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8 Things to Do in Tasmania – Tips via the Locals

The best way to discover a new area, especially Tasmania with their super friendly people, is to get tips from the locals.

Recently we had a fabulous 4 day trip to Launceston and surrounds, and the locals didn’t let us down. Here are the places to visit via the locals:

1. The Cataract Gorge

We arrived in Launceston and went straight to the Cataract Gorge – a must see destination. Here you’ll find walking and hiking trails, the world’s longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, wildlife, beautiful gardens, and a suspension bridge.

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2. The Tamar Island Wetlands Walk

This quiet reserve only 10 minutes drive north of Launceston was the perfect way to start the morning with a 3km return walk through the wetlands to Tamar Island.

A boardwalk extends over swamps and crosses the river to two islets and then Tamar Island. There is an abundance of bird life, serenity and fresh air.

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3. Josef Chromy Vineyard

“Without a doubt the best winery in Launceston” Michael cried. “The views are spectacular and the food and wine world-class.”

Josef Chromy Wines has amassed over 14 trophies and 170 medals. It has gorgeous views over the lake and vineyards appreciated from the outside deck.

The restaurant menu showcases the local Tasmanian produce, and our risotto with squid ink and salmon was delicious. The restaurant is smart, contemporary, and they frequently have jazz on the lawn days as well.

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4. Evandale

Michael and his wife’s enthusiasm for this “Best town in Launceston” convinced us to pass through for coffee and cake – Evandale is a National Trust classified Georgian village and it’s unspoiled heritage buildings make it a popular place for tourists.

We devoured a rhubarb crumble at the Ingleside licensed bakery cafe located inside the old Council chambers built in 1867.

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5. Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe

Quite a few of the locals recommended the Raspberry Farm Cafe and said we must go there. And so must you! The chocolate and raspberry mud cake, lemon tarts and scones are divine.

The stone and timber café overlooks lush green lawns and a lake filled with water lilies. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a choc dipped raspberry on your way out.

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6. Tamar Valley Wine Region

The Tamar Valley is only 10 minutes drive north of Launceston and is known (secretly) to be one of the best wine regions in Australia (especially for white wine) and was the highlight of our Tasmanian trip.

Locals suggested we visit The Ninth Island Winery, Moores Hill, and Rosevears. The vineyards catch a cool breeze from the river which was appreciated on this rare hot day.

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7. Saturday Harvest Market

We love a good farmer’s market, and thanks to Fiona’s suggestion we were on our way. This was a small one in the car park on Cimitiere St in the centre of the city.

The produce was fresh, local and cheap. We devoured some raw energy chocolate balls from the Vegan stall and tried wallaby for the first time, a Tasmanian specialty, and it was delicate and delicious.

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8. Fresh Cafe, Launceston

Fiona also recommended we stop by Fresh on Charles St for vegetarian fare. It’s cool, retro, bohemian and funky, and the place all cafe bummers, musicians and writers aspire to be seen in.

The full veggie breakfast and baked egg with chilli beans were a winner – hearty, delicious and bursting with flavour. This place also has FREE WiFi as an added bonus.

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In less than 24 hours we had met a diverse bunch of locals who provided their “insider tips” and made our first Tassie experience so enriching.

Be sure to discover Tasmania on your trip downunder, and when you do, talk to the locals.

Caz and Craig Makepeace have been living and traveling around the world since 1997; first solo, then as a couple, and now as a family with their two young daughters. Hailing from Australia, they are sharing their insider tips and inspiring stories in this series. For more, visit them at yTravelblog.com

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