Tasmania isn’t always on everyone’s Australia bucket list, but here, local lass, Lucy Bradshaw tells us just why you should explore this intrepid southern island off the coast of Australia, and even gives us the lowdown on how to discover Tassie off the beaten track. So take in all this local’s Tasmania Travel Guide has to offer and redo your Aussie adventure bucket list!
Name: Lucy Bradshaw
Current Locations: Dodges ferry, Hobart, Tasmania
Occupation: Food & Beverage Attendant and full time Tasmania Instagrammer!
For those who haven’t been to Tasmania, what’s the climate and whether like?
Tasmania is well known for its ”four seasons in one day”. We have the best of it all really. Summers are getting hotter and hotter, winter is just stunning in Tasmania; with our snow covered mountain, which creates the ideal setting. Spring and autumn are equally beautiful as well, but my best advice would be to pack for all weather as it can change very quickly sometimes.
What other places should people check out outside of Hobart? Places like Lauderdale, Kingston, Huonville and Sorell are all growing in popularity.
Do you get out and about in Hobart much?
I try to as much as I can, Hobart has a great pub scene. Hobart has also embraced its winter months with events such as Dark MOFO and Festival of the Voices.
So where’s the best place to go out?
The Republic Bar & Café offers patrons a laid back pub vibe with great food and some of the best local, national and international musicians around.
Where’s the best place to go for dinner?
Once again you are spoiled for choice. North Hobart has a great stretch of cafes and restaurants and is just so hard to pick one. There are also Tasmanian businesses Like Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed that offer fresh local produce daily! The oysters that are served are from less than 1km away and the oyster beds can be seen from the venue.
Living in Tasmania, what would you say are the must visit locations for visitors who want to really experience the beauty of the landscape?
Cradle Mountain, Bruny Island, the Tasman Peninsula and the east coast of Tasmania is ideal for driving and walking experiences.
Where’s the most stunning view?
Mount Wellington offers the most breath taking view of Hobart, as it looks right over the city and gives you a 180 degree panoramic view.
What kind of wildlife do you come across when taking your photos?
In Tasmania we are very lucky and spoiled with an abundance of wildlife. I have come across our very venomous and deadly tiger snakes, sea eagles, wedge tailed eagles, wallabies, kangaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, platypus, dolphins – and if your lucky enough to have a boat or take one of the sea adventure tours you may come across seals, whales, albatross and maybe even a shark!
If someone wanted to experience Tasmania off the beaten track, what three places should they aim to visit?
Bushwalking would be one of the best ways to explore, as Tasmania has some world class heritage areas and spectacular scenery. Firstly, Shipstern Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula is where some of the biggest and heaviest waves are ridden by a few of the crazy local lads.
Secondly you must visit Wine Glass Bay, with beautiful walks and stunning views. And lastly the Arthur River is simply a stunning part of the world.
What single reason should people visit Tasmania for?
Tasmania has it all! Fresh clean air, stunning wilderness, fresh local produce right at our finger tips and surrounded by the beautiful ocean. I promise you’ll fall in love with this amazing state! our wilderness, food, wine and heritage are world class! So come and explore!
Images and words by Lucy Bradshaw
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