Why We Think Tassie Is A Winner For 2015

22 October 2014

Lonely Planet has declared Tasmania to be the apple (isle) of travellers' eyes in 2015. Our southernmost state won a coveted spot on Lonely Planet's 'top 10 regions for 2015' list, and we're inclined to agree!

In honour of Tassie's prestigious fourth position on the charts, here are four reasons we think Tasmania is a winner – for 2015 and well beyond. Leave the kids at home for this one: it's a whisky-sipping, wine-swilling, truffle-eating adventure on the Apple Isle!

1. The Food

 They don't call it the Apple Isle for nothing!

Lonely Planet's top 10 regions were decided based on "topicality, excitement, value and that special x-factor", according to Sales and Marketing Director Chris Zeiher. If X marks the spot, then Hobart is where you'll unearth a treasure-trove of gourmet delights.

This unassuming capital is a foodie's dream, bursting at the seams with small-batch distilleries, cool-climate wineries, artisan markets and humble roadside fruit stalls.

If you enjoy paddock-to-plate dining, calling in on craft breweries or ambling along cheese trails, Tasmania will not disappoint. Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal named Tassie the "next foodie destination", praising its fresh seafood plucked straight from ice-cold waters and local orchards that heave with plump stone fruit. Tasmania is definitely ripe for the picking!

2. The Scenery

 Time to reflect at Cradle Mountain

"The island state already contains a lifetime’s worth of adventures," says Lonely Planet, but 2015 is set to up the ante of outdoor pursuits, with a new stretch of coastline open for exploration.

An 82-kilometre track will trace the sea-washed cliffs around the Tasman National Park, in Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service's most ambitious project yet.

The pink granite peaks of Freycinet, the sandy frosted rim of Wineglass Bay, and the enchanted mossy trails of Cradle Mountain make Tassie a true natural beauty. Around 40 per cent of the state is draped in protected national parks and reserves – prime landscape for those who love to lace up their hiking boots.

3. The Culture

 The one and only MONA gallery

"It’s great to be us right now," says Tourism Tasmania's David Cox, and he's not wrong! A rich colonial backstory is, of course, one of Tassie's big drawcards, with Heritage-listed convict sites are speckled around the isle, but the island state's appeal isn't a thing of the past.

From January's Taste of Tasmania food festival, which draws epicurious travellers from across the Bass Strait, to the Museum of Old and New Art (a gallery more likely to make Mona Lisa gasp than smile), Tasmania is always up to something.

Not to mention the iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a traditional Boxing Day affair in many Australian households. Judging by this jam-packed social calendar, Tassie is no longer a 'non-event' as some may have once scoffed.

4. The People

 Cheers to the island life!

The capital may sometimes be referred to as 'Slowbart', but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In this frantic and frenzied modern age, we yearn for a long weekend or any sliver of opportunity to hit the brakes and put our feet up. Finding that perfect work-life balance is a tricky thing, but Tassie locals seem to have it down pat.

Tasmanians may often be at the receiving end of some harmless mockery, but they are the ones having the last laugh. Tassie locals know how to stop and smell the roses and take life as it comes.

From sloe gin to the slow food movement, Tasmania is a destination to be savoured, and 2015 has been pegged as the year to indulge.

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Click here find out Flight Centre's 'Top 10 for 2015'

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Ashton Rigg

When I'm not at home in Brisbane, you’ll find me wanderlusting around hipster bars, eclectic boutiques and arty nooks. From bagels in Brooklyn to strudel in Salzburg, I believe the best way to experience a destination is by taking a bite! Tweets & 'grams at @AshtonRigg