Fr­eycinet Penin­sula

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T HAS been termed the MONA ef­fect – the mag­netic at­trac­tion of David Walsh’s land­mark mu­seum – which has placed Ho­bart on the in­ter­na­tional map. Last year was a record for Tas­ma­nian tourism: 1,062,700 in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors in the year to Septem­ber, up 6 per cent on the one mil­lion who vis­ited in the same time the pre­vi­ous year. With new vis­i­tors come new ven­tures. Here’s a raft of new travel ex­pe­ri­ences in the Ap­ple Isle.

Wine­glass Bay sail walk

A sail­ing hol­i­day? Or walk in­stead? Tas­ma­nian Walk­ing Com­pany launched a com­bined op­tion in Oc­to­ber 2014, com­pris­ing four and six days, in which guests re­turn each night to a 23m luxury yacht. Af­ter a day of gen­tle hik­ing, guests are likely to set­tle for a bare­foot din­ner on a beach. Tassie sparkling and oysters are the walk­ing fuel in th­ese parts. The four-day op­tion de­parts Ho­bart and sails from

Du­nal­ley, Tas­man Penin­sula

If Port Arthur His­toric site is the itin­er­ary, drop into Ban­gor Wine & Oys­ter Shed, only a 45-minute drive from Ho­bart, for a friendly pad­dock-to-plate ex­pe­ri­ence along the way. Lease 170 is an oys­ter lease grow­ing some fine pa­cific oysters. En­joy them over­look­ing the ocean in which they grew, with wine from vines in front of the deck. You might be served a seafood plat­ter by the oys­ter farmer, and chat about the day Abel Tas­man stepped foot on Ban­gor land (ban­gor­shed.com.au).

Ratho Farm Both­well

An hour’s drive north of Ho­bart, Ratho Farm has re­cently un­der­gone ex­ten­sive restora­tion, and guests can dis­cover its rich his­tory – bushrangers, a Mel­bourne Cup-win­ning stal­lion, famed Ir­ish ex­iles and English artists – while stay­ing in barns, con­vict cot­tages and the homestead. It has Australia’s old­est golf course, 4km of river­front for

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