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