Tasmania has become one of the focal points of the Australian food scene, with incredibly fertile fields and fantastic farmland producing some of the finest ingredients in the land. While MONA, amazing trekking trails and the city centres of Hobart and Launceston certainly have plenty to see and do, you’d have to be plum crazy to skip the chance to devour the delectable dishes and drinks while on the island.
Grab a hire car and set course for these hotspots, which cater to a wide variety of tastes and interests and put a whole new spin on what this great state has to offer. Check out the map to plan out your itinerary!
Just north of Launceston
Tassie’s tasty Tamar Valley is a wonderful chance to check out the state’s thriving wine region. With about 50km of wonderful vineyards and orchards to check out along the winding banks of the Tamar River, you won ’t be short of stunning stops during your travels.
Anabel’s of Scottsdale
About 61km (an hour) northeast of Launceston in Scottsdale
As wonderful for its proximity to major attractions in northeast Tasmania as it is for its scenery and setting, Anabel’s of Scottsdale is worth a stop even if you’re not going to stay the night. Grab a glass of wine and indulge on the patio of this heritage property, surrounded by wonderful bunches of blooms.
Pyengana Dairy Company
About 136km (2 hours) southeast of Launceston in Pyengana
Tasmania has several quality farm gate experiences in the east, in which you can hop out of your hire car and get up close and personal with rural life. Pyengana Dairy Company is perhaps the best, giving you the chance to munch on award-winning cheese and homemade ice cream concocted from milk made metres away.
About 15km (15 minutes) from Hobart in Cambridge
Before totally skipping town, make sure you hit Sullivan’s Cove, one of the brightest jewels in Tasmania’s whisky crown. This beloved producer has a distillery just outside of the Hobart CBD in Cambridge.
Fat Pig Farm
About 56km (55 minutes) southwest of Hobart in Glaziers Bay
The focal point of chef Matthew Evans’s Gourmet Farmer on SBS, Fat Pig Farm puts you in the heart of some of Tasmania’s incredible local produce. With just metres to travel from farm to table, the set menu is bursting with seasonal ingredients sourced from just outside the open kitchen. While you’re there, tour the farm itself and learn a bit more about what makes the region’s food so irresistible.
Ferry from Kettering takes 20 minutes
This should probably be on your to-do list anyway, but the wonderful artisanal culinary delights on Bruny Island make it a great spot to check out on an empty stomach. From boutique cheese and chocolate to oysters and fresh fruit, there’s a little something for most tastes on the island. One caveat; you’ll want to clear a trip over to Bruny Island in your hire car with your supplier, as some get a bit antsy about vehicles cruising around over there.
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park is one of the most photographed locations in the whole country, so it’s only natural that there’s pristine plates to match such delicious views. The Bay at Freycinet Lodge serves up fantastic food with a view. Book in for a meal during sunset time.
Freycinet Marine Farm
Freycinet Marine Farm takes full advantage of the wonderful seafood on its doorstep, serving up tasty oceanic morsels of the sea to be enjoyed on their lovely deck or taken away. Oysters and mussels are local favourites, while the produce gathered by local fishermen includes scallops, abalone and rocklobster.
60km (1 hour) southwest of Hobart in Geeveston
Some people have declared Masaaki Koyama the best sushi chef in all of Australia, so you know his fresh fish joint must have plenty going for it. Small and unassuming, the brick and mortar location of Masaaki’s Sushi in Geeveston provides incredibly fresh fish from the beloved surfing sushi chef of Tasmania. You’ll have to be organised to get a seat—open on Friday and Saturday afternoons, this spot is booked up for months in advance.
The Agrarian Kitchen
42km (40 minutes) northwest of Hobart in Lachlan and New Norfolk
Almost nothing is wasted at The Agrarian, including your time. One of the most revered foodie finds in all of Tasmania, the brainchild of Rodney Dunn and Séverine Demanet started as a cooking school that exists to this day. Then, in 2017, the two opened up The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store for those who just wanted to grab a bite to eat. Whether honing your skills or just grabbing some food, you’ll be getting your hands on amazingly fresh ingredients produced by local growers and fishermen, with some of the food originating at the school’s garden and farm.
Grab a towel and wipe that drool off your chin; it’s time to start planning how you’re going to eat and drink your way through Tassie!
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