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7 of Tasmania's best food and wine trails

These great road trips offer a taste of gourmet Tasmania, from reverently produced cheeses to its wines, beers and whiskies.

By Andrew Bain

Tasmania 's international culinary reputation is well deserved. The island state produces an astonishing array of excellent produce, from beer and berries to pork and pinot noir. These regional routes head to the source of  Tasmania 's famous flavours.

Delicious taste of Tasmania

Tasmanian cider trail.

Once known as the Apple Isle for its superb crops, Tasmania continues to celebrate the apple with the  Tasmanian Cider Trail . The trail links ten cider producers across the state, from the southern  Huon Valley , where 80 per cent of the state's apples are grown, to cideries in the north around the wine-producing  Tamar Valley . There are also detours to other cider producers in the capital city of  Hobart , as well as upstream from  Hobart  in the Derwent Valley, and in the apple-producing northern town of Spreyton, just over a one-hour drive north-west of  Launceston . The drive from the Huon Valley to the Tamar Valley is about 300 kilometres (187 miles).  

Tasmanian Beer Trail

Breweries abound in  Tasmania , and are the focus of the  Tasmanian Beer Trail , which brings together more than 20 breweries on one hop-filled journey around the state. Begin in the capital city of Hobart, driving along the state's beach-lined east coast and through the northern cities of  Launceston  and  Devonport  and you'll get to taste a great variety of hoppy creations. The trail incorporates tours of the state's two largest breweries - the  Cascade Brewery  in Hobart and  Boag's Brewery  in Launceston - as well as a number of small craft brewers that offer intimate tastings.  

Tasmanian Whisky Trail

Tasmania produced the world's best single malt whisky in 2014, and  this trail  connects almost 20 distilleries throughout the island. As well as providing plenty of whisky tastings, it gives you the chance to take in the likes of the former convict prison at  Port Arthur  and postcard-worthy beaches along the east coast. The drive from the capital city of Hobart around to the northern town of  Burnie , returning past a trio of distilleries in the rural Midlands, covers about 900 kilometres (559 miles).  

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Cradle Mountain  is one of Tasmania's biggest natural drawcards, and sits in a region that tastes as good as it looks. The  Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail  extends across the north-west of Tasmania, from the city of Launceston to the town of  Smithton , taking in wineries, restaurants, providores, cheese makers, olive growers and more. The straight journey is little more than 200 kilometres (124 miles), but it's worth stretching it over a few days to experience and taste it fully. There are more than 20 producers along the way, as well as farmers markets in Launceston and  Ulverstone , and some great accommodation options linked to the trail.  

Made on Bruny Island Gourmet Trail

Long and spectacular  Bruny Island  is like a snapshot of all things great about Tasmanian food, distilled into one smaller island. The  Made on Bruny Island traveller trail  passes many of Bruny's most spectacular sights, including beaches, cliffs and wildlife, as it connects the island's terrific tastes. A full day itinerary will take you past a famed cheese maker, an oyster farm, a whisky house, and a berry farm where you can pick your own fruit. For a gourmet trip mixed with walks and exclusive accommodation, book yourself onto the three-day  Bruny Island Long Weekend  tour. Bruny Island is reached on a short car-ferry crossing from the town of Kettering, about a 30-minute drive from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

Great Eastern Drive

The  Great Eastern Drive  runs spectacularly along Tasmania's eastern edge from the quiet beach town of Orford to the fishing centre of St Helens. The 180-kilometre (112-mile) drive is as beautiful as any in Australia, but one of its prime attractions is the opportunity to enjoy the produce that comes from the surrounding land and sea. North of the holiday seaside town of  Swansea , the drive threads between a handful of vineyards. On Freycinet Peninsula, there's fresh-from-the-leases seafood at the  Freycinet Marine Farm , while further ocean treats await at the dockside seafood punts at the drive's end in St Helens.   

Tamar Valley Wine Route

A driving loop through Tasmania's foremost wine region, the  Tamar Valley Wine Route  links almost 30 cellar doors north of the likeable city of Launceston. The circuit covers about 170 kilometres (106 miles), running along both banks of the Tamar River. Most vineyards have cellar doors with regular opening hours, while several also offer platters of local produce to complement the wines. The signature wine variety of the region is Pinot Noir, but there are also wonderful sparkling wines, Chardonnays, Rieslings and even fortified wines to taste along the drive.

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Australia’s top food and wine destinations in tasmania.

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Josef Chromy Wines – Effervescence Tasmania. Image: Liza-Jane Sowden

Tasmania’s untouched natural beauty and culinary delights are unparalleled in all Australia. With the purest waterways and cleanest air in the world, the water yields the freshest seafood and the soil is primed for producing exquisite wines.

Map of Tasmania’s Wine Regions and Top Destinations

Tasmania’s burgeoning wine regions are spread across its spectacular landscapes, from the coastal wine trails of the North West to the lichen-splashed East Coast.

The Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s principal wine producing region, yielding Chardonnays, aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. Here you’ll find the Pipers River micro wine region, with a climate close to that of Champagne in France, and home of Tassie Sparkling. The East Coast region produces some of the state’s freshest berries and seafood, paired with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling along with Sparkling.

In the Southern Wine Trail you’ll find the Coal River Valley and Derwent Valley. The cool climate of the Coal River Valley produces sensational Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while historic towns, ancient rainforest and white-wine varieties are the specialty in Derwent Valley.

Tasmania Wine Regions Map

1. Taste the Food and Wine of Tamar Valley on a Guided Tour 2. Make Your Own Sparkling Wine at Josef Chromy Wines 3. Explore Cataract Gorge Natural Reserve 4. Celebrate Tasmanian Food, Wine and Music at Festivale 5. Sample the Pipers River Wineries 6. Indulge in Wine and Coastal Views at Devil’s Corner 7. Discover the Bays of Freycinet National Park 8. Cruise Spectacular Wineglass Bay 9. Enjoy a Pizza with Premium Wine at Pooley Wines 10. Taste Your Way Through Richmond 11. Experience a Day of Art, Food & Wine at Moorilla 12. Savor Fresh Tasmanian Seafood on a Gourmet Cruise 13. Enjoy a Seven-Course Tour of Bruny Island Produce 14. Meet Tasmanian Wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Follow our Tasmania Wine Regions map for the best destinations for food, wine and incredible natural scenery.

1. Taste the Food & Wine of Tamar Valley on a Guided Tour

Jansz Tasmania credit Adam Gibson

Jansz Tasmania. Photo: Adam Gibson

You deserve a day of indulgence, and Tamar Valley is just the place. Located on the doorstep of Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest city, Tamar Valley is known for sensational Chardonnay and award-winning Pinot Noir.

Guided tours of scenic Tamar Valley take you through several wineries and artisan shops producing gourmet cheeses, ciders, beers, truffles and hazelnuts, giving you a little taste of everything. With over 30 wineries and award-winning cellar doors, it’s Tasmania’s premium wine region – and secretly one of Australia’s best.

Besides, to fully enjoy a day of good wine it’s always best to let someone else behind the wheel.

2. Make Your Own Sparkling Wine at Josef Chromy Wines

Josef Chromy Wines Art of Sparkling Experience credit Osborne Images

Josef Chromy Wines – Art of Sparkling Experience. Image: Osborne Images

Experience the Art of Sparkling at Josef Chromy Wines and learn the process behind making Sparkling. You can even create your own bottle of Sparkling to enjoy, perfect for the amateur winemaker.

Josef Chromy is a powerhouse in the Tasmania wine scene, bursting into Australia’s ranks as the country’s best Pinot Noir in 2017 and 2019. Its passion for Sparkling, however, undeniably poses Tasmania as Australia’s Sparkling capital, often remarked as second only to Sparkling produced in Champagne, France.

The Art of Sparkling experience takes you on a tour of the vineyard and winery, where you’ll create your own Sparkling to enjoy on the day. The wine continues to flow with tastings and a 2-course lunch with matched wines.

3. Explore Cataract Gorge Natural Reserve

Cataract Gorge credit Jarrad Seng

Cataract Gorge. Photo: Jarrad Seng

Take a break in Launceston after tasting your way through Tamar Valley. A heritage gem set within sumptuous hills, ancient forests and scenic waterways, Launceston blends natural splendor with historic charm.

The locals’ favorite hangout is Cataract Gorge, a natural wilderness reserve combining historic landmarks, bushland trails and parklands along the banks of Tamar River.

Take a ride on the chairlift over the Gorge, the largest single-span chairlift in the world, or explore the landscaped Victorian garden on the northern Cliff Grounds of the Gorge. The Tasmanian summers are perfect for a dip in the public swimming pool on the southern side of the Gorge.

4. Celebrate Tasmanian Food, Wine and Music at Festivale

Festivale credit Adam Gibson

Festivale. Image: Adam Gibson

If you visit Tasmania on the first week of February, add Festivale to your list!

Festivale is Tasmania’s premium summer event, a three day celebration showcasing the very best of Tasmanian food, beverages and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s iconic City Park, the festival hosts over 80 vendors, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, master classes and live music.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet local winemakers, distillers, cheese makers, truffle growers and craft brewers, and learn about the art and passion behind their processes.

Sample wines from boutique wineries, innovative craft beers and ciders, and the most delicious food imaginable. Join a master class such as cheese and beer pairing or watch a master chef demonstrate how to use unique ingredients, before enjoying an evening of local musicians and headline acts.

5. Sample the Pipers River Wineries

Pipers Brook Vineyard credit Jarrad Seng

Pipers Brook Vineyard. Image: Jarrad Seng

From Launceston you can easily reach the Pipers River wine region of the Tamar Valley, where cool climate wines brimming with the wild flavors of Tasmania are the specialty. This little corner is colloquially known as “Sparkling Tasmania,” for its production of world-class Sparkling.

Pipers Brook is considered the flagship winery of this region, producing a range of Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Stop by for divine wine tastings with knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Taste premium vintage Sparkling from Jansz, one of the most highly regarded sparkling winery in all Australia. For exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, make an appointment at Dalrymple Vineyards.

6. Indulge in Wine & Coastal Views at Devil’s Corner

Devil's Corner Cellar Door credit Lisa Kuilenburg

Devil’s Corner Cellar Door. Photo: Lisa Kuilenburg

Wine with a view – it doesn’t get better than that. At Devil’s Corner and Lookout, a glass of wine and incredible coastal views await to exhilarate your senses.

Devil’s Corner Cellar Door sits in the East Coast region of Tasmania, overlooking Moulting Lagoon and The Hazards mountain range. Its range of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Cuvee captures the elements of its wild location, sitting beside the deep blue sea.

With an onsite cafe and seafood kitchen, grab a wood-fired pizza or freshly farmed oysters with paired wine and drink in the view.

7. Discover the Bays of Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay credit Tourism Tasmania

Wineglass Bay. Photo: Tourism Tasmania

As you make your way through Tasmania’s east coast, stop by one of Tasmania’s most treasured natural gems – Freycinet National Park.

Its white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise bays and pink granite cliffs create a coastal splendor unparalleled in all Tasmania. Secluded coves and bays carve into the untouched white sands of the park. Pristine bushland grows over walking trails, proving a slight challenge rewarded with breathtaking views.

Explore Freycinet on your own or join a guided tour, hitting the must-see highlights of this unique spot.

8. Cruise Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay cruise

Wineglass Bay Cruise

Wineglass Bay is the undisputed gem of Tasmania’s east coast.

Sparkling turquoise waters perfectly scoop into pristine white sands, shaped exactly like a wineglass. The trek to the lookout for panoramic views of the bay may prove challenging, but are absolutely worth it.

Scenic cruises depart from Coles Bay into Wineglass Bay, with a stop at the beach for a chef-prepared lunch of fresh Tasmanian produce.

9. Enjoy a Pizza with Wine at Pooley Wines

Pooley Wines

Pooley Wines

From the east coast make your way south to the Coal River Valley, characterized by heritage towns and wineries.

Stop by Pooley Wines in Richmond for award-winning Rieslings, Pinot Noir and other varietals set in a gorgeous historic estate.

This family-owned cellar door has won multiple awards including Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s “Best Small Cellar Door.” But the true prize lies within its wood-fired pizzas fresh from the glowing oven.

10. Taste Your Way Through Richmond

Tasmanian Craft Cellars Richmond credit Tourism Tasmania Brian Dullaghan

Tasmanian Craft Cellars, Richmond. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan

This picture-perfect historic town is a popular food, wine and art destination in the Coal River Valley. Here you’ll find Australia’s oldest gaol (jail) and Richmond Bridge, the oldest sandstone bridge still in use in Australia.

Browse the traditional bakeries, shops and cafes set in gorgeous heritage buildings, offering everything from specialty Tasmanian fudge to gourmet lunches made of local produce. Sweets & Treats is a popular candy shop where wall-to-ceiling displays of treats make it hard to resist temptation. Break for tea at Ashmore House, a beautiful tearoom in a colonial-style building serving innovative and fresh dishes with generous servings.

If you’re feeling parched, head to the local wineries and breweries dotted throughout Richmond and Coal River Valley. Puddleduck Vineyard is perfect for a graze of cheese with a glass of delicate vino and Tasmanian Craft Cellars offers an excellent selection of local beers, cider and spirits.

11. Experience a Day of Art, Food & Wine at Moorilla

Mona Hobart Tasmania

Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

Travel across to the Derwent Valley to Hobart , the capital of Tasmania, and home to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), one of the world’s most controversial museums .

Located on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart, the museum is actually located beneath Moorilla Winery. Its exclusive Posh-As Day Out experience combines wine, food and art for a super luxe day of indulgence.

The experience includes private exploration of the museum, a private tour of Moorilla Winery with tastings and a two-course lunch at the onsite Source Restaurant with matched wines. After your Posh-As Day Out, no other wine and art experience will come even close.

12. Savor Fresh Tasmanian Seafood on a Gourmet Cruise

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Tasmanian Seafood Seduction. Image: Poon Wai Nang

Enjoy a feast of succulent rock lobster, oysters, abalone and sea urchin plucked straight from the sea.

Departing from Hobart, this popular small-group cruise navigates the crystal waterways of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, yielding the freshest seafood. The rock lobster, locally known as crayfish, is extremely sought after and exported all over the world. The fresh oysters are shucked and enjoyed straight from the shell, with a handful also cooked in sparkling wine. It’s simply not possible to buy seafood this fresh and delicious anywhere else.

After gathering the day’s catch, a spread of local breads, salads and artisan cheeses matched with Tasmanian wines, local beers and ciders awaits.

13. Enjoy a Seven-Course Tour of Bruny Island Produce

Bruny Island Cheese Co credit Tourism Tasmania and Andrew Wilson

Bruny Island Cheese Co. Image: Tourism Tasmania and Andrew Wilson

Travel down the channel from Hobart to Bruny Island, a destination of spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce. Enjoy a delicious day out on this guided tour, where every course on the menu is a stop on your journey.

Bruny Island is a perfect mix of Australia’s best qualities – amazing coastal landscapes, dense rainforests, rare wildlife and great food. Sample artisanal cheeses, handcrafted whiskies and gin, fresh oysters and local chocolates as you visit Bruny Island staples.

Highlights include cheeses from Bruny Island Cheese Company, fresh oysters from Get Shucked, tastings at Bruny Island Premium Wines and single malt whiskeys from Bruny Island Whiskey.

14. Meet Tasmanian Wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – Greg Irons. Image: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Home to unique Australian animals, Bonorong is a Tasmania-wide wildlife rescue. Here you can meet Tasmanian devils, wombats, quolls and hand-feed kangaroos on a Sanctuary Tour.

The sanctuary’s aim is to nurse animals back to health and release them into the wild. Run by volunteers and housing species extinct everywhere in the world but Tasmania, Bonorong is truly special.

Besides, no trip to Tasmania is complete without meeting its extraordinary wildlife.

Ready to Explore Tasmania?

As one of Australia’s best kept secrets, Tasmania has wine, food, wildlife and class. What it doesn’t have are the fully booked tables and month-long wait lists.

For more recommendations and tips on what to do in Tasmania , contact one of our Destination Specialists. As experts in Australian travel, we can plan the perfect Tasmania food and wine trip for your Australia vacation.

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Top 10 Things You Must Eat and Drink in Tasmania

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From scallop pies to wine and some of the best freshly shucked oysters around, there is plenty to eat and drink with our foodie guide of the top 10 things you must try when in Tasmania!

If you’re lucky enough to visit the stunning state of Tasmania, you simply can’t go past the sensational dishes and produce this island has to offer.

To help you on your journey of discovering one of Australia’s finest foodie destinations, we’ve tasted and tippled our way through the best things to do in Tasmania with our guide of the top 10 offerings you must eat and drink when in Tasmania this year:

Bakery 31, Scallop Pies

Bakery 31, Scallop Pies

The number one must-try foodie treat is a Tasmanian scallop pie. Simply put, it’s a Tassie staple. Fresh Tasmanian scallops are cooked in a creamy curry sauce and are gently encased in deliciously buttery and crispy pastry. The absolute standouts are the scallops sourced from Bicheno scallop fisheries then lovingly put together at Bakery 31 in Ross. You won’t be disappointed!

National Pies, Meat Pies

National Pies, Meat Pies

Sticking to the theme of pies – how can we forget the humble yet equally classic Aussie meat pie?! Tasmania’s famous National Pies are best eaten piping hot straight out of the oven. Each pie is made with 128 layers of puff pastry and wrapped around their butchers’ best cuts of Tassie meat. A simple yet stunningly perfect all-in-one meal you must taste whilst travelling.

Flinders Island, Lamb

Flinders Island, Lamb

At the moment Tasmania looks like a very carnivorous state…we do promise this is the last meat-laden item! However, Flinders Island lamb is the most succulent piece of meat you’ll ever eat. Tassie’s best restaurants use the tender milk-fed lamb in a number of dishes for the ultimate and decadent experience. No chewy bits here we promise.

Tasmanian Vinters, Wine

Tasmanian Vinters, Wine

Previously known as Winemaking Tasmania; today, Tasmanian Vinters sources only the best fruit from vineyards to produce some of the best drops Tasmania and Australia has to offer. Sub-branched as ANON and Terra Verde, we would recommend either the 2017 Terra Verde Pinot Noir that has fresh flavours of cherry and raspberry; or the 2018 ANON Pinot Noir Rosé which has a nose of fresh watermelon, wild strawberries and fine citrus aromas of pink grapefruit.

R. Stephens Apiary, Leatherwood Honey

R. Stephens Apiary, Leatherwood Honey

The enchanting wilderness surrounding Cradle Mountain is home to Leatherwood Honey. Cradle Mountain itself is a spectacular place to explore, and can be improved with a stop at R. Stephens Apiary Mole Creek where you can taste and purchase the deliciously sweet and natural honey straight from the factory door![

Ashgrove Cheese

Ashgrove Cheese

Believe it or not Tasmania grows wild wasabi, and the clever team at Ashgrove Cheese have infused the zingy goodness with their smooth cheddar, which is made from the milk of happy grazing cows. You can buy the addictive block from supermarkets, however nothing beats eating it straight from the Ashgrove Cheese farm gate, where you can meet the cheesemakers and see the beautiful cows for yourself. The Pickled Onion & Chive Infused Club Cheddar is a definite must-try too!

Cradle Coast Olives, Olive Oil

Cradle Coast Olives, Olive Oil

You can’t go wrong with a generous slug of olive oil with some freshly made sourdough – it’s a fact. Thanks to the rich volcanic soils and a cool climate, Tasmania is able to produce some of Australia’s best olives and, to no surprise, Cradle Coast Olives are up there with some of the best! Located under a two-hour drive north-west of Launceston, Cradle Coast Olives’ cellar door is open Monday – Friday for tastings of their renowned olive oil range. Our favourite is the Cradle Coast Medley – a blend of Cradle Coast Olives’ top-quality oils.

Get Shucked, Oysters

Get Shucked, Oysters

We all know that when it comes to finding a great oyster, the fresher the better. You won’t be able to find oysters any fresher than the ones grown and harvested on the shores of beautiful Bruny Island. And, to help foodies taste some of the best Australian oysters, Get Shucked is a locally owned and operated oyster farm and bar in North Bruny that harvests and serves-up oysters at their Oyster Bar daily to ensure you are only eating the best of the best! This is one not to miss.

41 Degrees South, Salmon

41 Degrees South, Salmon

Sticking with the foodie treats from the sea, we can’t forget the outstanding salmon our little state produces. 41 Degrees South is a working salmon and ginseng farm in Deloraine, run by farmer Ziggy Pyka. He raises the salmon in tanks and then smokes them himself. If you’d like to spend a little more time you can also take a self guided tour or bus tour around the farm to see how everything works. The small licensed cafe is also a must try, with a variety of salmon sandwiches, platters and burgers on offer. The real stand out – the salmon rillettes.

House of Anvers, Chocolate

House of Anvers, Chocolate

Last but not least, chocolate. What foodie experience would be complete without a dash of the good stuff? Well how about a whole chocolate experience?! Explore the chocolate museum at the House of Anvers and watch the confectionery experts at work. Not only will it have you in awe, but it will have you drooling for more. Lucky for you, you can taste some moreish samples and purchase the ones you loved.

Ready to explore more of what this beautiful state has to offer? Start by discovering these 10 unique getaway gems around Tasmania . Or, if you’re just here for the food, these 8 best steak restaurants and these top 8 quirky bars in Hobart are a must-visit in 2021 .

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature image: Cape Tourville, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania. Photographed by Andrii Slonchak. Image via Shutterstock.

This article was first published on january 06 2019. it was updated and edited by hunter and bligh on april 12 2021..

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6 Day Scenic Tasmania Small Group Tour

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Tasmanian Day Tour Cheese and Drinks

Visit rum distillery, ale, and cider, wine & cheese tasting, and visit Derwent & Coal Valleys, New Norfolk, Richmond & Hobart - depending on the group.

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Bruny Island Adventure Day Tour

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Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour

Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour

Our Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour takes you to 6 of southern Tasmania's best craft beverage places in the Huon and Coal River Valley. Book now!

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Bruny Island Traveller Gourmet Day Trip

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Tasmanian Seafood Seduction Day Trip

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Surrounded by rich oceans and blessed with ample rainfall, fertile soils, plentiful sunshine and a moderate climate, it’s no surprise that Tasmania produces some world-class food and drink.

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Read on to find out which foods, in particular, Tasmania is most famous for, as well as some suggestions for where to try them. Be sure to include any that take your fancy on your Tasmanian itinerary , because some of them you won’t be able to find anywhere else on Earth!

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Meat pies, Scallop pies, Lamb, Lobster, Salmon, Shellfish, Apples, Leatherwood honey, Olive oil, Black truffles

From the Farm

1 Meat pies

Tasmania’s plentiful rainfall and lush pastures allow year-round grazing for cattle, which has led to the island state garnering a reputation for raising some of the very best beef in the country, as well as excellent butter and dairy. Those ingredients are partnered perfectly in Tasmania’s national dish: the beautiful meat pie, which combines buttery puff pastry with succulent Tasmanian beef. Although you can find great pies all over this pie-loving island, National Pie in Hobart is the state’s most iconic bakery, pumping out thousands of pies a day, which you can enjoy here straight out of the oven.

Tasmania has some of the lushest pasture in the world (enriched with a “salt-grass” effect, from sea-spray, in certain areas) with a long sheep-farming heritage. This results in high quality (and high reputation) of Tasmanian lamb. The most revered comes from Flinders Island, whose grass-fed lamb fetches high prices across Australia and the world. But local cuts from elsewhere around Tassie also feature prominently on restaurant menus across the state. Better yet, you can go straight to the source and visit Richard and Riley, from Lamb of Tasmania, near Cressy in the northeastern plains; or, get a taste of the “salt-grass” spray effect on meat quality at Wild Clover Lamb , on the northwestern coast.

Bounty of the Ocean 

3 Scallop pies

Highly regarded and ubiquitous as they are, meat pies may not even be the most famous Tasmanian pie. They battle for that crown – a lofty one – with scallop pies. A distinctly Tasmanian delicacy, scallop pies typically feature fresh local scallops simmered in a creamy curry sauce and wrapped in buttery puff pastry. They have reportedly been a daily staple in seaside Tasmanian towns since the 19th century, and the best time to try them is during local scallop season, from late April to July. If you’re not heading to a small seaside town, pick one up from Smith’s or Jackman & McRoss near Hobart’s Salamanca Market, or stop in at Bakery 31 in Ross, roughly halfway between Launceston and Hobart in the Midlands

Smiths Scallop Pie Salamanca Market

Crayfish is a staple on any Tasmanian Christmas table, and habitat loss and overfishing have contributed to a decline in stocks of native freshwater crayfish (the largest freshwater invertebrate in the world), there are still plenty of places to enjoy the less endangered Southern Rock Lobster. Flinders Island is a great place to go if you’d like to catch your own, with recreational crayfish season open from November. Or, if you’re planning an East Coast Tasmanian itinerary , pop in and see Sara and Marcus at the Lobster Shack , in beautiful Bicheno, for a delicious “farmgate” experience.

Endangered Tasmanian freshwater lobster

The marriage between introduced Atlantic salmon and the onset of large-scale aquaculture in the clean, cool harbours of Tasmania – where these species thrive – has catapulted salmon above shellfish and crustaceans in the pecking order of famous Tasmanian seafood. Tasmanian salmon farming has come under environmental scrutiny in recent years, but it’s still a major industry and international brand. For any visitors keen to get it at the source, seek out salmon farms and suppliers who adhere to the WWF-sanctioned ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) regulations; or, ask the friendly staff at The Salmon Shop, near Salamanca Market in Hobart, where you can learn (and taste) what all the fuss is about!

6 Shellfish: Oysters and abalone

It’s not only in recent years that people have figured out the singular quality of Tasmanian oysters, as Aboriginal peoples have been enjoying native Angasi oysters for millennia. Today, however, after early European colonists nearly drudged the Angasi into extinction, it’s the Pacific oyster that dominates menus, oyster farms, and seafood festivals around Tassie. Conveniently, many of the best places to taste oysters in Tasmania double as idyllic seaside settings: such as Get Shucked oyster farm on Bruny Island, the Freycinet Marine Farm on the doorstep of Freycinet National Park, or the iconic Melshell Oyster Shack in Dolphin Sands, where eating local oysters is, according to their slogan, “like French kissing a mermaid”.

Oyster Shucking Freycinet

Before salmon and whisky stole the show, Tasmania was best-known to those on the Australian mainland (and beyond) as “the Apple Isle''. Although long past its post-colonial heyday, Tasmania’s apple industry is still alive and well, producing a massive range of local heirloom varieties whose diverse taste characteristics are a world apart from bland, modern, standardised supermarket apples. Visit Glenburn Orchards , near Hobart, or Millers Orchard , near Launceston, for quality apples straight from the tree. Or, sample Tasmania’s apple heritage in another form: through the famous Tasmanian apple sponge cake (often sour as well as sweet), or by visiting one of the many apple-cider cellar doors that dot the plains and valleys emanating from Launceston and Hobart

Glenburn Orchard Huon Valley

8 Leatherwood honey

It may not be as famous overseas as varieties such as New Zealand manuka honey, but the bees buzzing between bountiful leatherwood trees of Tasmania’s west coast rainforests quietly go about their business, producing a truly unique, complex honey that is quietly gaining acclaim around the world. There’s no other place on Earth to taste it straight from the source, so any honey-loving travellers visiting Cradle Mountain, the Tarkine rainforest, the Central Highlands, or the northwest coast on their Tasmanian itinerary will want to make a point of stopping in at Mole Creek , Blue Hills , or one of many other honey farms and factory doors across the region.

9 Olive oil

Like leatherwood honey, Tasmanian olive oil is building a stronger and stronger reputation among health-conscious eaters and discerning diners around the world. Renowned for a higher-than-average oleic acid content, plus low levels of saturated fat, Tasmanian olive oil is among the healthiest oils you can find on the market. The trouble is: most of it doesn’t make it past local markets. Therefore, don’t miss the chance to snare some from one of Tasmania’s local farmer's markets while you’re here. Or, head straight to the source at Riverstone Olives near Freycinet National Park, Lentara Grove in the Tamar Valley, or Cradle Coast Olives in the northwest.

10 Black truffles

Since first being inoculated into local tree roots in the 1990s, highly prized black truffles (known as Périgord truffles in France) have proven perfectly suited to the fertile soils, moderate seasonal climate, and pristine air of central-northern Tasmania. You will find Tasmanian truffles at restaurants in Hobart, Launceston, and across the state, but for a really special experience, take it a step further and accompany the dogs (note: not pigs, as is done in Europe) on a truffle hunt at the Truffledore on Cradle Country Farm , in the foothills of Cradle Mountain, or at Tasmanian Truffles and The Truffle Farm , on the way to the fabulous Great Western Tier mountains.

If you like the sound of these famous Tasmanian foods, visit FLT’s Tasmania blog page for more inspiration and information on where to say, what to see and what else to do while tasting them in Tassie.

There’s also a range of expertly arranged self-drive itinerary packages to choose from, many of which already incorporate a chance to taste the foods mentioned above.

Or, feel free to contact FLT’s travel-planning experts directly. They’ll be able to answer any questions, or help you plan your own customised Tasmanian travel itinerary!

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Trophy Room

Trophy room – great food and service.

Trophy Room in North Hobart has burst onto the scene and been busy from Day 1! The owners, Rose and James have a winning formula with interesting breakfast options, very good pastries, excellent bread and a variety of lunch options.

They also do good coffee, with the roasted beans sourced from Villino in Moonah.

We have visited here a number of times already and been delighted with the food, the service and the ambience. There is a large central shared table and then other smaller tables around the edges of the bright, sunny space looking over the domain.

Every time we have walked in here (there are no bookings here) the word that springs into our mind is “professionalism”. The cooking in the open kitchen, the service – everything about the place is carried out in a very professional way.

Let’s start with breakfast! This was our first experience here soon after they opened. We arrived and were immediately shown to a table for two. We were given the concise, sensible menu and we ordered two espresso to elevate our caffeine levels.

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We ordered the Mortadella Omelette and the Porridge with Rhubarb.

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Both were excellent as was the espresso. We also ordered a batch brew coffee to sip slowly – this is a great way to actually enjoy the complexity of a coffee rather than an espresso which we use for the caffeine hit.

On another occasion we arrived somewhat late for lunch on the way back into town from our warehouse where we had been dispatching wine to our customers. Once again, no problems. We were shown straight to a table and our menus arrived quickly.

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This time we ordered Pumpkin and Ricotta Tortelli as one dish and a Zucchini and Ricotta Pizzetta plus a side of chips (why not!). Both were cooked beautifully and were very tasty.

We followed with the 1000 Layers pastry which was artful and very, very delicious as you can see in the photo below.

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There is little doubt that Trophy Room will become a regular haunt of ours. One of the other things we should mention about this venue is a definite plus. Each time we have been there our orders have been placed on our table within a very reasonable time. There has never been a long wait as is the case in many other restaurants. Well done Trophy Room!

It you want to find out more about this great addition to the Hobart dining scene you can visit their Instagram site and you can also read about them in our survey of places to eat in Hobart here .

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An Aesthete’s Guide to Tasmania

Over the years, tasmania has become a sizzling hotbed of cultural and culinary dynamism..

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Tasmania, Australia’s island jewel, is no longer just a blip at the bottom of the map—over the years, it has become a sizzling hotbed of cultural and culinary dynamism, too. In the throes of an economic renaissance largely fueled by tourism, Tasmania is where festivals buzz with energy and gastronomy is an art form. This teardrop-shaped paradise is not just about rugged terrains, but a climate jackpot for wine connoisseurs . The island’s cool climate and pristine air have birthed a winemaking scene that’s turning heads and tantalizing palates. Then there’s Hobart, the cultural heartbeat of Tasmania. This capital city is a smorgasbord of farm-to-fork dining, bustling seafood hubs and the legendary Salamanca Market. 

But that’s just the appetizer. The cultural scene here, spearheaded by the awe-inspiring MONA, Australia’s largest private museum, is redefining contemporary art on a global scale. And for the design mavericks, the inaugural “Tasmania Makes” exhibition organized by Design Tasmania, running till March 2024, is a must-visit. This aesthete’s utopia is where local genius meets global appeal, featuring everything from micro-scale housing solutions to sustainable surfboard innovations, showcasing not just design, but a vision of a sustainable and creative future. Beyond the showcase, Tasmania is calling out to the style-savvy, the cultural aficionados and the culinary adventurers. Ready for an epic Tasmanian chapter in your travel diary? Read on to discover the best that this island has to offer.

Where to Stay

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12 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Architecturally, the Tasman it’s a triptych of time: the 1840s Georgian elegance, the 1937 Art Deco chic and the crisp lines of the new Pavilion. Architecture firms FJMT and Joseph Pang Design Consultants have played a clever hand here, threading these eras together with a distinctly Tasmanian touch. Think sassafras inlaid in illuminated Art Deco ceilings and a show-stopper blackwood bathtub in the St David’s Park Suite. The room choices are a designer’s trifecta with no luxury spared: Heritage for the classicists, Art Deco for the style-savvy and contemporary for the trendsetters. The Tasman’s location is also a knockout, a mere five-minute strut to Hobart hotspots like Narryna House and the MONA ferry.

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Saffire Freycinet

2352 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia

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Henry Jones Art Hotel

25 Hunter St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

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Clifton Homestead

2 Louisa St, Ranelagh TAS 7109, Australia

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Mona Pavilions

655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011, Australia

Crafted by Fender Katsalidis, each Pavilion salutes a groundbreaking artist or architect, marrying five-star luxury with Mona’s penchant for the unconventional. These architectural marvels, with their bold steel and glass, challenge traditional privacy norms. Two boast a dramatic diamond-shaped frame encasing a timber-clad bedroom sanctuary. A third adds a playful mezzanine, while the fourth stands as a tri-level spectacle, its aluminum façade and concrete accents melding into the native landscape.

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Museum of Old and New Art (MONA )

An essential stop for design enthusiasts, Hobart’s world-famous MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, is a cultural juggernaut that’s anything but ordinary. Its founder, David Walsh, an eccentric millionaire with a taste for the avant-garde, has created a subterranean space that defies typical museum norms: Arrive via a cargo-clad boat, a cruise that sets the stage for the unconventional experience that awaits. MONA’s collection is as eclectic as it gets, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to cutting-edge contemporary art, blurring lines between historical and modern, beauty and provocation. The museum employs “The O,” a location-aware device providing interactive curator’s notes and artist interviews, replacing traditional explanatory plaques. 

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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) 

Dunn Pl, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart is a must-visit for anyone with a keen eye for design and history. As Australia’s second-oldest museum, its roots trace back to the Royal Society of Tasmania, established in 1843, which underscores its rich historical significance. One of its highlights is the First Peoples Art and Culture department, boasting a global indigenous collection of over 12,000 objects and artworks. The museum doesn’t shy away from hosting blockbuster traveling exhibitions, providing visitors with a rotating glimpse into various art forms and cultures, such as colonial decorative arts and the poignant collection about the now-extinct thylacine (Tasmanian tiger).

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Salamanca Arts Centre

17–21 Salamanca Pl, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

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Design Tasmania

Corner of Brisbane and, Tamar St, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia

Design Tasmania, set in Launceston’s iconic City Park, is a hub for showcasing the island’s prowess in ceramics, metal, wood, glass and wicker design. The gallery is renowned for its light-filled space, making it the perfect backdrop to explore Tasmania’s design heritage. It houses a standout permanent collection of over 70 pieces of contemporary wood design, assembled since 1990. Design Tasmania’s “Tasmania Makes” exhibition, running until March 2024, features the innovative work of 12 local artists and designers, featuring creations like small-scale aging-in-place objects by an architect, sustainable surfboard materials by a lighting designer and composting toilet designs by a master ceramicist.

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The Drill Hall Emporium

187 Cimitiere St, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia

This one-time army drill hall, masterfully commandeered by a chic mother-daughter duo, is where utilitarian meets ornamental, catering to the globe-trotting, vintage-savvy buyers in search of rarities. It’s a haven for those seeking the unique and the exquisite in the world of antiques.

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Home Room Design

6 Bidencopes Lane Hobart, TAS 7000, Australia 

From one-off homewares to statement clothing and jewelry, Home Room Design is the epitome of hidden gem shopping, located in a discreet laneway. This spot is a magnet for inspiration, stocked with timeless décor, intricate jewelry and stunningly unique wares from both local Australian and select international designers. 

117 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Crafted by acclaimed interior designer Lucy Given, Luc is Tassie’s temple to eclectic home decor, art, fashion and furniture. For the connoisseurs of interior design, this is your playground, with a carefully curated collection that includes Cire Trudon, Tom Dixon and Dinosaur Designs, among other renowned brands. 

Where to eat

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1 Brooke St Pier, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Aloft, suspended above Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier, is a culinary gem that lives up to its Old Norse name, translating to a “lofty place.” Every detail is meticulously crafted, right down to the locally-made ceramic ware that graces your table. Catering to all tastes, whether you’re vegan, pescatarian or need gluten-free options, Aloft’s kitchen effortlessly tailors its menu to suit your preferences. Choose a counter seat for a front-row ticket to a culinary spectacle, where the chefs become stars of the show, expertly preparing dishes like savory mushroom dumplings or exotic wallaby tartare. 

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2b Salamanca Pl, Hobart TAS 7000

Peppina offers an Italian-inspired dinner experience. Its seating arrangement mirrors the intimate, communal dining style of European eateries, creating a unique atmosphere. The highlight here is the handmade pasta, crafted on-site with authentic flair, with dishes like the paccheri Genovese with wagyu beef shin and pork belly ragu—plating the essence of slow-cooked, passion-infused, love-laden cuisine. 

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Pigeon Hole Café

130 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Pigeon Hole is the epitome of organic and biodynamic harmony famed for its simple yet captivating menu that includes exceptional pastries (with dairy-free and gluten-free options, too). True to the café’s commitment to local culture, the café’s custom “Pigeonhole Chairs” are an extension of this ethos. Handcrafted by Jon Grant, a master craftsman from Derwent Valley, these chairs blend modern design with age-old artisan techniques, all created using hand tools to preserve the authenticity of craftsmanship.

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Salamanca Market

Salamanca Place, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Wander through over 300 lively stalls at this must-visit attraction, taking place each Saturday since 1972. It’s a veritable feast for the senses, with the market’s famous street food ranging from gourmet pies to sweet crepes and oven-baked potatoes made to order. Don’t miss the array of handcrafted jewelry, local wines and spirits and delicate ceramics. 

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