Tasmania is officially on the map for couple's looking for a unique and romantic escape after their wedding. The Apple Isle is no longer visited by grey nomads and wilderness lovers alone. With fine food, art, scenery, history and adventure all available within driving distance, Tassie is now high up on the list for honeymooners.
December to January, when it's the warmest is the most popular time for visitors to Tasmania, but the winter honeymoon has the advantage of off season rates (pack your warmest gear!), not to mention more opportunities to snuggle up with your new husband. Head there in March - before school holidays - to catch the tail end of summer and shoulder-season prices.
The two main entry points for Tasmania by plane are Hobart and Launceston. There's also the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship from Melbourne to Devonport. By caris the best to explore - hire one in advance.
Hobart: Wander around historic Battery Point, refuel at the delicious Jackman and Ross bakery, browse the Salamanca Market, swing by the Cascade Brewery, and drive to the top of nearby Mount Wellington to incredible views.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA): Get ready for an art gallery experience like no other. Opened in 2011, MONA in Hobart features artworks that will have you thinking, squirming, laughing, crying and questioning all day long. It can also cater for weddings and has premium accomodation on-site.
Cradle Mountain, Lake St. Clair National Park: A 4 hour drive from Hobart into the heart of Tasmania is Cradle Mountain - a striking dolerite formation surrounded by scenic walking tracks that are part of the Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Wineglass Bay: Another natural icon of Tasmania, just two hours' drive from Launceston, is Wineglass Bay - renowned for its bwol-shaped, white-sand beach and the clashing of surrounding mountains against the sea. There are plenty of accomodation options in the area of Freycinet National Park plus activities for honeymooners, from the adventurous (kayaking, horse riding, white water rafting and more), to the relaxing (food and wine tours, spa experience, day walks).
TRAVEL TIP: Tasmania is renowned for reaching the extremes of weather conditions on any given day. If you're planning on doing outdoor activities, pack accordingly.
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