tasmania’s tasty treats

tasmania oysters australiaUntil recently, Tasmania’s biggest claim to fame was inspiring the folks at Disney to turn the Tassie Devil into a cartoon character. But this small island in the far south of Australia is in the throes of a revolution: a food revolution that is, as Intrepid’s Cassie Harrex explains…

“With world-class wines, some of the country’s best cheeses and a whole host of organic vegetables on offer, anyone who loves their food can’t afford to leave Tasmania off their must-see Australia list.

For a long time I underappreciated Tasmania. Growing up in the foothills of Cradle Mountain, I felt as far away from the rest of the world as possible. As soon as I was old enough to get out I did, but my newfound freedom left me longing for my home state where the air was cleaner, the people were friendlier and the food (unless you wanted a mango or anything remotely ‘exotic’) was always fresh.

After 10 years travelling, I returned to Tasmania for a six-day Intrepid trip this year and was stunned with what I found. Tasmania, a place that has always had a strong horticultural heritage, was finally capitalising on what it does best – growing good food. Gourmet delis stood next to craft shops, commercial farms were now open to the public and a wealth of ‘pick your own raspberries’ and ‘seconds cherries’ signs were propped along major roads.

Strolling through Hobart’s iconic Salamanca Market, the wealth of this revolution revealed itself in all its splendour. We picked up loaves of sourdough, bags of heirloom tomatoes, tubs of thick yoghurt and a pot of still warm honey. Sitting along the waterfront with our self-styled picnic it was hard to believe there was a meal that could top this.

Heading north, we wound along the East Coast, an area known for its beachside national parks and secluded bays. We spent a day hiking through the Freycinet National Park and headed into town at night to buy trays of fresh scallops and oysters caught that day. Those meals were some of the best I’ve had. There was nothing fancy about them, but the fresh produce spoke more than any fine-dining experience.

Returning home at the end of my trip I had a new appreciation for my home state. While many know about the beauty of the landscape and the world-famous walks, I think it’s the food that makes Tassie truly spectacular. For anyone with a healthy appetite Tasmania is guaranteed to delight. So go now, and go hungry – I promise you Tasmania will delight.”

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Tasmania Wild – 7 days

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* photo by Angelica Tan – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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I was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia, and enjoyed a short trip to Tasmania in 1962, with my boyfriend on his Vespa scooter, which proved not powerful enough to negotiate the hills on that wonderful island. So, we abandoned it, and resorted to hitchhiking, including catching a train somewhere along the north coast area. I would love to return and explore this unique area. I don’t remember anything special about the food, but the scenery is spectacular! I have lived in Canada since 1966, but long to visit areas of Australia, especially West Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, that I have not spent time in.

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