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What’s New in TASMANIA, Australia


Marriott International will debut The Luxury Collection in Australia with the upcoming opening of The Tasman, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart. Slated to open its doors at the end of 2021, The Tasman will be the first Australian showcase of this world-renowned brand, a global collection of 110 unique hotels and resorts offering authentic experiences designed to inspire and evoke lasting memories. The highly anticipated arrival will bring the rich character of Hobart to life by connecting the city’s pioneering past, contemporary culture and captivating scenery. Here guests will be emboldened to explore the epicurean highlights of the city and wilderness of the island.


Tasmanian Walking Company has partnered with WWF-Australia to raise funds for the largest and most innovative wildlife and landscape regeneration program in Australia’s history – WWF’s Regenerate Australia. As part of the initiative, they’ve created various Walk for Wild trips, all departing on 8 October 2021, where guests can trek through different parts of Tasmania including Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain, plus Victoria’s Twelve Apostles to help raise money for

the cause. One hundred per cent of the Walk for Wild sales will be donated to WWF-Australia to restore wildlife and habitats, rejuvenate communities impacted by the bushfires, boost sustainable agriculture and future-proof Australia’s environment. With walks at the Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain, Twelve Apostles and Three Capes, there’s a scenic walk available for every type of hiker. 

NATURE & WILDLIFE Southern Sea Ventures’ Tasman Peninsula Sea Kayak & Whale Watch Escape

The annual whale migration is a truly beautiful sight, and now guests can experience the magic and come face-to-face with some of the biggest mammals in the world on the new Tasman Peninsula Sea Kayak and Whale Watch Escape. Join resident biologist, Gary Miller, on an unforgettable three night adventure, paddling out to (otherwise inaccessible) coastlines and outlying islands. Settle in to private beachside lodges, designed to provide A-grade comfort after a long day of paddling. Check out their website or Instagram to see just how close you get to the wildlife, including whales.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, FOOD & BEV: Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures’ new sunset river cruise for Tasmania

Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures is setting sail on another bespoke culinary offering, the Sunset River Cruise. The new weekly offering invites guests on a two-hour cruise along the River Derwent to the towering Alum sea cliffs and uninterrupted views of Hobart from the water. Running 5-7pm every Saturday, guests aboard the luxurious 55 foot catamaran are treated to

the finest Tasmanian seafood as well as a glass of Tasmanian sparkling or a mojito on arrival. The launch of the Sunset River Cruise comes after the success of Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures’ signature four and a half hour ‘Deep-to-Dish: Tasmanian Seafood Experience’ in 2019. 

FOOD & BEV: Van Bone

Photo Credit: Adam Gibson

Perched in the Tasmanian countryside, Van Bone offers an unforgettable dining experience. Having opened its doors on February 19th, the restaurant lives by a simple ethos of minimal intervention and incredible seasonal produce. Restaurant designer and interior architect Laura Stucken has created an intimate yet earthy setting, with towering walls and Tasmanian oak features aimed at gently reminding the diner of their modest scale.

Head chef Timothy Hardy serves a set menu of up to 14 courses, locally sourcing ingredients from small-scale organic farms nearby, onsite orchards and evergreen vegetable gardens. Each and every dish is kissed by fire in the feature wood-fire oven, wafting powerful aromas across the dining floor.