Tasmania is the smallest and southernmost island State of Australia. The State capital city is Hobart, with Launceston the second largest city with a population around 85,000. Agriculture is particularly important to the State’s economy, accounting for around 10% of Gross State Product.
Farms are generally very diversified; commonly a farm has sheep for wool and meat, beef cattle, plus irrigated a dryland crops. Our dairy farmers are very efficient, with the average herd size currently at 350 cows. Around 75% of the milk is processed into products for export. We produce around 50% of the world’s supply of pharmaceutical opiates (codeine and related alkaloids) and Tasmania produces around 60% of the world’s natural pyrethrum insecticide. Our relatively cool to mild climate favours production of fresh and processed vegetables, pome and stone fruits (particularly apples and cherries), berry fruits during summer, essential oils (peppermint, fennel), cool-climate wine as well as cereals for feed and processing (particularly malt). The largest contributor to farm gate value is the dairy industry.
Although our climate is generally wetter than most of Australia, and we have more surface water than other Australian States, nearly all crops rely on summer irrigation. The State and Federal Governments are investing jointly with farmers in district and regional irrigation schemes, and delegates will see some of these schemes, and hear of the benefits the investments are bringing to the State.
There are many opportunities for IFMA22 delegates to see and do other fantastic things while in Tasmania, fitting around the Congress (Sunday 3 March to Friday 8 March 2019), or before the Pre-Congress Tour (Sunday 24 February to Sunday 3 March). Remember the Congress is in Launceston, and the Pre-Congress tour starts in Hobart and finishes in Launceston, and will take visitors southeast of Hobart, then along the east coast and northern Midlands to Launceston.
Sadly, the Pre-Congress Tour misses the wonderful wilderness areas of the northwest and west coasts – a week is not enough to see those areas as well as the more significant agricultural areas that are presently included in the tour. If you are interested in seeing more of Tasmania, here are a some options:
Tasmania offers a wide range of world-class experiences.
Our island state is renowned for our fresh food, wine, award-winning whisky and pristine wilderness. We encourage you to take the opportunity to extend your stay in Tasmania and enjoy some of our unique experiences.
Arrive in Launceston, and drive along the northwest coast, then south through wilderness areas, past Cradle Mountain Reserve, on to Queenstown, and via the Derwent Valley to Hobart (allow 6-7 days). You could then return to Launceston via the Midland Highway (3 hours driving), or join the Pre-Congress tour in Hobart.
For car hire, accommodation and tour itineraries around Tasmania we suggest you contact TasVacations.
Tasmania is renowned the world over for its bushwalking tracks, wilderness areas and pristine natural beauty. And even though Tasmania is a small island state of Australia, with a total population of around 500,00 people, some 20% percent of its land area is protected that in turn provides plenty of places to go bush walking in Tasmania for beginners, intermediate and experienced walkers.
- Three Capes Track
- Overland Track
- Walls of Jerusalem
- Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach
- Cape Hauy
- Shipstern Bluff
If you would like to experience bush walking in the wilderness areas and see more of the western half of Tasmania, then there are many options. Tasmanian Expeditions (and other companies) offer a guided walk through the Cradle Mountain Reserve
Another option that has already interested several IFMA members is a 7-day program of guided day walks available through AusWalks (with a Tasmanain ex-farmer as the guide), with overnight accommodation in hotels or lodges. If there is sufficient interest the program can be revised specifically to suit the interests of the IFMA member group. A preliminary plan starts in Launceston on Monday 18 February, travelling via Cradle Mountain Reserve and Queenstown to arrive in Hobart on Sunday 24th, ready for the Pre-Congress tour. Alternatively, the program could take place during the week of the Pre-Congress tour.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Tasmania’s varied terrain is ideal for cycling and biking – from cross country to downhill, to relaxing rides along quiet country roads with scenic coastal views. In Tasmania you can do everything from an easy one-hour scenic ride through to a three-week cycling holiday along Tasmania’s West Coast, listed by Lonely Planet as one of the best cycling routes in the world. And if the hills on the West Coast are a little confronting then you can still enjoy a fantastic ride along Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. For the more adventurous, there are mountain bike parks and trails found across the state. Many are within easy reach of our major cities, including Hobart’s Mount Wellington, Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park and Clarence Mountain Bike Park.
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We have trout fishing equal to the best in the world, with streams that are easily accessible. You just need a licence. Click here for further information.
Food and Drink
Tasmania’s rich soil, pure air and clean water, inspire dedicated growers to produce a truly authentic food and drink experience. Tasmania is a great place to learn about and try fresh produce. You can find it at farmers markets and in local eateries, from cheap and cheerful pubs to high-end bars and restaurants. You can even stop and buy from roadside stalls – in Tasmania you’ll still find honesty boxes all around the state. Tasmania is also home to some of Australia’s leading cool climate wines with our pinot noir and sparkling wines attracting the interest of wine makers from around the world. Our clean, green environment is also ideal for producing cider, whisky and gin. You’ll find our boutique breweries and distilleries showcasing their wares at cellar doors where you can sample the produce and talk to the maker. Foodies can learn how to prepare amazing plates at cooking schools, pick fresh produce straight from the source and sample excellent dishes and produce at food festivals and master classes.
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Launceston & The North
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Cataract Gorge Reserve on the South Esk River is a unique natural formation just minutes from central Launceston.
The Gorge has walking tacks, swimming pool, the world’s longest single span chairlift, a restaurant, cafe, a suspension bridge and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. Peacocks and native wildlife add to the experience.
Josef Chromy Winery
The Josef Chromy Cellar Door & restaurant, located in the estate’s original homestead, is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Warm yourself by the open log fire and take in the views over the vineyard, winery and lake. Here, you can taste fine cool climate wines and sample fresh Tasmanian produce. Enjoy a light lunch or gourmet snack, taste rich Tasmanian cheeses or buy a fresh hamper from the delicatessen and dine alfresco in the grounds.
James Boags Brewery
Discover the ultimate beer lover’s experience; take a tour of James Boag’s historic brewery in Launceston, Tasmania.
Tours start and finish at the Boag’s Centre for Beer Lovers; situated in the historic Tamar Hotel, open seven days a week. The Centre features a museum, gift shop and a bar and cafe, where you can taste our beer or enjoy a coffee and light lunch.
Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail
The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is designed to help you discover the best artisanal producers this special region of Tasmania has to offer. Stretching from Launceston to Devonport and on to Stanley in Tasmania’s far North West, the trail highlights artisanal producers committed to sustainable practices and making the most of this unique environment to create world-class, award-winning produce. With more than 20 makers on the trail, you’re sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds.
Hollybanks Treetops Adventures
Hollybank Treetops Adventure is one of Tasmania’s most thrilling adventures. Visitors glide over the treetops in this fantastic 3 hour adventure forest experience, gaining a birds eye view of our beautiful forest. There are 6 different platforms (Cloud stations) which visitors fly to. The highest Cloud Station is at 23 metres above the ground, and the highest point, is when flying over the Pipers River, at 50 metres above the ground. This award winning adventure is suitable for most ages, 3yrs – 90+ yrs. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
QVMAG is Launceston’s arts, cultural and creative heartbeat and gateway to local history and character. It enjoys a national profile for its collections of Australian colonial art, decorative arts and design, Tasmanian history and natural science.
The QVMAG is located on two sites: the 1870s era railway workshop at Inveresk; and the 1891 Royal Park Art Gallery building on Wellington Street.
In 1976 Gary Cleveland presented a vision: “to establish in the minds of a large proportion of the world’s population that the word ‘Tasmania’ is synonymous with good design and reliable craftsmanship.” Forty years on, Design Tasmania remains committed to that vision by supporting, promoting and guiding designers and master artisans on a local, national and international platform.
Ashgrove is a Tasmanian family owned and operated company, with a team of dedicated locals have been producing award winning dairy products for over 22 years. Visit us onsite at the Ashgrove Cheese factory and Tasmanian farm store. Come in and try our creamy farm ice-cream, fresh bottled milk, cheese, cream and butter.
Brickendon Estate offers visitors a delightful collection of self contained Historic and Farm Cottages.
Explore the 19th century scented gardens, watch the daily workings of a contemporary farm or take the ‘Convict Walk’ to Woolmers Estate. Animal Feeding each morning is a great start to the day and exploring the numerous convict built farm buildings is also a must.
Barnbougle & Lost Dunes Golf Course
Barnbougle is now a name that represents two iconic golf courses: The Dunes and Lost Farm. Located on the rugged north east coast of the state, ruthless marram grass, wide open fairways and exquisite hole layouts make for unforgettable challenges. An extraordinary landscape combined with magnificent scenery makes Barnbougle the perfect golfing getaway.
Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Join us for an unforgettable experience at Bridestowe Lavender Estate. We’re open all year round for you to enjoy each season, farm cycle and the freedom and space that comes with farm life.
We are a working farm, so we’re busy throughout the year with planting, pruning and making our famous Bridestowe Lavender Estate products.
Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake
Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most recognisable landmark and one of Tasmania’s most visited attractions. Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake-St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. The surrounding landscape of ancient rainforest and alpine lands with colourful beech makes for any number of beautiful walks. There’s a visitor centre on the park boundary with an interpretive display, ranger station, park information, walker registration and up-to-date weather reports. There’s no town at Cradle Mountain, however there’s a wide range of accommodation in the Cradle Valley area, from an excellent campground to a luxury wilderness lodge.
Hobart & The South
Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur experience is unforgettable. Just a one-and-a-half hour drive from Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula, a visit to the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Tasmania’s iconic cultural heritage experiences. You can explore the ruins of the Penitentiary, the Separate Prison, Dockyard, Convict Church and Museum Houses as well as the vast grounds and gardens. Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site.
Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed is a cellar door, farm gate shop and restaurant in Dunalley Tasmania, brimming with cool climate Bangor wines, freshly shucked oysters and local produce. Perched on a hill beside the vineyard, at Bangor, what you enjoy is harvested from the vines and the sea before you. Cosy up by the fire in winter or around a picnic table in summer and you’ll understand what Tasmania is all about; fine oysters and wine, sweeping views and a rural welcome that’ll make you want to stay a while.
The iconic Salamanca Market is a celebration of Tasmania’s unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers.
The weekly outdoor market, held every Saturday, brings Hobart’s waterfront alive with the colours, sounds and smells of Tasmania.
With the historic Georgian sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place as its backdrop and yachts and fishing boats moored nearby, this picturesque market is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. The diverse range of nearly 300 stallholders includes original, hand-made Tasmanian pieces, from woodwork to jewellery, fashion to fanciful, glassware and ceramics.
The Museum of Old and New Art – Mona is Australia’s largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. Described by its owner as a “subversive adult Disneyland”, the collection includes everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. With around 300 art works on display, the collection takes up three floors within a subterranean architectural masterpiece and is guaranteed to impress. The 3.5 ha site includes a function centre, Moorilla winery and vineyard, a cellar door and wine bar. There’s also the Source restaurant, a 63-seat cinema, the Mona Library and Gallery and eight stylish accommodation pavilions.
Mt Wellington Descent
From the summit to the sea, this is Hobart’s ultimate adventure experience!
Starting from Hobart’s waterfront we head the summit of Mt Wellington for spectacular views across southern Tasmania. After soaking in the views we experience Tasmania’s ultimate downhill cycle – 1270 m to sea level. Along the way this 21 km guided journey captures contrasting landscapes from sub-alpine and mountain rainforests to the vibrant waterfront of Hobart.
With options available to suit all levels of riders optional off road sections are available for the more adventurous.
Willie Smiths Apple Shed
A large rustic barn surrounded by green pastures and old wooden outbuildings, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is the home of Willie Smith’s Cider. It’s a place to learn about the history of the Huon Valley and its apple industry, while enjoying food made in our kitchen from local and regional, seasonal and sustainable produce. The shed is a hive of activity year round.