When the world’s most trusted travel publisher as internationally announced that Tassie is ‘ripe for the picking’. Lonely Planet named Tasmania one of the world’s top regions to visit in 2015 – the only destination in Australia or New Zealand to make the list.
Naming Tasmania as number four in the “Top 10 Regions in the World to Visit in 2015″ in their Best in Travel 2015 publication, Lonely Planet says ‘the Tassie food scene is a gourmet’s paradise, best exemplified by the diversity of produce found in the wilds of Bruny Island. Whether it’s getting a frisky fill of oysters at Get Shucked Oyster Farm, downing a few glasses of pinot noir at Australia’s most southern winery, or gorging on freshly picked berries from the local berry farm, there’s no better place to taste Tassie on a plate.
“There’s a spotlight shining on Tassie at the moment, and it’s only going to get brighter following this latest announcement by Lonely Planet” said John Fitzgerald, CEO of Tourism Tasmania. “Tassie has always had so much to offer visitors who journey to Australia’s island state, and the latest accolade from Lonely Planet cements our place globally as a destination of world-class natural, cultural, heritage and gourmet experiences, all within easy reach of each other.”
Tasmania is rapidly losing its long held status as one of Australia’s ‘hidden gems’. Visitors are lured by an island which epitomises some of the key strengths of Australia’s international appeal – raw, unspoilt natural beauty and incredible fresh food, wine and culinary experiences.
Tourism Australia’s latest global food and wine campaign – Restaurant Australia – culminates in Tasmania next month, with a gala dinner at MONA for 80 of the world’s most influential food and wine figures.
But it’s not only the flavours that feature. Lonely Planet encourages travellers to ‘descend the spiralled staircase of Hobart’s uber-trendy subterranean MONA,’ applauds Tasmania’s wilds, and highlights the much anticipated opening of Australia’s premier coastal bushwalking experience, the Three Capes Track. Tasmania’s regions are also acclaimed, with the Tarkine, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires and Franklin River among the ‘diverse, remote and wild outdoor experiences’ highlighted by Lonely Planet.
For more information on Tasmania, visit www.discovertasmania.com.au.