Holiday Ideas In Tasmania Over The Chrismas New Year Period
Tasmania, Australia's most southern state, is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. With its convict heritage, famous World Heritage Listed Rain Forests and rugged beauty, Tasmania draws thousands of visitors a year. The Christmas period is a special time to visit "The Apple Isle", with a series of once a year events that help to make a visit to Tasmania, and especially its capital, Hobart, an even more special occasion.
View the Sydney to Hobart Yachts at Constitution Dock, Hobart
Arguably the most famous yacht race in the world today, The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is a gruelling test of man vs weather as a fleet of 100 yachts race over 630 nautical miles (1170km). Beginning in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, yachts begin to arrive in Hobart from around the 28th of December, weather permitting. By listening to local television and radio coverage, you may even be able to time arriving at Constitution Dock to see the winning yacht make its way triumphantly into the harbour. It is generally best to wait a couple of days after the leaders have arrived when there will be more than 30 yachts of various sizes and prices moored at the docks. It is a unique experience to get up close and personal with these technological wonders and often there is the opportunity to climb aboard the boats themselves, to see how the crew live for days on end in some of the worst sea conditions in the world. The yacht crews are generally also happy to answer questions, especially those of children, making this a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to learn more about these iconic yachts and the famous race in which they participate.
Constitution Dock has a carnival type atmosphere between the Christmas and New Year period, with marquees and displays set up for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, where visitors can check in real time race results and where yachts that have yet to finish are currently located. Stalls sell official merchandise and there is a variety of food and drink options and street entertainers to keep locals and visitors entertained for hours. This a special place to be in the days after the yachts arrive and a fantastic outing for the whole family on that special Tasmania escape holiday.
Taste of Tasmania, Food and Wine Festival, Hobart, Tasmania
Conducted from the 28th of December to the 3rd of January, Taste of Tasmania is Tasmania's premier food and wine festival, showcasing the wonderful variety of fresh produce, amazing restaurants and unique wineries of the Apple Isle. Conveniently located at Constitution Dock in Hobart and less than 100 metres from where the Sydney to Hobart yachts are moored, combining a visit to both events will ensure a fun filled day for the whole family.
Containing over 70 stalls, showcasing Tasmanian fresh produce such as raspberries and honey, restaurants, wineries and microbreweries, Taste of Tasmania will have something to delight the tastebuds of even the fussiest eaters. Perfect to experience on a summer's afternoon, with a seat overlooking the harbour, Taste of Tasmania provides plenty of undercover seating if the weather turns sour. With free entry and plenty of musical and theatrical entertainment provided, this festival really is terrific value, but the best value of all is in trying the cut price sample range provided at most stalls. With a wide variety of restaurants on display, including Indian, Ethiopian, Asian and Mediterranean as well as local freshly caught seafood, the biggest challenge will be deciding just which stalls to sample. Freshly made deserts and confectionary of all descriptions and topped with stunning fresh raspberries and cherries make the choices even harder but thankfully there are plenty of take away options. You will even find new boutique wineries making world class products to tell your friends and family about when you get home. A trip to Taste of Tasmania is highly recommended if you are lucky to be in Hobart during the Christmas/New Year period.
Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania
Located in the beautiful Salamanca Place, a restored historical area on the Hobart waterfront and a very short walk from Constitution Dock, The Salamanca Markets are the largest markets in Tasmania. Occurring every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm year round, the markets are opened additional days during the Christmas to New Year's period.
The area is stunning, set between beautiful trees and the sandstone facades of historic warehouses, thousands of locals and visitors make the pilgrimage to the markets to enjoy a fresh cooked breakfast, a fresh cup of coffee and the joy of seeing the best of Tasmania's art and craft. With over 100 stalls, featuring Tasmanian timbers, clothing, produce and confectionary, the whole family is sure to find that special Tasmanian keepsake. Free entertainment is provided throughout the day by roving buskers and drama and musical acts on the many green squares provided throughout the area. The permanent shops, restaurants and bars in the Salamanca Place precinct add additional shopping and eating options to the vast array offered at the market itself.
Experience The Amazing Fishing and Beauty In The Tasmanian Highlands
An engaging two hour drive from Hobart, Miena in the Central Highlands of Tasmania provides the perfect day trip to get out of the city and experience firsthand the rugged beauty of Tasmania. World renowned as one of the world's premier trout fishing locations, the lakes in the highlands are not only visually stunning but the perfect location to learn how to fly fish.
The village of Miena is located on the south west edge of The Great Lake, the largest lake in Tasmania and second largest in all of Australia. A trip to the lakes would not be complete without stopping for a counter meal at the famous Great Lake Hotel, a Tasmanian institution famous for its large serving sizes and cold beer. With breathtaking views overlooking the Great Lake, it is easy for the hours to quickly sweep by while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and friendly hospitality while watching the fishermen in the distance. The Great Lake Hotel also houses a convenience store and petrol station and has plenty of accommodation options to allow patrons to settle in for the night.
Being above the natural snow line but still easily accessible by car, it is not unheard of for snow to fall in even the middle of summer. If your timing is right you may even get to experience a white Christmas! The Great Lakes area is a wonderful place to bring the whole family and being centrally located, is the perfect place to stay before heading to the famous rain forests to the west or continuing north to Launceston.
For more great Hobart and Tasmania holiday activities and ideas, read The Best Attractions and Holiday Ideas In Hobart