Tasmania, the tiny jewel of an island off the southeastern coast of Australia, has it all. As a state of Australia, it has the charm and ambiance for which the country is so well known, in addition to an incredible diversity of landscape and scenery, numerous outdoor pursuits, world famous food and wine, and welcoming locals. For your indulgence, you’ll find luxurious and remote wilderness lodges, romantic beach retreats, and elegant city inns. All of these are the perfect ingredients for a unique, adventurous, and romantic honeymoon…truly an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
Adventure and the Outdoors
Over a third of Tasmania is designated as National Park and World Heritage Area, perfect for outdoor pursuits. Each day presents a new opportunity…hiking, biking, kayaking, fly fishing, quad biking, scuba diving, and more. Nature viewing is inevitable in these protected areas, and a guided hike will reveal the rare plant survivors of the ancient southern super continent, Gondwana, as well as the local critters such as the infamous Tasmanian Devil, Quoll, Echidna, Kangaroo, Wallaby, Possum and Platypus. My favorite encounter was at the start of a hike one day, when we ran across a mama wallaby and her little joey peeking curiously out of her pouch…they both seemed to enjoy the limelight, graciously posing for photos until we continued on our way. What a treat…and very typical of Tasmania!
Culture, People & History
One of the greatest appeals of Tasmania is the friendly nature of the locals…always welcoming and ready with engaging chatter. They are so interested in showing you all that is special about Tasmania, and their enthusiasm for their state is infectious.
One particularly unique experience that every visitor to Tasmania should have is a visit to Kate’s Berry Farm. Kate is an incredibly enterprising woman with a booming fresh fruit business…all on a little farm with beautiful coastal views. And the product is as local as it gets…jams, sauces, wines…and don’t leave without a heaping scoop of ice cream!
For the history buffs, you’ll revel in Port Arthur penal colony, built almost entirely by the convicts themselves in the 1800s.
Scenery & Variety
Dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, highland lakes, lush forests, and charming towns…Tasmania has it all. But don’t expect to cover a lot of ground in one day – with so much unspoiled land, the roads can be quite rural.
Food & Wine
Think gourmet! The Tassies are known for some of the greatest delicacies – fresh local cheeses (don’t miss the Wasabi Cheddar, it’s divine!); chocolates (visits to the Cadbury’s and Anvers factories are a must); Barilla Bay oysters (melt-in-your-mouth delicious)… and all accompanied by some of the best wines in the world. Pure heaven!
Seasonality & Time
Tasmania enjoys four distinctly different seasons, and each one has its own unique pleasures and appeal. Generally it is warmer on the coast and cooler inland. Their seasons are the opposite of ours – summer is December through February, and winter is June through August.
Because of the flight time to Tasmania (approx 16 hours from Los Angeles) and the time it takes to travel within the country, we recommend at least 2 weeks for your Australia honeymoon. You could easily spend all this time in Tasmania, or you could combine it with the cosmopolitan, outback, or tropical areas of Australia.
While there is no doubt that traveling to Australia is certainly a benefit to the job I do, it’s also the reason that we can help select the right destination and provide a honeymoon itinerary that matches each couple’s personalities and interests. With such a personal love for a destination, it’s easy for us to create an itinerary with an image in mind of how the couple will enjoy it, from start to finish.
I am truly excited for every couple who will have the opportunity to travel to Tasmania, especially for a honeymoon – it is a dream trip that will be remembered for a lifetime. Chances are you’ll fall in love with Tasmania and Australia as I have, and will already be planning your next trip before the honeymoon is even over. That is the magic of a voyage down under.