Tasmania –Slow down, breathe deep, reconnect
A journey to Tasmania is a rare chance to disconnect from stress and reconnect with the things that matter.
About 40 per cent of the island is protected as national parks, reserves and UNESCO World Heritage areas and, remarkably, these wild places are easily accessible. Hike the tallest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, and breathe some of the purest air in the world. In World Heritage wilderness, walk in valleys where towering Huon pines grow for thousands of years, where rivers meet rare temperate rainforest, and snow-peaked mountains shadow buttongrass plains. See wildlife that exists nowhere else on Earth.
Geographic isolation has contributed to unique biodiversity, and it has also fostered a rare community of creative, down-to-earth, resourceful people with time to make you feel welcome. This is a place where seasonality and hospitality go hand in hand. And with four distinct seasons, there’s always something new to see, taste and feel.
This is a place for adventure, however you define it. Test yourself on a world-class rowing course. Shred mountain-bike trails, tee off on top-ranked golf courses overlooking Bass Strait, and cast for wild brown trout in glacial tarns. From the main gateways of Launceston, Devonport and Hobart, head out on drive journeys that connect wild places, quintessential Tassie towns and friendly locals.
Whether the view is from the privacy of a hot tub in a forest, or from a kayak for two, or fireside with Tassie whisky and friends, the world looks different from Tasmania.
About Lake Barrington
The world-class rowing course on Lake Barrington in north-west Tasmania has hosted regular international, national and state championships since its construction in 1969 as part of the island’s hydropower network. The lake, 20 kilometres long, is located 40 kilometres south of the gateway city of Devonport, with its vehicle ferry to Melbourne, and about 15 minutes’ drive from the “mural” town of Sheffield. It’s close to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area of Cradle Mountain. As well as rowing, designated areas of Lake Barrington are popular venues for water-skiing, jet-skiing, swimming, kayaking, camping and picnicking. The lake is an all-year fishing spot, too, with regular stocking of rainbow trout and salmon, and the foreshore is protected as a nature conservation area.