Guide to Tasmania
Around an hour’s flight from Melbourne, the nearest mainland capital city, Tasmania is an island of contrasts. It is celebrated for its vibrant cities and country villages, ancient forests and tall sea cliffs, wonderful food and cool-climate wines, heritage and culture, wildlife and wilderness.
Wander Hobart’s historic cobblestone streets, immerse yourself in views of Wineglass Bay or hike through the World Heritage-listed wilderness that makes up 20 per cent of the island. Experience the island’s diversity against the backdrop of Australia’s latest twin golfing gems – Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm.
The State’s Capital – Hobart
Hobart is the perfect focal point for your southern Tasmanian journeys, with its scenic setting on the foothills of Mt Wellington and along the shores of the River Derwent. From Hobart, you’ll venture out to experience all the island’s attractions – south to Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Huon and the Channel; north along the Heritage Highway; north-west to national parks and highlands.
Bright spinnakers billow on the harbour. Historic warehouses look down on the bustle and fun of Salamanca Market. The craggy blue heights of Mt Wellington loom on the western horizon. To the south, the estuary broadens into the wide expanse of Storm Bay. Beyond is the vast emptiness of the Southern Ocean. Hobart is a city of sails, sandstone and sunshine – a place that combines a rich colonial past with contemporary art and culture; a place that has all the attractions of a state capital, wrapped up in a friendly, accessible, people-sized city.
It’s a city of seasonal festivity. Between December and January, The Taste Festival and the Sydney – Hobart racing fleet fill the docks with colour; in July, the Festival of Voices brings together thousands of singers from around the nation to celebrate the power of song. Hobart is a blend of charm and elegance; of heritage and sophistication; of spirit and style.
Traveling across the island state you will be immersed in a changing landscape that transforms from verdant rainforests, impressive peaks and highland lakes to impossibly white beaches, towering sea cliffs and cities that are not yet overwhelming. Often such contrasts are all experienced within a 90-minute drive.
The East Coast, north of Hobart, offers a completely different Australian beach experience. Meander along untracked soft white sand beaches or experience luxury guided walks through the Bay of Fires or Freycinet National Park. You can also have close encounters with the wildlife on Maria Island, discover the local wines and savour the fresh seafood.
Launceston, Tamar and the North are famed for the Tamar Valley vineyards and two of Australia’s top public golf courses: Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm. Launceston city itself is rich with Victorian era charm, award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping, arts and events.
Heritage and adventure mingle in good company around the region with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brickendon and Woolmers Estate nearby in Longford, Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, and Hollybank Treetops Adventure. The North West Coast provides a diverse range of experiences appealing to those with a desire for the different, an eye for the authentic and an appetite for excellence.
An escape to the West allows you to witness Tasmanian Devils feeding in the wild, reflect on a single malt at a whisky distillery, meet local artists and source the freshest local produce including cheese, chocolate, beer, truffles and, of course, seafood.
Golf in Tasmania
While about 20 per cent of Tasmania is World Heritage Area, not all of the green found in the state belongs to ancient forests. Travelers regularly pack their woods and irons when planning an adventure to Australia’s island state.
Their first stop – the mid-north coast to experience Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm.
Wide fairways, unforgiving roughs and undulating greens make Barnbougle Dunes the perfect challenge for all skill levels. Completed in 2004, this course has become an iconic Australian representation of the true links golf courses of Scotland and Ireland.
Designed by Bill Coore, the adjacent Barnbougle Lost Farm has rapidly earned a reputation as one of Australia’s best courses. Opened in late 2010, this magnificent links course with dramatic dunes and ocean vistas has raced into the World Top 100 rankings.
Tasmania’s other outstanding courses include the historic Tasmania Golf Course in Hobart, Australia’s first golf course and the Australasian Golf Museum in the Derwent Valley and the coastal course near Port Arthur. In Tasmania’s north there are scenic courses concentrated around Launceston, Devonport and Ulverstone.
The weather of Tasmania can differ greatly from other Australian weather zones. Tasmania has a temperate maritime climate, so while it gets both hot and cold, there are seldom vast extremes of temperature. On mainland Australia weather is generally more arid and, particularly in some states, less seasonally defined than weather in Tasmania. Those from northern Australia would find winter on the chilly side, but it is a beautiful time of year with crisp clean air and low rainfall in many locations.
Map of golf courses & other attractions in Tasmania:
- Tasmania’s Whisky Trail
- MONA — Museum of Old & New Art
- Hobart — Salamanca Markets & Historic Battery Point
- Tasmania’s World Heritage Convict Sites
- Cradle Mountain & the Lake St Clair National Park
- Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
- Tamar Valley Wine Route
- Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links
- Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links