landscapes. On this circuit walk, scrubby buttongrass gives way to sandy lake beaches, gushing waterfalls, and deep rainforests. Dove Lake is a lovely place to go, especially when the wind is calm. Tea tree and buttongrass vegetation seep into the water, giving it a dark blue tint and a highly shiny surface.

 

  1. Crater Lake Circuit

 

Hike Length: 5km circuit

Hike Duration: 2-2.5 hr circuit

Grade: 3 (suitable for most but some bushwalking experience recommended for rough surfaces)

 

What to expect: Tannins from tea tree flora and buttongrass seep into the water, giving this stunning alpine lake its deep blue colour. The lake's blackness is ideal for reflecting clouds and snow capped peaks, making for a fantastic social media photo.

 

The beautiful Crater Falls is one of the hike's highlights. The falls are located in a gorge covered in mild temperate rainforest.

Crater Lake.Photo:pixabay/Pen_ash

 

  1. Wineglass Bay and Hazards beach circuit

 

Hike Length: 11 km circuit

Hike Duration: 4-5 hr circuit

Grade: 4 Bushwalking experience recommended

 

What to expect: This beautiful hike includes the view down to Wineglass Bay, Hazards Beach, and back around the coastal cliffs and is one of Tasmania's most iconic sites. After a few hours into the hike, the path circles the mountain's southern slopes and descends to sea level, emerging abruptly onto the beach that stretches away to the south, where Mount Freycinet rises above the bay. There are many Aboriginal shell middens in the dunes along Hazards Beach.

Wineglass bay.Photo:unsplash/Nao Takabayashi




 

  1. Mount Amos

 

Hike Length: 3.6 km 

Hike Duration: 2-3 hr return

Grade: 4 Bushwalking experience recommended

 

What to Expect: The track to the summit is steep and strenuous, but walkers are rewarded with panoramic views, it provides incredible panoramic views of the Freycinet Peninsula, Cole's Bay and stunning white sands of Wineglass Bay.

Mount Amos Summit.Photo:unsplash/Tim Hart


 

  1. Bishop and Clerk

 

Hike Length: 11km 

Hike Duration: 4-5 hr return

Grade: 4 Bushwalking experience recommended

 

What to Expect: 

Located in Maria Island that is well known for its history and wildlife, Bishop and Clerk are two towers of dolerite at 620m in elevation. The story behind the name Bishop and Clerk comes due to their resemblance to a bishop wearing a mitre and being followed by a clergyman.

The views from the top are breathtaking. Because the walk includes steep uphill and downhill stretches, as well as a large field of rock boulders. Bicycles are permitted till the no bike sign appears roughly around 2km after the hikes starts.

 

Maria Island. Photo:unsplash/Fidel Fernando



 

  1. Cradle Mountain Summit Via Hansons Peak and Marions Lookout

 

Hike Length: 16.6km circuit

Hike Duration: 7-8 hr return

Grade: 3 Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended.

 

What to expect: You can experience three different unmissable places of cradle mountain national park with this hike. Complete the circuit loop via Hansons Peak, summiting cradle mountain and returning via marions lookout. With this way you will be escaping the hoards of crowds that usually use the overland track for Cradle summit walk.

Hansons Peak is located right across Dove Lake from Marions Lookout, offers spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Other sights include Lake Lilla and Lake Hanson, as well as a view of Mt Pelion East in the distance on a clear day.

 

Cradle Mountain's top, at 1454 metres, offers pristine panoramic views of lovely lakes, undulating valleys, and distant rocky peaks.

Cradle Mountain. Photo:unsplash/Laura Smetsers


 

Cradle Mountain National Park.Photo:unsplash/Nico Smit



 

  1. Cape Hauy Walk

Cape Huay.Photo: Free Australian Stock Images

 

Hike Length: 9.4 km 

Hike Duration: 4 hr return

Grade: 3 (suitable for most but some bushwalking experience recommended for rough surfaces)

 

What to Expect: A beautiful out-and-back stroll to some jaw-dropping cliffs. The track, which is part of the Three Capes Track, begins by undulating through woodlands and heath with many wildflowers. The path then descends a steep set of mainly stone steps before returning to the cape. With views on both sides, Cape Hauy juts out into the choppy sea.


 

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June 8, 2021
Top Instagrammable spots in Tasmania

 

 

 

 

From exotic forests, gothic wilderness to picturesque landscapes, Tasmania has it all. It irrefutably is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Here are Tasmania’s must capture spots :

1. Bridestowe Lavender Estate 

A pure lavender bliss in the month of December and January. Just outside of Launceston, located at a 50-minute drive, is Australia’s largest lavender farm, Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Famous for its spectacular sight, you can wander around the endless photo-worthy purple fields with eye-catching purple ice cream and waterfalls within an accessible 15-minute walk.

 

 

 

Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Photo: unsplash/Remi Antunes



2. Mount Wellington Park

The stunning view over Tasmania’s capital, Hobart; is easily one the most instagrammable places at any hour of the day. Walking, bike riding, horse riding, rock climbing, you name it, the mode of transportation to Wellington Park is as easy as it can be.

 

Mount Wellington.Photo:unsplash/Margaret Major



3. Bay of Fires

If there is a must do on Bay of fires, then a mandatory picture on rocks is it. Sunshine illuminating the white sand, crystal blue water, and peculiar lichen covered orange rocks makes the Bay of Fires another beautiful instagrammable spot in Tasmania.

 

Bay of Fires. Photo: unsplash/Trevor McKinnon



4. The Neck, Bruny Island 

Offering a 360 degree view, Bruny Island Neck is an isthmus of land connecting south and north Bruny island in southern Tasmania. Just 40 kilometres from Hobart, is probably the most indispensable spot for a nature enthusiast.

 

Bruny Island Neck. Photo: unsplash/Tamara Thurman


5. Cape Queen Elizabeth Arch

 

Another must visit from Bruny Island is the Cape Queen Elizabeth Arch, just the cherry on top while visiting the Neck. A 40-50 min walk out of the beach, it really is worth it. A great instagram post is assured. It really is a rewarding view after a long walk and will be a highlight on the way.

 

 

 

Cape Queen Elizabeth Arch. Photo: unsplash/Nico Smit

 

6. Dove Lake / Cradle Mountain

The rustic yet beautiful boat shed located in the dove lake at the lap of the stunning Cradle mountain is a perfect spot for an amazing shot. The mesmerizing view as you look across the lake to the summit of Cradle Mountain in the distance is truly breathtaking. 

Dove Lake. Photo: unsplash/Nico Smit


 

7. Barn Bluff 

Barn bluff, one of the most prominent peaks in the Lake St Clair National Park, can be enjoyed through a trail. The trail itself is so pretty but the view of the peak and the trail in one picture is out of this world. 

Barn Bluff. Photo: unsplash/Natallia Safonava


 

8. Enchanted Walk

Adding to the list of Cradle Mountain National Park’s must capture, is a short trail through the fairy-land rainforest. The ragged wilderness really takes you on a journey despite it being a 20 min walk.
 

Enchanted Walk. Photo: unsplash/Fidel Fernandon


 

9. Richmond Bridge 

Richmond village, just 30 min from Hobart, really is enchanting. Cafes, galleries, vineyards and the famous Richmond bridge, you might have to delete some pictures from your previous trip. 

Richmond Bridge. Photo: unsplash/Aleksandar Jason


10. Pumphouse Point 

Truly, one of the most renowned hotels in Tasmania for its majestic appearance and architecture, 2 hours far from Hobart, the pumphouse is truly a heaven on land. The pumphouse is basically a luxurious retreat but the dock leading to the retreat is the perfect spot for an aesthetic picture. The gloomy wilderness and gothic appearance in the middle of nowhere is what makes it so quaint. 

Pumphouse Retreat. Photo: unsplash/Simon Rae


11. Wineglass Bay / Lookout 

Hit the steps uphill a trail to the Wineglass lookout for an incredible view. After a few pictures and an exhausting yet pleasing view head down to the striking shades of gold beaches with sparkling blue water. 

Wineglass Bay. Photo: unsplash/Nao Takabayashi



12. Japanese Garden 

Situated in the capital, designed by a landscape architect from Yaizu,Japan, Hobart’s Japanese Garden is beautiful all year round. Variety of stunning plants; Cherry trees, Camellias, Water lilies and Irises, and much more. A great picture is a given, any time of the year. 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Garden. Photo: unsplash/BAILEY MAHON

 

13. The Low Head Lighthouse 

A stunning lighthouse and historic precinct at a 45 minutes drive from Launceston is The Low Head Lighthouse. Low Head, an eccentric place to visit, perfect for an evening stroll is home to numerous penguins. You really are 45 minutes away from a great Instagram post . 

The LowHead Lighthouse. Photo: unsplash/Tim Whybroe


 

14. Maria Island 

Wombats, Cape Barren geese, Pardalotes, Wallabies, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, you name it, Maria Island has it all. Famous for its exquisite wildlife and green meadows,it is only a 30 minute ferry ride away. Towards the end of the day, the view of wombats all over the island, green grass and sparkling sea together will make you reminisce about it for the rest of your life. 

 

Maria Island. Photo: unsplash/Fidel Fernando



15. Painted Cliffs 

These painted cliffs in Maria Island is like an outdoor art gallery. These concentric patterns formed due to traces of iron oxide are truly one of a kind. You cannot NOT take pictures here. 

Maria Island Painted Cliffs. Photo: unsplash/cassandra correa



16. Cataract Gorge 

Selfie with a peacock !? Could it get any better ? This is possible only within a 15 minute walk from the Launceston CBD . 

 

Peacock in Cataract Gorge. Photo: unsplash/Paul Carmona



17 . Mount Field National Park 

Home to some of Tasmania’s most exotic waterfalls; Horseshoe Falls and Russell Falls, Tasmania’s oldest and most eccentric natural location, Mount Field National Park is really heaven for naturalists out there. If you are one picture away from being instagram famous, let this be it. 

 

 

 

 

Horseshoe Falls. Photo: unsplash/Jeremy Manoto

 





 

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June 17, 2021
PERFECT TASMANIAN ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

 

 

 

 

 

Australia’s Island State, Tasmania is like no other. The exotic wildlife, picturesque landscapes, historic structures; the perfect correlation between modern art and historic past within such a small area is what makes it so peculiar; making Tasmania perfect for road trips. The beauty here, it really is untouched and waiting to be known. So, go onto this adventure with high expectations because they are going to be filled in no time.

 

Here’s a 9 day itinerary for your road trip around Tasmania but you can change it based on your preference.

 

Day 1 

 

Must Visit  : Salamanca Markets 

                    Battery Point 

                    MONA the Museum of Old and New Art

                    Mount Wellington

 

When you reach the capital; Hobart, you will be mesmerized by its beauty instantly. You can check in your hotels, freshen up and leave for a stroll around the city. The Salamanca market, within a walking distance, is famous for its fresh produce, live music, artistic goods and an amazing range of goods to take food. There are taxi, buses available everywhere but you have an option of renting vehicles as well. You can visit the Battery Point, MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) for the proper Hobart experience. The stunning view over Tasmania’s capital from Mount Wellington at night, is truly one of a kind. 

 

Hobart. Photo: pixabay/Peter Robinson

 

Day 2

 

Must Visit  : Eaglehawk Neck

                   Tasman National Park

                   Cape Hauy

                   Cape Raoul

                   Port Arthur

 

Leave early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise along with geological attractions at Eaglehawk Neck, just an hour distance from Hobart. Continue your drive to Tasman National Park for awe-striking sceneries and the famous Tasman Arch where you can try rock climbing and abseiling. You can hike up to Cape Hauy and Cape Raoul if you have enough time. The next stop is the infamous Port Arthur, a former convict confinement area. This world heritage property, famous for its stunning architecture and representation of Australia’s colonial history, surrounded by Carnarvan bay is a must visit. If you are a horror enthusiast you can stay for a 90 min night time ghost tour. There are many hotels near the Port so the accommodation is not an issue.

 

Port Arthur. Photo: pixabay/Peter Robinson

 

Day 3

 

Must Visit  : Richmond Village 

                   Freycinet National Park

                   Bay of Fires

 

Drive to Richmond village, a Georgian architectural masterpiece. You can learn about colonial history while enjoying the food, trying out different wines, visiting aesthetic cafes, galleries and museums. Then, head towards the Freycinet National Park amidst stunning coastal landscape. One of the major attractions in this place is the Wineglass Bay. The stunning crescent which separates the crystal white sand, green trees and the deep blue water is what makes this beach so peculiar and on top of that Sea kayaking, bushwalking, fishing, boating, there is no stopping. You can also visit Mount Amos, which is a challenging hike because of its steep and slippery path; nonetheless, it really is worth it. Then, head towards the Binalong Bay to see the famous Bay of Fires.

 

Wineglass Bay. Photo: unsplash/Patrick McGregor

 

Day 4 

 

Must Visit : Cataract Gorge

                   Devonport

                   Bridestowe Lavender Estate

                   Low head lighthouse

 

After driving for two and half hours you will arrive at Launceston City. Take the Cataract Gorge cruise along the banks of Tamar river, and don’t forget to look out for peacocks. Enjoy delicious gourmet lunch, go on wine tasting tours, try varieties of decade old cheeses in Tamar valley. You can visit Devonport for amazing food, exceptional water sports, museums, which is only an hour away from Launceston. Bridestowe Lavender Estate is also a good option for photo worthy lavender fields if you have enough time.Then, towards the end of the day go to the Low Head Lighthouse which is only an hour away; the perfect stop for an evening stroll to enjoy breathtaking sunset and penguins lurking all around. Return to Launceston where the accommodation is very convenient.

 

The LowHead Lighthouse. Photo: unsplash/Tim Whybroe

 

Day 5 

 

Must Visit : Mole Creek 

                   Liffey Falls

                   Walls of Jerusalem

                   Cradle Mountain

                    

Brace yourself for a tedious day. Just an hour from Launceston is Mole creek, a sanctuary for the native wildlife. Marakoopa and King Solomon's Cave will easily be the highlight on the way because of its erratic formations, reflection pools, stalagmites, sparkling crystals and the astonishing glow worms. You can visit the Liffey Falls which is a 45 minute walk near the Mole creek or the Walls of Jerusalem for stunning views with pencil pine forests, like no other. The picturesque Cradle Mountain is the next stop on our list, one of the most famous destinations in the whole of Tasmania. The famous Overland Circuit and Dove Lake circuits are some of the famous trek trails. Make sure to look out at the stunning ragged Boat shed on the shore of Dove Lake. You can stay at the beautiful cottages around Cradle mountain. 

 

Dove Lake. Photo: unsplash/Nico Smit 

 

Day 6 

 

Must Visit : Strahan 

 

Strahan, a beautiful harbour on the west coast of Tasmania, two and a half hour drive away from The Cradle Mountain is a luxurious and peaceful retreat after a tiring day. A must visit when you come to Tasmania, the half day Gordon River Cruise may be the major reason why. Pretty isolated from modern civilization, it is mesmerizing and a must visit. The scenic wilderness makes it so eccentric that you want to live here forever. 

 

Gordon River. Photo: unsplash/Roselyn Cugliari

 

Day 7 

 

Must Visit : Lake St Clair 

                   Mount Field Park

 

Start your vehicle and drive an hour and half north to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Catch a ferry and go for a relaxing session of fishing and sightseeing. Then, drive further north to the Mount Field National Park. Upon arriving, hike along the 2 hour circuit where you will be mesmerized by the spectacular wildlife and diverse flora and faunas. Known for its huge Eucalyptus trees and cascading waterfalls; Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls, the scenic forests are truly worth all the hardships. If you are feeling adventurous you can opt for camping under the stars. The camping gears are easily available here.

 

 

 

                                    Horseshoe Falls. Photo: unsplash/Jeremy Manoto 

 

Day 8 

 

Must Visit : Maria Island 

 

One and half hour drive towards the north will lead you to Hobart. Upon arriving, head straight to enjoy seafood on the waterfront and piers of Hobart City. There are several art museums and extraordinary historic buildings in Hobart, so visit them while you’re there. Then, head to Maria Island which is an hour and 50 minutes away. Tasmanian devils, Wombats, Pardalotes, Wallabies, kangaroos, Cape Barren geese, you name it, Maria Island’s exquisite wildlife doesn’t disappoint. Stroll further to the breathtaking Painted cliffs, often confused as outdoor art galleries for amazing pictures. Towards the end of the day, the view of wombats all over the island, sparkling sea and green meadows together will make you reminisce about it for all your life. Head back to Hobart city for nice and reasonable hotels.

 

Maria Island. Photo: unsplash/Fidel Fernando 

 

Day 9 

Must Visit : Bruny Island

 

The journey has now come to an end; But, before that make sure to visit the Bruny Island Neck, an isthmus of land connecting south and north Bruny island in southern Tasmania offering a 390 degree view.  Hit the steps and you’ll be able to see birds flocking around, fairy penguins and short-tailed Shearwaters from boardwalks and viewing platforms.

 

 

Bruny Island Neck. Photo: unsplash/Tamara Thurman 

 

 

 

 

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June 26, 2021
Outdoor Activities and Adventure in Tasmania

 

 

 

 

Australia’s Island state, Tasmania, famous for its alluring escapades is a perfect spot for adventure-fanatics. The sightseeing is amazing in itself but with outdoor activities you wouldn’t wanna leave. From ghost tours to seaplanes, mountain biking to rafting, there is no ending. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. 

These are some of the adventurous outdoor activities in Tasmania:

 

1. Mountain Biking and Cycling 

Known for its finest trails along the unspoiled mountains, forests with steep passes; Tasmania is a mountain biker’s paradise. Choose from purpose-built tracks or dangerous rocky off road tracks. Maydena Bike park, Derby, Daisy hill, Melrose, St Helens will ensure you an electrifying ride. You can cycle along the coast of Wineglass Bay,Tamar valleys, Mount Wellington Park and for a more subtle ride. 

 

 2. Kayaking 

The chain of rivers and waterways with breathtaking rapids is extremely suited for kayaking. Be it flat water kayaking, water kayaking or ocean kayaking. Strahan, Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey, Freycinet Peninsula or D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island; offering a great selection of kayak or guided kayaking tours is a great option if you’re looking for some titillation. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayaking. Photo: Pexels/Thilo Lehnert

 

3. Adventure Caving

Calm your adrenaline rush by exploring the depth of Tasmania thriving in its underground array of caves with stunning rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites, glowworms. The famous Marakoopa Caves and King Soloman Caves are at a walking distance from each other; some of the others are Newdegate Cave, Hastings caves.  



4. Rock Climbing and Abseiling

If you are daring enough, you can try rock climbing and abseiling amidst the mesmerizing landforms of Tasmania. The thrill along with the safety suspension will be perfect for thrill-seekers out there, be it a beginner or a professional. Some of the places that provide these services are Cataract Gorge, Mount Wellington, the sea stacks of Tasman Peninsula, Frenchman’s Cap, Hillwood and Ben Lomond National Park.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  Abseiling in Mount Wellington. Photo: unsplash/Nico Smit

 

5. Rafting

The exhilarating rapids in Tasmania makes rafting one of the major tourist activities. From novices to experienced, experience the wilderness of Tasmania from a different perspective. Franklin river, Derwent River, Mersey Rivers are some of the major attractions for rafting.
 

6. Ghost Touring 

The infamous Port Arthur, known for its convict past is perfect for a spooky evening in Tasmania. The historic old landforms, legends behind them, dark eerie rooms, confinement cells and so much more. Not to forget, the first hand experience of inspection of paranormal activities. There are several other similar ghost tour sites like Launceston City Coast Tours and Penitentiary Chapel which will send chills down your spine.
 

Port Arthur. Photo: Pixabay/Peter Robinson

 

7. Snorkeling

Known for its pristine crystal clear water, Tasmania is the perfect place for snorkeling. Go onto this underwater adventure for never seen marine wildlife. Freycinet National Park, Maria Island National Park, Ninepin Point Marine Reserve, Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve are some of the best snorkeling spots.
 

Snorkeling. Photo: Pexels/Patrick Jansen

 

8. Scuba Diving

If you're interested in in-depth exploration of marine life then opt for Scuba diving. The deeper you go the better the chances of finding exotic flora and faunas. The best part is the rare sea caves, ragged shipwrecks, kelp forests; including seals, penguins along the coast. If there’s one place you have to go scuba diving it’s Paterson’s Arches. Several other places like Fortescue Bay, Governors Island Marine Reserve, Eaglehawk Dive Center,Waterfall Bay Caves and Caverns provide scuba diving services.

 










 

 

 

 

 

Scuba Diving,  Photo: Pexels/Pia

 

9. SeaPlane and Helicopter Touring 

Tasmania provides amazing in-air sightseeing services. Take a detour of the island in helicopters. Apart from that you can take a seaplane which might be an exquisite choice, where landing and taking off is done in water. Above and beyond in Hobart provide seaplane services.

 

10. Quad Biking 

If you are a sucker for thrill then this off-road activity is a must. Quad bike driving through Tasman’s wilderness, rocky roads, muddy, steep hills climbs will be more than enough for a rush. Get ready with essential gears and mainly vigor for a never experienced exhilaration. Some companies offering Quad bike experience are Mt Ronald Quad Bikes, Tassie quad bikes, All4Adventure, Tarkine Quad.  

 

Quad Bike. Photo: unsplash/Appic



11. Jet Boats 

High speed thrilling rides in the water provided by jet boats are amazing even if you aren’t an extremist. A fun packed experience on the sparkling waters of Huon River, it can’t get better. 

 

Jet Boat In Huon Valley. Photo: Pixabay/ Peter Robinson

 

12. Cliff Jumping

Either be an impromptu or a planned decision, cliff jumping is an instant source of exhilaration. 

Blackman’s Bay Blowhole, EagleHawk Neck Blowhole, Soldiers Rock are some of the distinguished rock jump spots. This mountainous island has rock jump spots all around; not to forget it is life threatening, so you need to be careful. Do it at your own risk.

 

13. Paragliding, Hang Gliding and Cable Tours

Experience the scenic wilderness of Tasmania with cable hang gliders located in Launceston's Cataract Gorge and Hollybank Treetop Adventures or Tahune Adventures in the south. If you want to go beyond the limited places and explore more opt for Hang gliding or Paragliding. 

 

Hang Gliding. Photo: Pixabay/sandid

 

14. Surfing 

With the abundance of water masses it is pretty evident that Tasmania is heaven for surfers. The variations in waves makes it efficient for you to choose your desired spot. Top-class experience from Shipstern Bluff, South Cape Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, Marrawah, Bicheno and other surfing sites is a given.

 

15. V8 car rides 

Taste the high speed exhilaration in these racing tracks. Symmons Plains Racetrack, known for a range of V8 cars and its racetrack is perfect for an aspiring racing driver. With training provided in the beginning, you’ll be able to make the most out of this experience.

 

 Symmons Plains Racetrack. Photo: unsplash/Nico Smit

 

16. Horse Riding

Indulge yourself in the Tasman’s picturesque landforms; from forests to plateaus, modern buildings to ragged caves, all riding a horse. There are several places like Cradle Mountain, Huon Valley where horse riding is advised and you can find guided tracks as well. 

 

17. Sailing 

Delve into a calm day sailing around the outskirts of the Tasman Cities. The diverse uncrowded sailing journeys are perfect for sailing and even fishing. Catch a yacht in any part of the island, Bass strait on the north, Tamar Valley, Huon Valley, D'Entrecasteaux Channel, the options are unlimited.

 

Sailing boats in Port Huon. Photo:unsplash/Thomas Bassett