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Living it up, Tassy style

Hobart, with its scenic setting on the foothills of Mt Wellington symbiotic with the shores of River Derwent, was the perfect focal point of the southern Tasmanian — or the Tassy — experience.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2010 01:21 IST
Rupali Dean

Hobart, with its scenic setting on the foothills of Mt Wellington symbiotic with the shores of River Derwent, was the perfect focal point of my southern Tasmanian — or Tassy — experience.

We flew from Melbourne to Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania, in about an hour. Once there, we jumped into a rental car and headed straight to find the hidden treasures of this often forgotten state, that’s filled with beauty, wilderness and a rugged personality.

Driving down Tasmanian roads is a wonderful and unique experience as wildlife, historic sites, quaint cities, and much more unfold along the way.

Airwalk and adventure
Inside the pristine Huon Valley, the air walk was our great Tasmanian Escape. It goes a short way before going on a 90 degree turn. The most exciting part of Tahune Airwalk was close to the cantilever platform that was suspended 48 metres above the ground by only one end. Interestingly, the dramatic cantilever platform wobbles when the wind blows strong. It is at this point the forest opens up and you can see the awesome confluence of the mighty Picton and Huon Rivers within the mountains.

Heady at Houn Jet
After a delicious lunch of a taste plate with pinot noir and chardonnay at the Home Hill Winery restaurant, we were ready for our next adventure. We got onto the jet boat from the pontoon, and headed up the river for about 12 km, passing by old jetties and a natural vegetation belt that included small Huon pines. It sure was an exhilarating 35 minute ride up the gentle rapids on the most scenic river.

Juicy at Sorell Farm
Sorell, one of the oldest towns in Tasmania is a 20 minute drive from Hobart. At the Sorell Fruit Farm, one gets to pick all sorts of stone and berry fruits of the season. Later, we devoured a good Chinese meal nearby. A perfect way to end my Tassy holiday… what say?

Fast Facts

Best way to Reach:
Fly Qantas from India to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney or Adelaide and then take a connecting flight to Hobart. Qantas is the local carrier and the most economical.

Visa and Currency:
Indians need an Australian Visa to enter Tasmania. The currency used is the Australian dollar, which is equal to Rs 42 (approximately).

Best place to stay:
Wrest Point, 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, Hobart. It boasts the most fantastic location in the city, flawless service and comfortable rooms and prices.

Best way to move around: Rent a car and self drive, the real Tassy style. Or book guided tours with Grayline.