Tas­ma­nia, Aus­tralia

Ad­ven­tures at the world’s end

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Sat in the tem­pes­tu­ous South­ern Ocean, Tas­ma­nia is a true wilder­ness isle. The cities – es­pe­cially the cap­i­tal, Ho­bart – are in­creas­ingly ur­bane and so­phis­ti­cated with a foodie scene in­spired by farm-fresh pro­duce and award-win­ning mu­se­ums and ho­tels. But within min­utes you can pedal or drive out into farm­land that just as quickly morphs into rugged moor or age­less for­est. Empty arcs of sand beckon wa­verid­ers to the coasts, while craggy peaks in­vite ev­ery­one from am­blers to gritty back­coun­try folk look­ing to test their met­tle. With traf­fic light in most ar­eas, bike tour­ing is a joy. Bikes are eas­ily hired and can even be re­turned with­out you, with some ser­vices tow­ing a trailer for bulky lug­gage. Camp­sites are com­mon and many fea­ture restau­rants, shops and other ameni­ties. For those look­ing for a guided op­tion, there’s now a way to com­bine many of the is­land’s sig­na­ture highs into one ad­ven­ture: the Great Tas­ma­nian Tra­verse. This is no small com­mit­ment. In all, it’s 38 days rang­ing the length of the is­land to take in the epic Over­land Track, a climb of French­man’s Cap, raft­ing on the Franklin River, a flight into the South­west World Her­itage Area and fin­ish­ing with the South Coast Track. In­cluded are a few days R&R in-be­tween stages to keep you fresh for each in­stall­ment and the whole pack­age is to be of­fered once a year only. The in­au­gu­ral trip starts in Launce­s­ton on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2018 and you can get more de­tails at www.great­tas­ma­ni­antra­verse.com

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