Tasmania What is known for


Go with the Southern Hemisphere's seasons in mind. Think cool nights and brisk hikes in the winter (June to August), green countrysides and blooming tulips in the spring (September to November), warm weather and local festivals in the summer (December to February), and mild temperatures and fresh produce in the fall (March to May). Book your flight from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, Australia, on board Qantas or Virgin Blue airlines, which fly to Launceston Airport daily. qantas.com; virginblue.com

Stay just outside the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park at Risby Cove. The waterfront accommodations look out from Strahan, on the west coast of the island. Rates start at $200. risby.com.au Sip a Raspberry Fizz drink, which is made with soda and fresh, pureed raspberries, at Raspberry Farm Cafe in Elizabeth Town. raspberryfarmcafe.com Sample Tasmania's wine and cheese selection at Ashgrove Cheese. Try the Bush Pepper, a spicy perrey cheese that's flavored with native pepper. Pair it with a glass of peppery pinot noir. Gift packages available from $7.40. ashgrovecheese.com.au

Spy devils in the sanctuary at Cradle Mountain National Park. devilsatcradle.com Cruise down the Pieman River from Corinna to Pieman Heads and then hop in an all-terrain vehicle and travel to Granville Harbour. The historical tour is available through Corinna Wilderness Experience for $157.50. corinna.com.au Replenish your supply at Davie's Grand Central Station, a fine-foods grocery masquerading as a convenience store just outside of Launceston. 011-03-6331-9422

Learn more at discovertasmania.com.