Four ways to experience Tasmania’s wild side
To a tee
Tasmania has some of the most scenic and quirky golf courses in the country. There are links perched on the edge of dramatic coastlines, holes scattered throughout sand dunes, and others surrounded by paddocks dotted with grazing sheep. Tasmania also claims four of the top 13 golf courses in Australian Golf Digest’s 2020 Australian Top 100: Cape Wickham Links and Ocean Dunes on King Island, and neighbouring links The Dunes and Lost Farm at Barnbougle in north-east Tasmania. Regardless of where you are in the state, with more than 65 courses in Tasmania, you’re never far from a fairway.
On the fly
Arguably the world’s purest strain of wild brown trout thrives in the fresh water of more than 3000 Tasmanian waterways, from central highland lakes and the broad rivers of the south to meadow streams in the north. Crystal-clear water allows superb sight fishing in season, from August to April. While many waters are closed for winter spawning, there are opportunities to fish year-round, including sea-run trout fisheries like the River Derwent, Huon River, Tamar River or Leven River, as well as lakes including Great Lake, Huntsman Lake, Lake Burbury and Craigbourne Dam. If you want to improve your fly casting, the off-season is a good time to consider lessons with a professional guide.
Boasting some of Australia’s deepest and longest caves, Tasmanian has a labyrinth of underground chambers and delicate rock formations hidden beneath its surface, and the easiest way to explore is on a guided tour. At Hastings Caves, experience the cool beauty of the underground in the decorated dolomite chambers, while above ground make a day of it with a rainforest walk and picnic lunch. At Mole Creek, see cave spiders and glow worms, explore the cavernous Great Cathedral chambers and listen to the trickling of underground streams as they flow through their rocky course.
Take to the water and paddle your way through pristine World Heritage wilderness, passing temperate rainforest and tranquil gorges, or float along the coast, exploring hidden bays and rocky shoreline. For a real back-to-nature adventure, raft down a remote river in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, or push out on a kayak at Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain. Paddle around granite coves and experience the marine life of Freycinet Peninsula, or glide through peaceful inlets on the Huon River.