It is late spring time in Tasmania; summer is just around the corner. From October to December nature is blooming and Tasmania is full of garden and nature experiences. I am warmly inviting you to come and visit.
I can guide you through the Royal Botanical Garden; magnificent in every season, created in the late 1800s, the garden has an increasing number of important conservation collections of Tasmanian plants, trees and the world's only Sub-Antarctic Plant House. Prior to European settlement, local Aboriginal tribes used the site and traces of their occupation are still apparent. A number of historic structures, including two convict-built walls, date back to the Garden’s earliest days.
After winter the local mountain too is transforming, from the tall eucalyptus to the small alpine plants, spring shows itself in many forms, colours and shapes. The city and Mt Wellington tour, driving from the sea shore to 1270 meter high in only 20 km will bring you from the coastal landscape to alpine vegetation – an amazing experience in just a few hours. From the top you will experience the most amazing 360° view, from the seascape with its bays, peninsulas, white beaches and the beautiful Hobart city in the east to the wildly contrasting landscape of rugged mountains to the West.
While in Tasmania you must meet the famous Tasmania Devil in Richmond Bonorong Wildlife Park. I have an extensive local knowledge and will introduce to the unique Tasmanian fauna and flora. You can feed kangaroos and wallabies, pat the koala, and learn all about the local animals such as the wombat and the devil. Drive to the small historic town of Richmond for lunch, where everyone can enjoy a meal in the courtyard at the centre of the village or at the historic pub.
I can also take you to the Tasman Peninsula. Visit Port Arthur Historic site, where you will learn about the life of the convicts and early settlers in Tasmania. Be sure to take one of the 30-minute scenic cruises in the bay which allows you to gain a different perspective of the area and the historic site.
But Tasmania is even more surprising – nature and wilderness are everywhere on this island! Come on the Mt Field tour or the Tahune Airwalk and you will see the tallest flowering tree in the world reaching 100 meters, trees ferns and rain forest plants, waterfalls and peaceful countryside as we follow the picturesque Derwent or Huon rivers.
From Christmas to end of January it’s summer festival time in Hobart as the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race makes its way through the Bass Straight arriving in Hobart on 27 December. This is followed by the Gourmet festival “The Taste of Tasmania”, where you will be able to discover and taste the amazing range of natural food Tasmania produces, ranging from local fruits and berries to crayfish and other delicacies.
I would be delighted to share my love of this beautiful Island and ensure you have a wonderful time in Tasmania.
If you have more than a day to spend in this beautiful part of the world, Michelle can customize extended private tours around Tasmania. She can advise you on the best local restaurants and cafes where you can sample the different region’s diversity of cuisine and local produce. Please don’t hesitate to contact her before your next trip!