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Travel guide Tasmania for Wine Appreciation


Review - Walton House
By Hannah Kothe

Luxury holiday accommodation: Walton House Huonville, Tasmania Walton House is an historic, AAA rated, 4 1/2 star bed and breakfast in Huonville in southern Tasmania and certainly lives up to its promise of luxury. With a record of 5 out of 5 for every guest review it has received on TakeABreak, Walton House is most definitely a loved and celebrated property and a deserving winner of the 2008 TakeABreak National Award for Best Luxury Holiday Accommodation. Huonville, just 35 minutes south of Hobart, is a small town known as the fruit bowl of Tasmania and produces more than 50% of Tasmania’s apples. The town (population 1,700) sits on the banks of the tranquil Huon River, surrounded by the colourful orchards. The famous slow-growing Huon pine tree can be spotted throughout the l... Read more

Editor's Choice - Hargate
By Lisa Monk

When it comes to things to see and do, and areas of immense natural beauty, Tasmania has more than its fair share… and Launceston certainly punches above its weight with so many sights to see, things to do, and experiences to enjoy and indulge in.  Known as ‘The Valley of the Senses’ thanks to the many flowers of the nearby Cataract Gorge, Launceston also has myriad restaurants, cafes and gourmet outlets to further tempt your senses. It is the third oldest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Hobart and has magnificent examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture, giving the city a mellow sense of history. Hargate sits very comfortably in Launceston, being a heritage listed Queen Anne Federation home built between 1900 and 1903.  It is a short drive from t... Read more

Review - Pendragon Hall
By Justin Wastnage

120 Goulburn Street West Hobart This converted church is distinctive in style and the musical welcome you receive from the owners – along with the amazing interior – really sets this property apart. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Pendragon Hall different? It is very rare to be able to sleep inside a genuine old church.  Waking up to the sunlight streaming through the enormous stained glass windows was magical and the 25m high ceilings give a sense of space you would never have experienced before.    Accommodation overview The church is one large hall with two double four-poster beds – complete with curtains. The king-size master bed is at one end of the nave (and is screened) and it is lit by a magnificent four-panel ... Read more

Safety tips for travelling in Australia
By Lisa Monk

Those of us who live in Australia grow up understanding the joys, dangers and safety rules that make it such a great place.  However, many visitors to our country find Australia an alien, but starkly beautiful country, and they have little or no understanding of the best way to stay safe and enjoy their time here. A few very simple rules can help to make a visit to Australia a safe and pleasurable experience, and Tourism Australia has a brochure available for download that lists safety tips in a variety of languages. Driving tips One of the first things to remember is that speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia, more so than in many countries overseas.  Generally, when driving in urban and suburban areas, the speed limit is between 50 and 60 kilometres per hour. When ... Read more

The Wild West - On Wheels
By Bruce Mumford

If you want to see Tasmanian wilderness, but see it in comfort, then the West Coast is the place.  Strahan, tucked inside Macquarie Harbour, is in many ways the tourist capital of Tasmania, and with good reason.  Your first stop there should be the Tourist Information Centre on the harbour-front which has plenty of useful information and there is a theatrical play ‘The Ship That Never Was’, on there every day.  The Ship that Never Was tells the amazing story of the last convicts on Sarah Island who escaped on the ship they built, sailing it out “Hell’s Gates” and all the way to Chile.  If you’re disabled however, you might find the rustic planks surrounding the centre rather hard to negotiate.  The entrance isn’t that e... Read more

Huon Valley and d’Entrecasteaux Channel
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Have you ever watched a movie – probably a period romance or nostalgic film – and thought to yourself, “Places like this don’t really exist!”? You know – where everything seems utterly perfect…lovely rolling hills, calm waters, flowers and trees everywhere, and a sense that the locals are truly content. It’s not possible, right? A place where there is no hustle or bustle, where people take the time to laugh together, to savour good food and wine, and locals practise fly fishing, not caring too much if the fish choose to bite. The good news is – such a place really does still exist, and it’s in the southern part of Tasmania.   When you arrive in the region, which is home to the Huon Valley and the famous d’Entrecast... Read more

Launceston
By Kylie Jane Degeling

This delightful Tasmanian city nestled in the Tamar Valley is often nicknamed The Valley of the Senses. Some believe the reason for this nickname is the aromatic and colourful flowers of Cataract Gorge. Others consider the city’s reputation for fine wines and gourmet food to be the main reason. But in reality, it is due to all of these, as well as the caress of gentle breezes and lush moss, the sounds of rushing water in the Gorge during floods, and the songs of regional birds in the abundant bushland. Founded in 1805, this historic city is actually the third oldest in Australia (with Sydney and Hobart being the first and second respectively). It was originally called Patersonia, after Lieutenant Colonel Paterson (coincidentally, one of my distant relatives) but he later changed it ... Read more

Terrific Tasmania
By Penny Parsons

Tasmania’s Effervescent East Discover Launceston and the many roads to Hobart. There are many things to do in Tasmania at any time of the year. If it’s not the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race, it's the cool-climate wine regions, gourmet produce and Hobart’s Cascade beer. Tasmania is usually remembered as being the ‘Apple Isle’, or for Hobart and the convict settlements that were housed nearby. We’re going to start in the North East with Launceston, home of Boag’s. Brewery tours are one of Launceston’s most popular attractions. Launceston is Australia’s third oldest city, behind Sydney and Hobart, quite a claim to fame really, but probably one on the whole overlooked. It is the second largest city in Tasmania, the main city ... Read more

Need to get away
Australia
By Penny Parsons

Do you just need a break from the hum drum of every day life? Escape from the city, for a weekend, or a longer getaway! The average Australian takes holidays twice a year, and most often we travel with families and friends, including children, according to recent research commissioned by Take A Break Away. Australian holidaymakers most often choose to stay in self-contained accommodation, either an apartment or a house, followed closely by bed and breakfast properties and guesthouses. It seems we like access to self-catering facilities so we can do our own thing, relax and fire up the barbeque. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions How do we decide where to go? We look at location and availability, as well as personal recommendations from friends and relatives. More and more we are using the... Read more

North Western Tasmania and Wynyard
By Liz and Steve van Ommen

The North West of Tasmania is distinctive for its rich volcanic soil and rolling patchwork quilt of pasturelands. It is particularly famous for Cradle Mountain, the Stanley Nut and Boat Harbour. Increasingly it is becoming famous for the Tarkine wilderness, the world's second  largest temperate rainforest. In between these icons there are a multitude of natural and cultural attractions. Volcanoes and glaciers of the distant past have  shaped the entire area and have given rise to a great diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. There are a host of waterfalls, lakes, mountains and rainforests, valleys, plains, sand dunes and beaches. The seaside town of Wynyard, at the base of Table Cape, has a range of quality accommodation and restaurants making it an ideal base to explore... Read more

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