Undiscovered and pristine, see what Tasmania has to offer to you and your GFs this year!
No deadlines, boyfriends, husbands or house chores – just picturesque views, great conversations, and good food. It’s time to grab your BFFs and herd them down under, specifically Tasmania, for a wonderful, girls only, Instagram-worthy travel experience. For something that‘s a little closer to home, Tasmania boasts a long-list of exciting adventures to experience, see and do for the ultimate girls’ trip to remember!
Here are four types of vacation that you can plan for your next great girlfriend getaway . Get ready to swap your everyday heels for espadrilles and you can start by bidding adieu to the boys… and reality as you lose yourselves to the wonders of this island!
The Eco-Friendly Trip
Known to have some of the cleanest air in the world, Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders and stunning landscapes. Around forty percent of Tasmania is protected with national parks and reserves. Most of them are stunningly beautiful and within easy reach from major cities – and fret not, girls, Tasmania is known to be one of the safest places in the world.
Tasmania’s highlands host bright colours every autumn as the Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii) a.k.a. ‘fagus’ undergoes its annual colour change to golds, oranges and reds. Enjoy this spectacular sight as you take a leisurely walk through Mt Field National Park, one of Tasmania’s most loved national parks.
If you’re hoping to channel your inner Lara Croft, you and your squad should check out Wellington Park as it contains a wealth of wilderness right on Hobart’s doorstep, with majestic Kunanyi/Mount Wellington towering above the city. Only in Tasmania would you find so much wilderness and natural beauty so close to the city – 18,000 hectares of it just 20-minute drive away.
Rated by Lonely Planet as one of the best new places for travelers to stay in 2018, the Thousand Lakes Lodge, once an Australian Antarctic training camp, allows you to enjoy spectacular landscapes and glimpses of the local wildlife at the nearby UNESCO-listed site – Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Become one with nature as you and your girls marvel at the sight of the alpine sun rising from your comfort of your suite.
For the Beach Lovers
If you and your friends love visiting the beach, then the lot of you won’t be disappointed. The feeling of warm, salty breezes in your hair always gives off a sense of freedom. Plan a picnic at some of the best and loveliest beaches in Tasmania and take a dip in the sparkling cool waters, or watch white-capped waves crash on the shoreline and while the time away just catching up with your friends over some delicious cocktails. Take inspiration from Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia and embrace the sun-kissed skin and lustrous windswept hair – and perhaps film your own version of the musical while you are there.
The east coast of Tasmania is internationally recognized for its incredible beaches, including the world-famous Wineglass Bay and Bay of Fires. Bay of Fires is named by Lonely Planet as the hottest travel destination in the world, and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Australia so get your cameras ready for a squad photo during sunset!
The Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach on Maria Island are stunningly patterned sandstone etched by ground water percolating through the rock. The Cliffs are best viewed during low tide to allow safer access.
Take a drive along the Great Eastern Drive, extending between Orford in the south and St Helens in the north, and be blown away by sweeping views of the dramatic coastline, world-famous beaches and what Mother Nature has to offer.
For the Cultured
Tasmania may be known for its naturally stunning views, but this creative Australian state has many arts and cultural attractions beyond its too-beautiful-to-be-real landscape. Wander into these inspiring locations for an artsy experience you will not soon forget.
Blair Waldorf would be green with envy of you ladies – she may be the Queen of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but you ladies will be hitting the Museum of Old and New Art – Mona in Hobart, Tasmania! This is Australia’s largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. The collection includes everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. Catch a thrilling, high speed ferry from Hobart’s waterfront for a 30-minute ride up the Derwent River right up to the steps of the museum. If you are travelling to Tasmania in June, a not-to-be-missed event is Dark Mofo, Mona’s winter festival which is an annual pilgrimage south celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise.
Head to the Port Arthur Historic Site to learn about Port Arthur’s extraordinary evolution from a humble timber yard, to one of the country’s most feared penal settlements, to its life today as a World Heritage-listed and one of Australia’s best-loved tourist destinations. Take the time to explore the gallery’s interactive displays and exhibits and gain an understanding of the site’s history and the people who created it.
If time permits, wander through Sheffield, the town of murals. Delightful murals are painted on the side walls of the buildings throughout the town. Enjoy a vibrant and colourful trip down memory lane through art in Tasmania’s Outdoor Art Gallery.
The Gastronomical Trip
Tasmania is ripe for food lovers with some of the finest artisan cheeses in Australia, mouth-watering berries, crisp apples and pears, premium beef, specialty honey, fresh seafood and of course, a tipple or two!
The Cradle to Coast food trail assist you and your girlfriends in discovering all the finest produce in Tasmania’s beautiful, bountiful North West region. With rolling green hills and stunning coastal vistas as a backdrop, you will be welcomed into a world of berry sweet possibilities, paddock-to-plate dairy, dark fudge desires and malty cheer.
Every Sunday, a busy street in the heart of Hobart transforms into the bustling Farm Gate Market. The buzz starts well before sunrise, as farmers and producers from around Tasmania arrive and fill the street with their daily harvests. Trestle tables are laden with our island’s freshest seasonal produce from the sea and the land, heritage and heirloom varieties, seasonal foodie treasures and pantry staples. Staying true to what’s in season locally is reflected throughout the market; on fresh produce stalls, in artisan foods and foodie menus.
The Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory is a café and providore stocking 100 per cent Tasmanian produce from the best growers and producers across the state. An extensive wine list showcases fantastic wines, beers, ciders and spirits from boutique and small producers, with an ever-changing menu that takes advantage of fresh, local produce.
As you can see, Tasmania has got loads to offer for you and your girlfriends as it has diverse attractions from the loveliest and most romantic beaches to the arts and cultural scene unlike any other. Ladies, what are you waiting for? Send out a blast to your girls and start planning the ultimate girls’ trip in Tasmania. Psst! Remember, no boys allowed!